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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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."

I sing Christmas songs in Summer, although I "hate" Christmas...I had as a Christian as well.  I also hate Christmas songs at Christmas.  They're really best in the warm months.

Forgive me website for I have sinned ;)

Let's see, I say "God forbid," and "Bless you"

I yell at the sky when frustrated (but no longer think there is someone up there to yell at.)



Oh I stone the infidels and bask in his radiance and fury.

No... wait. I don't do that last bit.

I must say/shout "GODDAMNIT" at least 10-15x a day at work.  But to be fair, if my goddamn company would put together a better goddamn database, I wouldn't have to yell goddamnit so much.


Also, aside from "motherfucker" or "cunt" I think "goddamnit" tends to raise the most eyebrows, which let's be honest, is the point of muttering cusses under your breath to begin with.  It relieves a little stress, but mostly it lets people know that you are NOT HAPPY.

Haha glad to help!

i still say "blessyou" at sneezes out of habit, but some friends of mine who know of my lack of faith have started saying "nothinghappenswhenyoudie" when i sneeze.  i think its adorable.

I answer to the name Jesus. Whenever someone exclaims “Jesus!” I reply with “Yes?!”

That's cute.  Use the right tone and you could scare the shit out of certain people.  Sad 

Hahaha! I've done that!

I often say things like goddammit and holy s***, and i hate it every time.  I resent that I live in a world where religion has had enough power that even a non-believer can't help but use these words.  They have their own meaning that, to me, is removed from religion, but that doesn't change the fact that the expression began as a believer's phrase.  To be honest, though, I was less likely to use these expressions when I was still christian because I felt like I was taking the lords name in vain, or being disrespectful.  So while I hate using the expressions, It's also a slap in the face to god and what I learned in sunday school and I can enjoy it quite a bit too.  I only wish that using the phrases showed other people my true disrespectful motives instead of creating the appearance of me being a god-fearing christian; using god's name in vain has been soo bittersweet.

I frequently take the Lard's name in vain: Goddammit, Jesus F'ing Christ, etc.  I just think of it as taunting God.


I also feel a little guilty when I like a work of art that has an obvious christian (or other religious) spin on it.  This usually happens with music and movies.

I read my horoscope daily and sometimes feel tempted to ask people what's their sign (bad habit!)


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