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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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?

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

do i have to say this? i love ditching men!! joke =))

My sins against atheism...

I like Mumford and Sons. A lot. Also, my favorite Leonard Cohen song is "If It Be Your Will."  Sad, I know.

I've not yet been to an atheist convention or large gathering of any kind in my five years of unbelief, but I have been to a (decidedly emergent/liberal) Christian festival.

For that matter, I don't actually know any other atheists. Metric ton of emergent, progressive and/or liberal Christians but no atheists. (Does that count as a sin or just poor socializing?)

Apart from being in the wilderness, I feel more at peace in an empty church than anywhere else.

I still speak in tongues on occasion. Completely pointless, but sometimes I just get bored.

And less of a sin against atheism per se, than against what it tends to look like in American communities...I sympathize most strongly with an antihumanist (in the Continental sense) philosophy.

Eh, too tired to be funny. :-)

I got into the habit of saying "Christ-on-a-bike!" as a general exclamation.  Don't ask me why, it's just something my friend and I started doing in high school.

Christ-on-a-bike, someone else who says "Christ-on-a-bike!"  I also like to say "Jesus Creepers" and "Merlin's Balls!"  

lol, I guess my sin would be kinda the same as yours. I always swear to god (I use it only as an expression). And I never read the entire bible. But I got pretty far into Genesis.

I'm with you Sarah.  I love Christmas!


Are Mumford and Sons a religious band?


There's this new singer I've recently been into and I can tell he's a Christian.  You can look him up on youtube, he's called King Charles.




This song isn't really religious, but some of his other ones are.  But they are all really good.

M&S may not be a religious band, but they are almost certainly influenced by Christianity (as well as by Shakespeare, Steinbeck and Homer).  Take a listen to "White Blank Page," "Roll Away Your Stone," "Winter Winds" or "Awake My Soul."


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