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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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Anonymous said: Atheist to Atheist, I think you're kind of a douche.
Atheist to Atheist, if you think I give a fuck you have no idea who I am.
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marvelfanatic233 said: Hey, first if you read this, don't get mad ok :) I know you hate religion, but Christianity is MORE than just a "religion". It is a way of life that was distorted by America and thought of as weird and annoying, but it really isn't. Just remember God loves you. God is love. He knows we sin, and we aren't perfect, but he is there for us! I know your frustration and all, but it's ok. Just remember that God has your back :D we can talk later if you want, just remember my username
Nope, Christianity is a religion. Doesn’t matter what else you consider it to be it is still just a religion. It’s no more different or special or true than any other religion ever invented in history. Your beliefs are not special and unique, your world view is not more worthy of consideration than any other. I don’t sin and I’m not a sinner because I reject your system. Don’t label me with the same garbage that you’ve bought in to. We’re not all sinners because we’re not all so gullible to buy in to this invented demerit system. I have always kept my ask box open and welcome messages at any time but if you really are going to message me again please come with something other than these infantile bland baseless assertions about your imaginary friend. They’re all things every Atheist has heard a thousand times and only continue to sound more lame every time they’re repeated.
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Anonymous said: Hey could you enlighten me on the term islamophobia? I see it get thrown around so much when anyone brings up the religion it's like there's no room for debate. Personally I think the religion is the most extreme and it's scary to even talk about it (because of backlash) so I avoid bringing up the religion completely.
(This is one of those question where providing my honest opinion may be in strong disagreement with many people I generally like and admire but I don’t like providing dishonest answers.)
It’s essentially a buzz word created by mostly (unfortunately) liberal individuals who’ve romanticized Islam in to some beautiful and pure religion that needs to be protected from over zealous Western commentators who attempt to critique their religion and dare say something disparaging. These Islamic apologists often claim the West is the corrupting influence and ignorantly paint these “others” as being above that. It’s usually used a way of attacking a person ad hominem and attempting to discredit and undermine their view points without engaging in a discussion at all. It’s a way of dismissing what someone says as based on fear rather than any rational understanding or honest critique. Sadly it has been extremely effective against many people who worry about being perceived as racist or small minded, that is essentially exactly what this term was created for. I’ve been called “Islamaphobic” a few times at this point and at first I do admit that it really bothered me. I don’t want to the victim of a “phobic” feeling, so am I? After honest reflection I don’t feel as if I am, but of course this is only my own perception, so I no longer let people who want to sling around that term bother me. I now take it to mean they’re unwilling to enter in to a conversation and instead want to sling insults, when you walk away from a conversation like that you’re doing yourself a favor.
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