Suzanne Olson-Hyde

Female

Sydney, NSW

Australia

Profile Information:

Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
I started questioning religion when I was around ten years old. I was 'married' to a xian for 20 years, have three brilliant children - divorced. Have for the last 20 odd years lived de facto. Am so pleased more Atheists are banding together to counter argue religion. I used to be a quiet Atheist, but found I had to have very logical discussions, and make a christian understand that they had to convince me of god, not the other way around. They want to believe in fairies (if only) or whatever, go for it. Leave me out of the delusions, and do no harm.

I actually wouldn't care what people believe in. It is when it intrudes on everybody's life, puts fear into the heads of children, makes people feel they have sinned with man made rules, intrudes into secular schools, the charlatans and soothsayers earning heaps from gullible people,then there are the hierarchies of all religions, who simply cannot believe in a higher power, when in fact they are committing Crimes Against Humanity, and raking in millions, while they hide behind the cloth, the cross, and a big smile.

The denigration of Evolution and Science - That is the deal breaker - Religion keeps people dumb, it keeps people in a narrow bubble of information. Religious people of all persuasions don't do any research on how their particular religion came into being.

Atheists do research and do care.
Age
59-64
Relationship Status
In a Relationship
Why are you here?
We need teamwork to overcome the xians and fundamentalists that are so vocal, hypocritical, anti-evolution and becoming more violent and abusive, all in the name of religion. To expose the fact that 'good people' can kill, maim, rape, torture all in the name of their god.

All religions rely on the naive, the faithful, the fearful, to prop up their particular cult, while the CEO's, the hierarchy, get more power and of course, more money,

The more Atheists the merrier.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
General hypocrisy of the church, the rampant pedophilia perpetrated by members of the catholic church, and then the systematic cover up of these Crimes against Humanity, how the different religions turned into a business, when they realized how much money and power they could engender. The violence, crimes, fraud, misogyny and war done in the name of religion made me start to question the bible, at Catechism class. Ah, the Mysteries of God were abundant. That started me on the road to really analyze the Bible. In some of the posts, people don't like being given the label Atheist, but it has to start somewhere. The more 'Atheists' to come out of the closet, the better.

We have to call ourselves something that joins us all.

Like Gays, the more that come out, people will realize just how many we are.

Comment Wall:

  • Blamer ..

    Hi Suzanne, thanks for your comment. I'm new to Think Atheist too. Yes, in terms of influencing public policy, non-religious interest groups have a lot of catching up to do. The cost to Australian tax payers of religion is estimated at $29.4B per annum (The Purple Economy). I believe that significantly drowns out the non-religious voice. In Australia, religious leaders (like Pell) and lobby groups (like the ACL) continue to enjoy a previledged position in our democracy. They claim to speak on behalf of the christian majority, but a democracy requires politicians legislate in the best interests of all members of society, especially minority groups. 30% of Aussies are non-christians (last census). In VIC in the '50s, the state government's education department took 1hr out of the middle of the teaching week in public schools. ACCESS Ministries (also the local beneficiary of Howard's NSCP) fills that hour. Families are enrolled in their "Christian Religious Education" by default, and parents need to formally opt-out. During that timeslot the Education Act makes it illegal for children to be taught by a teacher employed by the state. Consequently these kids are segregated, picked-on, etc (http://bit.ly/h684te). I doubt that Victorian parents even know who ACCESS Ministries is. Let alone want them in their local public school playing teacher for an hour. "ACCESS ministries leads the Church in its mission to reach students and school communities in Victoria and beyond with the transforming love of God and His Son Jesus Christ" "Our vision is to reach every student in Victoria with the Gospel. Join the vision and help us transform this nation for God." In QLD, the wealthy evangelical parachurch is Scripture Union (see highcourtchallenge.com). Expect more lobbying from local evangelicals. Church attendence has fallen to around 5%.

  • Blamer ..

    Slight correction, church attendance was 7.5% in 2004 (down from 8.8% in 2001).

    Everything you need to know about Religious Instruction in Gov't Schools in Victoria, http://ning.it/gNQMUZ

  • Blamer ..

    Okay clearly not "everything"... just a primer  ;-)
  • Skycomet the Fallen Angel

    Thanks for your comments. The estrangement from family and friends is expected here in the US [if you are an atheist]. Let's just say, American Christians are insane. lol. Thanks for the support.
  • Heather Spoonheim

    Hey, thanks for the add! You've fired some great ammo at Carlos - I hope you'll keep it up, :D
  • Heather Spoonheim

    BTW, I hope you check out the live chat sometime - a few people there have been hoping you'ld stop by to say hi.

  • Akshay Bist

    Thanks, your comments are amazing too. All of us regulars in the chat room were pretty much blown away by a few. Hope you join us in chat some time.
  • Arcus

    Thanks for the add. :)

  • Jimmy Boy

    Thanks Suzanne: and yes - they are really irritating with their stupidity.  But strangely compelling!

     

    Kind regards,

     

    Jim

  • Jimmy Boy

    Suzanne - I was thinking you couldn't be American with your vocab, and assumed a Brit (bloke, tad, thick...) - but actual NSW: great!

    Isn't it cool that there is a community of people from around the world, largely civilised and free thinking, that can include some dad in Jersey and a woman in Australia, both interested in rationality, debate etc? 

    So I saw you are an ex-Catholic: me too.  It's amazing how a solid Catholic indoctrination produces the most determined of atheists! I had it from birth, and while it took me over 30 years to escape, when I did, it was not to a fence sitting place.  I am part of the fight against them now - but it's a verbal fight and I'm pretty proud of that.

    The "civilised" thing is a bit of a front I find: I think lots of Christian visitors here will try to maintain that front, in order to have some ridiculous moral high ground subsequently: ie they can then start throwing tone arguments around when the substance gets too hot for them.  Mostly I try not to give them that space either (so I stay reasonably polite), but periodically when they really have stepped far over the line I give in and just say exactly what I think...

    And you're right: it is quite amusing!

  • Bo Fowler

    Your too kind. I am a writer of Satiric Comic Philosophical novels. I live in London and teach English and Philosophy. My influences include Richard Brautigan, Kurt Vonnegut and Fredrick Nietzsche. You will be pleased to know that I cannot draw. Nice to meet you.
  • Trish E. Harmon

    Thank you for the friend request, Suzanne! I look forward to getting to know you better and I am so happy to have found TA. It has helped me to not only speak openly and freely here, but also on my facebook page. Because I do have some Christian fb friends, some actual friends and others just internet friends, I've really held back on posting anything that announces my feelings with regard to politics and religion. I am sooo much happier to be speaking my mind now! I have the link to my fb page on my TA page if you ever want to friend me there, too....otherwise, I hope you're having a fantabulous night! =0)

  • Trish E. Harmon

    Thank you for your comment back, Suzanne. I enjoy learning more of what goes on outside our little world called the US of A. I think you are right, that the stock market issues, the debt ceiling "crisis" and such are things most of us here really don't understand enough to realize the impact these issues have on the rest of the world. As you said, too, it is comforting that more atheists are coming out and speaking up, because if we sit idly by, we are in a world of trouble. It truly frightens me. I look forward to hearing more from and about you...and just want to add that I'm soooo jealous that you live in Australia! as I know it is such a beautiful country. =0)

  • Trish E. Harmon

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my store...the photos of the gorilla and the elk were taken by me at our local zoo. I so appreciate your input. I've only had my store open a few months and have been steadily making sales, so I am really excited about it. I work on it almost non-stop when I'm not at my "real job", lol. I've joined the artists group here on TA, too. I just wish I had more time in the day to interact there, write my blog, and do my design work. No rest for the wicked! LOL

  • Trish E. Harmon

    I have proposed just recently that I think no one should be allowed to run for office if they're a millionaire. They do not care about the common people and are so corruptible. I want to see "regular" people with brains and no religious ideology run for President. Unfortunately, even Obama has been using the "God" word lately more often because he's basically forced to to have any chance at re-election. Personally, I believe he's agnostic or atheist but he can't let anyone KNOW that or he'd never be elected. That's the thing about our politics I hate the most.

    And YES! I can put any design on the tile and gift boxes. I only found out this weekend that zazzle even had them! I should have gotten an email letting me know, but I didn't. I have to head to bed right now, but I will be happy to put the gorilla on a tile tomorrow night...I'll put some other of my designs on the tiles, too. Hopefully I can get a few done soon. I love the gift boxes, too, so I'm really looking forward to designing those, too. So, tomorrow night I'll get right to it! Have a fabulous night/day! =0)

  • Trish E. Harmon

    I love the De-Baptism idea! What a great idea! I'll have to work on making some designs with that concept. How awesome! I'll have to do the tiles tomorrow night since I have a short night tonight (early work day tomorrow, but not the rest of the week) so I'll post some new designs, including the gorilla, on some tiles. I'll also put some atheist/humanist designs on them, too. All you do, if you want something, is to click on the item which will take you to the page with the item and description. There's a buy it button, and you just go through the steps to purchase it. It's pretty easy. If you have any trouble, just let me know. The tiles are a new product, so I haven't had the change to design any yet. I'm excited about it because I think they're such a cool idea.

    My belief in something, what would be called supernatural (I'm sure there's an explanation waiting to be discovered, but that's the only way I know to describe it at this point) is really based on my own experiences. As you said, it's not something I'm going around and trying to get others to believe, or some lifestyle I want others to follow because of it. It's just something I believe due to my own experiences but doesn't affect anything I do or how I treat others. I think that's the big difference.

    I realize that the United States is not the only developed country with religious issues, but it's comforting to know that the secular movement is growing around the world. We really are a backwards country in many respects, despite the fact that the world seems to be watching the US so closely on pretty much everything. We have so many people here who just can't accept the notion that all people deserve the same rights simply because of their skewed religious beliefs. They get so defensive when anyone challenges their views, no matter how it's addressed, and insist this is a Christian nation. I see so much ignorance and arrogance from the Christian right. Believe me, they don't act very Christian when they don't get their way. Hopefully through sites like this one, with so many people from around the world talking about it, we can make some real changes for the better. I just want to see everyone getting along and respecting one another's beliefs, that's all. Though you and I are atheists, I'm sure we have very different views on different subjects because being atheist is not the thing that defines us. For the most part, though, I think most atheists at least respect each other's differences because we just want everyone to be able to live a happy and fair life. We can still argue about what we don't agree on, lol, but I think we're more willing to respect a different point of view. Unfortunately, I don't see that much with the Christian right. They respect no one's view but their own. I could go on and on...as I'm sure you could too! It's a crazy world out there, but often throughout history, things have to get worse before they get better. So, I'm still hopeful! =0)

    So, anyway, I'll get those tiles up for sure tomorrow night when I have more time and I'll let you know when they show up in my store (it sometimes takes hours after I post them.) I'll definitely work on more atheist designs for all my products....and the de-baptized idea is something I can expand on. I just love it! Have a great day! I'm going to grab something to eat, hit the shower, feed the critters..then off to bed!

  • Jason Ward

    Having read your comments to Trevor, I felt inspired to offer this request with the knowledge that you are quite deserving of being heard and hope I am deserving of your honest even opposing comments. Learning has always been of great importance to me. Very pleased to make your acquaintance.

  • Trish E. Harmon

    Okay, I'm seriously PO'd because there is no way I can make any tile or gift boxes. I sent Zazzle an email to ask how I can design them since there is no option for me to do so. How it works is they have templates for all the products, I upload an image I've created, and put it on the product. I can resize, etc. so it's how I want it. Then I just publish it for sale. Zazzle makes the product as soon as it's sold and ships it. So I don't have to do all of that. They keep adding new products for us sellers to design, but for some reason I don't have the option yet to do the tiles and gift boxes. Maybe they've only let a select few make them, then will make them available for the rest of us to do. Anyway, I've emailed them and am waiting for a response to see if I can actually do it. I'm so peeved! I've tried and tried to find a way to make them, but having no luck. I'll let you know what I find out. In the meantime, I'll just work on some new designs for my other products =0)

  • Birdie La Rouge

    Thank you for the welcome Suzanne!  Indeed I feel good about surviving Mormonism.  hehe.  I have been away from the church for almost 20 years now and it's not so bad here on the other side.   In fact, I find it a lot more friendly and logical. ;-)  I used to be married to a Catholic. The last time I went to (was forced to go to rather) Midnight Mass, I silently wept because I was so miserable.  I left him and left religion behind for good.  It seems like you have come through a lot as well.   Again, thank you for the warm welcome.  Take care! 

  • Birdie La Rouge

    Wow.  Australia sounds like my kind of country!!!  Visiting there is on my bucket list for sure.   For the most part, I am not confronted with too many religious zealots as most of my friends are non Christan.  Even in a conservative state like Montana, I rarely have to deal with situations that make me uncomfortable.  Most, because I am very visibly tattooed, so, one look at me and I think people figure I am a lost cause. lol  Well, they are right!  I am sorry you suffered so under the hands of those wicked nuns!  But we are out, and we survived just fine.  I know a lot of very sweet, very kind people who are still stuck in the church.  I hope that one day they will see the "light" so to speak, but if they don't well, I hope they just continue to be good people.  And, never expect me to return.  I just can't see how one could be a feminist, and a Christian at the same time.  It's as silly as expecting a fish to ride a bicycle.  Oh, I must say, I love the clouds and the pretty unicorn!  Very nice! lol.    

  • archaeopteryx

    How fortunate you are Suzanne - the only thing I ever found under a cabbage was a toad.

    Glad you're enjoying my site, but it's best read from beginning to end, rather than skipping about.

    To briefly explain my approach, I began writing seriously but discovered I was putting myself to sleep, so I decided to add my own warped humor to liven it up a bit, hoping the humor would be the "spoonful of sugar" that would make it more fun to read, while at the same time, present facts most people who claim Christianity never, ever learn.

    Clearly I have a long way to go, being only halfway through Genesis, but the research on it is exhausting. If it's ever read by a Christian or Jew who knows what they're talking about, I have to be as sure as possible that I have facts to back up what I'm saying, or I'll lose all credibility.

    The deeper I dig, the more I'm uncovering. It's fascinating!

    You're likely just getting up and I'm about to finally pass out, so have a good one!

    pax vobiscum,
    archaeopteryx
    www.in-His-own-image.com

  • archaeopteryx

    And yes, to the question you're asking yourself, I did kiss the toad - nothing happened, except I got a wart on my lip.

    pax vobiscum,
    archaeopteryx
    www.in-His-own-image.com

  • Rev. Benjamin Duncan

    Actually I'm intending to do just that. I'm taking steps to start a church of rational thought in Northern Michigan.

    If it sounds like a good idea to you, I encourage you to do the same where you live. :-)

    I think there are two definitions of the term religion and only one- the negative definition- wouldn't apply to atheism.

    religion: a set of existentialist beliefs that require institutional dogmas to continue.

    Atheism is not a religion under this definition, but for that matter, neither is theism alone. A person does not need to be taught atheism. People from all over the world at all periods of human history have come to the conclusion on their own that there is no god. People were even coming to the conclusion that there is no god during the time of Moses, since he mentions such people in the Torah.

    Likewise theism alone is not a religious belief. A person who had never heard of God can take a walk through the woods and suddenly think "Hmm...I'll bet a grand being made all of this, just like I made my house." What that person cannot do is suddenly think "Hmm...I'll bet 2,000 years ago there was a guy named Jesus who died on a cross." or "hmm...I'll bet there's this book out there called the bible that I need to read." Those beliefs require institutional dogmas to continue and hence are religious by the negative definition.

    Here's the other definition...

    religion: the component of a person's philosophy that deals with certain existentialist subjects.

    By this definition everyone has "religion."

    As far as the subject of starting a church goes I think it would be willfully ignorant to decide that theistic churches have no benefit to individuals or communities. The question is- do these benefits come from theism or do they come from the simple fact that church as a social institution has certain benefits? I would argue the latter. We should have our own churches because we should gather together, fellowship, discuss our ideas, provide support for one another and promote moral principles to one another. Everyone can benefit from such things.

  • crazy dyke━☆

    ty dear <3

  • Donald R Barbera

    It is difficult not to notice. Being here with these Evangelical Christians keeps it alive and it must be stopped. They need to MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS! Sorry to shout, but I've had enough. This should be covered by HIPPA laws and others.

  • Karim Salama

    Haha Thank you. :D

  • archaeopteryx

    As I said in my email, #FF0000 tells the computer to color the text red!

  • archaeopteryx

    The things I do for you, Girl --

  • archaeopteryx

    They're candy - you eat them.

  • Carl Hakim Achri

    Thank you! =)

  • Richard E. Robertson

    Thanks for the info about my blog. I just created it and may not have the settings right. What kind of problems did you have posting?  I wondered why there hadn't been any comment already.

    And I agree with you about the likelihood of gun control in the U.S.A. Not your reason, but based on observations of the legal and social mechanics involved.

  • Richard E. Robertson

    I think I fixed my blog. I made it so ANYONE can post (including anonymous posters). What was that part about hyphens though?

  • Richard E. Robertson

    Odd. I'm a computer guy myself - 30+ years (see? Hyphen!). Windows used to be picky about some file names, but that's about it.  Web site names can have hyphens too. Are you trying to create a domain name or site for yourself? By the way my mom's name is properly Carry-Robertson, and my ex-wife's is maiden name was properly Velez-Montoya (from Venezuela originally). I can relate.

  • Richard E. Robertson

    I just entered "suzanne olson-hyde" in my address bar in Google Chrome. Up came a search page with you on it with your "Think Atheist" profile prominent. Your last name by itself also worked (not that I mind using Suzanne - it's my baby sister's name :D)  though it didn't come up with you first. Maybe it's Internet Explorer? I've never had a problem with using hyphens with web site names or other uses. I'd have to see what was going on first-hand to find a fix.

  • archaeopteryx

  • Hope

    I am honoured too.. Thank you very much for your kind words..

  • Hathal Alqassab

    Many thanks for the add. 

  • Pac Hybrid

    Thanks For The Friend Request

    -PP