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Universal Declaration of Human Rights  Articl…

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

The Universal Declaration of Human rights  Ar…

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

*I decided to do it every Tuesday and Thursday!*

Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preambl…

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

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slipperyslopesblog:

sophisticatesophia:

theoutatheist:

You don’t need religion to have morals.
You don’t need a deity to have strength.
You don’t need a church to be charitable.
You don’t need theistic faith to make it through the day.

You are NOT broken.

You are whole.

You are enough.
 

*note if one of the things above help you, that’s wonderful this is a reminder that it isn’t a necessity.*

Just a short response to your third point. You don’t need a church but you do need a faith. 

(According to Barna Research Group 2007 updated 2012) Both “No-Faith” and “Active Faith” groups were equally “likely to think of themselves as good citizens, as placing their family first, as being loyal and reliable individuals, as preferring to be in control, and as being leaders,” and they reported comparable personal difficulties including serious debt and addiction. However, additional results show that there are some significant differences:

  • “No-Faith” individuals are less likely than active-faith Americans to be registered to vote (78% versus 89%)
  • They are less likely than active-faith Americans to describe themselves as “active in the community” (41% versus 68%)
  • They are less likely than active-faith Americans to personally help or serve a homeless or poor person (41% versus 61%).
  • They are less likely than active-faith Americans to volunteer to help a non-church-related non-profit (20% versus 30%)
  • The typical no-faith American donated just $200 to charitable causes in 2006, more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the typical active-faith adult ($1500).
  • Even subtracting church-based giving, active-faith adults donated twice as many dollars to charitable causes last year than atheists and agnostics.
  • 22% of “no-faith” adults failed to contribute any personal funds to charitable causes in 2006, compared to only 7% of active-faith adults.
  • Atheists and agnostics were more likely to be focused on acquiring wealth than Christians (10% versus 2%)
  • No-Faith adults embrace the description or perception of being “at peace,” less than Christians (67% versus 90%)
  • Atheists and agnostics are more likely to feel stressed out (37% versus 26%).

Many of these statistics seem to indicate that, despite claims to the contrary, atheism on the whole does in fact tend to be less family oriented, less involved in the community and civics, and less compassionate and generous. As such, they lend some credibility to the notion that at least some kinds of morality or magnanimity require a foundation in Faith.

Also interesting is the fact that since only 1/5 of the “No-Faith” group are unequivocal in their rejection of the existence of God and adopting the label “Atheist,” the vast majority harbor doubts about their rejection of faith.

Also, Christian charity far surpasses giving of any other sector in the United States. Think about all of the Christian Hospitals, orphanages, adoption agencies, women’s centers, community centers, international relief, disaster relief, Christian Schools, after school programs, scholarships, colleges and Universities. Lets not forget advances in medicine, the arts, music, paintings, sculpture, architecture and the sciences,

I am sure there are some very good atheist hospitals and atheist adoption agencies, some great atheist founded colleges and tons of atheistic disaster relief organizations, but I have never heard of them.

Bottom line is that you can paint Christians in any color you want but if you scratch the surface, you will find caring, loving, generous people. These are not the monsters you wish they were. The truth is we love all of mankind and pray that all come to a fully knowledge of God. In love.    

Just a note. I am agnostic, but have a healthy respect for Christian people. Most athiests I know are just shits of another religion, who have as much of an agenda as the guys who knock on my door trying to convince me of their way. My note to atheists: I don’t care if you worship a “not-god”, keep your fucking bullshit, and often communistic ideology to yourself.

I dont know how I missed this one, but your “note to atheists” only shows that your understanding of atheism is limited to stereotypes.

(“I dont care if you worship a not-god” doesnt even make sense- I got from your previous statements that you’re trying to say they want to convert individuals to their ideals because their ideals are better, but that phrase alone didnt really do your post any justice.)

My question is how many atheists do you know?

Because I know hundreds and Ive met only a handful who have been truly arrogant and forceful about their atheism.

Not saying it doesnt happen, because it certainly does, but that doesnt make atheism itself a title of an arrogant and forceful atheist. The loudest and most offensive are often given the most attention. So the few gets mistaken for the whole. Thats one way stereotypes come about in the first place.

Most atheists I know arent even anti-theists. While many have no problem discussing issues brought up in religion, most still support freedom of belief and religion(despite not agreeing).

I personally have never met an atheist whose atheism was tied to communism. Again, Im not saying it cant happen, but its not a majority…

Along with that the op was not an attack on christians. In fact, christians were never mentioned. It was a positive post for individuals who are secular (like yourself), whether that be atheist, agnositc, irreligious, or any other stance. So, I dont really get where this whole “atheist vs. Christian” attitude came from(unless it was inspired by the reblog, whom Ive previously replied to).

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malloryknox616:

Atheism is Poisnous

I’d like to preface this by saying that I am not religious. I am spiritual. I am Unitarian Universalist. Basically, I believe there is a higher power, but I don’t truly know a damn thing about that higher power and never will, and I will study all the religions to find out the truth.

I don’t go to church, tho I have enjoyed it in the past. I don’t believe that “god” is contained in a building, nor explained in one single book.

I do not believe that there is some imaginary judge that is ruling over us, saving and damning people.

I believe in energy. I believe we are all made of energy. If energy is neither created nor destroyed, then there must be an afterlife of sorts, or at least reincarnation.

I believe that the world is made of energy, and bcuz of that, we can use our energy to mix with the energy of the world, to create changes that we desire. I believe that when we pray or do magick, we manipulate and focus energy to produce change.

I do believe that “god” is everywhere and in everything, that it’s not a physical entity.

Beyond that, I just read a lot and study everything from every culture and try to find common threads that suggest something might be a universal truth…

I believe that fighting over religion is pointless, bcuz we are all praying and worshipping the same higher power.

One interesting thing about religion is that the religious books written, while they all have common core sets of morals and standards, they are tailored to the area and times they were written so as to help further society.

Things such as forbidding certain foods or clothing, normally due to those things being dangerous – like, they forbid pig meat in many religions bcuz they view pigs as dirty, but there’s a strong chance it’s out of caution…in case pigs actually are dirty enough to get you sick. Also, pig meat is really unhealthy for you. It can cause cardio vascular issues and weight gain…

Not that I’m going to stop eating bacon. Hail bacon! Lol

Anyways, I digress. This article is about atheism and how it’s bad.

Firstly, on the moral standpoint, it’s really self centered and egotistical to think that there’s nothing higher than you. Whether it be on the food chain, the intelligence chain, the power scale. It’s just wrong to be so full of yourself that you think there’s nothing bigger than you. Even if you want to think it’s aliens, there is SOMETHING out there that’s above humans.

Being egotistical to that extent is poisonous, to yourself and humanity.

Secondly, there is scientific proof that we are all made of energy. To deny that is to deny science. When we start denying science, we enter a realm of insanity, bcuz without science the world falls apart.

Third, basically all religions teach a sort of moral guideline. Now, atheists can say that they create their own morals, but here’s the thing, you might pick the wrong morals that don’t fit with society. And no matter how much you want to be a rebel and not go along with society, think of how bad it would be if everyone felt that way! It would be absolute chaos.

It’s a privilege to be able to go against society with absolute freedom. Do you realize that? It’s a privilege to be able to rebel. People in third world countries, they don’t have that freedom. Not just bcuz their governments prohibit it but also bcuz they literally need to be a cohesive unit with their tribes to survive.

Look back at ancient times when there was no police or government. The tribes had to live by certain guidelines to survive and if they didn’t adhere to societal standards, they put themselves and the tribe at risk of extinction. What better way to get people to submit than to threaten them with the wrath of god?

Now, how does this fit in today? Well, society still, as a whole, would fall apart without moral guidelines. Teachings on how to be good to one another, an understanding that we are all one…

Atheists may have similar morals, but if the whole world was atheist, there would be less compassion and empathy, bcuz the majority of interconnectedness comes from people of religious or spiritual faith…

It’s like immorality is a disease and spirituality is the vaccine. If you vaccinate most of the people, the disease will be kept at bay. If you remove the vaccine from society, the disease will run rampant.

Just look at all the trouble our disconnection with a higher power has gotten us!

We’re living in a selfish, self centered world where we’re creating AI that could some day kill us, and we’re killing people of other countries, and even killing eachother.

Inb4 religion causes wars.

Yes, but people are going to find a reason to go to war no matter what. It doesn’t matter if religion was completely abolished, then we’d have less morals, and we’d probably go to war to kill eachother over race or country or resources…all of which we also war over now. It’s all about power. People are power hungry.

Spirituality and religion tries to eliminate the power, by taking power away from the individual and placing it in the hands of “god,” thus quelling our need to war for power. And I think I just had a breakthrough! That’s exactly why “god” is needed. It takes away the root of all evil. Power…

Now, I’m not trying to force anyone to believe in “god” bcuz that would be wrong. If you don’t believe there’s something out there, I’m not stopping you. That’s fine. I didn’t really go through much to cover the existence of “god” in this, so I don’t expect to convert anyone.

This is simply to say that being completely devoid of “god” or some sort of spirituality is poisonous and detrimental to both yourself and society. Even if it’s a complete load of crap in the end, do you really wanna risk it?

All of your points all include assumptions made about atheism that the title/standpoint of atheism doesn’t determine itself. They are all based on beliefs that are NOT apart of theism vs. atheism.

1. Not all atheists, not even a majority of atheists believe that there is nothing bigger than themselves. A lack of belief in a deity is not the same as believing nothing is bigger than you. The universe alone is bigger. The animal kingdom is bigger. Science itself is bigger. Communities are bigger. So on and so forth. This “egotism” that you see in atheism is not an atheistic thing. Its a total separate belief from atheism. Yes, there are egotistical atheists. There are also egotistical theists, who believe everything in the universe is for them.

2. Energy. We all have energy. There is an energy chain. No one denies this. I have never, ever, in my life heard an atheist say we dont have energy. However, how this energy works or whether or not we can manipulate in certain ways is definitely debated. As for science, science exists whether or not we believe in it. Its there. Its happening. And everything that is “science” can be proven over and over again. If we lost every peice of recorded scientific information we have, all of it would be regained over time.

3. Morality. Atheists and theists alike choose their morals. Not all theists share the same morals. When you choose what religion your apart of, what sect you follow, and what interpretation of that sect you believe in you end up with just as much say in your morals as an atheist. “You might pick the wrong morals that dont fit with society” so could a theist. And sometimes, its good to pick morals that dont go with society. In the days of slavery(not saying slavery doesnt currently exist, but when it was widely accepted) the people who chose to believe that all humans are equal chose a moral that didnt fit with society. Sometimes this is good sometimes this is bad.

Compassion and empathy is not only found within theism. We are the same species, we share the same needs, we share the same planet, our planet has needs. Compassion and empathy comes from that understanding. Not from a threat of the wrath of a god. Not from a concept that a god made us. Empathy and compassion come from understanding, and you certainly can find understanding without theism.

“Im not trying to force you to be a theist, Im just saying atheism is poisonous to you and society” You dont want to change us, you just want to claim we’re wrong.

Yet, every reason why you think atheism is poisonous can be found in theism as well. This is not a theist vs. atheist debate, this is entirely about beliefs and circumstances separate from atheism and theism.

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What a great start to the morning!

According to my inbox this morning, I am a communist and atheism is the cause of bullying, fighting, and school shooters, due to separation of church and schools.

So here it is:

Atheism defines one belief/one stance on a belief. An atheist doesnt believe or lacks belief in deitys. All deitys…

That is the only belief it defines.

If other atheists(say Karl Marx) hold other beliefs then those are one atheists ideals, not atheistic ideals.

Now onto school violence-

I began this argument with pointing out that a majority of violent offenders and school shooters were raised christian.

The person in my inbox then said that that means nothing, you can be raised christiand and never believe in the ideals/be truly spiritual(I agree, I also agree that christianity is not connected to violence in schools~ I was making a point)

So I said, youre right, being around christianity isnt enough, so how would forcing schools to be christian be enough to stop the violence?

How would discriminating and oppressing irreligious, secular, and minority religious individuals STOP bullying and violence?

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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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pallericho:

Just so you know

We don’t have to be part of the same book…to make a library

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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.”