Wow, where to start...
Is the atheism of modern, Western people just an excuse for them to get away with acting in ways that are immoral?
I've seen a lot of various forms of positing in an attempt to understand 'immoral' behavior, but this one is very interesting. It says "people are just making excuses"; a most damning judgment on an entire group of people, the motivations of which you likely don't know or understand.
Of course, we'd have to define 'immoral' and I'm not sure where your definition lies. But putting that aside, I suppose I'd have to concede that for some, what you're saying is possible; but it's really hard for me to see a direct
correlation here. From my experience, ones' theology has little to do with how 'moral' their behavior is: It's just as likely there are 'moral' as 'immoral' theists
(or atheists for that matter). Morality is an individualized concept, and although there are perhaps broad correlates relating to the presence or absence of theology-based morality, I think you're painting the picture with brushstrokes that are far too wide.
In fact, what I tend to see is that the considered atheist is generally quite moral since their ethos doesn't pawn off responsibility for acts (good and bad) on ethereal concepts such as 'god', fate, predestination, preordination, karma or the like. This leads the atheist to a place where they've no scapegoat on which to relieve responsibility - it's theirs, and theirs alone. When they see 'bad' or 'evil' they're at a mental place where it can be attributed to the acts of 'good' or 'bad' people; which, I believe, is where such blame should lay.
What I'm suggesting is that a great bulk of the Western individuals who claim to be atheists have NOT arrived at the position of atheism as the natural result of theological inquiry...
Exactly how did you come to this conclusion?
What it *looks* like, is you're upset at what you perceive to be evil and ill and have chosen to attribute this to all those nasty people
who don't think like you do. You've, in one wide sweep of the hand, bundled up theology, economics and politics and have concluded: They're lazy and evil because they are godless.
Yes, such people might very well exist; to be sure. But how you've damned their theology as a motivation for wrongdoing
is... well, amazing.
So atheism is embraced merely because it gives these individuals freedom from the constraints that any normal society would naturally place upon the individual.
I've always been amazed how correlates between theology and politics get so steriotyped. Of the ethical and political issues you rail against in your OP, I've seen just as many atheists on your side
as not. Yea, this is an medieval view. I guess what I want to say is this: Please remember that politics, theology and ethics don't necessarily align along stereotypical lines
I ask myself: why would an atheist need to fight against Christianity or be political at all? Why can't they be silent atheists? And the answer is that their atheism is political because its purpose is to give them immunity for what could be universally recognized as bad or immoral behaviour. Atheism is about immoral behaviour NOT about the possibility of theology.
Well, here's where I get to say that you're wrong. There could be some for which you've nailed it, but that's not what you've stated. Your condemnation is intolerant of divergent theological views; and this is most unbecoming. I don't 'fight' christianity; and from what I've seen, most atheists don't. We find 'you people' just fine - no better or worse for your theological views. Yea, there are some militant-atheists who condemn and berate, but I find them no more enlightened than I do the opening post.
I'm extremely disappointed. The complexity with which theology, morality and political views intertwines in the individual is vast, complicated and extremely individualized
. Painting all atheists as immoral, then attributing their theological choices to lazyness and excuse-making is, by definition, bigotry.
I suppose I shouldn't be so shocked; it's just that when I think there's been progress made on respecting the vast differences in human motivation, along comes bitterness and hate to wipe away any sense of fellowship and tolerance.