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Do atheists do nothing to support "the cause of women"?
Fri Sep 7, 2018 5:40am

From the essay Is Religion the Necessary Basis of Morality? by E. Haldeman-Julius:

The thinkers and humanitarians and liberators have always recognized the church as their great enemy. The moral, the intellectual evolution of the race has been harried and impeded in every age by priestly force and craft. And religion has been defeated, on first one ground and then another, by the growing ethical sense of mankind.

We have spoken of the past. A great deal of water has passed under the bridge since the days when no sinner was safe and only marauding, murdering saints could lay down the moral law to mankind. This water has been less and less reddened with the blood of heretics. As man has grown in morality--guided by intelligence, by the arts and sciences, by the gradually perceived necessity of making the world a little safer for progress--the ignorant immoralities of religion have lost the power they once fearfully held; and these immoralities, although they have survived in spirit and theory in the holy of holies of the tabernacle, have been abated in practice. Religion, for all its babble of morality, has appeared in history as an immoral force that has been compelled, from age to age, to accommodate itself to the progressive morality of the race: a morality growing up outside of the church and perforce asserting itself generally in opposition to the church and to religion.

From the inside jacket and preface of Women Without Superstition by Annie Laurie Gaylor:

The untold story of the feminist movement is that it was sparked and nurtured by women without superstition, by the religious nonconformists and liberals, the unorthodox, the heretics, by the freethinking skeptics, rationalists, agnostics and atheists.

Women of today owe an enormous debt to the freethinking founders and foremothers of the women's movement, who dared queston and confront the religious status quo which demanded women's silence, subjection, servitude and unquestioning obedience. It is thanks to the freethinking women who challenged religious sway over civil laws and practices that women have the rights they possess today.

Women Without Superstition is the first compilation of the writings of women freethinkers and skeptics. It is likewise the first anthology to focus on the freethinking writings of historic feminist leaders.
The writers featured are freethinkers, not necessarily atheists, although that label accurately describes many of them.

Freethinkers [Atheists, many of them] have always been in the forefront of social and moral progress. -- Dan Barker

From Losing Faith in Faith by Dan Barker:

Freethinker (def): A person who forms opinions about religion on the basis of reason, independently of tradition, authority, or established belief. Freethinkers include atheists, agnostics, secular humanists and rationalists.

No one can be a freethinker who demands conformity to a bible, creed, or messiah [or conformity to a so-called "manifestation," I might add].

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