I really enjoyed your tweet/post on your site about militant atheism. Myself, like many if not most others feel the stigma of attacking religion and when simply stating a rational fact or belief which is considered taboo it's all of a sudden 'militant' in nature. Whereas if you make any other statement, regardless of how controversial, you won't be considered militant. Just like Dawkins and many others say, you can criticise someone's political ideology or anything else but as soon as religion is mentioned, then it's disrespectful and sacriligious. Thanks for sharing this enlightenment.
One of these days I'd like somebody to answer the question why theism is the dominant school of thought. Like you, I have always been able to ascertain the the existence of god is just not plausible and not possible. I've never considered myself exceptionally smart, definitely not smarter than average but I have to wonder at people who live their lives based upon mythological fantasies. The term and the theory of god is so ingrained in our culture it is hard to imagine what life would be like without it. Would we just invent something else to glaze over the truth? I say that because people have told me with dead-pan sincerity that for them, life without god is a bleak arena with no light at the end of the tunnel.
I have so much empathy towards the Earth, having to suffer through generations of people with their blinders on, ignoring the hidden facets of this world, using her only as a means to get into the non-existent but oh so famous pearly gates. Missing out on the prisms of this life to chase the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A pot of gold that doesn't exist. I life without meaning. While those in the here and now, savoring every precious moment, knowing it could be our last and knowing the permanence and the meaning behind that statement are left to clean up the mess that is left behind.
Although I have not ever believed in God I have never really been a part of an Atheist community. Thanks for welcoming me to this one! Cheers!
Happy to join your website and support the growing community here. I teach English and critical thinking at NYU and CUNY, am the faculty advisor to the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club, and have a blog at EffectualAgents.org that I'd love to have folks check out. Looking forward to communicating with everyone.
Thanks for the invitation via Twitter to become friends. I am new to the website and look forward to exploring it. I enjoy your Tweets and look forward to the discussions here on Think Atheist. I was forced into Christianity by family but always knew from a very early age (about 7) that it was stories (like Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy) that could not possibly be true. No evidence = not real. The internet really has brought me out and it's good to see others that are like minded. East Texas is not the best place in the world to be an Atheist.....
I joined think atheist because it is hard for me to get my point across on Twitter. Once I started following you, I followed many of your threads and retweeted my favorites. Many of my friends are theists and take my opinions and religious thoughts as a personal offense. This site is much better for venting. Thanks for the suggestion Monicks!
Yes, I am totally fluent, as you've probably already noticed. It's just that I hadn't had any good reason for participating, but now I'm really interested in winning this book. I just started following Think Atheist on Twitter and I retweted the message. Of course I don't really think I will be so lucky, but who knows. Maybe if I pray to Thor.... : D