THE IMMORALITY OF LEADING ATHEISTS
This section offers evidence of the kind of
morality the leaders of modern atheism openly embraced. These individuals
have been the "role models" for many atheists for decades.
(From Playboy Interview)
PLAYBOY: How many lovers have you had, if you don't mind our asking?
... I've had five affairs, all of them real wingdings.
Would you call yourself an advocate of free love?
describe myself as a sexual libertarian -- but I'm not a libertine. "To
his own" is my motto. If anybody wants to engage in any kind of sexual
activity with any consenting partner, that is their business. I don't feel
that I can sit in judgment on them, or that society can sit in judgment on
And my sex life is peculiarly
my own. I will engage in sexual activity with a consenting male any time and
any place I d--n well please.
of Madalyn Murray O’hair. <http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/madplay.htm>
(28 Oct 2007).
AYN RAND (Philosopher)
“ To live for his own sake means
that the achievement of his own happiness is man’s highest moral purpose.”
Rand, Ayn, The Virtue of Selfishness. New York:
Signet Books, 1964, 27.
(3 June, 2009).
several years, Rand's close relationship with the much younger Branden
turned into a romantic affair, with the
consent of their spouses."
(3 June, 2009).
“In 1940, Camus married again.
His second wife was Francine Faure,… Although never divorced, Francine
suffered immensely from Albert’s persistent and public infidelities.”
“Camus…bought a handsome stone
farm house for his family in Province. (Mi, Camus’ young Danish mistress
often stayed at the farm house nearby.”
“ But Camus was not a Christian.
He neither believed in God nor accepted the specific morality of
Christianity. He liked to think of himself as instinctively pagan, a man in
love with the tangible pleasures of this earth rather than the ethereal
blessings of Heaven.”
Kamber, R., On Camus. Belmont,
California: Wadworth Philosophers Series, 2001, 3, 5, 7.
JEAN PAUL SARTRE / SIMONE DE BOUVOIR
"Although Sartre and Simone (De
Bouvoir) were lovers from the early 1930’s onwards, they never married, and
each had what were quite often well-publicized affairs with other people."
Thody, P., Read, H., Introducing Sartre.
Cambridge: Icon Books, 2005, 72.
"He believed that the values of
self-sacrifice inherent in Christianity undermined the cultural development;
that democracy and socialism, which treated all people equally, stifled
individual creativity and genius; and that universal suffrage gave power to
the masses. Therefore, it was up to exceptional individuals to take
leadership. He outlined his plan for a new generation of “supermen” who
“were free from sentimental inhibitions and prepared …to use violence in the
building of a new, nobler world.” (Hitler was one of his most
"Thus Spake Zarathustra" (1883-1884).
Christopher, J.R., Wittet, G.G., Modern Western Civilization.
Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1991, 214.
(Although Russell is often quoted by atheists as one of their champions, he
was an agnostic, by his own admission.)
"He was a regular visitor at Garsington, the country estate of
Lady Ottoline Morrell
with whom he had a long affair. It
was there that he also met
whom he had a fairly virulent falling out.
In 1921 he divorced and married for the second time
to Dora Black, with
whom he set up a progressive school.
During the late 1920s and early 1930s, as his marriage to Dora broke down
and as he lost faith in Beacon Hill, Russell continued to write books
intended to emancipate readers from what he saw as the fetters of outmoded
religious belief, restrictive marriages, repressed attitudes towards human
sexuality, and authoritarian education practices.
In 1936 he married for the third time
to Patricia (Peter) Helen Spence. "
"Bertrand Russell, Biographical
Notes," Mantex.com. <http://www.mantex.co.uk/ou/a319/russell.htm>
(6 November, 2006).
SIGMUND FREUD (Father of
(Freud is revered as the father of modern psychology. He was a committed
atheist, and apparently an incestuous adulterer)
WAS FREUD A cad? Has the
founder of psychoanalysis been caught with his pants down?
emerged that suggests Freud had an affair with Minna Bernays, his
sister-in-law, who shared his apartment at Vienna's Berggasse 19, where
Freud lived with his wife Martha and their six children.
A hotel ledger discovered
by Franz Maciejewski, a German sociologist and specialist in psychoanalysis,
shows that on August 13, 1898, Freud checked into a Swiss hotel...But when
Freud checked into the Schweizerhaus (Swiss House) in Maloja,
he signed the
register "Dr Sigm Freud u frau", meaning "Dr Sigmund Freud and wife".
and Freud spent that night together in Room 11.
"Freud's first slip?"
The Age. <http://www.theage.com.au/news/books/freuds-first-slip/2007/03/01/1172338791947.html>
(25 April, 2007)
existence of a
deity, and refusing to admit as evidence
a priori arguments, d'Holbach saw in
the universe nothing save matter in motion. In this, he was influenced by
John Toland. The foundation of
morality is happiness:
"It would be useless and almost unjust to insist
upon a man's being virtuous if he cannot be so without being unhappy. So
long as vice renders him happy, he should love vice."
theory of morality can be seen as a precursor to
"Baron D'Holbach," Wikipedia.
(4 April, 2007).
BARON DE SADE
(18th Century French Philosopher who
epitomizes the life style of many who abandon God and conceive their own
immoral code. The word "Sadism" originates in this man)
"French philosopher Donatien Aldonse Louis de Sade
argued, often eloquently, for the rejection of faith and religion and
embrace of the self and its desires..."
"It was de Sade's unusual sexual proclivities that
made him the man who lent his name to the term 'sadism', and although his
personal preferences are perverse by today's standards, they were not
particularly unusual for young aristocrats in the eighteenth century. It was his writings -- 'Justine', '120 Days of Sodom', 'Lusts of the
Libertines', and others -- which branded him an arch pornographer. The
lion's share of these writings involve varying combinations of dubious
sexual activities, violence, and fecal matter."
His work aside, de Sade was a rather romantic
figure, spending some 29 years behind bars
(either prison or asylum), and escaping in circumstances
that shame the Scarlet Pimpernel.
History House., <http://www.historyhouse.com/in_history/desade> (4 April, 2007).
The ultra-intolerant view
of women contrasts with Schopenhauer's generally liberal views on
other social issues: he was strongly against
taboos on issues like
(To be fair, it must be added that he did oppose slavery).
(13 August, 2008)
"In 1950, after having become a fan of
Ayn Rand's novels and exchanging letters and phone calls with her, the
19-year-old Branden met Rand. The pair went on to develop an eighteen-year
personal and professional relationship.
Eventually, Rand and the much younger
Branden had a romantic affair. While both were married to other people at
the time, both of their respective spouses consented to the affair before it
In 1965 Branden separated from his wife. In 1968, the
close relationship between Rand and Branden came to an abrupt end when Rand
discovered that Branden had been having a sexual relationship with a third
without Rand's knowledge, for more than four years.
Shortly thereafter, Branden
married Scott (a divorce with Barbara having occurred before his break with
Branden married a third time in 1978, wedding businesswoman Devers Israel,
from whom he is also divorced."
(3 June, 2009).
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