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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My grave, Atheist sin... I have my girls enrolled in a Lutheran pre-school. I confess, it was convenient, and its only one year - I survived 20+ years of Catholicism and escaped to this garden of rational freedom... so one year wont hurt. Though I was pretty concerned in their first week, they had learned that god created everything!... and then relieved when that was followed by, "its ok daddy, we know that you and mommy created us, your like our god!"


My more delicious sin, is that I looked forward to volunteering to help drive the Lutheran "school bus" on a class field trip! (Mission accomplished). I am enjoying my decietful undercover atheism gaining high favor and appreciation from the school.


Oh, and I do enjoy christmas and singing christmas songs... which reminds me one further plus with the Lutheran school... the wife and grandparents (on one side) got to enjoy the kids first and likely last christmas program at school!

I held hands with my friends as someone said "grace" before a Thanksgiving dinner.


B-but I didn't say "Amen," so I'm still part of the atheist club, right?

I know there is nothing wrong with liking old style bluegrass….. But a lot of bluegrass is Christian bluegrass… and I like listening to it. That’s pretty bad hum?
Listening to Mahalia Jackson because of her voice. I don't get sucked into the christian meaning though.

Once in a while I pay 10$ to go see exorcism/ghosts/werewolves/superheroes at the movies :(

But I'll confess, every year they become less and less funny.

I used to exclaim 'Christ in a handbasket' constantly, although that was less a religious statement than just a quote from Bill in Left 4 Dead. I have since switched to 'By the hammer of Thor!' or 'By Odin's beard!' to confuse theists. I should begin using FSM references as well.


Sometimes I say 'damn' but never 'god damn'.


On the other hand, if someone sneezes, I say nothing, or occasionally 'May probability adhering to a scientifically predictable cycle prevent your natural selection by disease' if I can get it in quickly enough.

I have started saying, "Thor Dammit", since no one cares when you say any of the other thousands of gods from the past. You could substitute any others...use the Godchecker:

And I also use "Cheese and Rice!" as a substitute for "Jesus Christ!", not to use a polite euphemism instead of blaspheming, but because I enjoy the cheesy (pun intended) bastardization of the invective.
well you saying have a blessed day is not helping
Why does this site keep loading and loading and loading...okay sorry.

My sin is that I speak the word god in many places like when in the throes of...well...blushing...okay and then goddammit of course. That one got me into trouble with one of my godly friends and she immediately jumped on me and I told her it was a habit and I took it one step further and mentioned that atheists often invoked the gods when having sex. I didn't mean to upset her but it was kind of fun to see the look on her face.

I don't think I have many other "sins" with regard to atheism, but I will now keep an eye on it.

Thanks for the post and don't worry about those folks who get a little upset they need to relax a little dont ya think?

i replaced "oh god" to "oh f**k"

& started using "Jupiter's c*ck" from spartacus to say "god dammit" 

I sometimes use the expressions "God only knows" or "Bless you" or Goddamnit" and I don't feel badly about it. They are just expressions. Hardly something to be taken literally.


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