"Dean, one of the responses I've gotten to my atheism is "So you don't celebrate Christmas?"
And I say, "Christmas is a family holiday for me. Nothing religious about it in my household. So yes, I celebrate it by eating and…"
"It's happened a couple of times, and I'm never sure how to answer it.
If they know you're an unbeliever, the one thing you MUST do is realize they're insulting you. There can be no more condescending thing to say than the…"
"I was breezing through the front entrance of the county fair last summer, and there was a godder booth right there with a man and a woman in it. The man piped up with "Have you heard the good news?" I said "I'm an atheist, and I…"
"I'd have to say it's more like they love the person they THINK you are. The real you is invisible to them, because they don't want to see it. It's a lonely way to live, and eventually you'll have to make some decisions about…"
"Worse is the one I've gotten about three times: "You're such a good person, I think you're a Christian without knowing it."
It's funny, but it's also sad ... because I know I can't possibly get them to see…"
"" ... if we are to survive as a species ..."
Oh, argh. There are 7 billion of us on the planet, rising by about 91 million each year. This is an increase equal to the combined populations of Texas, California, New York and Ohio, or…"
"Argh. The same technique works in duck hunting -- you hide in the bushes and make noises like a duck, and then pick off the ones who fall for the deception.
This is not the first faux-atheist I've come across. "Hey, I'm an atheist!…"
"It was Dear Abby or Ann Landers, some years back, who asked her readers "If you had it to do all over again, would you have kids?" And more than 70 percent said No! They said things like "I had all these plans, and having kids wrecked…"
"Bet your ass that being an unwanted child has profound effects on the psyche. Yeah, yeah, we all want to believe that every kid can grow up to be happy and well-adjusted, but if your parents don't want you, it leaves a hole that may never be…"
"I'm an ardent atheist. My motto on the issue is "Every child wanted, every child loved. Whatever it takes -- sex education, condoms, contraceptives, adoption, abortion. Whatever it takes."
Regarding abortion itself, my feeling is…"
You write well. That's a fine piece.
I suggest that you insert it in ORIGINS somewhere, or start a new thread. Many people would like to talk about your suggestion of "they cannot listen" in their being effectively neurologically unfit. Terry.