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I just bought my ticket to see a screening of The Unbelievers that has a Q&A session with Richard Dawkins and Laurence Krauss and I am so excited I am actually almost hyperventilating!!!!
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Anonymous asked: I honestly don't see how you are disrespectful by any means like a couple of those people previously have said. I think they are just closed minded who hate the fact people are different and go against their beliefs. I find you very knowledgeable, respectful, and interesting. I wish there were a lot more people like you.
People are allowed to feel disrespected for just about any reason. I honestly can’t help what people feel disrespected over so I’ve found it is best to not worry about it. When someone says that something I do or say is disrespectful I basically say so what? That is an issue for the person who feels that disrespected, not for me. They should figure out why what I did or what I said made them feel that way and more likely than not it has to do with their own hyper sensitivity than with anything I actually did. Thank you for the message though I definitely appreciate it.
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centertree asked: You are right, perhaps I misunderstood your caption about what you hate precisely, my apologies. I guess I would caution against using the word ignorance in my direction though seeing as how your interpretation of religion is simply not correct, at least not Christianity. I do appreciate the speedy reply. I guess I just get slightly confused when people have such harsh opinions of religion and claim their belief in nothing is not a belief in itself. Do you think evolution is how we came to be?
There is no perhaps about it, you clearly misunderstood it completely. Then you turn and come back with some arrogant nonsense about how I don’t understand Christianity. There are thousands of interpretations of Christianity, I’m quite certain you feel yours is correct (hence why you believe it) but that is simply egotistical and a clear symptom of solipsism. Atheism is by definition not a belief in itself, it is the denial of the asserted claims of others, anyone capable of understanding a simple definition would understand that. Evolution is clear scientific fact, I’m not even going to attempt to debate it because there is literally no point in arguing over it. If you ignore mountains of scientific evidence I quite doubt you’d listen to anything I say. I feel this will likely be the end of our interactions, at least publicly, I hate spending times catching someone up to speed on the absolute basics of a topic before they can even attempt to join in to a conversation. You clearly have plenty to learn.
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centertree asked: I get that religion is an often misused platform from which self-righteous preach but to say that atheism is any better is quite a long shot, especially given the standard you set here. So you're saying it's ok for you to hate people and to stop them from believing in God but if they think the same thing towards you it is because they are stupid and brain washed? Seems kind of irrational, not to mention under a godless existence what's it matter, we are all leading meaningless lives anyway.
How can you expect us to engage in a proper discussion when you can’t even do me the favor of representing my views correctly? I make it quite clear countless times that I do not hate people, but I hate religion. I can hate the belief and not hate the believer. You’re completely misrepresenting my view and what I believe so the vast majority of what you say isn’t worth responding to, it isn’t my view.
As for the other parts of your message there are a few very very important factors that separate Atheism from any religious view. Those are dogma and faith, two things that every religion has but that Atheism completely lacks in a general sense. There is nothing related to Atheism that requires a faith based view and there is no dogma to the single non-belief that is Atheism. That is what makes Atheism more accountable, we don’t have to rely on “faith” or “tradition” to justify our world views, we have to find another real way to be accountable for our views and beliefs, whatever they may be.
As for your parting message, that is just the type of small minded thinking that I absolutely despise. I see it as quite the opposite because if you really believe religion and believe that you have all of eternity waiting for you then this life doesn’t matter. Most religions are anti worldly, putting a greater importance on the “after life” than this life, on what comes next than what you’re actually living. Don’t dare be so ignorant to think that Atheism is the world view that devalues this life, quite the opposite, it is one of the only ones that can really celebrate it. That is why it matters, that is why it is important, because this world and this life is the only thing we can really know is real.
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Anonymous asked: I've just had it with fucking "religious freedom" It's all about doing what they want and deny other people of it. It's like "You don't get to eat ice cream because it's what I eat" fucking christians. Sorry. I come to you a lot to rant.
It’s quite alright. I am honestly a bit amazed that in this day and age so many people are really considering such things. Instead of giving religion more special rights it should be getting less. I can only feel that this is a symptom of religion being backed in to a corner. So many of the small minded religious bigots hate the fact that they are forced to accept other people in (what they see as) “their” society, in to “their” businesses, and in “their” country. Egotism and solipsism is a characteristic very closely tied to religious belief so it is no surprise that it is all about them. They just want to be able to deny other people access to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness because apparently other people being happy makes them furious.
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adamyakes asked: I've heard some pretty stupid remarks about atheism. "[I] know there's a god, I'm just denying it." "Something awful must have happened to you." Do you have advice for convincing people that none of that is true? That atheism isn't pessimism?
If I had a good answer to that I would be able to solve a lot of the issues facing Atheists everywhere. Unfortunately people would rather be afraid and make silly assumptions about things that they don’t understand. Most religious people think that non-believers must have some kind of “defect” in order to not believe because in their mind there is no good reason that someone wouldn’t believe otherwise. The only thing that will ever really overcome this is time and education. When these people finally either understand what non-belief is like or are forced to face it with someone they know or love comes out to them as a non-believer. Until that happens thought unfortunately you’ll probably be met with many silly and even offensive assumptions. I’ve had several people insinuate that I must have been abused by a priest as a child to have the “anger” towards religion that I do. Certainly not the case, I simply have a fully functioning conscious.
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adamyakes asked: Has there ever been a question Christians have asked you that has truly stumped you?
In a way very often I am stumped. I have no problem though saying that I don’t know to some very complex questions. I have been often asked “Well how did life begin? How did the earth get here?” very difficult questions that really there is just no good answer to as of yet. Often demanding immediate answers is part of the biggest problem with religion, it gives people very bad answers to very serious questions. It attempts to make very definite claims on very unknown things. People are afraid to admit they don’t know but in many ways to me that is a fun part of life, not knowing everything. We still have something to learn, mysteries to solve, riddles to answer, and I think that is fantastic. Unfortunately I think a lot of that magic is lost on the religious, if anything gets too complicated for them they’ll just stamp “G O D” on it and move on. We will never find out real answer that way, only by continuing to explore and question will we have any hope of uncovering answers.
"Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it" - Voltaire
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alexroberts182 asked: Your blog is awesome and fantastic and one of the better atheist blogs out there! Not sure where you're from, but you have my support from the UK!
Thank you, I know I have lots of awesome people in the UK that follow my page but unfortunately I am in the United States. The country where people’s right to be assholes is more important than the right to be different.
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junkypride asked: And also, not meant to be offensive, but not all Christians are against science and don't believe in evolution. Not meaning to come off rude.
Yes, I get it the bible is the “one true inspired word of God” except for the parts that you don’t personally agree with and the stuff you are forced to admit is wrong because of science. Just saying, a bit hypocritical.
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