---- Conspiracies, gods, and atheism
André Pinard got my attention when he referred to a "conspiracy of atheism"(Letters, October 15). To be clear, atheism has no gang mentality, as do religions. An atheist stands alone with the certainty that religious constructs have no merit and deserve no further investigation. Just as there is no conspiracy among those who don't believe in Santa Claus, there is no conspiracy of atheism. Let me be more clear. An atheist does not believe in any gods, angels, devils, heaven, hell or any of the platitudes held up by any and all religious texts and dogmas. To imply some conspiracy exists in an atheist's rejection of religion is pure rhetoric, used to prop up the tenets of the religion of your choice and used to control believers.
I also argue beyond the simplistic definition of conspiracy as harmful. "A conspiracy is an ideology or belief system utilized to push forward change, to support these things, for good or ill." Yes, good, as in the conspiracy of those who saved victims of the Nazis, or the conspiracy of the Underground Railroad which saved the lives of thousands of slaves.
To claim a religion, or it's gods, can not be considered conspiratorial because your religion's texts and dogmas tell you so is circular logic. The religious conspiracy that you cling to is just one in a myriad of religious conspiracies that have proliferated around the globe, for good or ill, since ancient humans sat around their home fires. I suggest sitting quietly for a bit and come to understand that you are totally free to believe whatever you want, but, please, leave atheists out of it because you are preaching to the uninterested.