Religion: Death for Blasphemy Deserves Scorn

In a recent lecture, Owen Jones, who described himself as a ‘socialist humanist’ and an ‘atheist’, drew attention to his objection to ‘aggressive atheism’. He defined aggressive atheism as that form of atheism that treats religious belief and believers with contempt. Jones said, “Yet while I am an atheist, I don’t have contempt for the religious. There is an aggressive form of atheism that simplistically reduces the world’s many problems to religious belief and treats believers and belief – however moderate – with contempt.” I have been pondering over this statement…

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