I was once in a discussion about atheism v christianity with this guy on the belief.net or whatever that web site is called. I was quoting something Carl Sagan said and he came back with the reply that Sagan died because he was an atheist. I asked him, I wonder why christians die then and he gave no response. Not a very lively debate... but I thought it was strange statement to make. Some people really do not think before they speak and apparently they do not read what they post or how they post things online.
That reminds me of something Terry Pratchett wrote in one of his marvelous novels, about one of the downsides (and the only one so far) of being atheist is that we have no name to take in vain when something bad happens. I've been trying a few things out, but "Oh my Flying Spaghetti Monster!" doesn't quite roll of the tongue like "Oh my god!". Suggestions?
Well there is a 4 letter word that starts with F and can be used as a noun, verb or adjective. It can also be surrounded by other words for phrases that roll off the tongue such as "for F sakes".
If that doesn't go over big in certain knitting circles there's always the golden oldies like "well blow me down" or "land sakes".
When you think about it there is alot of old "secular" phrases like "thank goodness" and "for goodness sake" and the like. I guess our modern societies are less concerned about using the "lord's" name outside of the church.
There's a teacher at my local church... Now, Mormons are creepy to begin with, but he's another story. His eyes are constantly pink, like he's been crying. And he probably has. There's just that "something" about him that gives him a creepy factor. He looks straight at you with those eyes, talks softy. He grabbed my hands once and told me that I felt "lighter" during church, which I found ironic considering I always rage in church, and had to stop myself from stabbing the boy talking about "traditional marriage". This guy is actually one of the few people at church who knows I'm an Atheist, and there was no reaction to my telling him aside from his continuing to push me into preaching. Oh except for he says it's not preaching. Even though the book we studied from is called "Preach My Gospel".
Also I've had this long-time friend and, when I was blossoming as a non-theist, we'd have constant religious debate. Even though he was fairly rational, he'd gotten some pretty interesting ideas in his head. He didn't seem to agree with the religious ideas of his church, but believed them anyways. He told me once I was probably going to hell because I don't go to church. Lol, this same kid who had wanted to hold my hand...
The first post is by an Anglican pastor named Steve Wakeford and in that post he is talking about freedom of religion and goes on to say:
One of the problems is that some folk misunderstand that expression - some folk take it to mean 'freedom from religion'. If you want freedom from religion you need to live somewhere like China or North Korea or a few other places that don't have all the wonderful freedoms we all enjoy.
Later, in Reply #18 this same Anglican pastor writes: I love my wife, but love Jesus more. She loves me, but loves Jesus more. We love our kids, but love Jesus more.