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This is one of those things I find so disappointing that it is almost impossible to express in words how I feel about it. Our education system is continuing to fail us.
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Anonymous asked: I'm a Christian and I just wanted to thank you for your blog. Honestly. I've showed it to many Christians who are convinced that atheists are just mad at god instead of simply logically deducing there isn't one. Your account helps answer a lot of dumb assumptions people have about atheism, and helps more Christians stop assuming they're so special they can somehow convince you otherwise. Thank you for helping educate religious folks.
Well thank you and I do appreciate the message. It seems my page does draw in some Christians and I am very glad when it does. It is always great when people can get a new perspective or gain some insight in to a world view they aren’t a part of. I especially like when it produces worthwhile and productive conversation. I will be the first to admit many of the conversations I have with believers aren’t productive at all but when I do encounter a worthwhile discussion it ends up being beneficial for both of us. The believer is able to get some insight in to why non-believers feel and think the way we do and I am able to gain further insight in to how the mind of a believer works and how they attempt to conceptualize and justify their world view. In the past I have been accused of building up straw men but I really do go out of my way to attempt to interact with believers and find out their real views and beliefs.
We can all benefit from exploring new perspectives and I can say I’m quite glad that some Christians are willing to take the time to do that. We may not agree on much when it gets down to the details but if we can agree that we are all looking for answers we can at least work from a common ground. Finding a common base is a great way to start a genuine and honest conversation. How things go from there is unpredictable but without establishing some basis of agreement it is hard to get anywhere. Thanks again for the message.
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I posted this picture several years ago but today is an important day to remember it. The man picture above was Pat Tillman, today marks ten years since his unfortunate passing. Pat Tillman was a man that played for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL and stepped away from an extremely lucrative contract in order to become an Army Ranger and assist in Afghanistan. Among the many things that Pat was known for was his open and outspoken Atheism. Sadly this man’s life was cut short in Afghanistan and the official reason was stated to be “friendly fire”. He was killed well not engaged with the enemy at all but “accidentally”, as the story goes, by one of his own. Of course this story has sparked many questions and also spawned many conspiracy theories, some being more outlandish than the others, but one that has often come up is that it may have been due to his outspoken non-belief. This hero, this warrior, walked away from a life most of us could never dream of to bravely serve when he felt he was called to do so and in the end he may have paid the ultimate price not in battle, but simply because of who he really was. Gone but not forgotten - Pat Tillman 11/6/76 - 4/22/04
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camco55 asked: How is it that you are so smart and the majority of the earth is human species development hindering sheep?
Consider for a moment how ignorant the average person you know is. Then for a moment consider the fact that roughly half the people of the world are less intelligent than that person. Then, if you haven’t lost all hope for humanity, you will realize that we have to actively work to battle ignorance. Ignorance is the simple answer, the con man’s answer, the way out of thinking. People have to work to overcome ignorance and sadly I’ve met more people that would rather work to get out of work than to actually do anything productive. We also have a great number of people actively working to dumb down others, to provide false information to drive us even further away from progress. Those are the people that really infuriate me, the real enemies of humanity, the Ken Hams and Kent Hovinds of the world. I appreciate the compliment and honestly I really don’t have that much of an ego to think I’m so much more capable than other people. I just care, I try, I learn and I pay attention. Everything I do is relatively simple. If everyone just tried to learn about one new thing every day we would be so much better off than we are now. I’m nothing special, I’m just learning, that is exactly what we need more of.
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Anonymous asked: What the fuck is up with all these religious wackos sending you crap recently? Seriously, I've seen at least 5 of these things.
They flare up every so often. I think a few of the messages were from people that recently got frustrated by conversations they attempted to have with me on Twitter.
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Anonymous asked: I've asked many questions in the past, they weren't rude or critical of your views, they were genuine questions and they went unanswered. I know it's not possible to answer all questions but the ones you do answer are almost always negative. I can't help but feel that you pick the negative ones to portray religious people in the wrong light
I receive very few legitimate questions that I haven’t addressed a hundred times before. If you ask me what my view of Buddhism is chances are I am going to ignore it, I’ve answered that question probably at least 10 different times. The problem with religious discussion is there is basically never anything new. It is all the same old stuff, which is no surprise because it is how religion is, but there are only so many times I can rehash my views on the same topic. If you have a legitimate thought provoking question you’d like to ask I’d welcome it but I don’t really believe you when you say you’ve asked “many questions” that went unanswered. The only legitimate questions I’ve received in the last 3 months that I haven’t really bothered to answer are talking about Pope Francis and Unitarian Universalism, two topics I’ve also discussed several times in the past. As far as the negatives I usually post less than half of them that I receive, many of them are so incoherent it wouldn’t be worth while or are just flat out rude and abrasive, leaving me with no reason to want to respond at all. The religious people of the world already do a fine job of making themselves look terrible, they certainly don’t need my help.
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Anonymous asked: Its funny how you spend all this effort on something you dont believe. If you dont like religion dont be a part of it Simple. Get a life
Yes because everyone knows that everyone treats religion as a deeply personal matter and they keep it entirely to themselves. You never have to deal with people having public displays or events regarding their religion. You certainly never hear people discussing their religion or using their beliefs to justify their political and social world view. You never hear people saying that their religion is the only correct world view and that all the others are wrong. You never have people looking to make laws and broadly reaching public policies based on their religious faith. You never hear people saying that if you don’t accept their religion that you lack culture, morality, sophistication, or empathy. Obviously the answer is just SO easy, don’t be part of religion. Then it just simply disappears. As long as you maintain a world view that, like this person, is so incredibly small and so shallow that you don’t consider anyone beyond yourself. Then the answer is simple. Just forget about religion and it’s all gone. Out of mind, out of sight, out of reality… How does someone make it in life being so self centered that this seems like a real possibility to you?
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Anonymous asked: Hi, yes excuse me. I had no intention of asking you anything until I saw that you called the person who said 'god loves you' a dick. Okay, it's fair enough to have a blog to express your opinion, and you obviously expect people to send things that contradict your beliefs but was it really necessary to be so rude? Maybe they didn't fully comprehend your hatred or they just wanted to remind you. I think, in fact, that you may be the only dick here.
You really think that someone that comes to my page specifically with the intention of being disrespectful to me is deserving of my respect? Are you honestly being serious? Or do you maybe have some misguided perception in your mind that the person who sent me the message “sincerely” meant it? If so then you’re just plain gullible. Whoever it was came to my page with the intention of passing on a snarky comment so they were met with a snarky reply. If you aren’t intelligent enough to be able to understand that perhaps you should just do us both a favor and avoid my page. I have absolutely no intention of being polite to pompous, snarky, and condescending religious assholes. I also have no intention of dealing with people who think attempting to police my tone is a worthwhile endeavor.
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Anonymous asked: obviously you do care something about the Lord if you dedicate all your time to hating him. You probably dont know enough about the Lord or understand him or havent ever really been close to him and that is why you hate him. I just want to say that whatever happened that made you this way no one cares. But offending God as a cry for help is pathetic and if you dont believe respect those who do, Grow up and find something better to do. & Btw Jesus loves you although you are ignorant as hell.
You know normally when I get these pathetically idiotic messages they at least fain sympathy. Normally when I am met with this kind of garbage people follow it up with “I care, I’m sorry” or some other type of hollow pleasantry. It is quite a drastic change to hear someone say that “no one cares”. The problem is that it is quite apparent that people do care. A great number of people have come to my page and read my experiences and my view point when it comes to this topic. A great number of them have enjoyed it, many have commented, but regardless there are certainly some people that do care. When people denounce religious fairy tales and empty fantasies they’re able to care even more about the real world and the people within the world.
As far as any “cry for help” I can assure you that this page is far from it. I have had this page several years at this point and have lived with the view points that I hold even longer. It is amazing just how solipsistic the religious get that they feel someone rejecting their view point must be some ridiculous cry for help, a denunciation of real humanity, some sort of mental defect. It is certainly the contrary, leaving religion and letting go of religion is extremely liberating and has been one of the most freeing events I’ve ever gone through in my life. I don’t look to “offend god” because obviously I don’t believe in such a character. Your “god” must be an extremely pathetic creature though if he is able to be “offended” by my words and actions. Doesn’t quite seem like the quality worthy of some divine being, does it?
People like yourself often come to my page and attempt to sling a bit of mud in the hopes that it will silence me but generally it is one of the things that most spurs me on. I can handle your pathetic assumptions and asinine comments but there are some people in the world that may genuinely feel hurt by these type of comments. Is that really your goal? Are you hoping that you can bully me IN to religion? Are you hoping that if you rip me down and break me apart I’ll become as dysfunctional and needy as you and jump to religion as some soft of security blanket? I really can’t say because I don’t know what your goal is in sending this type of comment but whatever it is, it is surely a reflection of exactly how ridiculous you are. You’ll start a message telling me how no one cares about what I’ve gone through but end it with telling me your imaginary friend loves me? Perhaps it’s time you work on your own issues some more before you worry about any of mine.
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