Now that I'm seventy I feel I should be more outspoken about atheism. Years ago, I stupidly got into a religious discussion with one of my kid's teacher. When I pointed out the many atrocities, including genocide, that has been performed in the name of Christianity, she told me she wasn't "that kind of Christian." "What kind is that?" I asked. She replied, "the kind that forces others to believe as I do." Once again I had to display my utter stupidity by making a joke of her response. I told her that I thought that being a Christian who doesn't push their religion is like being a Hells Angel who doesn't drink, fight, or ride a motorcycle. After I experienced the helplessness of being told by a police officer to, "sit down and shut" up in my own home, while a representative from social services conducted a welfare check, I shelved the idea of so sharing my beliefs.
Those who worship the heavenly rapist may be in charge but that don't make them right! They can peddle salvation door-to-door, disturbing whoever they wish to, but if we try to point out the illogic of it all we're told, "No talking religion!"
Don't they claim that he got a girl pregnant without her permission? Without her even knowing about it! If that isn't rape I don't know what could be. Why was she delivering the kid away from home and in a barn? Because she was drummed out of her hometown for being a pregnant tramp that's why. Forced into a loveless marriage for survival, she hung in there, she raised that child of rape. Then, after everything that poor girl went through, he has him tortured to death right in front of her. What in the hell could that girl ever have done to deserve that?
Makes me kinda understand why Catholics make such a big deal out of how cool Mary was.
Thank you for welcoming me to this forum. Untill yesterday I didn't know that it existed. Regarding your comment on my profile.
I have grew up in a communist country Romania and I emigrated to Israel when I was in high school. The communist regimes had two advantages:
a) It was atheist. The reason for that is that they wanted communist ideology and personality cult of the leaders to replace religion (see today's North Korea) .
b) Books +education were cheap
Nowadays, with the comunism gone for almost thirty years , I am stunned that people in Romania got religious again and that they are longing for the monarchy days.
Regarding Israel and the Palestionian conflict, I could politicize a lot. It seems that the Palestinians do not want to compromise. To them it is all or nothing. Meanwhile Israel is an advanced hi tech hub which is growing in population and wealth in spite of its regional challenges. There are also internal challenges like the political power of ultra-orthodox religious parties and the national religious parties. They want to impose their way of life on a majority of atheist and non-observant population who happen to be the engine of progress and development.
I think Meth is the most damaging drug to individuals and society there is. California made meth posession a misdemenor. Of all the illegal drugs Meth is the one that that needs the most intervention.
I used to live in a farmland area where farmers use anhydrous ammonia for fertalizer. Meth cooks set up shop on the hunderds of acres of farmland the farmer owns, using the fertalizer to cook the drug.
Something has to be done to prevent meth use and production.
The Oregonian had an indebth piesce about the danger of meth.
Yes I am a 10 minute bus ride from the Sydney CBD. Is there a way for me to change my profile on the site to a user nom de plume rather that Dale Cleary?. I was called Banjo over at TTA. A theist troll began to mess with me and the admin' did not support me but supported the xian. At that point I decided I needed a safe area.
I at into my fourth year fighting a deadly cancer, for which I had 256 chemotherapy treatments and spent over 1 1/2 years in hospital. Than 19 months on an experimental mind damaging drug. I feel quite frail.
Is this a safe haven for a lifelong atheist to be?
thanx for the warm greeting. I don't really know how to proceed from this point as re discussions etc. Too, i think i mentioned(somewhere here) about meeting atheists here specifically in my area. So far the only reply(ies) received have been from folks way far away . Typing is a real chore for me for a variety of reasons and it would just be nice if i could meet locals and engage in discourse in a more direct and personable fashion. oh sht..wait i just noticed my reply to of Feb 27....so i already said alot of stuff endagering to repeat myself....so.....what happens next? wanna bash some theists? just kidding...for am not quite sure how to initiate a conversation in this situation or if that is even required !
Failing all that i'm home all day doing laundry....if u wana chat or something gimme a buzz k?
Joan, thanks for the note. I've been struggling / researching religion for most of my life. My parents raised me (mostly, but that's another story) in a pretty secular environment, and I eventually came to the view that skepticism was a normal way of thinking and being. I now realize that families who went to church regularly and embraced the dogma were a bit foreign to me. Anyway, long story short, I have gotten older and wiser, and believe that I better see religion in general as a regressive and corrosive impediment to the advancement and progress of humanity. I hope to share my thoughts with other like minded people who are just tired of all the BS.
Hi Joan! Thanx for the note and warm welcome. This being my first post to any blog , am treading new unfamiliar waters. Consider me more a gardener rather than a Farmer. I incorporated the PH into my handle to delineate more precisely my leaning to medical MJ.<wink>,,,Though I was hoping to connect with folks in my area of Humboldt Co. Calif. for reasons of making specifically friends/contacts within visiting distance, Too, even though I suspect there are many atheists here we, as most atheists, don't advertise ourselves around here and it does get a bit tedious at times socializing with believers all the time.
Your hunch is correct though in that we are indeed in earthquake country! Several dozen a day is not an exaggeration small ones mostly but quite often a 2-4 pointer is quite common..Wanna be pen pals? I always enjoy meeting new people :) Allow me then to compliment you on your garden photos, more precisely the garden itself ! Beautiful! Thanx for sharing.. :)
As mentioned , this being my first blog experience, am gonna have to remember to check in with this blog for I am rather surprised at how soon I received a msg. Which I would add brought a welcome smile to me face. Oh dear what a blabber i am!! Wel, gotta run now...again so very nice to make your acquaintance Joan !... All my best to you and the great Nor'west !! tah!
Hi Joan, thanks for welcoming me to A/N. I hope to meet some like minded people in my area, but they're pretty few and far between in this part of the country. I travel quite a bit for business and find the West Coast, NW, and NE of the country much more accepting of non-theistic ideals.-Mike S.
Thank you, Joan. As a student of life and a seeker of all things logical I often ran into a site with this "Irreverend Mike"-15 years ago I dove into the battle of ones faith. What faith I had prior to 15 years ago was not suitable an answer. Thus I dove ALL in and opened my mind towards all views. When I dove-I ran back into this "Irreverend Mike", engaged contact and I am forever grateful. Looking to give a "shout out" and say "Thank you", whether he remembers me or not, I found this site. I am excited!! Thank you again for your welcoming!
Thanks, Joan, I was wondering when someone would notice! I figured it was about time to update things (the old pic is at least six to seven years old), so I pressed my webcam into service and ... VOILA!
Hi Joan thanks for your message. I've been a critical thinker since childhood but never actually considered myself an atheist. I've actually decided that's what I consider myself not so long ago! I do watch a lot of stuff about evolution but I feel like a bit of a noob among a group of self-proclaimed atheists! So hard to find that in real life!
I just re-watched Seth Andrews' interview with David Silverman about the book, Fighting God, and I see what you mean. I think it's less that Seth was irritated than that 1) he was being something of a devil's advocate to draw out more points and detail on David's positions and 2) that Seth himself is NOT a firebrand or not as comfortable with that kind of persona, though I HAVE heard him go on some SERIOUS rants on TTA and more than once.