Originally Posted by happyguy
I for one am grateful to the enlightened ones
for attempting to bring the faithful into the 21st century.
The term "enlightened" is a strange word to use for atheists. We are, in a way, a creation of the Enlightenment which saw the necessity of separating Church and State, but that is as much a foundation of America as of any other proper secular state. (I exclude things like Communists states which are often described as secular when they are not.) In that sense, at a stretch, we could be called enlightened, but "Englightenment" is usually used to indicate those struck by religion, as with a blinding flash. That is an emotional reaction at a low level of the brain. Atheism is more concerned with the conscious level of the brain.
Just a thought.