I was asked by a theist during the Twitter 'No God' War
"Why waste so much time denying Him if He doesn't exist?" followed with, "You are a fake atheist :)"
First of all, I don't know PolitiKellyRite
; she could be awesome or she could be horrible. Our discussions yesterday were filtered with several obscenities and insults which would lead me to believe the latter were more true about this god fearing individual. Regardless, I felt that it was important to mention that before I proceeded with my answers.
"why capitalize His name if He doesn't exist?"
I assume that you are educated and have studied the English language. You see, it is really about dealing with nouns rather than the significance of your belief in said god. I usually leave the word 'god' as a lower case word because I use it as a common noun, rather than a proper noun. One might capitalize Darth Vader, as reference to a specific noun, though the character does not actually exist. The existence or non-existence of a deity doesn't have anything to do with grammar.
"Why waste so much time denying Him if He doesn't exist?"
I think that you misunderstand my objective here. Allow me to deviate from the subject of god or religion so that you might understand what I'm trying to get at.
This image was taken from snopes.com
after I received an urgent notice on my facebook account
. The version I received was not much different, though it included the state listings of Florida and Alaska as this is where the great majority of my facebook friends live. Spawning an obnoxious number of posts from several of my friends in both states, it didn't take me long to notice that the license plate numbers were identical. This lead me in a pursuit of knowledge; a quest for answers. Sure enough, as the previously mentioned snopes.com article
pointed out, it is actually quite fake.
Origins: In early October 2009 yet another missing child hoax spread across the U.S. via cell phone text message, e-mail, and postings to the popular microblog Twitter. While the city or state name given as the location of the kidnapping varied wildly, the meat of the alert remained the same: a three-year-old boy had been abducted by a man in a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse bearing a license plate of 98B 351.
Numerous police departments have checked into this (the hoax was nationwide, after all, even hitting Hawaii), and no such abduction took place. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirms that this is not an active Amber Alert.
The October 2009 hoax Amber Alert about an unnamed missing 3-year-old boy was a light reworking of the July 2009 hoax Amber Alert about an unnamed missing 3-year-old girl.
Notice the similarity in the license plate numbers: 98B 351 and 72B 381.
Barbara "phony numbers" Mikkelson
Last updated: 16 October 2009
The URL for this page is http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/faketext2.asp
I'm not sure if you see the danger that I read into this. I will assume that you have heard the old story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." Surely the moral of it all strikes you strongly. You see, when an Amber Alert goes out and this time it is real, how many people will pay any attention to it? The effects of a joke like this can be devastating.
Getting back to the question at hand; "Why waste so much time denying Him if He doesn't exist?"
You see, I do not feel that I am wasting anyone's time. For me, I am on a journey to help people to stop crying wolf. Religion has brought forth so much pain and suffering in this world that I shall make this blog's primary duty to be one of putting together the history of these atrocities, the strength of denying faith, the promise of good morals without god, and the assurance that this is the only life that we will ever live and therefore we ought to love one another and stop looking to the nonexistent beings for answers and blame. See, I'm all about humanity. I believe that human beings should be proud of themselves and that they ought to stop being superstitious and learn to accept reality. I believe that we are gods in our own rights and that we created this idea of a god in our image, not he creating us in his.
Lastly, the comment about being a fake atheist. Well, I'm technically an agnostic atheist. However, all atheism means is that you do not believe in a deity. I assure you, no matter what you might think you know about me, I do not believe that there is any sort of god out there. And, not to forget, all of the evidence in the universe has thus far pointed away from there being a god. I'm sorry that the thought of there not being a god frightens you so damn much.
Anyway, I suppose this concludes my first blog. Thanks for visiting and expect plenty more goodness coming your way.
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