Category: irreligious

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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

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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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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.

Religion

The forgotten category of privilege. 

We all know about racial privilege, privilege that comes with being born into certain classes, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ability, citizenship, and so many more, but often forgotten is religious privilege. 

When I walk into a classroom in the south the first thing I do is evaluate the professor, look for religious paraphernalia, listen to any and all comments about religion, and judge how kind and accepting they sound. This judgment has nothing to do with their beliefs. It doesn’t affect me in anyway if they believe in a god, many gods, no gods, or the flying spaghetti monster. What does affect me is their response to me being an atheist. 

It is a real concern that the way I am viewed, treated, and evaluated will be impacted by my atheism being revealed. My safety is a concern.

It has recently been brought to my attention that people within some of the major religions(especially in the south) do not face this. They do not walk into a classroom wondering if it is safe to announce their faith. They do not wonder if a cross around their neck will limit their chance of getting a job. 

I’m not saying that theists never receive negative responses for their stances, rather, I am saying their life is not constantly revolving around whether or not they can be them in a certain setting. 

It is time to start talking about religious privilege. 

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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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“Mans ethical behavior should be effectively grounded on compassion, nurture, and social bonds. What is moral is not of the devine, but rather a purely human matter, albeit the most important of all human matters.”

Albert Einstein

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Love righteousness for its own sake.

Elizabeth Deutsch Earle