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Anonymous said: So I recently became an atheist. Yet my whole family is Pentecostal fundamentalist. I still live at home and am forced to go to church and not allowed to tell anyone I'm an atheist for fear of "leading them astray". Regardless my mother and I have constant battles, her being an apologist. One thing I have noticed though is that Christianity has become like a form of life support for her. For such individuals is it better to allow them there views? Even if you think there views are hurtful?!
I wouldn’t say better, but in some cases it is the only option. There are certain people that are just entirely unreachable. No matter what type of facts or information you present to them they’ll simply reject them. There are people that cling so strongly to their religious ideas that there is absolutely nothing in the world that will get them to give it up. The more you try to discuss or dissuade them the more the they dig in deeply to their convictions. I feel terribly sad for those people, they certainly aren’t better of, they’ve just given up on any other way. They are some of the saddest victims of religion in my view.
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Anonymous said: Isn't it tiring to feel such a strong hate towards something? How can you cope with that? I'm just curious because I wouldn't be able to handle any feeling that strong. At peace is good.
Nope I’m just fine with it. I think I’d be bothered morally if I didn’t have such strong feelings considering all the years of research and study on the topic of religion I’ve done. I have had to learn to place certain priorities on my frustration in order to personally not feel overwhelmed. If I was bothered by every travesty that is done in regards to religion all over the world I’d never have a moment of peace. I get most bothered by the things happening right outside my door and it’s not as if I don’t care about things happening in the rest of the world but I simply can’t put as much focus and effort on those things all the time. I’d love to change the world but I’ll settle with not having to deal with it the moment I walk outside my front door. Being a silent witness to something you know is such a tragedy against humanity makes you at least slightly culpable in my view.
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Anonymous said: You give educated reasons and data when you talk about your opinions on most topics. But when it comes to the legitimacy of agnostics you simply say they're being pussys who don't want to pick a side and possibly upset someone. I find it hard to believe that someone of a different view point can tell another what they feel inside. I say this because I have for years tried to take myself away from the neutral stand point I have about the existence of God(s). Yet I can't seem to take myself (c)
(cont.) to either side. If I force myself to go one way or the total opposite way, neither one feels true. I can say the declaration of there being a God or not but they feel empty and they don’t sit right with me either way. I am not afraid to offend anyone nor do I wish to either. I just think it is possible to be truly neutral because I I have tried everything and nothing can shake me one way or another and I would actually like to have a side that I feel whole with that I feel is the truth.
You know I’ve discussed agnostics dozens of times and I really don’t understand how this is such a hard concept for people to grasp. I don’t think your recollection of how I referred to agnostics is exactly correct but the sentiment is generally correct. The problem has absolutely nothing to do with how I feel or how you feel. I’m not invalidating anyone’s view I’m simply saying you either don’t understand the definitions of the words or you’re purposely sitting on a fence as to not pick a side.
Your misunderstanding comes from the fact that you think you have to know something in order to answer. It doesn’t matter what side the truth is (in relation to this question) because asking if you’re an Atheist or a theist doesn’t ask what you know or what information you have, it’s asking what you BELIEVE. Even if you can’t settle on a side that you feel is entirely true you still have a personally held belief. You either do or do not believe that a god or gods exist. When someone asks you if you believe in god or not they’re not asking you if it’s true that there is a god, they’re asking what you personally think based on your view point and opinion. You either believe or don’t believe, there is no third option.
Of course this view point and opinion can change frequently, it could even change from one day to the next. You could have an event or an experience at any moment that somehow triggers you in to believing that god does exist and with it your answer to the question would change. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have an answer right now. You might not want to pick a side, you might try your best to avoid the answer but when someone asks you what do you BELIEVE deep down it is either a you do or you don’t. Don’t worry about it being true or not, that’s an entirely different topic and a completely different question. When it comes down to someone asking you though what you believe, I don’t know isn’t acceptable, you do know, even if you don’t want to say it.
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Anonymous said: Why do you blog here on tumblr? Is it to meet and talk to other atheists who also hate religion? Or to try to open discussions with others and try to open their minds to your view point? Many atheists do not blog, so why do you think you do?
I’m quickly approaching my five year Tumblr anniversary and as far as I remember there really weren’t any sites quite like Tumblr when I first started. I considered other blogging platforms but I really like the interaction and social aspects of Tumblr. I’m the type of person that thinks much more deeply and clearly when I’m provoked with a thought or an idea, it’s a bit tough for me to just sit down and come up with a topic on my own that I passionately want to write about. When I first started this page I figured it would be something very small that very few people would ever read or take notice of but thankfully it has become fairly popular. I have thousands of followers (and thousands more who have came and gone over that time) and it really makes me feel like I can get my views and ideas out to a wide range of people. I originally just wanted a place to vent mostly, I had all these ideas and thoughts jumbled up in my head and I wanted a place to express them. Years later now I’m in a different place in my life even though my feelings are still there. It seems the older I get the less and less “free time” I have to devote to these type of things but I still do enjoy it when I get the chance. My activity level my have its ups and downs but I’m glad that I maintain this page and despite the many times issues and things tumblr has done in the past that I don’t agree with I do still like this format more than most other blog type pages available.
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Anonymous said: Hey dude. I grew up a catholic, and went atheist, and joined a different church. I get it. But I read something about your confusion on the evolution v creationism, and it's fairly easy to believe both. I'm not saying i understand dinosaurs. But I do know that science (bc I'm still logical) hasn't actually proven how Homo Sapiens came to be. We've evolved over time, definitely. And everything else does too. That's science. But that's just my two cents on the matter! Have a good day, man
It is easy for people to believe either when they’re intellectually lazy. No one that genuinely cares about facts and science can believe in Creationism. No one that studies the topic can come back and say “Oh I see all this wonderful scientific information but I think it’s all wrong and actually a magical man in the sky zapped life on to this planet.” Science has proven that evolution happened, since evolution has happened modern humans came about as a result of evolution. All life is the result of evolution, even dinosaurs and scientists understand that quite well. That is all the proof that is needed. There is no other explanation that doesn’t completely ignore all available scientific information. I have no problem in understanding that some people do genuinely believe in Creationism, but those are people that do more harm to the scientific community than good. Those are the people that drag the rest of humanity down when we attempt to progress.
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Anonymous said: Separation of church and state, this law seems to have been forgotten by many politicians and religious leaders. Why do you think more and more people are forgetting this?
There are a lot of people now that are even attempting to take it one step further and claim that was never the real intention of the founding fathers at all. Con artists like David Barton would have you believe that our founding fathers actually wanted religion ingrained with the government and these revisionist historians are actually gaining a fair amount of popularity. Unfortunately with the current political climate we have a lot of very unhappy conservative religious believers, given the fact that they’re already believers of course they feel Christianity holds the answers they need. You can see it most obviously in the “Tea Party” mentality but many of them believe our political woes are due to a rejection of Christianity or some separation from god. They feel the only way to right this wrong is to work as hard as they possibly can to get Christianity back in to politics. You see it all the time lately and if Christians were allowed to run unchecked who knows what terrible end they may take it too. When I reflect on these kind of things it’s when I become even more grateful for groups like the FFRF and American Atheist who work tirelessly (and without much thanks) to try to uphold a secular America. It’s a bit sad really that these two groups have to work so hard against political powers simply to try and achieve and uphold a secular America. Christianity is nearing the point where it has to resurge or die. The only thing I can figure is that for many this is the last recourse for a resurgence, I’m quite glad to say it likely won’t be successful. Unless we entirely forget history we know that marrying politics and religion is a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately most Christians aren’t known for having a firm grasp on history though.
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Anonymous said: You tend to bash a lot on Christianity for being hypocrites, but you seem to be one as well. You want us to uphold all our practices, but then you're happy we don't stone people? How does that make you any different from us? It doesn't. I respect your beliefs, but don't hold yourself in higher esteem. Everything you seem to be angry about, you're also doing right back. Think about it.
I’m not surprised that I rarely seem to get very intelligent comments from anons. Let me explain to you easily and simply why you’re wrong. For a Christian to say “I possess a special book that should be used as a guide to live my life and was inspired by the the one true god, but I’m simply going to disregard or ignore the parts that I don’t like or that aren’t convenient for me.” is completely hypocritical. Yet this is what all Christians essentially have to say otherwise they’d be in jail for all of the terrible crimes against humanity they’ve committed. Thankfully I don’t have to live with this same level of cognitive dissonance, I have no magic book so I am in no way similar. Also, I have absolutely no WANT for Christians to uphold these ignorant and barbaric practices. I am simply pointing out the hypocrisy of putting adoration on a book to the point of worship that you don’t even actually follow. There is no hypocrisy in pointing out the hypocrisy of others and still being glad that they don’t correct that hypocrisy because the outcome of attempting to correct it would be terrible. If you can’t understand how that makes me different than Christians I don’t think I can dumb down the concept any further for you.
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emotionalboys2k1 said: do you ever get pissed at agnostics? I do. even though I am an agnostic anti-theist, I get kind of annoyed at just agnostics sometimes. as far as I am concerned, most of them (at least the one I know) are just pussies who don't want to piss off a potential god and/atheists and theists. Do you agree?
It honestly does bother me when people say that they are just “agnostic” because it seems a bit dishonest to me. No one is simply agnostic. The vast majority of agnostics I’ve come across tend to be Atheist but either find that label off putting or simply don’t recognize the difference between what they believe and what they think we can know. The label agnostic/gnostic does serve a purpose but it isn’t simply a stance of belief. I’ve also come across some people who feel that taking a side makes them committed to defending that view point, I understand that as well but they don’t realize how effortless it can be to be an Atheist. Being an Atheist at its core simply means you don’t believe in any god or gods, you don’t buy in to anyone’s garbage, not just Christianity, not just Islam, but all of it. At that point the burden of proof isn’t on the non-believer, it’s on the religious people who claim to have special knowledge.
(Also before anyone points out the people that “simply don’t care” they would be by definition considered “agnostic apatheists”, basically the don’t know, don’t care mentality.)
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liznet said: Do you have any Christian friends or friends who practice religion?
I have a few but I’m generally an introverted type of person. I have very few people I would consider extremely close friends and out of those only a couple are really practicing religious believers. I’m the same way on this site even I only regularly exchange messages with a very small number of people. I tend to avoid the discussion with people that I know outside the internet more than I used to because I’ve been able to see how strong emotions can become. I had someone I haven’t spoken to since high school message me once saying that he wanted to beat this shit out of me for saying that Moses never led the exodus out of Egypt (as history has shown) and that he’d punch me in the face if he ever saw me again. Needless to say it turned in to a huge fight with him attempting to drag out every childhood insult that was ever thrown at me on a school playground. I don’t have time for that drama and that nonsense. I have this as an outlet to vent and discuss and that’s what I continue to use it for. Basically in order for me to be friends with a religious believer they have to have a relaxed attitude about it and in return I do my best to keep my snarky Atheist comments to myself.
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Anonymous said: Do you think that religion has any benefit at all? Or is it all bad?
Anything that happens to be good that comes out of religion can be achieved through easier, less corrupt, and more honest means than religion. For that reason I see religion as solely a negative, the bad actions that it inspires are often nearly unique to religion. No one has ever shown me any good that can be accomplished through religion that can’t be accomplished through better means.
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