So I'm not a closeted atheist. I bring up my atheism almost as much as my friends bring up their Xtianity. I know because I try and keep the ratio even. This means I mention my atheism almost five times daily. It is an absurd amount for someone who is not politically significant or really even socially relevant. I'm a half Hispanic mother of 1 in Texas. I register so low on the sociopolitical scale that I may as well be mute.
Screaming into a hurricane, that's what it feels…Continue
What a year for me.
I'm sure the rest of the world had it's ups and downs, it was one of those years where I simply couldn't avoid the news (no matter how hard I actively try to) and I am a worse person for it.
So I am told.
My atheism became very personal to me this year. How could it not be? Family and friends alike have accused me of moral inferiority because I don't bow to imaginary friends.
Religion truly offends me, but I don't try to start arguments, I just…Continue
Dear Children Born in the 1980's,
I am writing to tell you that we are finding ourselves in a very interesting position. In less than a decade the oldest of us will be eligible to run for president of the U.S. The youngest of us are in their twenties, they can buy alcohol and cigarettes and are no longer at the age where doing so is an act of rebellion.
Truth be told, we're getting too old to qualify for "youthful rebellion" and have moved into the realm of being furious…Continue
I haven't felt angry in a while, I mean I've been annoyed and stuff, but nothing has really poked at the white hot rage center in about two months.
Except this one thing...
My mother is living with us until later this month, how this came about is a long convoluted story, but ultimately she is living in the house my husband and I are paying rent on.
I have a three year old son, and he is simply fantastic, he's bright and funny and loving. I am constantly amazed at his…Continue
Added by Carol Foley on December 4, 2011 at 10:39pm — No Comments
So I wandered over to Catholic.com today... I haven't been there in almost 2 years, but I wanted to change my account information so it no longer listed me as "Roman Catholic" (It's the little things right?)
Anywho, I moseyed on over to the forum and noticed a little thread titled "crisis of faith" in which a young forum member posted his current crisis of logic. Anyone who left a church is probably familiar with it.
Anger at scandals and ignorance, the general annoyance of the…Continue
I'm a college student of an unconventional age, (I'm about 9-10 years older than my classmates) and I am working on starting a freethinkers club on campus, considering there are no less than three clubs which define themselves as "Christian."
I was discussing this prospect with some of my atheist classmates when the subject of my moral compass discussions with my best friend came up.
You know the drill, I'm an atheist, so therefore I have no absolute on which to base my…Continue
When does it become okay to speak openly against religion?
I ask this hypothetically, because for atheists the answer is usually, "When you have the time."
But for theists it's usually along the lines of, "Never," or "Always, as long as it isn't OUR religion."
As an anti-religion atheist I get a lot of that weird flavor of pity, never understanding, just... "Well you just had a bad experience with religion."
It has some variety, sometimes it's directly aimed at…Continue
In my last post I mentioned the official first step towards atheism.
I have had difficulties with faith for as long as I can remember. My first crush was a woman (I was 5 and I thought her red hair was so beautiful I wanted to marry her.)
At 7 I asked if different languages can use different words for apples and oranges and not be wrong, couldn't the same go for God? (In case you don't know, the answer is usually "NO!")
At age 16 I had my first existential crisis, I gave…Continue
Interesting question posed to me during a stunted debate (I wasn't in the mood for another fight.)
The question was, "If you aren't a scientist why are you so convinced that they are telling you the truth?"
This of course was in reference to my atheism, so many things said to me these days touch upon the subject and really this is quickly becoming the place where I vent. I should start a countdown as to the moments left before I stop respecting their right to be religious and…Continue
...becoming one of those "bitter atheists."
Not bitter because I don't have god, not bitter because I don't have a church community, not bitter because this entire sentence has had shit for grammar--
I am pissed off at the screaming morons who squabble like children over who has the better imaginary friend. I am pissed off at the smug declarations that I have a faith. I am pissed off at the assumptions, the accusations and the fact that I am expected to respect religion when…Continue
Ugh, I'm tired. Just...
Okay so I'm talking with my little brother's friend who is a 19 year old lesbian Catholic. I asked her why she's Catholic and she fed me the same trite crap I had be reciting all my years as a Catholic.
I asked her some of the questions that led to my own…Continue
Okay, so one of the Christian things is being grateful because "ONLY JESUS WAS WILLING TO DIE FOR OUR SINS!"
With it is tied a bunch of stupid shit about our immortal souls being saved, yadda yadda... you know the drill.
I think that Christians wouldn't die for the sins of everyone, even if doing so meant eternal happy life. So there is that bit of relief that their buddy Jesus took care of that shit for them.
So I postulate this question to you very sympathetic and…Continue
Did you know it is ridiculously hard to get excommunicated from the Catholic church?
Well I'm sure you did, you're all pretty smart here so I won't insult your intelligence, you get it, and I'm sure that the general lot of you don't wonder why I want my name out of their books.
So I will leap into my attempts.
-Anti-god jokes and skits. (Not good enough, I could always repent!)
-Telling a priest I reject the holy-spirit. (Mentioned in the Bible but they…Continue
I feel like I need to brace myself. I am one of 2 atheists in a huge family. The other one isn't very vocal. I think that this is going to be attributed to atheists and our "lack of moral compass"
On a lighter note I rescued a mouse from snake death after learning about how rats are capable of altruism (win one for not needing…Continue
Look I understand the disgust about the crossbeams. I actually agree that the whole "God is with us in this rubble" is offensive and another example of Christians turning a blind eye to how their god doesn't actually do anything.
David Silverman is being an asshole about it.
An atom David? Really?
I'm a hardcore atheist and I don't find comfort in a fuckdamned atom. I find comfort in humanity, human triumph over adversity. Our ability to realize when another…Continue
A woman gave birth to a set of triplets, two boys and a girl. The three of them all grew up to be amazing still life painters and all three of them were born with a degenerative eye disease. They knew that some day they would go blind so they tried to paint as much as possible before the world went black.
They also knew that nothing satisfied them quite as much as seeing the world and presenting it in art form. To them still life was the greatest thing in the world.
Added by Carol Foley on July 24, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments
Dear Dr. Sadler,
First I would like to say that I love your teaching style, you are funny and approachable and you are one of my favorite professors. You are also a good man, I believe this because I have seen you react to stories of your wife and children and unless you are a fantastic actor I think you understand love, tremendous, wonderful and sometimes oh-so-painful love.
I’m writing this to you because of something you said on the second day…Continue
Another interesting day in my ethics class.
Question: Is it ever right to act immorally?
My answer: Yes, when your set of religious morals encourages you to do something to do something cruel it is better to abandon that set of rules and act "immorally."
Gave the biblical example of how we don't stone disobedient children to death.
Stupid classmate: In Matthew Jesus says that we are released from the covenant of the old testament.
Me: Actually he…Continue
I am a sophomore in college and taking summer courses to save money. I'm taking an ethics class and I swear today I wanted to flip my lid.
If I hear ONE more college educated person spout out "evolution is just a theory," I am going to fucking scream.
It ruined my day listening to one of my otherwise favorite professors.
I said nothing though, I can understand why the man may want to cling to the ideas of an afterlife, his wife (who he loves…Continue