Author: Open Atheism

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lgbtqa+ atheists are wonderful. lgbtqa+ people who don’t believe in god because they’re lgbtqa+ are wonderful. people who didn’t believe long before they knew they were lgbtqa+ are wonderful. I love all of you

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“The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.”

— ​G. K. Chesterton in St. Francis of Assisi (1923), p. 88; “

Thank the people around you who made it happen.

Thank yourself for making it there.

Thank the crazy circumstances because the odds of it happening that way… Were crazy.

Thank the universe just for being.

Or rather, simply enjoy the good. And dont worry about thanking anything. Because for a moment things are just good. And savor that feeling.

I have never found myself feeling thankful and lacking something to thank. “Thankful” as an emotion can exist without the phrase “thank you”.

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At least, not without a safeword.

Even if you truly believe they will be tortured, its still rude.

Someone can truly believe youre an a bitchbaby but if they called you that… Its rude.

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So, you believe that you can reduce all this to what you are capable of knowing, that all that went before you were wrong about everything, that there is nothing about this existence that cares about you and wether you contribute or not, that you are a uniquely gifted generation that has realized that it all means nothing.

Or alternatively you could notice that these questions have been asked for thousands of years and experience over time has indicated that it is way better to care and behave as if your actions matter, both to you, to those you meet and to all of existence. And then perhaps you could start to look at that history of thought, of action and of consequences and start to play your part.

Literally every single statement you implied was made by this post was not in any way mentioned.

This post does not say that it should be reduced to what we are capable of knowing or even that we know all that we are capable. It also doesn’t say that we ARE capable of knowing it all.

No where does it say that all who went before us were wrong about everything.

No where does it say that there is nothing about this existence that cares about us, other humans care, other animals care.

No where does it say that it all “means nothing”.

No where does it say our actions dont matter or that we have no responsibility.

It says its not all made for us. That we are not the center. It says its selfish to believe the entire universe was created for us. Its selfish to believe we are the ONLY ones who matter.

You made a lot of assumptions and pulled a lot of arguments out of thin air. You basically argued against what you wanted it to say rather than what it actually said.

All of which raises the question what are the implications of what is being said?

Refer to the second to last paragraph of my previous response.

So just stating the obvious, accepted by all religion, possibly even the basis of all religion.

A lot of religions I have read on claim their god made the world for humans… So i guess its not that obvious or accepted that its selfish to believe the universe is created for you.

Maybe we havent read on the same religions or the same sects of the same religions or the same interpretations of the same sects of the same religions..

That God foresaw your existence is far from saying that you are the sole reason behind existence. Religion is the statement that you are not.

You are probably talking about your personal religious beliefs considering the last reblog said “claim their god made the world for humans” not that he just foresaw their existance(and if he created them then I wouldnt exactly say the deity foresaw their existance, id say he came up with the concept of their existance and decided to put it into action).

“Religion” is not one statement, its thousands of differing and often contradicting statements conjoined or not conjoined with thousands of other statements. There are so many religions and I have never heard of more than one in agreement on everything(if they were theyd be the same religion).

A person with a personal religion is probably worshiping himself.

There are concepts that are common to all the major religions; Truth, meaning, sacrifice, malice to state just a few. The basic concepts are remarkably similar across both time and space. Some are developed more fully in some religions and less developed in others.

The search for truth and meaning and the ability to feel awe appear to have been components of every major civilization, and all appear to have much to contribute if approached with any level of intellectual honesty.

Belief system all appear to have consequences, including the one that denies all religion.

You, again, are misunderstanding what I said. I said “your personal religious beliefs” as in the ones that apply to you, I wasnt insinuating that you dont believe in one of the major religions.

Sure they all have some similar concepts, but none of them are made up of the SAME concepts. None of them are exact. All have consequences, but different consequences for different reasons. All have what they claim to be truth, but none of them have the same “truth”. All describe a “meaning”, none of them have the same meaning. Many have a form of sacrifice, but none of them agree on what should and shouldnt be sacrificed.

You can say the same thing about stores, but all stores dont sell one similar product. They all have a product, a price, and a name, but none of them have the same product, price, and name.

The post was about how we are not the center, we are not the only thing that matters(or even the most important thing)– and while SOME religion may make that clear a lot of them dont. Especially among the major religions.

Hey, so my mom is forcing me to go to church w…

Hey, so my mom is forcing me to go to church with other family members, including my grandparents who are strong believers, and I don't know what to do. This is my first time going back to church since I I started identifying athiest and only my immediate family knows I'm atheist.

Did you ask her why she is having you go?
Maybe its time to open a dialogue to this.
On the other hand, you can always go and(respectfully) choose not to participate. I’m not sure how your church experience is, but if there is any acting parts like standing and singing, or shaking hands of the people besides you, or things like that, you can remain seated and say “no, thank you”.

Really, what you should do is what you feel comfortable with.

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So, you believe that you can reduce all this to what you are capable of knowing, that all that went before you were wrong about everything, that there is nothing about this existence that cares about you and wether you contribute or not, that you are a uniquely gifted generation that has realized that it all means nothing.

Or alternatively you could notice that these questions have been asked for thousands of years and experience over time has indicated that it is way better to care and behave as if your actions matter, both to you, to those you meet and to all of existence. And then perhaps you could start to look at that history of thought, of action and of consequences and start to play your part.

Literally every single statement you implied was made by this post was not in any way mentioned.

This post does not say that it should be reduced to what we are capable of knowing or even that we know all that we are capable. It also doesn’t say that we ARE capable of knowing it all.

No where does it say that all who went before us were wrong about everything.

No where does it say that there is nothing about this existence that cares about us, other humans care, other animals care.

No where does it say that it all “means nothing”.

No where does it say our actions dont matter or that we have no responsibility.

It says its not all made for us. That we are not the center. It says its selfish to believe the entire universe was created for us. Its selfish to believe we are the ONLY ones who matter.

You made a lot of assumptions and pulled a lot of arguments out of thin air. You basically argued against what you wanted it to say rather than what it actually said.

All of which raises the question what are the implications of what is being said?

Refer to the second to last paragraph of my previous response.

So just stating the obvious, accepted by all religion, possibly even the basis of all religion.

A lot of religions I have read on claim their god made the world for humans… So i guess its not that obvious or accepted that its selfish to believe the universe is created for you.

Maybe we havent read on the same religions or the same sects of the same religions or the same interpretations of the same sects of the same religions..

That God foresaw your existence is far from saying that you are the sole reason behind existence. Religion is the statement that you are not.

You are probably talking about your personal religious beliefs considering the last reblog said “claim their god made the world for humans” not that he just foresaw their existance(and if he created them then I wouldnt exactly say the deity foresaw their existance, id say he came up with the concept of their existance and decided to put it into action).

“Religion” is not one statement, its thousands of differing and often contradicting statements conjoined or not conjoined with thousands of other statements. There are so many religions and I have never heard of more than one in agreement on everything(if they were theyd be the same religion).

I've been thinking of edgy atheists and w…

I've been thinking of edgy atheists and why they are… Like that. I just don't get why they never shut up about their lack of religion. I mean, I usually don't go around saying I'm atheist unless I need to get rid of door-to-door evangelists lol.

Probably because they were brought up religious and saw the worst of it, so ended up bucking so hard to get away from it that they became the mirror of what they hate so much.

The majority of atheists are awesome, but the fundatheists are annoying.

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I get really annoyed by religious people who like to pretend they’re oppressed by me, personally, for being religious.

to elaborate: they act like my nonbelief is a threat and offense to them and I just find it fucking wild that they act like that when it’s atheists who are constantly pelted by religion everywhere they turn

Actually there are places where Christian’s are considered the “other” of society and atheists/seculars are way more accepted, but those places compared to the world as a whole are a minority.

And the United States is ESPECIALLY bad for treating atheists like the enemy.

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First, I’m against transracial adoption and fostering. Just putting it out there and IDGAF.Black kids need to be with BLACK families, not white ones. White people can’t raise Black kids. They can’t it’s impossible. Second, white people will never care about Black kids or Black lives. The only reason why white people foster and adopt Black kids I mean babies/toddlers (because we all know you don’t GAF about Black teens or older kids) is because they can’t get a white one. White people want white babies not Black ones. Since white women can’t pop them out fast enough or lose them to the foster care system white people are fucking mad. So then they turned their attention to Black kids. Suddenly, they care about Black kids. Only after they could not get a white kid. They took every other kid but a Black kid. China loves giving their kids to white people. Many white people went or go to China or South Korea to adopt babies. Now they can’t get babies easily. So what did white folks do? They went to Russia, Romania, Eastern Europe for white babies. Then those close down. So now white people are going to Haiti, Ethiopia, and Uganda to adopt. God leads them there. They are checking the all race box to get Black kids from foster care. Knowing damn well they could care less about Black kids. I mean Black babies cost less to adopt and white folks are fine with it. During the 60s,70s, 80s, and 90s white people could not adopt Black children. But white people fought to adopt Black kids and take them away from Black families. This whole damn system is racist. White people control adoption and foster care. White adoptive parents and white foster parents need to use their damn power to fight for Black kids to be with Black families but we all know they won’t do that. White people love getting attention and playing savior. A poor Black kid is saved by white people. Can’t get or afford a white baby? Go get a Black one. They are much cheaper and easier to get. I hate seeing Black kids with white people. I hate it. I was in foster care with white foster families and I hated it. When a Black child is with white people they lose a part of themselves. We need more Black families to care and adopt Black kids.

Heres my problem with this, it implies a single parent of a transracial child cant raise their own kid.

It implies all white people ignore culture.

It implies that no family is better than one of a different race.

You are letting your emotions cloud logical realities. Im sorry you had a negative experience in foster care, but you do not speak for every single person of color who has had a white foster/adoptive family.

Instead of protesting, lets start PROMOTING more minority families joining foster care, more culture education for foster parents, more inclusion tactics, better and more efficient screening, and more.

There are so many solutions, but denying a child a home is not one.

When I first told my mom I was an atheist, we …

When I first told my mom I was an atheist, we got into an argument about the fact that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday. She disagreed with me saying, "it's the day Jesus CHRIST was born. You know, Christ as in Christmas." And I wanted to die bc I, an atheist, new more about Christianity than my Christian mother. She also proceeded to tell me she wouldn't throw he beliefs at me yet told me the next day "I'll give you proof that God is real. "

Yeah… Honestly Christian’s who believe Christmas truly is the birth of Christ or that the earth is (what is it 6000 years?) x years old make me cringe.

Im proreligious freedom, im just not pro fact ignoring.

Im sorry you had to deal with that fam, trust me youre not alone.