Noting the soap bubbles of internet life
This has been retitled on the front page of Salon to "Atheism's Next Phase: Justice."
Which leaves me wondering: is atheism a movement? an ideology? A non-religious religion?
From the comments at Salon, I'd say it's more like loading frogs in a wheelbarrow, or herding cats. But we have to decide what it is before we can decide whether it is coherent enough to have a "next phase." Like I say, from the comments at Salon, what comes to mind are frogs and cats.
What was the first phase? Making the best-seller list? World hegemony? Blogging?
Even as atheists open churches for atheists, I've had atheists in my comments tell me atheism is not about being anti-religion at all, that in fact it really isn't about anything, except not being religious (which isn't about being anti-religious, apparently; though I still don't understand the distinction between "non-religious" and "atheist," especially where Dawkins and Hitchens are concerned). But if atheism is not an ideology or a movement, how does it have a phase?
And what does atheism have to do with justice? Unless all atheists are Sartreans now.....