Atheists are right. They’re also incredibly sanctimonious & righteous.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 27, 2011
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We all think we’re right, most of the time, whatever our opinion. Let’s keep from getting righteous…why so serious?

Don’t believe me? Read the comments here.

Ugh. Comparing raising a child in a spiritual or religious tradition to child abuse or rape? In some extreme cases, yes. In most, stfu.

Or, put more constructively: let’s remember that whether vegan or liberal or conservative or equal rights activist or environmentalist or Buddhist or what…we may be right…but we represent just one path to the mountaintop.

That said, I love this quote:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Atheists are right. They’re also incredibly sanctimonious & righteous.”

  1. *sigh*
    Still haven't learned the difference between "righteous" and "self-righteous," Waylon?

  2. The comment above, by the way, could be considered, depending on one's point of view, either righteous (if one chooses to see me as selflessly helping someone to use the English language properly) or self-righteous (if one sees me as being smug and superior about it).

  3. While saying "atheists are right. They're also righteous is like saying "Waylon's a Buddhist. He also practices Buddhism." And saying "let's keep from getting righteous" is like saying "let's stop acting on our convictions," when what I think you mean is "let's stop acting like dicks and using our convictions as an excuse," i.e. "let's keep from getting self-righteous."

  4. Diana says:

    I don't "get" the quote. Why label the parents by their religion either?

  5. Suri kate says:

    This quote comes from the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins , chapter 9:

    " I think we should all wince when we hear a small child being labelled as belonging to some particular religion or another. Small children are too young to decide their views on the origins of the cosmos , of life and of morals."

    "Our society, including the non-religious sector, has accepted the preposterous idea that it is normal and right to indoctrinate tiny children in the religion of their parents, and to slap religious labels on them – Catholic child, Protestant child, Jewish child, Muslim child, etc. – although no other comparable labels: no conservative children, no liberal children, no Republican children, no Democratic children. Please, please raise your consciousness about this, and raise the roof whenever you hear it happening. A child is not a Christian child, not a Muslim child, but a child of Christian parents or a child of Muslim parents. This latter nomenclature, by the way, would be an excellent piece of consciousness-raising for the children themselves. A child who is told she is a ‘child of Muslim parents’ will immediately realize that religion is something for her to choose – or reject – when she becomes old enough to do so."

  6. Suri kate says:

    Dude , also , reading the comments you linked to ….i dont see anything wrong , its the kind of discussion you usually find in atheist forums..

    "Ugh. Comparing raising a child in a spiritual or religious tradition to child abuse or rape? In some extreme cases, yes. In most, stfu."
    Well you would have to read the book or at least chapter 9 in order to understand the context in which this fits in…. Then you can come back and say stfu or not .

    Now calling them sanctimunious is not appropriate specially when you are passing judgement on comments about a topic you dont seem to be very familiar with.