Author Topic: at what point is conformity to laws against your philosophy of atheism?  (Read 2879 times)

Offline phattmatt (OP)

This question is open ended and vague.  An example would be if there were a law that you can be executed for cheating on your spouse.

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

Pretty simple.  When the law says religious indoctrination is mandatory I stop conforming. The law doesn't say anyone has to conform to any such law so it's irrelevant.
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Offline phattmatt (OP)

If its an atheist empire like the soviet union, should you conform to the laws of such a ruthless military dictatorship?

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

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If its an atheist empire like the soviet union, should you conform to the laws of such a ruthless military dictatorship?

First of all, the soviet Union wasn't an atheist empire. As I stated earlier in another thread, the antireligion stance had more to do with the fact that the Russian Orthodox religion was a major power and land owner in the Soviet Union and closely tied to the Czar. It was a natural target. Certain groups that had been perscuted under Czarist leadership, like the Jews and Muslims, were more tolerated under the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union was brutal, but that first in retaliation for Czarist atrocities and then for Nazi atrocities. And yes, it was easier to comply than fight. The East German government was brutal because the Russians had lost millions of lives in WW2 fighting them. Stalin was a monster, no doubt. Any totalitarian regime is. Better to lay low than die in a Siberian Gulag.

Offline AllPurposeAtheist

You should read The Secret Speech Strom.. It's a novel based on the exact same thing you just posted. Good read.
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If its an atheist empire like the soviet union, should you conform to the laws of such a ruthless military dictatorship?
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at what point is conformity to laws against your philosophy of atheism?

This is not a logical question: Name tagging, and therefore a rhetorical question.
In simple terms: Atheism has nothing to do with conformity to law, or not. So the question can't be answered. This is also a non sequitur, because it does not follow that an atheist will, or will not, conform to a law because of atheism.  Solitary
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This question is open ended and vague.  An example would be if there were a law that you can be executed for cheating on your spouse.

I would object to the law you cite as an example because I don't think adultery is a crime that deserves death. Nothing to do with my atheism.
Atheists are not anti-Christian. They are anti-stupid.--WitchSabrina

If its an atheist empire like the soviet union, should you conform to the laws of such a ruthless military dictatorship?

No, but since atheism is not a philosophy (nor is theism a religion), my atheism does not inform my opinion on the matter.
Atheists are not anti-Christian. They are anti-stupid.--WitchSabrina

You should read The Secret Speech Strom.. It's a novel based on the exact same thing you just posted. Good read.

Thanks, i will.

at what point is conformity to laws against your philosophy of atheism?

When the law requires me to believe in god(s); that is the only time it could be against atheism.
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Offline doorknob

It depends on the individual law. Obviously killing some one for cheating on a spouse is over kill and an outrage! Definitely wouldn't conform to that.

This question is open ended and vague.  An example would be if there were a law that you can be executed for cheating on your spouse.

The fuck does that have to do with atheism?