What habits or actions do you continue to do that would get your Atheism card revoked?  This is totally tongue-in-cheek, but I have realized how my somewhat religious upbringing has colored my language as well as other things.  

So, I figured we could have a confessional discussion where we admit our sins against atheism.  After all, if folk are going to persist in calling atheism a religion, maybe we should indulge a little and see how it works out for us.

My sins include using language like "God only knows" and saying to people who have sneezed "bless you".  What the hell are you heathens doing that is the antithesis of atheism? 

UPDATE: This post continues to get attention and one thing I have noticed, with both amusement and frustration, is that some people do not seem to notice that this is largely tongue-in-cheek.  I posted this as a way of acknowledging the influence that religion has had and continues to have on our lives, our society, our language, and our habits.  We all know that atheism is not a religion, goddammit! ;-)

Have a blessed day.

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I still use Goddamn, Jesus Fucking Christ, and Holy Shit as my favorite expletives. I don't personally feel that these are anything more than colloquialisms and are actually offensive to the fundamentalist or evangelical. If there was to be a "sin" attached to the use of such phrases it would be that I actually censor their use around people I know to be among the faithful. It doesn't really make sense for me to be so concerned about their beliefs when they have none for mine.
I do of the "thank god", "god damn it", "jesus fucking jesus" (favorite) and a host of other colloquialisms that make reference to the sky daddy. My biggest atheism sin is that I'm producing a god rock album. I know it's my job and I know we all have to earn a living but I feel like such a trader. I'm helping them spread their message.
Thank you, Lord! ;-)
I still say "Bless You" to be polite, but I've long stopped saying "God Bless You."

I sometimes forget and say "God only knows," ou tof frustration, but in my mind I mean the answer is "somewhere in the universe" or ultimately "in our own minds."

Fortunately, there is no atheist hell I'll be damned to.
I continue to be a Wal-Mart shopper (at least occasionally). I am not religiously neutral, I think that Islam is worst than Christianity and I don't want to give Islam it's respect in the public square. I don't believe in Agnostics and I can prove their position is incorrect. Therefore, I am more of an atheist than Richard Dawkins. I think there is many things in the bible worth reading. I think there are many things in christianity worth preserving. I think there is much "Humanistic" thought within many christian denominations. Unlike "other" atheists I think we can and should organise ourselves. I think we atheists could indeed start a new and better religion (hey if L ron Hubbard could invent Scientology we sure can do at least as well). I am currently reading a book that hopes to do just that. "Thank God for Evolution" By Michael Dowd
I don't know why i never thought of this before, but does anyone believe that atheism is a religion? I have always thought that atheists lived outside of the religious realm.

As far as the question posed, I have a tattoo on my arm representing my atheism, and when people ask me about it i often just say that it's personal instead of having the "atheist conversation" with them. It's mostly due to the sheer number of people who ask me about it and whether or not i feel in the mood to start that discussion at that time. Sometimes i feel as if i am being too passive about a strong belief.

It's my fault for getting a three-legged unicorn on my arm. :-)

Nice tattoo!
It depends on the person what is a religion or not. Extreme atheism (eg. I belive that no god whatsoever exists in any shape or form) may or may not be counted as a religion depending on how that person justifies their position. Some atheists take a position using evidence where they can neither prove or disprove the existance of some being that we may call a god (not christian god, that is too easy to disprove). Others are more open minded and accept anything that has enough conclusive evidence supporting it.
Eg - I would accept fairies if a live specimen was found and it had been proven that it wasn't a prank.

I do not see atheism as a religion. It is the denial of all gods.

Sometimes i feel as if i am being too passive about a strong belief.
Maybe belief is not the right word. Stanc or position, maybe.
I have been thinking on this and now say "Gesundheit" (German for good health), and "Dog only knows."
Opposite of sin - good deed? Sure I think that counts lol. You snapped him out of it, I doubt for very long but we can always hope it was permanent. LMAO. :D

Oh and "yes I swear to god I am"... wow. ;)
I still say, "Oh, god!" (but I guess that's taking the name in vain, anyway, right?). I bless people when they sneeze (you can be blessed without needing a deity, I'm thinking). When I am stressed or worried, I still do my version of "praying": "Please let so-and-so be OK..." I have been to mass in support of others. I have been to a ceremony of some sort that is like a babtism but is not a babtism that my sister puts her kids through. I have been to a Christian rock concert at my sister's church because her husband was playing. Every time we end up in a church despite circumstances, my husband always ends up pretending to pray in a stage whisper, "Please, god, let this lady singing next to me find a breath mint!" or "Please, god, let this be over soon!" He's not as tactful as me, which is sometimes hellaciously entertaining.
I realize that saying 'bless you' when somebody sneezes is culturally polite. Rather than leaven 'em hanging I like to say 'Godzilla' in certain company and in others I throw it to the other side of the ring with a loud 'Eat s**t, f**k face'. It's fun.


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