I wish you well with your parents and your revealing your atheism to them; and with your son.
I would argue that perhaps a girlfriend is OK but don't even think about marrying a religious fanatic. Religion is a memeplex that changes the very purpose of life, and you'd wind up pulling is opposite directions. You for success and happiness in this life; she for propagation of the meme in this life and happiness in the next.
You make a good point, having one established religion prevents all the others from growing. Same thing with a squirrels disturbing your feeder. Trapping and releasing the squirrel is pointless, as a new squirrel will always come in. Same thing also for organised crime. Better to have one mafia which only kills "that" type or person, rather than have a bunch of gangs vying for territory and killing innocent bystanders in the process.
It's kinda like antibiotics. If you start the job but don't finish it, the bugs just get stronger. The only efficient remedy is the one that puts an end to the invader.
This is good to hear. The logical question to me is, does Islam fit in with your statement "the more and more diverse society has forced the general acceptance of the wider society."
Here in the states they are pushing for more and more religion-based concessions like ladies wanting to wear assorted veils for DMV photos. No bull.
In Canada, because people are so polite, Islam is winning rapidly and gaining ground. Teachers in schools, veiled, teaching little girls how shameful and sexually appealing their bodies are and how men can't see females without requiring sex. Islam has already taken hold of Western and Northern Europe, it is coming along well in Canada. Yet in the USA, Iève almost never seen turbans and head sheets (fuck veil it's really covering women with sheets)
I'm totally ''out'' with being an atheist, to my parents, other family and friends. I have more atheist friends than Christian, and my Christian friends took it well, I guess. My dad has had the hardest time with it all. When I was a kid, he took me to church a lot. My mother didn't always attend with us. So, maybe for him, he looks back at those days and wishes I never grew up. He is coming around, doesn't debate me over the Bible anymore, which is progress. :)
FlyGirl, my step dad told me that the biggest proof of the bible was that god said Israel would be a nation again and he would draw the Jews from every nation and bring them all back to Jerusalem. He says that has happened and is fulfilled prophesy. I then asked him to explain to me why we still have Jews in every nation all over the world.
That was/is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The UN divided Palestine in 1948, and gave part of it to the Jews BECAUSE they claimed it as their historical homeland....based on the Exodus myth. And there were a lot of homeless Jewish refugees from Europe who still had a lot of clout in the "right" places.
They totally ignored the historical facts that the Hebrew tribes invaded Canaan (Palestine) and massacred the people who were already living there more than 3500 years ago.
We might as well use that reasoning to force us to give North America back to the original settlers who walked here from Asia 20,000 years ago.
Very true, sk8eycat. What history fails to realize (along with other people in 1948) is that this was done because of bible belief. Also, if any of this was really called "dividing" then where is Palestine today? The entire world is paying now for this fatal error.