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.
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.
LOL ... I love it ! Cool topic.
I'd have to say that I have trouble swearing. I catch myself making the usual (traditional) swearing then laugh when I think about it. God damn is pretty amusing by itself and hilarious when I say it.
I need new and exciting and fun swear words. But they do need to be mean or at least meaningful. Can't be sailor talk, though. I need to be able to swear in public in a socially acceptable way. These words also need to have some pizzazz. A few years ago, I hit my thumb hammering and yelled- "Bush Bush". Just didn't have a cool ring to it at all. Besides, I would have to change that one every 4 to 8 years.
However, calling someone a Beck did get a predictable rise from them.
My father always said "gesundheit" so I grew up with that as *normal* and never had to worry about "bless you." I've mostly replaced god/hell/jesus type expletives with science fiction ones - frak, frell, dren and my all time favorite: shazzbot. Rather than saying "thank god" I say "thankfully" though I don't even blink when someone says 'thank god' to me.
I do love Christmas music and some religious (not only Christian) music, so I guess that is my biggest "atheist sin" LOL And I still say, "Why bless your little heart" when I'm being sarcastic southern :p