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So my oldest son will be turning 7 in a few months and is at a very curious age, apparently his curiosity has turned to the subject of god a few times. I always try to let him know that I am open to talking with him about anything he’d like and will try to answer any questions he has as best I can. Whenever the topic comes up I try to do my best to hedge my own personal skepticism, I try to explain that there are many views and emphasize how important it it to some people, but he invariably asks me for my own opinion on the topic and I let him know honestly. Since he looks up to me he usually just adapts my view so as a result he views the idea of god as make believe, an imaginary story, but he realizes how important the topic is to some people. Anyways the entire point of this explanation is because I have to share our conversation last night.
We are finally getting a bit of warm weather in our area so he and I walked down to a local park last night. They have a few swings there and we always enjoy swinging together. He got a little bit bored and got on to the swing stomach first and was “flying” with his arms out. I told him “When I was little we used to call that Superman style.” to which he laughed and said “Nuh uh, I don’t believe you.”
I asked, “Why don’t you believe me?”
To which he replied laughing, “Cause that’s just a fairy tale…just like god!”
I couldn’t stop laughing for a solid five minutes. It was just the way he said it so casually and matter of factly. He definitely is my boy. I am trying to do my best to make sure that I don’t impose my own view on him too strongly but it is a very difficult thing to avoid. At least if he does end up following in my foot steps it appears he’ll have the wit to at least remain entertaining. I really do love being a parent.
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Anonymous asked: Why are you so hateful? Why cant see the good religious people the non crazy Jesus freaks there are good religious people out there ya know and tons of scientists that are religious as well. I think we all need to just get along and respect views
My blog page goes back several hundred pages at this point, I don’t even know quite how long because I haven’t checked in quite some time. Do you really think that I haven’t been given basically this exact same comment about a dozen different times?
Do you voice your comment to people that spread hate in the name of their religion? Do you speak up to those that look to deny other people liberties in the name of religion? Do you chastise and condemns those within religion that abuse children by denying them health care and vaccines, or access to a quality education, or even worse abuses that there is no need to detail? When you go and talk to those people then how bout you come back and talk to me about how I should feel. Until then you can go fuck yourself for trying to silence someone on the internet for trying to bring awareness to real issues well monsters in the world commit real evils and you stay completely silent. Half ass believers that would rather bitch at me about commenting on the internet than lift one finger to right all the wrongs I regularly point out are pathetic.
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rawranansi asked: I've been following for you for awhile and wanted to say that, being put into private catholic schools my entire life (finally out and at an art college) it was incredibly difficult realizing that I thought of religion the same way I thought of Santa Clause around 3rd grade. Secondly, realizing everyone around me did not see it the way I did. And thirdly the ongoing battle between my parents and their disapproval. Coming to art school has helped me realize I'm not crazy, and so has following you
(cont) So, you know, thanks for that. It started to seem like I was the weird one for needing any sort of proof or logic.
You’re very welcome and I can definitely relate to how that feels. The experience is different for everyone but being immersed in a world where it seems like everyone believes and you feel like the outsider can be extremely challenging. I even have moments every now and then when in quiet reflection I ask why it is that I am so different than most of humanity. Why it is that countless millions all throughout history have so readily and easily believed what I couldn’t possibly bring myself to believe even if I wanted to? The simplest answer, for me, is that I am living in a wonderful time of history that allows me that possibility. Sometimes it is just important to know you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing, I wish I could reach that message out to the thousands of young people that are likely going through that same thing right now, hopefully they will be able to persevere and emerge all the stronger because of it.
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I haven’t watched the first episode yet myself, I’m waiting for when my son and I can watch it together, but this is ridiculous. Why do these people that obviously have no interest in real science even bother to watch this show? Just another no hope for humanity moment to start your Monday morning.
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Anonymous asked: I feel like putting bible in every hotel rooms is blatant disrespect. I've seen this in every hotels and inns I've been at. I think they should just leave the room be and keep different religious scriptures at front desk for customers if they wanted. I highly doubt people come at hotels to pray anyways.
That would be a totally reasonable way to handle the situation. The problem is that you and I are reasonable people and the people that want to cram bibles in to every hotel room usually are not. I am continually stunned by the idiotic things that religious believers will often say in complete seriousness to try to defend their cultural domination. We are finally reclaiming secularism throughout the country, the way it always should have been. We see it as establishing a measure of equality. Religious believers see it as an “attack” on their faith. Almost makes you wonder how they’d react if they ever actually faced any measure of real persecution for their beliefs.
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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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