Why do they have to smoke? 

Why do they break the law and smoke pot?

I'm afraid I'll have to have a religious girlfriend.

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Atheism is simply lack of belief in gods. Expecting all atheists to be the same as you, to like and dislike the same things you do, is silly. All atheists are genuine atheists; there's no special creed that says "genuine atheists don't smoke" and such.

What?

Not sure if I'm understanding what you're asking. Atheists have no dogma or "mission statement". We simply lack belief in gods. We may have similar or greatly differing political viewpoints or opinions about anything. There isn't a standard to which we all adapt or a set of atheist rules. We just don't believe in gods/deities.

I was baptised a Genuine Atheist 30 years ago, I regularly read my Atheist Scripture and attend Atheist Church every Thursday. How dare you call me a non-genuine Atheist.

You will burn in hell for that.

MB

Maybe you're not arriving early enough...consider the text of retired UU minister Christopher Raible's hymn "Coffee, Coffee, Coffee":

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee,
Praise the strength of coffee.
Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee.
Served fresh or reheated,
Dark by thee defeated,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

Though all else we scoff we
Come to church for coffee;
If we're late to congregate, we come in time for thee.
Coffee our one ritual,
Drinking it habitual,
Brewed black by perk or drip instantly.

Coffee the communion
Of our Uni-Union,
Symbol of our sacred ground, our one necessity.
Feel the holy power
At our coffee hour,
Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.

We met on Thursdays Terry.  Our non believers day, upon which we celebrate the birth and death of nothing,  is certainly a thursday.!!  laugh

I think I know what you're saying.  Your first two statements are arbitrary.  Maybe you're hanging with the wrong crowd of atheists.  And fellow atheists aren't always easy to find.  Which brings me to your last statement.  For some reason, male atheists greatly out number female atheists.  If you're hoping to find a like-minded atheistic girlfriend, you might be looking a long time.  For the past seven months, I have been in a romantic relationship with a "born again, ultra-conservative Christian" (her description).  She knows I'm a fervent non-believer, so to make this work, we try not to push our beliefs or non beliefs onto the other.  It doesn't work for everybody, and who knows how long our relationship will last.  Just one day at a time!  But you should keep your options open to anything and look for common ground in other ways.  After all, you'd both be human, which is a commonality right there.  Good luck!

I'm allergic to born again, ultra-conservative partners.

Ummm ... let's not get too "No True Scotsman" here, shall we?

Atheists simply do not believe in any form of god.  Boil it down, that's the only requirement.  That said, there are lots of positions and interests some of us may hold in common, like equal rights for women and the LGBT community, and the decriminalization of marijuana, but those are purely coincidental to the primary point.

To borrow from Firefly Captain Malcolm Reynolds, we all got on this boat for different reasons, but we all came to the same place.  We brought with ourselves our passions and baggage and everything else which constitutes US.  And the purpose of this place is to enjoy what we have in common and learn about our differences in a friendly and convivial atmosphere.

So let's do that, okay?

I don't smoke and I've never used any illegal substance. People like us do exist. :)

I don't care if others do or not. Each person makes their own decisions on such things. If they make a lot of decisions I don't agree with, I probably won't be friends with them. You can pick your friends, and there's plenty of people to choose from in the world.

Same here.

I support legalization but never touch the stuff. But that position has nothing to do with my atheism, it's because of my libertarianism.

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