Over at EvolutionBlog, Jason Rosenhouse takes apart a truly dreadful PuffHo piece by David Lose, who argues that atheism is a religion. Lose makes four claims, all of them extremely stupid and easily rebutted. The dumbest one is this:
Similarly, it’s worth noting the degree to which Atheists routinely, strategically, and often vociferously position what is often described as their “secular-humanist” views against religious traditions. Read or listen to any of the celebrity Atheists of the past decade like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris and you realize that they fashion many of their arguments not against some alternative economic, political, or philosophical position but against organized religion. Religious faith is clearly their primary opponent in the contest for the intellectual allegiance of the population, which makes it hard not to conclude that they offer their views and beliefs as a viable alternative to traditional religious systems.
The other three are nearly as bad. In his critique, “Ye olde ‘Atheism is a religion’ canard,” Jason disposes once and for all with this common argument. It’s well worth reading, for we’re all going to encounter this claim if we’re at all vociferous about our nonbelief.