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adamyakes asked: I've heard some pretty stupid remarks about atheism. "[I] know there's a god, I'm just denying it." "Something awful must have happened to you." Do you have advice for convincing people that none of that is true? That atheism isn't pessimism?
If I had a good answer to that I would be able to solve a lot of the issues facing Atheists everywhere. Unfortunately people would rather be afraid and make silly assumptions about things that they don’t understand. Most religious people think that non-believers must have some kind of “defect” in order to not believe because in their mind there is no good reason that someone wouldn’t believe otherwise. The only thing that will ever really overcome this is time and education. When these people finally either understand what non-belief is like or are forced to face it with someone they know or love comes out to them as a non-believer. Until that happens thought unfortunately you’ll probably be met with many silly and even offensive assumptions. I’ve had several people insinuate that I must have been abused by a priest as a child to have the “anger” towards religion that I do. Certainly not the case, I simply have a fully functioning conscious.
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adamyakes asked: Has there ever been a question Christians have asked you that has truly stumped you?
In a way very often I am stumped. I have no problem though saying that I don’t know to some very complex questions. I have been often asked “Well how did life begin? How did the earth get here?” very difficult questions that really there is just no good answer to as of yet. Often demanding immediate answers is part of the biggest problem with religion, it gives people very bad answers to very serious questions. It attempts to make very definite claims on very unknown things. People are afraid to admit they don’t know but in many ways to me that is a fun part of life, not knowing everything. We still have something to learn, mysteries to solve, riddles to answer, and I think that is fantastic. Unfortunately I think a lot of that magic is lost on the religious, if anything gets too complicated for them they’ll just stamp “G O D” on it and move on. We will never find out real answer that way, only by continuing to explore and question will we have any hope of uncovering answers.
"Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it" - Voltaire
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alexroberts182 asked: Your blog is awesome and fantastic and one of the better atheist blogs out there! Not sure where you're from, but you have my support from the UK!
Thank you, I know I have lots of awesome people in the UK that follow my page but unfortunately I am in the United States. The country where people’s right to be assholes is more important than the right to be different.
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junkypride asked: And also, not meant to be offensive, but not all Christians are against science and don't believe in evolution. Not meaning to come off rude.
Yes, I get it the bible is the “one true inspired word of God” except for the parts that you don’t personally agree with and the stuff you are forced to admit is wrong because of science. Just saying, a bit hypocritical.
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junkypride asked: Though I respect peoples choice to be atheist, I don't think you should bash Christianity or any other religion. You should be kind and respect everyone. :)
I will respect that you can make whatever choice you like when it comes to what you believe, but there is nothing saying that I should have to respect the belief itself. There are a great number of beliefs out there that are only worthy of condemnation. I respect you too much as a human being to respect your religion. An important counter question though is if I am to assume you are a female and a Christian, how can you really respect a religion that has such a history of disrespect to women? Christianity is very arguably the greatest source and producer of misogyny and patriarchy in the Western world. The majority of the religious world is still, unapologetically, patriarchal. I won’t bother to quote the anti-women passages of the bible to you, I’m sure you already know them, but if you were following what it supposedly teaches would you have ever sent me this message to begin with?
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alopecoidd asked: What happened to respecting everybody and their beliefs? Friggen stop being rude -.-
I could quite easily come up with a long list of how religion has continually disrespected not only non-believers but all of humanity in general but what is the point? If you cared to be aware of it you already would be. I do not respect religion, I believe I make that quite clear. In short though this is my page, I will post or say whatever I like. No one is forcing you to view it so you can take your whining and sniveling back to whoever is filling your head with naive views of the world.
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Anonymous asked: You are truly one of the most honest and inspiring people I have ever encountered on the internet. This blog is incredible and thank you for running it.
Thank you and I do greatly appreciate it. When I get messages like this it makes me a little sad that I am not more active on this page than I am. Truth is though sometimes I get very tired. I’ve had this page for years now and I know I couldn’t possibly see or hear it all when it comes to the discussion of religion but let’s just say I’ve seen most of it. I have grown very little patience for the average uninformed Christians and I find myself having very little patience when I enter in to a discuss with them. It is frustrating nearly to the point of infuriating that the vast majority of Christians I discuss with are abysmally ignorant about anything that wasn’t pushed down their throat in Sunday school. Maybe I’m just getting old and losing all the hope I had that reform and change really is possible, maybe I realize most people just don’t want to change, maybe I’m just so sick of the word “faith” being used in place of evidence, Either way I have found distancing myself from coming on this page every day and staying on top of current events has been a bit of a relief. Ignorance really can be bliss, lately it seems that is a bit of what I need. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon though but perhaps my URL name is becoming even more fitting than it was in the past.
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Anonymous asked: ill pray for you. God bless.
Imagine if some incredibly advanced civilization visited our planet from billions and billions of miles away and as they came down they found most of the world on their knees, hands clasped, mumbling to themselves asking for all sorts of unusual favors and special treatment. Wouldn’t you be a little bit embarrassed? Or would you honestly turn to these advanced being and say “I’m talkin to ma gawd and he’s gonna fix little Timmy’s tumors if I just keep a prayin real hard!?” Sometimes I am honestly ashamed to be the same species as people like you.
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Anonymous asked: So what do you think about demons? Witchcraft? And astral projection? And why do we all want to be in a beautiful place? Like paradise? Why do we choose beautiful places rather than ugly places no matter who you ask or their age. People say God put humans in a paradise but things went wrong. Its like he put in our hearts that we want to be in a paradise and not some ugly place. Its just weird. What do you think?
I think that the very idea of “demons” and evil spirits is actually one of the most detrimental ideas ever imagined. For so long people wrote off illness and mental disorders as being the work of “demons” and since the source was seen as demons people supposed the cure could only be found in religion. We were completely wrong and as a result we spent hundreds of years attempting to figure out how best to handle “demons”, knowledge and ideas that are beyond worthless to humanity now. The very idea caused thousands upon thousands of people to not only suffer the disease but in many cases the equally terrible and humiliating “cure” that was meant to drive out these demons.
Witchcraft and astral projection can generally be summed up together as basically bogus. Since so many people, especially in under educated areas, have belief in witchcraft and “magic” of sorts they may have some sort of subconscious affect, basically the same as a placebo, but there is genuinely nothing to “witchcraft” worthy of note. Astral projection is simply a trick of the mind. The mind is amazingly powerful, so much so that we often discount the abilities it may have and supposed astral projections are one of the things that seems to push the limits of what we believe our brain to be capable of.
When it comes to beauty it really is as the old saying goes “in the eye of the beholder”. Many areas will seem extremely beautiful and pleasing to us for aesthetic reasons because they are pleasing to our eye. Theses place may induce feelings of tranquility, serenity, or happiness. This is simply how our mind is wired to react and even though it generally holds true there is still the matter of personal preference. I know many people who are more fond of an image of a murky swamp than rolling green hills.
As for the old stories of people once being in paradise it is just another story from religion. It is human nature it seems that people will romanticize places and times that they never experienced and the biblical idea of a garden of paradise is this idea taken to the extreme. There is no reason to ever think that early humanity lived in some blissful paradise, chances are far more likely that the earliest homo sapiens suffered a rough and brutal existence. They likely rarely lived to late 20’s or early 30’s at best, suffering and competing for basic survival, fixed in the middle of the food chain always caught in a balance between running for their lives and chasing food for survival. If there is ever going to be any form of paradise it is up to us to create one, it is not something we will simply “find”.
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