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Anonymous asked: Do you have any religous friends? How do you treat religous people in real life?
I do have a few religious friends but I find it is a topic we normally avoid. It is no secret that I am an Atheist and I feel strongly on my views so people that know me know that is part of who I am. I have no problem though with people who chose to remain religious as long as they are still good people and don’t let it control their life. I don’t think I could ever associate with anyone that is fanatical about their religion. When it comes to people I don’t know though I am quite open as well. If someone tries to stop me on the streets and invite me to a church event I will tell them directly that I am an Atheist and that I don’t appreciate them trying to recruit me. Honestly I’d prefer they don’t attempt to recruit anyone at all but I really can’t control what happens beyond their interaction with me.
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Anonymous asked: I'm personally an atheist, but I've had this discussion with some of my friends recently and thought I'd ask you as well. If there was a random new religion that made people super nice and altruistic, would you be completely fine with it since it benefits others, or would it still bug you more that they believed in something that doesn't exist?
In all the time I’ve spend researching and discussion religion I’ve never really come across a good fully encompassing definition of what exactly a religion is. So by my own definition I’ve separated religion from other schools of thought based on two things, dogma and faith. These things in combination are the only things I can point to that would differentiate a religion from some other belief system. So with that I would have to question what exactly would this new religion point to as its dogma and what beliefs or thoughts would have to be accepted based on faith alone. Those spots are where you really find the pitfalls of a religion and you also get a better glimpse at the true underlying reason for the religion. Without knowing the answer to these things in regard to this hypothetical religion it would be very hard to say what my view of it would be.
It is also hard to imagine why it would be that this new religion would make people more altruistic and nicer than they would be without it. History is filled with many examples of cult type organization that did exactly that for some individuals but you’d be hard pressed to find many people that would give them a stamp of approval because of it. I think we have good reason to distrust systems that promise us happiness in exchange for simple belief. If life was that simple we would probably find happiness in much more abundance. Perhaps there is a theoretical system that could be imagined that I wouldn’t find malicious but it is very hard to imagine and bringing some like that from theory in to practice would be all but impossible.
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Anonymous asked: Just wanted to let you know that God loves you! :)
*Some restrictions may apply, like if you piss him of he’ll send you to a dungeon for all of eternity and make you suffer in pain so you learn your lesson, because he loves you and if you don’t love him back you obviously have to suffer unimaginable horrors for this offense.
Also, you’re a dick.
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Anonymous asked: Do you know of any Atheists who have been murdered for the fact that they were Atheists?
The most recent story I recall came out of Texas a couple years ago:
It is certainly not a common occurrence in modern times but as this story shows it also isn’t unheard of.
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Anonymous asked: You know how a pro-gay person might say to an anti-gay, "How dare you think homosexuality is destructive! It's a part of who they are and representing themselves is important to them!" (For the record, I am a Christian who doesn't judge gays at all and am okay with homosexuality). Well, that's how I feel when people like you say my faith in Jesus is "destructive" even though it's so important to me. I try to respect all beliefs including atheism, but people like you make it hard to do that.
You are comparing two entirely different things and attempting to call them equal. People are born as homosexuals, you weren’t born as a Christian. You make the active choice to believe in something destructive and ultimately untrue. How out of control is your ego to even attempt to compare these two things and act as if someone speaking badly about your religion is the same as someone being persecuted for their sexuality? How can you even attempt to compare the two?
What persecution have you suffered? You had a few Atheists laugh or mock you for believing something ridiculous? You really think this is on equal par to the abuse and persecution homosexuals have received? You really think that having your feelings slightly hurt is equal to a group of people who have been killed, denied rights, humiliated, and exiled from society at times? You have positively enraged me with your comment. I have absolutely no sympathy for you. The fact that you can even attempt to say something so idiotic must be a symptom of how out of touch with reality you are. What a pathetic cry baby.
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Anonymous asked: How ironic. You're way more hateful to Christians than most of the Christians I know are to atheists. Way to give atheism a bad name.
You must live in a very small world. Does the majority of human interaction you receive come exclusively from the internet? Also, when did I become the spokesman for Atheism?
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Anonymous asked: There's an article called "10 Things Christians and Atheists Can (And Must) Agree On." Google it and read it. It's a Cracked article, but you definitely look like the person who needs it.
I haven’t read a worthwhile article on Cracked in quite a long time now and looks like this is no different. What a nauseatingly idiotic article. You owe me 3 minutes of my life back.
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Anonymous asked: what's your opinion on feminism??
In the most basic sense I absolutely agree with the goal of feminism. Anyone that disagrees that both men and women should be treated equally has to be either a horrible person or more worried about their own self interest than the general good of humanity. When it comes to the topic of discussing feminism and being active in the movement it becomes much more convolution and confusing. I often hear discussions about what is or is not feminism, what type of views and beliefs are and are not acceptable within a world view that encourages feminism. I have seen a lot of mud slinging and in fighting which is why I generally avoid the label and the discussion, so I guess in the most basic sense I’d leave it as a simple yes I agree with it with no qualifiers.
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Anonymous asked: If you are so firm in your belief of no God, then why so you get angry and hateful about Christian posts? Why do most Atheists in general get angry? I understand people of faith getting offended, but you have nothing to lose and no God to defend.
You seem to be the type of person that doesn’t bother to look for even a moment beyond my username to try and see what my page is actually like. This is likely just a trolling message and unworthy of an actual response but there seems to be an unfortunately large number of people that really don’t understand why Atheists care at all. In America especially we are constantly met with people who attempt to use their “faith” as justification for their actions and beliefs. We have to deal with people who look to deny rights to women or minority groups in order to preserve their “faith”. We have to deal with idiots who want to push their beliefs and their idiotic world view on to others. We have to deal with Christians who are constantly getting special privilege and the moment that they are told no they whine and cry about it like a child with a scrapped knee.
I get offended that we live in a country where teachers have to struggle in order to be able to teach evolution. I get offended that I get told corporations can make be exempted from laws because of their “religious beliefs”. I get offended that we live in a country that is literally being destroyed from the inside out by religious fundamentalism and religious miseducation. I get offended that idiots like yourself can’t seem to understand why someone would care at all unless they have some magical invisible sky daddy to answer to. In the end no matter how many times I get offended, it doesn’t matter, being offended is a useless emotion. When I push beyond any personal offense I may feel at the slights I see on a daily basis what I really feel is genuine worry. I worry for the future of this country because if it continues to be overrun by religious idiocy unabated we are doomed. There is absolutely no way that we can return to being a true world power and still have so many people cling to their religious belief. For the betterment of the entire country, for its people, and for the entire future of the world, that is why I, and so many others, care.
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