Category: agnostic

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Instagram

Its open_atheism if anyone wants to follow lol

https://www.instagram.com/open_atheism/

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Would anyone want me to start using my instagram again?

I made one for this blog in August of 2016, never used it 😬😂 anyone actually interested in me expanding the platforms I use?

May also bring back my twitter… One thing at a time though lol

The theory that religion is a force for peace,…

The theory that religion is a force for peace, often heard among the religious right and its allies today, does not fit the facts of history.

Dan Barker

Dan Barker:

Free Will Explained Live

Dan Barker is talking about free will(based off of his new book) at morehead state!

You’re welcome to watch 🙂

Public Proclaimer Ministries

So a month ago (probably longer now) a hate preacher appeared on the campus of Morehead State University. 

I planned on writing the responses of the crowd, went around and talked to an upwards of 50 people- Including a LOT of Christians, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and some undisclosed- professors, police officers, and of course students. However, after the event I made the decision not to make the post because I figured it did not need any more attention drawn to it. 

I now see my mistake. These kinds of events NEED attention drawn to them(especially after the fact, less so during). 

During this hate preachers spiel he covered everything from homosexuality being a sin, to slavery (and how white people were the reason it ended)- The most appalling thing he said was that its not rape if she doesn’t yell out or fight. That comment sent many people in to tears.
He made a blog post about his experience(the hate preacher) and explained how the crowd spent a large amount of the more than four hours he was there cussing at him, meanwhile he happened to neglect the fact that he spent the time calling the crowd “sluts” and “whores”. 

So here were the responses of the crowd: 
Only ONE person said they agreed with what he was preaching, but disagreed with how he was going about it.
Only one person opted to not share their opinion with me.
Some of the atheists I asked said that this is what made people anti-theist, others said that they were simply disgusted with the display. 
The majority of the responses I got said that it was wrong and shouldn’t be allowed on campus. 
Of every Christian I asked I got the same responses- “I believe in god, but not that god”- “He’s not reading my bible” – “God is all loving, this man is just hateful” – “That’s not Christianity as I know it” 

Regardless of belief everyone had two common statements that they all agreed upon- This is NOT the way to share your beliefs, and no one should be giving it attention. 

That second one really struck me… Nearly everyone agreed that no one should give him attention(including me) and yet we were all there standing, watching, interacting with him, talking about him. Why, if we all agreed that he shouldn’t be given attention were we all there? 

Some of us felt defensive and felt the need to stand up for their own beliefs, or for their rights as people. Some were there for entertainment- this was especially evident in those who were playing bingo with everything he said… 

In the beginning it was simply scary, the things he was willing to say and preach, the fact that he was belligerently ignoring counter points. 

Near the end it was just the crowd heckling him. 

But all the while he smiled. Whether we were fighting him or belittling him he continued to smile… 

And he’s coming back.  

I wish I could just ask people not to go and they would. But, seeing how it went last time I doubt that will happen. 

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Irrational

How can you find it irrational or unnacceptable for us to believe that the universe just exists, but its totally rational and acceptable to believe a god/gods just exist…

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone…

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

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Content posts I’ve been planning but havent written yet…

-“Liberty” and “in god we trust” on our money is contradictory if not moronic

-atheist/agnostic/irreligious representation on tv needs improvement

-More on privilege and atheism

-something else I cant remember…. Someone remind me to get at least one of these done this weekend (theyre too long to write on my phone)…

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Atheophobia on campus

Morehead State University.

In a building called Rader there was a religious hand written flyer on the cork board next to the room where SSA meets.

I support freespeech and freedom of religion so I wasn’t phased by this.

When another was added I was actually inspired by them to share some perspective as well. Im also a firm believer in equal representation.

When I added a flyer(hand written) almost word for word of a post I’ve made on here it looked pristine on the board.

Today I came in to find it crumbled and torn. The only flyer in this shape.

My response was to add another note above stating “dear whomever took to crumbling and tearing the message below: your acts display no grace, kindness, or acceptence. They say more about you and your beliefs than the ones on the paper you defiled. I hope you find a way to manage your intolerance and hate.”

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borrowedmediocrefiction:

I kind of basically came out to my therapist as an atheist (and kind of an antitheist) yesterday. I looked it up, and I’m pretty sure this mental health center is not a religious institution, so I should be okay. I just really hope she isn’t bothered by the fact that I don’t believe in God. I don’t know anything about her religious beliefs, but I know that a large portion of the population believes you can’t be a good person if you don’t believe in God. (At some point in my life, I might have thought this myself.)

I just… I haven’t even told my parents. We used to go to church every Sunday when I was little, and I went through Confirmation, but beyond that, religion was never a really big deal. My family and friends, the ones who do believe, are all very liberal Christians. I worry that simply not believing in God may be a bridge too far, though. I don’t think they’d shun me, but I don’t want to make them worry about me.

I dreamt that Mom found out, and it ruined her; she was so upset. I dreamt my aunt found out, and she slapped me. Neither of them is at all highly religious (heck, my aunt may be a deist at most). Yet, I have this deep fear of disappointing or even horrifying them. Honestly, it would be 100 times easier to come out as gay. I know they would support me.

I’m worried that even if my therapist will only help me through secular means, she may secretly feel that the root cause of my problems is disconnection from God. She didn’t need to know my religious views, why did I let this happen?

Prime example of religious privilege.

Theism is the “default setting” in most places.

Youre assumed to be a theist and there is fear that comes with admitting otherwise.

A theist wouldnt be scared to say to their mental health care provider “I believe in god” because that stance is genrally accepted.

This individual is actually fearing the reaction from the person who is supposed to be helping them get to a better place mentally and emotionally.

This is how serious religious privilege is.