I posted this yesterday on my Facebook page**; however I decided to post it here as well, in its entirety. I suspect that there are fellow atheists who find this to be an especially frustrating time because of the continuing fight over sanctioned prayer at high school graduations. At a minimum you may find yourself irritated and disgusted with this whole, ongoing, mess - such as the story of the Valedictorian in Pickens County, SC.
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Published on May 12, 2013
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
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"My friends joke that I am a coconut: brown on the outside, but white on the inside." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.
I post a lot of things about being atheist on Facebook; I realize this. I live in the South immersing me right in the center of all religious perversions. I have people delete me almost daily because of the things I post. None of this ever really bothered me because I live a moral, ethical life and if someone didn't want to be digital friends with me because of my beliefs; so be it.
It was different this time because it was one of my real life friends. Someone that knows…
There are some meaningless things people just go along with. Let me point out something that should be rather obvious, but for some reason isn't.
Ending world hunger is a bad idea.
It seems even atheists have a hard time grasping this. Bimbos in beauty pageants are trained to parrot it back whenever they're asked what they wish for. Ask any child, or naive adult, and you'll get the same wish of ending world hunger, world peace or some other inane nonsense like…Continue
Ugh, so it's been an entire month of holiday garbage. From the passive aggressive nature of my family during their meal time prayers or my parents trying to shove their Catholic bullshit down my young son's throat.
I want to scream at them, but I don't. I keep the peace and don't respond to their faces how angry they make me. So here it is, every response I have kept in my head.
"No mom, I may not believe in Jesus but I still like celebration because it is time I get to spend…Continue
I personally agree with T-foot on this.
Misogyny is a real problem. In a world where rape is still used by militaries to demoralize a country's people, how could this be denied? In a world where girls are kidnapped and forced into prostitution in droves, how could this be denied? In a world where women's struggle for equal pay and reproductive…Continue
I have a 4 year old daughter and have a small battle on my hands to protect her from her mother's 'spirituality' and loose association with a church. I recently discovered that approximately only 25% of atheists are women.
Away from clichés about lonely middle aged women finding god, I've been pondering what are the other pitfalls that snare women in to the grips of organised religion or having independent spiritual faith?
Without wanting to brainwash my daughter myself, in…Continue
Being treated as if I believe in nothing and considered immoral because I’m an atheist is frustrating, but it really shows me who’s paying attention, who’s arrogant, and who’s clueless about reality.
Piers Anthony wrote about a kind of atheist in “On A Pale Horse,” completely misrepresenting atheism if his logic were applied to the real world, though it made sense in his fictional world of magic and magical beings. I think this is a common mistake people make about atheism and…
I've become increasingly frustrated with people's insistence that words can mean whatever they want them to mean, and whatever is convenient for them to mean. Words are meant for one thing: communication. Once everyone personalizes words and definitions, we lose that ability. If "to you" a chair is what the rest of us consider a table, you're going to lose us when you start telling about setting the chair for dinner.
Even more frustrating is when people, or Bibles, make absolute…Continue
So, you find yourself questioning the existence of your god. No matter your religion, that’s pretty frightening. All these years, raised to believe that an all-knowing, all-loving being was out there, somewhere, and that he had a plan for you. That your parents and community knew the ‘Truth.’ Most importantly, you’ve been instructed that when you die -if you followed all the rules, or asked for forgiveness- you’d join your loved ones for eternity in a paradise of sorts.
The staff of Think Atheist asked the community to support one of our own– me!– in the goal of raising money for the Light the Night walk I participated in tonight. The money raised for this walk went to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. I met survivors tonight as well as people who were walking for loved ones they had lost, and it was an incredibly humbling and touching experience.
I am so grateful to those of you who shared the link and/or donated to this great cause.…Continue
I closed one of my recent Internet Religious debates with the following line:
"I can be nice to people (really, I can) without fearing that the violent magic psychopath in the sky is going to lock me in the basement and set fire to me for 100,000 years for not loving him the right way...."
I am finding something to be very annoying when I make it known to a believer that I am an atheist. The person will typically assume that I became an atheist due to me being angry with god or life. The most recent episode occurred at my job when a co-worker asked me if I was catholic. I stated no and told this person that I was an atheist. This person looked at me and stated, "Oh something bad must have happened in your life." In…Continue
I gave someone (a Christian I love very much) a copy of a book recently at their request. I knew that the book would probably cause them to do some questioning about the origins of their religion. I thought it was cool that they asked me for it. To make a long story short, this person read about a chapter and then stopped. I’m not sure if he’ll pick it up again, but it didn’t seem likely that he would. He said he had “heard that stuff before,” and then gave me an apologetic response to it. I…Continue
*Disclaimer: I am not actually advocating these tactics since they are all logical fallacies and dishonest. However, theists are notorious for pulling these tricks even if they're not aware of it. We should be aware of their wily ways!
SCHOPENHAUER'S 38 STRATAGEMS,…Continue
My mother learns about my thoughts and motives by reading books and watching shows produced by Christians. Instead of asking me, or believing what I tell her, she looks to people who don't know me. I borderline hate her for this. I don't hate her (just resent), but I do hate that she lets strangers inform her about who I am when she's known me my whole life. It's so invalidating.
In general, Christians seem to have a habit of speaking for others and assuming they know the…Continue
St. Patrick is considered as the Patron Saint of Ireland. There are many, though, in Ireland that hold him in disdain. These people will never celebrate his legacy or life. It has been stated that St. Patrick rid Ireland of all of its snakes. Scientists have found that Ireland had not had snakes since icebergs surrounded the island. What could then be meant by the old legend?Continue
Before Christianity began to spread into Ireland, the Druids were the leading…
As you already know, your nominations took our beloved community and our awesome podcast to the final stage of About.com Readers’ Choice Awards. First of all, you deserve a huge THANK YOU! But, now, we need you to vote. So, please, do me another super special personal favor (last one this season, I promise), and take a minute out of each…Continue