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Anonymous said: My whole life I have been an atheist and have been condemned, looked down upon and made to feel very alone for that. Upon reading through your blog, I have discovered that I have very similar, if not the same thoughts and values towards religion. I believe that religion is for people who can not take responsibility and/or are insecure so they feel the need for a "higher" power to validate their thoughts/actions/feelings. I'd also quickly like to thank you for making me feel not so alone.
Thank you for the message. It is sad how often I get messages like this but I always like to share these ones as a reminder to everyone that they are not alone. I think most of the US based Atheists especially have all had this feeling at one time or another. Our numbers are always growing and personally I look forward to the days when I can tell my grandchildren about the ridiculous things people “used to believe”.
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When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.
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Anonymous said: I understand what you mean, but I want you to know the other side too. I'm a pro-marriage equality, evolutionist Christian who didn't resent anyone outside my religion. I'm not going to try to convert you, that's just rude. You haven't tried to convert me. But I would like you to know that (At least in the Church of God I attend) the basis of Christianity is to help people, not condemn them. It saddens me that so many people of my religion are ignorant and refuse to be any other way.
I understand that Christian like yourself exist and of course I find Christians like that to be much more agreeable than their fundamentalist counterparts but it’s still always a bit confusing. I can’t really understand how someone can use their sense and logic to say that they know better than their religion in some areas but still turn to a religion for some of the most important and biggest answers in the entire universe. You are saying that your holy book is wrong on certain topics yet you’ll still follow the other teachings. How can you live with this contradiction and hypocrisy?
Especially when it comes to the topic of evolution because to me that really undermines Christianity completely. If you believe evolution to be true then the story of Adam and Eve can not be true. If the story of Adam and Eve is not true there was no “fall”. If there was no fall then what purpose did the crucifixion of Jesus serve? What importance would Jesus have at all? If there is no “original sin” to be forgiven it is simply a bloody murder and nothing more, how do you resolve this in your own mind? Or is it maybe something you’ve never considered or simply written off in some other way?
I can’t really relate or understand people that only put a half ass effort in to their beliefs and don’t critically examine them. I personally couldn’t live with such a contradiction, being a person of reason and logic that type of conflict and doubt would cause me constant turmoil. Assuming you’re a logical person, how do you do it? Hopefully I won’t be met with one of those sappy “spirit of the message” type comments because you and I both know those are complete and total garbage when we’re attempting to discuss the historical veracity of Christian claims. If you only follow the religion because of the “spirit” it invokes you’re essentially admitting that your religion is no more correct than any other and is unworthy of serious consideration when it comes to it’s validity. Either you must come up with some way to resolve this within yourself or your faith is on very shakey grounds.
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Anonymous said: What is your opinion of people who believe that your criticisms of Islam are invalid because you're a white male?
I believe they’re using a terrible criteria to attempt to silence someone who has actually taken time to research it and make myself more aware of it. I have to say that type of slander seems to be terribly effective against many people, which I see as a real shame. Those people are ridiculous and I stopped caring for their opinion a long time ago. I have every right to say that Islam is a terrible barbaric religion.
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Anonymous said: Hello. I am not going to debate with you but I am going to say that what you hate isn't religion - it's religious people. Religion in itself is not hurtful. In fact, religion hides scientific truths and eternal wisdom. Sometimes people misinterpret their religion or they become extremists, but then so do atheists. You're a good example of that.
You’re welcome to debate me if you actually have a worthwhile point instead of simply attempting to dictate to me how I feel and what I think. In reality you’re actually entirely backwards. I don’t hate people, it’s religion I hate. I often refer back to one of my favorite quotes from Steven Weinberg - “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” Religion doesn’t hide any truth, we’ve never been unsure of a fact and used religion to find the best answer, it is always science. If I am an example of an “Atheist extremist” (a term that makes me laugh as it is) I think most people would be okay with that, considering the most extreme thing I do is make a few blog posts exposing the reality of religion. I’d gladly deal with thousands of “Atheist extremists” over even a handful of Christian or Islamic ones. No one has ever been killed “in the name of no god”.
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escapingsaccharinity said: What is your definition of religion? That may sound simplistic, but hear me out. I'm a Christian, and I find many of the connotations of the word "religion" to be repulsive as well. You and I are probably in a agreement that it is foolish and irresponsible to believe an idea without critically examining it. To be exact, do you consider all Christians, pagans, and other spiritual practitioners to be "religion followers," or do you adopt the possibility that a spiritual man is not a religious man?
To me religions have two simple requirements to be considered a religion. There must be some measure of “faith”, believing something despite evidence or in spite of evidence to the contrary, and “dogma”, some measure of teachings, principles, or rules that have been passed down and most within the religion are expected to adhere to or believe. There may be people that find ways to work around this definition but for me it is the best I’ve come up with. The major religions of the world all follow these two simple criteria and Christians are certainly no different. If you consider yourself a Christian, you’re part of a religion, no two ways about it
It honestly really bothers me whenever I come across the “I’m a Christian but I don’t follow a religion” people because you’re simply attempting to disassociate Christianity with all the negatives you see in “religion”. There is no honest way to do that. Christianity is a religion and if you follow Jesus Christ you are a Christian, this is a definition argument not a matter of perception. People are literally attempting to deny the definition of words when they say “I’m a Christian but not part of a religion”. There is no good way to argue this with people because opinion doesn’t matter. When someone doesn’t accept the definition of a word and attempts to argue against it there is really nothing more that needs to be said than you’re simply wrong.
People that refer to themselves as “spiritual” are often no better. Ask someone to define what they mean by “spiritual” and you basically get a vague answer similar to a pseudo-religious believer. No one can define what it means in concrete terms because it is intentionally vague. They again are attempting to disassociate their ridiculous beliefs with other people’s ridiculous beliefs. They’ll often denounce how ridiculous organized religion is at the same time going on to talk about the color of their aura or some other equally fatuous garbage. The line that separates a religious person from a “spiritual” person is often very thin and in many cases there is no need for a distinction between the two.
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Anonymous said: Please go fuck yourself in the ass with a nice big, fat cactus please do that.
I’m not in the business of doing favors for morons, although I’m sure there is certainly a high demand for it.
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Anonymous said: Hey there. How are you? Haven't seen you in a while.
I’ve been keeping myself busy. I had a nice little vacation for about the last week and a half and other than that I’ve been trying to fill my time with things other than the internet. I was long over due for some major unplugging and have been enjoying my time. I will be back at some point as I always am but for now I’ve really been enjoying some time focusing on other things in my life. Being constantly tied to the internet can be extremely exhausting.
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Anonymous said: Why do you hate religion so much? And is this hate one of the reasons why you are an Atheist? A lot of Atheist claim that their opinions are based on science and facts instead of emotions
Why are people so worried about the fact that I hate religion? How about you show me a genuine reason that I shouldn’t hate religion if you’re so concerned about it. I’ve had countless people argue with me about my tone, about my username, about the fact that I have strong feelings against religion, what is the point? Do my feeling really matter at all towards the discussion of if religion is right or not? Does how I chose to label myself or express myself have anything to do with the validity of religious claims? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with it, so how about you either stop worrying about why I hate religion so much or simply read my page and find out for yourself. If you’re so ignorant to even think for a moment that my reasoning and understanding of religion is based on emotion purely and not logic and reason then get the fuck off of my page. These idiotic pointless questions get on my nerves.
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