Category: beliefs

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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

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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…

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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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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.

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My opinion on the bible…

I just answered an anon question that told me(didnt really ask anything) that the bible doesnt promote violence against woman.

I explained why I disagreed.

HOWEVER-

I want to be clear and reiterate that I am not anti-theist nor am I anti-christian. I support a christians right to be a christian and would never look down on them for it.

Religion is a tool. There are many versions of the bible. Just because I see cruelty within a piece of a religion doesnt mean I find the religion itself cruel. It all depends on how people use it.

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“I cannot imagine a god who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, of who has a free will of the kind we experience in ourselves”

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I am pissed.

I am pissed that children in TWO states are being ostracized by their schools.

I am pissed that discrimination of children in PUBLIC schools is being encouraged.

I’m pissed that no one spoke up the first time.

I’m pissed that no ones speaking up this time.

I’m pissed that people dont realize that a students rights -INCLUDING FREEDOM OF RELIGION- does not stop at the schoolhouse gates.

I’m pissed.

If you’re not pissed then I don’t think you quite grasp what is happening here.

What about our childrens freedoms? Do they not matter anymore?

Freedom From Religion

A lot of people(both secular and theistic) are misunderstanding this phrase. They act like its the right to be sheltered from everyone else’s religions or an attempt to banish all religions. 

It is not, and theists need freedom from religion too. Its not solely for secular or irreligious individuals. 

Freedom from religion is like the other side of the coin freedom of religion. You simply cant have freedom OF religion without freedom FROM religion. 

A christian can’t be a christian if they aren’t free from being a pagan. 

A pagan can’t be a pagan with out being free from satanism. 

You can not be free to your specific beliefs if you aren’t free from other peoples specific beliefs. 

How can you be an atheist if your forced to be a christian?

How can you be Islamic if your forced to be Jewish?

So to the theists who claim its “freedom of religion not freedom from religion” its time for you to realize that they are one and the same. 

And to the atheists who parade “freedom from religion” like a strictly atheistic idea/right its time you realize that freedom from religion protects everyone. 

Freedom from and of religion is a right for all.

“Atheism is just silly to me”

My cousin, new years day, the moment he find out I’m an atheist. 

Let me clarify, I am an out atheist, but that doesn’t mean everyone who knows me knows. It doesn’t mean I announce it every second of everyday. It just means that if a conversation about religion, beliefs, or anything related comes up I don’t hide my atheism- I talk about it like its completely normal(because for me and many others it is). 

Every once in a while someone new learns about my atheism. Sometimes when people *gasp* about my atheism, I end up being the one surprised that they didn’t know yet(its usually the ones who should have known that are against, it in my experience)

Anyways, my catholic aunt says “bless you” when I sneeze, of course I say “thank you” and she adds(lightheartedly) “even though you’re an atheist”, I laugh with her despite finding it unnecessarily brought up- but that’s a discussion for another time- when my cousin Jared walks in the room my aunt shares this funny haha moment with him. In stead of laughing he says “Wait who’s an atheist? You’re an atheist?” Immediately both me and my aunt sense the change in mood and she adds “I should have told Jack” (Jared’s brother). 

I try to let the moment pass, not really in the mood for a deep discussion at 9am after New Years, however Jared is now hooked. He reaffirms “So you don’t believe in god”, without missing a beat I say “nope”, but I left it at that hoping his interest would die. Uninterested or not, I won’t let stereotypes fly by me without correction, so when my moms boyfriend walks through and adds “Atheism, the belief of/in nothing” I quickly explain that it is not the belief of/in nothing, but a negative on one stance that doesn’t describe any of the millions of other beliefs — you get the point— however I make the mistake of adding “If any belief is the belief in nothing it would be nihilism” (later in this conversation I explain that I meant the statement at face value of the belief- literally the meaning of the word- not as the belief in practice).

Jared continues to insist that atheism is the belief in nothing, I try my best to move on as this was supposed to be a family visit, I want to play with the kids not discuss theology and beliefs. He goes so far as following me into the living room where I’m playing with a three year old. I answer all of his questions, but passively without much thought. It doesn’t go far until he says it “I just think atheism is silly”. Of course I take offence to this. Any one being told that their belief’s are “silly” is going to take offence to it. Without even asking his beliefs I go into my routine spiel that goes something like “How can you think it is silly to believe the universe just exists, but its okay to believe an all powerful god just exists? It doesn’t make sense to believe one is silly and the other justifiable.” He adds that he actually believes the universe itself is god to which I said “That’s interesting because many atheists believe that as well, but in a metaphorical way, the only difference is if you think the universe is conscious, if you believe the universe is conscious then we disagree there, but if you don’t believe it is then really your on the same page as atheism.”

Though I wish I had handled the conversation better(paid more attention to my wording, actually answered some of his questions with detail), that was the end of it. 

Not exactly how I thought seeing my family for the first time in months would go, but not exactly something unexpected either.