Essay on Militant Atheism as a Form of Religious Persecution
By Brandon Chin, Spring 2016
This essay describes the role and impact militant atheism has on religious entities. Furthermore, the essay addresses what militant atheism is and the actions and feelings associated with them. The concept of atheism has been in existence for as long as world religions have been. Religious persecution, or the mistreatment or harm of an individual or religious group because of their religious beliefs, has been present since the beginning of religion. This essay attempts to divulge the varying degrees of religious persecution and how victims respond to this infringement. Also, the idea of belief and faith seems to be a reoccurring theme with atheist and theist arguments and this essay attempts to understand the reason behind this to better understand the mindset of an atheist and a theist. Renowned and accredited scholars such as Richard Dawkins is at the forefront of this militant atheist movement. Their stance, purely scientific, denies any existence of a superior being because of the lack of evidence that can support religious claims. Ultimately, this paper strives to grasp a better understanding of the hyper controversial issue that is a product of the continuous conflict between militant atheists and religious groups.