This was one of my earliest posts on myspace. It seemed to strike a chord there, so I'm posting it here as well.

"When I think of the concept of doing good in order to be rewarded...

When I think of vilifying people based on their sexuality ...

When I think of teaching small children to live in fear of Satan, demons, the fires of Hell, and even God himself ....

When I think of people piously observing the Ten Commandments while supporting the death penalty and the war in Iraq ...

When I think of people preferring to protect a blastocyst instead of saving the life of a child ...

When I think of people who would rather a 13 year old victim of rape carry an unwanted baby to term than have an abortion...

When I think of people who believe Jesus helped them pass their exams, or win an Academy Award, or held off the rain for their wedding, while allowing millions to die of hunger and disease or natural disasters in third world countries ...

When I think of Christians believing that no matter how kind, charitable, selfless and giving a person is, they are going to burn in hell if they don't accept Jesus as their personal saviour ...

When I think of all these things and more, I discover that I would not - indeed could not - compromise my morals sufficiently to be a fundamentalist Christian.

When I consider people with little more than a high school education thinking they know more than scientists who have devoted their lives to the careful study of the laws that govern our universe ...

When I consider people clutching their mass produced copy of the Bible and claiming to know 'the truth', while rejecting the analysis of Biblical texts by academics who read Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek...

I find that I do not have the audacity nor the false sense of superiority necessary to be a fundamentalist Christian.

I am an atheist, not because I am amoral, but because I am too moral to be a Christian.

I am an atheist not because I think I know it all, but because my ego is not so overblown that I believe my 'common sense' trumps decades of study, research, and critical analysis.

I am an atheist not because I want evil to prevail - but because I want evil, in the guise of religion, to be exposed.

I am proud to be an atheist."

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on February 7, 2009 at 1:48am
Thanks unholyroller! Glad you liked it.
Comment by unholyroller on February 7, 2009 at 12:00am
Very beautifully stated! I wish I could committ it to memory!
Comment by Mark Ellison on January 15, 2009 at 10:43pm
I remember the first time I told a client that I was an atheist. I had known this woman for quite a few years when she asked me what religion I was. When I said Atheist, she quickly replied "No you're not!" Yes I am, I repeated, but she started to give me examples of "good deeds" I'd done. It was the first time I realised that Christians think Atheists have no morals. I tried to explain how it really is, but she took the whole thing as me being radical for radical sake.
I've always felt the world would be a better place if people helped each other because they liked people. I like people and I hope through being a confident, friendly helpful human being that I will feel better about myself and maybe others will follow suit. It has nothing to do with God or fear of reprisal or reward.
Comment by Onotheo on September 16, 2008 at 5:08pm
I believe morality is objective no matter what individual's perception is. Through rational thinking, a freethinker can see clearer what is moral as opposed to someone affected with religious dogma. And they say, "Where do we get morality from?"

As a teenager, I remember being truly worried about my soul because every time I haven't done a confession in few weeks, I'm in a state of mortal sin which means I go to hell if I happen to die. In catholicism. It's very easy to be in a state of mortal sin - you have to be truly devout - in actions and in mind to be safe. The thought that some of my friends and relatives who died are in hell was psychologically taxing. Probably the main reason why I changed religion at age 18.
Comment by Dave on September 11, 2008 at 7:12pm
Admirably crafted and thoughtful statements, Kristy. Congratulations! Your emphasis on 'morality' is really welcome, both because such a vast amount of everyday talk, from serious discussion to gossip, is pervaded by notions of right and wrong, and because of the popular and ill-informed misconception that only those with a religious belief can be 'moral'. An important issue which comes through in what you say is that of the incoherence of supposing that religions invented morals, which is tantamount to claiming that prior to the brief chunk of evolutionary time for which religions have existed there were no moral relations between our ancestors. If there had not been, and if they had not had adaptive value for survival, we would not be here chatting about it.
Comment by Kevin on August 22, 2008 at 7:31am
Kristy you summed up the reasons why I remain a strong and proud atheist. Well done!
Comment by TRZ on August 21, 2008 at 4:57pm
Loved it! Way to go, sister.

Makes me want to go punch a blastocyst in the face.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on August 16, 2008 at 4:27pm
Daniel - I'm looking forward to buying a copy of Dan Barker's book "Losing Faith in Faith". I listen to Dan and Annie Laurie Gaylor on Freethought Radio every week (by download). I've heard Austin Dacey speaking about "The Secular Conscience" on "Point of Inquiry with DJ Grothe".
Comment by Realizer on August 16, 2008 at 11:58am
Organized religion is a very very profitable CON game, allowing the perpetrators to live off the fat of the land while contributing exactly nothing to society or the economy!!!
Comment by Daniel on August 16, 2008 at 8:28am
Some good thoughts! Thanks for sharing it. I agree with Sam Harris and others who say that many people are religious because they keenly feel their moral impulses, they then get misinformed by their chosen religion and its holy book. Remember Dan Barker's book Losing Faith in Faith where he finally admits "I am more moral than God!" Along this vein, I highly recommend a book I just finished reading by Austin Dacey entitled The Secular Conscience.



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