Atheism, Theism, and the Future
I would just love to hear some ideas and notions to how to respond to theism in general for the future. Let us say that the influences of this era contain the seeds of a very secular direction for the United States propelled at the world wide level by the kernels of teaching by Dawkings, Hitchens, and others and driven at the grassroots level by groups like the RRS, individual youtubers, and additional people online. If this is the case, then maybe one day atheists would no longer be the minority in the world, but the majority.
If this scenario plays out, how do you deal with the residue of theism left? I would love to hear your opinion on some hypothetical topics below. Please leave your input by explaining how people should address these individual issues below. Some answers may simply be "nothing." Thanks.
- How do you deal with parents that want to tell their children they may die and burn in hell for eternity if they do not follow a certain God? Do you sensor it? Do you charge them with child abuse? Do you punish them? Do you remove the children from the home? Do you do nothing and hope the children will come to “your side” when they are older and have the opportunity to think for themselves?
- What do you do with the tax exemption religious organizations enjoy? Do you remove it? Do you keep it as a way to keep church and state separate? What do you do?
- What do you do to preachers that tell their congregations that homosexuality is wrong and that they should, legally, appose gay marriage?
- What do you do to churches that “convert” people and then convince them to give 10%+ to their church? Should this money be used for better things? Is it wrong to give money to what atheists view as a delusion when we need funding for stem cell research and other scientific arenas of progress? Could you force individuals to not make transactions that the majority sees as ridiculously wasteful?
- How do we psychologically address theists if the world is dominantly atheist? After all, if somebody today REALLY believed they heard voices and that imaginary people existed in the real world, we should surely look for a psychological problem in his or her life and treat that individual. What do you do then to the theists left that still believe in the sky hook of God? Do you treat them? Do you let them be?
- What do you do with school clubs like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? What should happen to a school that allows pastors to pray before football games (a common occurrence in the South). In other words, what do you do with schools that clearly cater to Christianity?