Do you take the Lord's name in vain?
Do you find yourself saying things like "for God's sake!", "Heaven help us", etc?
Or do you, as an atheist, make a conscious effort to abstain from using these figures of speech?
I'd be interested in hearing fellow atheists' thoughts on this.
Look, all I said was "That piece of halibut was good enough for Jehova!"
He said it again!
I don't think it ought to be blasphemy, just saying Jehova!
You're only making it worse for yourself.
Worse? How can it be worse? Jehova! Jehova, Jehova, Jehova!
Sometimes it's hard not to. The linguistic idioms are ingrained into us since childhood, especially if at least one parent was christian. I have a Buddist friend that says god bless you after someone sneezes. I try to say gesundheit, (litterally a wish for good health), or with a few brown ales in earthy company, "did you get any on you?".
I find it best to remain tacit if the real appropriate words escape me at the time.
I try not to use these figures of speech when I'm in the company of anyone other than family. Not out of fear of causing offence to the devout, but because I don't want anyone to think that I believe in any of it. My family all know I'm an atheist and most of them are, too, so they know that phrases like "God damn it" are just meaningless figures of speech to me. If I do make some such reference at home it's usually done with irony. I've often said to my husband "thank god I'm an atheist!"
My husband calls the area where we live 'God's country'. He's a city boy but we live in the area where I grew up which is fairly rural and very scenic (but then all of Scotland is). He's come to admire the surrounding countryside and whenever we come back from a visit to the city or trip elsewhere he'll say "here we are, back in God's country". He's as much an atheist as I am.
It was not my intention that members would take the title of my post too literally. I wasn't trying to get into a debate about it's interpretation. I can see from your reply and that of another member that interpretations vary.
I'm new to Atheist Nexus and was simply trying to generate a lighthearted discussion about how we atheists feel about making religious references in our speech.