Azara Blog: Archbishop of Wales complains about "atheistic fundamentalism"

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Date published: 2007/12/22

The BBC says:

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has described a rise in "fundamentalism" as one of the great problems facing the world.

He focused on what he described as "atheistic fundamentalism".

He said it led to situations such as councils calling Christmas "Winterval", schools refusing to put on nativity plays and crosses removed from chapels.

In his Christmas message, he said: "Any kind of fundamentalism, be it Biblical, atheistic or Islamic, is dangerous."

The archbishop said "atheistic fundamentalism" was a new phenomenon.

He said it advocated that religion in general and Christianity in particular have no substance, and that some view the faith as "superstitious nonsense".

Well, he is right, religion is "superstitious nonsense". If he wants to believe this nonsense it is his right, but there's no point him crying when others are willing to state the obvious, and it's quite ridiculous to call it "atheistic fundamentalism". And the other examples he gives of this alleged "atheistic fundamentalism" are just people (no doubt mostly Christian, not atheists) believing they are behaving in such a way as to not offend non-Christians. You can easily argue this belief is silly (do non-Christians really care that there is a Christmas, which after all originated as a pagan holiday, not a Christian holiday, it's just that the Christians hijacked it for their own purposes). But this belief is not "fundamentalist". A "fundamentalist", for example, is someone who believes that their religion gives them the "right" to kill people who do not agree with them (e.g. about abortion or homosexuality or anything else). A "fundamentalist" is someone who believes that some random bit of "superstitious nonsense" is literally true just because he chooses to believe it (and on this score, any Archbishop would be deemed to be a fundamentalist).

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