One of the myths atheists like to perpetuate is that religious belief is inherently intolerant and uncivil, and that it’s elimination will render our society more tolerant of various beliefs and behaviors.
Now obviously this has been definitively disproven in places like the Soviet Union, but modern atheists cling to the idea anyway. Nonetheless At a recent meeting of the The Council for Secular Humanism, Paul Kurtz who is one of the founders of the council who was ousted by New Atheists, claims he was censored by the organization for the first time in his life. Consider for a moment what that means – a man who has spent his life challenging the religious majority his entire life faced his first censorship from a New Atheist dominated organization. That this should be the case should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the history of secularism. The atheist Soviets who desired a overtly atheistic order became increasingly strident, the Stalinists killing off the Trotskyites whom they didn’t see as committed enough to the cause.The Maoists felt compelled to drive large segments of the population into re-education camps to ensure their conformity, as did the North Korean leaders later still.
That the New Atheists lead by PZ Myers and others should purge the ranks of those they don’t find sufficiently committed to the cause is merely another instance of this intolerance. They see civility as weakness, not comprehending that it is instead the foundation of civilization, a state they seem to disdain.
The freest society in history resulted from the Christian Reformation for a reason; inherent in that movement was the respect for human conscience – it is becoming increasingly apparent the New Atheists are a threat to this fundamental belief.