Unmasking Big Atheism: The Atheist Movement Is A Cult, And A Religion

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By Max D. Esmay

As a former atheist I’m often asked what changed my mind and made me decide there was a God after all. And while I have had multiple answers over the years, the main answer is that it was atheists—specifically what I generally capitalize as the Atheist Movement—who ultimately made me realize there had to be a God.
A significant confusion arises with many people who call themselves “atheists” because they have never really thought about the question, or thought about it a while and dismissed the idea. Let’s call that the “Natural Atheist” or the “normal everyday atheist.” Maybe that’s you and you’re reading this. And if so, I apologize if I cause you any pain, but I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about the religious movement that works in your name.


There have been atheists and even organized, militant atheists going back centuries and even thousands of years, however, over the last few decades, especially since the explosion of the Internet in the early to mid 2000s, however, capital A Atheist, Movement Atheism, Ideological Atheism, Militant Atheism, Identitarian Atheism—whatever you want to call it—became a thing.
And that thing, the Atheist Movement, is a cult movement with recruiting techniques, dogma, doctrines, and beliefs—beliefs that the Atheist Collective will excommunicate you if you question them.
Throughout this series, it will be important for you to remember: When we refer to Atheists with a Capital A, we are referring to members of a militant organized religious cult network that has logos, meetings, books, podcasts, and memberships. If you see one of these Atheist Groups, you’ll be able to recognize them by one of their favorite religious symbols:

Atheist Logo, Star Trek Inspired, Public Domain



(Flying Spaghetti Monster Atheist Symbol, public domain)

Similar to cult movements such as Scientology, Jehovah’s Witness, and other groups that disingenuously portray what they are all about; if you join Scientology you’ll get a long spiel from their recruiters of standardized beliefs and talking points: “I’m just a person like you. I’m not in a cult. I’m just trying to reach my full potential.”The recruiting pitch for Atheism often goes the same way: “Hi, I’m an atheist, is that OK with you? I’m not part of a group or a movement or anything, I just lack belief.”And just like most cults, they’re lying: they’re trying to hook you in, get them to accept their beliefs, and join them.
And, just like other religious cults, the Atheist Movement has no shortage of Celebrity Members and Boosters: Bill Maher, Penn Jillette, James Randi, PZ Myers, Richard Dawkins, Richard Carrier, Daniel Dennett, Ricky Gervais, Seth MacFarlane, Jerry Coyne, Lawrence Krauss, and so many other celebrities of world fame—all pushing their preferred religion, while pretending their views aren’t religious.
Members of the Atheist Cult movement in fact belief many things, and they want you to believe them too. Here are a few things they want you to believe about themselves:

1: They are not a movement or an ideology despite their books, magazines, podcasts, meetings, recruters, membership drives, and standard literature.
2: They have no beliefs, they merely “lack belief.”
3: They have no agenda
4: They just want to make the world a better place.
5: Being an atheist or not doesn’t say anything about your personality. You can be a “good person” or a “bad person” but religion or lack thereof doesn’t say anything about you at all.

Here are a few things they actually believe, and indoctrinate into the recruits into their cult network:

1: There is no evidence of God
2: Religion is primitive dangerous superstition
3: Religion is brainwashing.
4: Most wars and genocides and other persecutions were caused by religion.
5: Most of what’s wrong with society today is caused by religion (or was originally caused by it).
6: All religions are equally stupid and primitive.
7: Science can provide us with all the answers we need, we have no need anymore of “primitive religious superstition.”
8: You have a right to “freedom from religion,” which means, you get to tell people to keep their religious thoughts or opinions to themselves.
9: Teaching a child religion is brainwashing and child abuse.
10: Science. They believe in Science. They never stop talking about how much they believe in science. Indeed, they will frequently portray themselves as the Defenders Of Science.
11: Nothing Supernatural exists.
12: Questioning atheism is not possible.
13: Questioning or rejecting atheism is a sign of mental illness

As with other cut religious groups, the Atheists have alliances and factions and often fight each other. They also are often allied, or closely tied to, another religious group that is very similar: The “Skeptics.”Virtually every member of the Atheist Religious Movement calls himself a “skeptic.” And most will drone on endlessly about the wonders of skepticism, how everybody should learn skepticism, why skepticism is important, and how you can use skepticism to “make the world a better place” (a phrase they use a lot).
You will notice, too, that famous “Skeptics” (such as, but hardly limited to, James Randi, Penn Jillette, and Michael Shermer) are all atheists, and often rather proud of it. They have multiple web sites and groups, but The Skeptical Inquirer is probably the most well-known and respected of their publications; read an average issue of The Skeptical Inquirer and you’ll see lots of famous “Skeptics” telling you all the things they are skeptical of—and it is often political ideas, or medical or consumer products, they are being paid to be “skeptical” of.
The problem with anyone granting themselves the title of “Skeptic” however, is this: you can be skeptical of anything, or anybody, for any reason, at any time. There is nothing inherently honest about skepticism. There is nothing inherently coherent about skepticism, even. And it has been an open question among philosophers, for thousands of years, whether it’s really possible to learn anything at all from being skeptical.
To be skeptical is to cast doubt on a proposition, or to refuse to consider it at all. That’s it. You can be skeptical of the Bible, you can be skeptical of your internet service provider, you can be skeptical of whoever is President, you can be skeptical about Selfish Gene Theory… or anything else. You can literally be skeptical of anything.

What the Professional Atheist-Skeptic is, then, is simply someone who gets paid to be skeptical of things. These people often work for governments or big corporations, in order to cast doubt on political ideas, marketplace products, and/or to harm or destroy a competitor. Skepticism, it turns out, is a paying racket. And “Skeptics” and “Atheists” often collude.

Examining the entire modern Atheist phenomenon is going to take more than one article, so look forward to future installiments. But in the meantime, let me close as I opened:

I was an atheist for decades. But it was the behavior of Ideological Atheists and their “Skeptic” brethren that made me realize there was something wrong with atheism, especially the organized pop culture fad. Realizing that you could actually make a dogmatic cult movement out of atheism made me realize that maybe atheism itself wasn’t all that rational a position to take.
In future installments of this series, we’ll examine some of the more popular cult recruiting materials for the Atheist Movement, some of their mind-tricks and talking points, and where you can go to learn more about them. We’ll also look at the history of this militant political movement (including its history of rape, torture and genocide). And we’ll give you some tips for how to respond to Atheist bullies and harassers and ideologues.
I don’t mind tell you that, as a former atheist myself, this will be a somewhat painful process for me. When I was an atheist, these cultists embarrassed me and some of my atheist friends, and I hate to be mean to innocent atheists who aren’t part of the Atheist Movement. But to save time, I won’t be working to spare feelings: we will be talking about everyday “atheists” as “non-believers or agnostics.” And when we say “Atheist” in this series, which we’ll always do with a Capital A, we always mean the religious movement and its members. If you’re an atheist and that’s not you, then move along and find out instead about the cult religious movement that works in your name, and maybe help us counter these creepy cultists.
Because as I’ve said: Atheism is a cult religious movement. It’s also a hate movement, one that is known to get violent. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

–Max D. Esmay


Max D. Esmay is former managing editor of A Voice For Men, and Dean’s World, a very popular website he founded. He has written for Huffington Post U.K., The Moderate Voice, and others. He is presently Editor At Large For Red Pill Religion, a website dedicated to the intersection of religion, culture and politics.

14 thoughts on “Unmasking Big Atheism: The Atheist Movement Is A Cult, And A Religion”

  1. Then you have no problem with those of us lower case atheists who feel children
    dying in puddles of mud and excrement as a vulture watches waiting hungrily or children being raped -note proper use of that word- by ministers of Christ while nothing happens to the rapist is enough proof that the fearsome, loving, plague wielding god they were taught in fundamentalist “christian” church basement grade school classrooms to love out of fear for not loving properly or fully or adequately doesn’t actually exist? When the capital A Atheist church acquires a priceless art collection, immeasurable wealth, their own city/state/country-the wealthiest in the world, and get the words “In Good We Trust” printed on the nations currency, this series of articles will be worth the time to refute.
    Until then…

    The Reluctant MessiaHEY!!
    …What are you doing?…how did you get out of…
    …sounds of a scuffle and tiny feet scampering away…

    Sincere apologies. swore wasn’t going to take the bait that appeared via email recently but have been exercising as opposed to exorcising my demons again lately. Apparently one of them got loose. Will try not to let it happen again.

  2. Will one of the future installments include any evidence to back up what’s being said? Any citations? Otherwise, this feels more like one man’s hurt feelings and conspiracies of events from decades ago than an actual unmasking.

  3. “Science is a process of inquiry involving the examination and evaluation of evidence, actual physical evidence. It represents, or should represent, one of our greatest intellectual achievements.”

    An achievement given to you by religion, and which religious people are generally better at. Sadly, with the introduction of Atheist/Materialist ideologues, “science” now mostly consists of religious proclamations based on Materialist/Naturalist assumptions. That’s why the sciences are dying; they’re ideological.

    “Religion, on the other hand, involves a belief system.” On what other hand? Science is a belief system, or several belief systems. It is also a faith-based endeavor that has to run on assumptions it can’t prove, just like lots of other things.

    It’s also sadly been promoted by Atheist Ideologues as “The way we know things” which is nonsense; science is a highly limited tool for finding things out.

  4. You’re absolutely right that atheists are known to get violent, and that atheism is really a hate movement. This is because of the atheistic obsession with casual sex which I believe to be the main impetus behind atheism. Unless a person is in a monogamous, procreative relationship, sex will always be violent and hateful. It might seem loving at first, but it’s never long term, and always ends in disaster. Casual sex does violence to both party’s souls, and God forbid kids should ever be involved.

  5. I do not see any atheist “programming” on TVs; there are no influential atheist on the scale of Christian figures such as Focus on Family. Sure there are more vocal atheists out there but compared to the out-sized influence of religious right in politics and in broader culture this series is really laughable.

  6. If everyone who has a belief system, religion, philosophy, etc., would just enjoy it for themselves and not feel they have to attack others who believe differently, it would be much more fun and interesting. Beliefs other than our own are not a threat to ours. Variety is wonderful and we can celebrate and enjoy the diversity, just as we might enjoy different foods, tastes or colors.

    1. George: This series is about “unmasking” of what I call “Big Atheism,” after discussions with the author. Do you mean that atheists attack the religious, or that THIS article represents an ‘attack’ on “atheists” for being atheist? Because that is not what this is. It is a series about the apparatus of atheism–its funding, roots, reach, tactics, and motives. The author took great pains to make this distinction. We are NOT attacking atheism. We are unmasking “Big Atheism.” This was merely the introduction.

  7. The, uh, essay, posted above, is a classic showcase of words as weapons. I say that as only an observation, not as a condemnation.

    The battle between theism and atheism is certainly not a trivial matter, and one can quite reasonably argue that it is certainly a necessary and worthwhile battle, so long as words remain its only weapons.

    The dispute will never end, until all truth is objectively and conclusively known and proven by evidences which are unchallengeable.

    Until then, the Us-Versus-Them paradigm will prevail, with both sides shooting word weapons (usually identical word weapons) at each other’s dogmas, agendas, deficiencies, and unsatisfactory justifications.

    Ho hum. Nothing new to see in Mr. Esmay’s essay. The battle goes on. The beat goes on. The same old song.

    As a wise man once wrote, “Every war has two losers.”

    1. I find atheists are the fastest to condemn others for their beliefs. They’re also the first to want to impose their beliefs on others. It’s part of why I’m not one anymore.

      NB: Anyone who claims he just “goes by the science” is pretty much a dangerous religious ideologue.

    2. Atheism is today is utterly and completely a religious cult movement, with a political and social agenda. and those of us who are Not Atheist (or even who are non-ideological atheists) have every right, even duty, to scrutinize this religious movement and its political and social aims. And yes, we are allowed to examine them, and their beliefs, and their actions.

      “Words as weapons” include snooty words of dismissal, BTW. 😉

  8. Science is a process of inquiry involving the examination and evaluation of evidence, actual physical evidence. It represents, or should represent, one of our greatest intellectual achievements. But science today is broken, captured by industry. Virtually all funding comes from industry or government. The incentives within academia favor work and publications favoring industry interests, which are entirely economic. And the incentives in government likewise favor industrial interests, as most, if not all governments have been captured by industry as well. Likewise, Medicine is broken in the same way, and for the same reasons. Call it fascism, or call it marxism, it makes no difference; it is the world we live in.
    Religion, on the other hand, involves a belief system. While many scientists have no difficulty embracing religion and living by it, religion and science are, in Steven Jay Gould’s memorable words, “non-overlapping magisteria.” Science doesn’t, and can’t, say anything at all about God.
    I was raised in a protestant church, faithfully going to church and Sunday school every Sunday, until my teenage years. I still value the moral instruction I received, and the potlucks were delicious, the people wonderful. But at some point I lost all belief. I still consider myself religious. The woods is now my church (and my doctor). I gaze in wonder at the natural world. As far as the existence of God, I simply don’t know. My take on the (militant) atheist state of mind is that it resembles the fundamentalist theist state of mind, and that of political partisans.

  9. I look forward to the rest of this series. I’m not a believer in god, but I certainly don’t fit the atheist mold that Mr. Esmay has constructed. I’m curious to see what other sins I’m going to be accused of.

    1. Big Atheism is really little atheism by percentage of adherents. None of the atheists I know belong to it or follow its thought leaders. Gillette and Shermer appear to be pushing athiests to embrace elistism and the notion that you must believe official narratives (e.g., vaccines, supporting Israel, killing Muslims, etc.) to be regarded as intelligent, to be part of the cool atheist crown. This may resonate with young, alienated atheists seeking the comfort of tribal affiliation, but what they represent has no appeal to the majority of atheists.

      Atheism and agnosticism has rapidly reached parity with deism and will soon overtake it. The ruling plutocrats, many of whom are de facto Satanists, know they have to condition a critical mass of atheists to take the yolk just as they successfully conditioned America’s Christians to turn their backs on the core tenets of their religions. US intelligence bought off every major religious leader in America so that their flocks would equate Godliness with wealth and obedience to the plutocratic status quo. Any real Christian denomination would adamantly oppose pretty much everything that’s become of American culture. Instead, most Christians now eagerly go with the flow as instructed by their McChurch ministers.

      It’s unsurprising that our deep state cultural engineers would follow the same blueprint to manage the swelling numbers of Atheists. Yet, most Atheists reject the elitist, right libertarianism of Gillette and the smarmy neocon politics of Shermer, at least in part, because they are more skeptical, less faithful, and place no inherent value in obedience to thought leaders.

      “Big R”, big religion, remains the much greater threat to liberty, justice, and democracy. “Big R” is a cult to which hundreds of millions belong in America alone. Most of it’s acolytes are now de facto neocons who believe they must do anything and everything to protect Israel. Most believe that Christ was all for plutocratic capitalism. Most believe in American imperialism. Many believe in Armaggedon.

      The bigger issue here is the enormous threat posed by “Big R” religion. Religious people should be far more concerned about returning their flocks to their “small r” religious roots.

      1. Exquisitely-excellent historical, psychological, cultural and behavioral observations, insights, analyses, and distinctions, Mr. Hoop.

        I am VERY mighty-impressed by your very uncommonly-admirable mastery of unchallengeable knowledge, and by your flawlessly well-reasoned judgment, and by your VERY advanced accomplishment of competence in pragmatic objectivity.

        In other words, you nailed it, brother.

        Thanks for the thrill of reading such an exquisitely-excellent nailing. [Absolutely no reference to crucified first-century zealots intended. Sincerely. Honestly. Seriously. I swear that on my life.]

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