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Started this discussion. Last reply by Boatman Jul 29, 2011. 4 Replies

I'm a college student with no job and no insurance, fresh out of homelessness, with a wisdom tooth coming in and causing debilitating pain. That said, I can't afford to see a dentist to remove it (or…Continue

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Jess Schonberg replied to Michael's discussion 'If you are a non- believer, why be moral when no one is looking?'
"I am moral because it is how I am designed. Emotions evolved in my mind, one of those is empathy, and, as such, I maintain my morality because I can imagine how others would feel if I did not, and I don't particularly like the idea of causing…"
Aug 3, 2011
Boatman replied to Jess Schonberg's discussion 'Union Gospel Mission'
"Take the treatment.  This will relive your pain, and allow you to get on with the business of being a free-thinking, productive member of society (hard to do when demons are drilling your mandible).  Deliver your payback however you see…"
Jul 29, 2011
Pope Beanie replied to Jess Schonberg's discussion 'Union Gospel Mission'
"This is an interesting question, and I'm personally familiar with similar circumstances. On one hand, the large amount of real life charity to homeless (etc.) is evidence of good intentions of significant number of religious people. On the…"
Jul 29, 2011
wisp commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"I don't look at it as respecting their actual beliefs. I just respect their right to hold those beliefs, like Nina said. I generally don't give them a hard time about the ridiculous things they believe in, but I don't necessarily…"
Jul 27, 2011
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Jul 27, 2011
George Thain commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"I think there is a difference between respecting someone's beliefs and respecting their right to have said beliefs, but likewise they should respect your right to disagree with their belief. Saying something like 'I accept you have…"
Jul 27, 2011
Peter commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"It's a 2 way road. If you tolerate or respect someone else's beliefs, they should do the same back. If they don't think that way, then they can just get lost. People can't hate on you for being honest too lol.I agree with Jimmy…"
Jul 27, 2011
Jess Schonberg commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"Thanks for the video, Derek. This is generally my feeling about respecting people's religions, but I love hearing it backed up as well. Just knowing I'm not alone in that.     "
Jul 26, 2011
Derek commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"Jess, you might like this   Respect must be reciprocal and it isn't automatic. I don't care if people believe in a hundred gods or none, it's their behaviour towards others that's important. I will respect the person, if…"
Jul 26, 2011
M commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"I like your use of color to demonstrate your point.  That really put into words something that I sometimes have difficulty defining. "
Jul 26, 2011
Jess Schonberg replied to Alan Goldstein's discussion 'Abortion'
"People do pay for them out of their own pocket. At least, in the US they do. No tax funds go towards abortion, and if I remember right, it can't be covered by insurance. Federal law. "
Jul 26, 2011
Cognizant Psyche commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"Unfortunately, to those people anything that differs from their beliefs is an attack and should never be said around them.  It’s sad isn’t it?  It’s ok for them to try to criticize and try to point out flaws and wrongs on…"
Jul 26, 2011
Jess Schonberg commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"I don't attack without provocation, but I also get the feeling that just stating my opinion will, to some people, be viewed as an attack. People seem to have no problem questioning my beliefs- or lack thereof, rather- but the moment I do it…"
Jul 26, 2011
Jess Schonberg commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"See, I'm not talking about lying about whether or not I'm an Atheist, but basically, I've been accused of not respecting certain theist acquaintences' beliefs, which I don't, but, they assume this with just the smallest of…"
Jul 26, 2011
Cognizant Psyche commented on Jess Schonberg's blog post 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?'
"@ Gaytor I agree completely, I tend to keep my opinions to myself until provoked or attacked.  I won’t go actively seeking a fight, Id rather just be left alone, so if someone wants to believe in the Magical Floating Blue Toaster then by…"
Jul 26, 2011

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About Me:
I'm a 19 year old student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

I'm also a fat, liberal, pro-choice, pro-gay, Obama-loving feminist with a ukulele obsession and an awesome haircut.

I once killed a man with a crochet hook and a broken laser pointer.

I'm also piss-poor at talking about myself without making some stuff up along the way.

Oh, and, I have a blog:
Why are you here?
I've been an open and unapologetic Atheist since I was around seven or eight, and I still spend a lot of time thinking about what that really means for me, and what I believe. I think it would be great to talk to some potentially like-minded people.
The religion you left
Christian, Judaism, Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
I never really felt like I had an honest belief in god. My auntie told me about him, and so did my stepmom's mother, but one was a Christian and the other was a Jehovah's Witness. I don't know how to explain it, exactly, but none of it made much sense.
I think the real turning point, though, was shortly after my grandfather's death, hearing my father and stepmom talking between themselves about how it could have been avoided had my grandmother not been against blood transfusions. Her religion had killed him, because he would rather have died than live without her, and she would have left him had he got the transfusion. It wasn't even his faith.
I thought a lot about it after that. I talked to a lot of family members because my "faith" had been shaken. They all told me that, if I looked inside of myself, I'd know the truth. Well, the truth is, I never found anything. I kept trying, up until a couple of years ago. There's never been anything there except a certainty that there is no god.
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 12:06pm 21 Comments

I'm struggling a lot, lately, with this idea of respect. Specifically, respecting other people's beliefs. Which is something that I'm often called on to do, and that honestly makes me feel like a big liar. Because I don't respect anyone's religious belief, if it includes a God (or several). I find it silly and liken it to mental illness. But, to be respectful, I'm supposed to say "well, it's cool if you want to worship an invisible man in the sky, I totally respect your decision to do…


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