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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Boondock Saints fucking love the movie & the prayer i have learned it, i can't help it that it's just so good, Rocco is the best

Ezekiel 25:17 in Pulp Fiction.


my great aunt taught me how to read tarot because it was passed down in our gypsy scilian family for generations.  i still know all of the meanings, and i'm actually pretty good at it to a creepy level.  i chaulk it up to my being able to read people and their body language and twisting my knowledge of the cards meanings in order to come to my conclusions.


I did that for a couple of months when I was 15. Was freaky lucky and it impressed people, I'd put on a really serious face and go all goth on them. Had a lot of fun :)      Oh except I was palm reading instead of Tarot, but same shyte right ;P

I was going to say, but no need of that.

Nice work, Reggie.


My only sin is using "goddamn" and "Jesus" when I'm swearing, and I only do it to make guttural, fun, swearing combos.

e.g. "Jumping Ju-Jitsu Jesus"

And singing along to "The Catalyst".

My big "sin" used to be telling other atheists that they shouldn't claim to be absolutely certain that there is no god.  Having been an atheist since the dark days when almost all of us were in the closet I found that most who were "out" were falling into that trap without realizing that they were being played by the theists.  Fortunately, these days there are a lot more of us and it seems as if almost every new atheist understands the game theists are trying to play:  They are playing the "I am going to shift the burden of proof by goading you into claiming certainty" game.


I also sometimes mention god as if I believed.  This is a linguistic habit I learned at a very young age.  It would be difficult to unlearn, and I see no reason to unlearn it because it helps me avoid prejudice on occasion.

[...] They are playing the "I am going to shift the burden of proof by goading you into claiming certainty" game.[...]

Very very interesting, I'm happy for you, there are still oodles of agnostics and atheists who tow that exact religious paradigm. And it drives me a little nuts, so yes, it is a great atheist sin!

I think "Spirit in the Sky" is a fantastic song.


There, I said it.

Ha! I see two things wrong here!

I consciously stopped saying "bless you" after people sneezed, but only because the habit of doing so emerged during the plague years in Europe. No more plague, no more use for the phrase. I still say God only knows because if you think about it, saying that means "only God knows something that no one else does" and since there is no God, it now means that no one knows, period.

I have long list of atheist sins each and everyday, I use the words Assalam o Alikum, Mashallah, Inshallah in my conversation with mulsims. My mother and aunt do not know how to listen Koranic verses and other religious videos on you tube so they always take my help. Few week back I loves to play sports with my Wahabi Muslim friends so they could become more moderate or their next generation.
and the latest sin is that my fundamentalist sister(owned by a husband who is Imam in a mosque) fone me that she want cable connection as her kids go to neighborers(common in this part of world) house for cartoon network and cartoons and i kept myself busy on atheist sites.
There are long list of sins I can not write which one do you think is biggest one?


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