Why does it seem that Atheism is mostly focused against Abrahamic religions?

I have been wondering this lately as my girlfriend and I were talking (She is into Wicca which i think is cool its not like she is trying to end the world with or anything though) She asked me what as an Atheist (and Secular Humanist) I thought of Wicca and I said, "To be honest from what I have read and seen, nothing, you keep to yourselves do your rituals and don't force it down my throat..It seems more like its Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that I'm against." Is it just me or does it seem Atheism is more against Those three and not all religions as a whole?

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Comment by Ron Clifton on January 11, 2012 at 12:59pm

Nelson is correct. I could not have said it better myself. 

Comment by Bobby Cassidy on January 14, 2012 at 5:37am

Those three are the obvious threats to free society. I'm curious why you prefer to be called a secular humanist if you are an atheist. There is no reason to be scared of that word.

Comment by Seth Hunter peterson on January 14, 2012 at 6:29am

It's because most people around here are ignorant and think Humanist does not involve atheism I told a guy I was atheist here once whole football team beat me all to hell....

Comment by Bobby Cassidy on January 14, 2012 at 12:08pm

Shit, I'm glad I don't live where you do!

Comment by Kenny Howse on January 14, 2012 at 12:27pm

I said to a guy at work that I was an atheist and he replied by saying "but what are you really?"  Meaning what religion did I leave and therefore must really still be a part of!  Couldn't get it into his head that I actually didn't believe in a god or gods!  Be proud of the word atheist Seth!

Comment by Ron V on January 14, 2012 at 12:33pm

The loving Christians on the football team?  Did you have them prosecuted (if I were your parent I would have made their lives a living legal hell)?  Report it to any authorities- possibly including the ACLU and FFRF?

I agree with Nelson about religion. 

And, without getting into details, you could also defer to "ignostic" or "non-theist" as I occasionally do.

Comment by Ron V on January 14, 2012 at 12:38pm

And, I think identifying yourself as a Humanist is very reasonable.  Whereas atheism simply implies a lack of belief in a god/supernatural, humanism makes statements- at least American Humanists do-


Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.

Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.

Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.

Life's fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.

Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature's resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.


I'm sure many of us here would agree on the above, but atheism in itself does not make these claims.  American Humanists do so I can understand your reasoning

Comment by Mabel on January 14, 2012 at 12:55pm

I agree with Nelson. I would also like to point out there are Wiccans fighting for more official recognition as a religion and many Christians do not like it lol. 

Link:  Regarding Wicca Brewing Up Trouble:  Wicca and the US Military


Comment by Unseen on January 14, 2012 at 3:09pm

What other theistic religions did you have in mind? How many people do you run into who are Zoroastrian, for example? You are aware that a "theistic" religion believes that some dude is in charge? Wicca, while a religion, doesn't have such a dude, isn't theistic, and thus isn't subject to atheism, though it's still nonsense like the theistic religions. Buddhism in its original form, most closely approximated by contemporary hinayana Buddhism, has no dude in control. Mahayana Buddhism what happened when Buddhism spread, and as often happens when a religion spreads, it blends in with existing local beliefs and religions. This is why Tibetan Buddhism has a pantheon. Hinduism isn't taken seriously by many well-educated Indians. There's also the fact that Hinduism isn't evangelical: they aren't always trying to make converts (the Hare Krishna cult aside). Militant atheism grows up in the face of the evangelical face of Christianity and Islam primarily. Judaism isn't evangelical. Does this help to answer your question?

Comment by Doug Reardon on January 14, 2012 at 3:12pm

because, push comes to shove?


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