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American Atheists is a nationwide movement which defends the civil rights of nonbelievers, works for the separation of church and state, and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.

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Comment by Aaron B. on December 29, 2010 at 4:02pm

ONE NATION, OVER GOD

 

By Aaron Bissell

 

From his blog: http://a-skeptical-mind.blogspot.com/

 

I just want to say, throughout this, I talk about mostly about the christian religion since that is the one I researched the most.


So, lets cover the basics of religion. Now, I understand that people WAY
back then would believe such things as a sun god, a moon god sky god
etc. They didn't have modern science. So, they just made up certain
stories. Many people from different cultures made up there own gods
(well, Christians just picked certain things from other religions and
changed names and places.) So, naturally you would think as science got
better, these stories would disappear...I wish. Now, people call the USA
a Christian Nation (which is not true, some of the founding fathers
were atheists / agnostics.) People today still believe there should be
prayer in school (I cringe at the very idea.) It is very scary to me
that millions of people, think they KNOW what happens when you die. In
truth NO ONE really knows. Millions of people also think they KNOW how
the world was created and how it will end. Man, I didn't know they were
around back then. But, if I tell a religious person that, they'll  just
say "Well, it's in this book, it says it's true so it must be." REALLY?
Let's test that little theory, shall we? If I handed a Christian  a
Qur'an and told them it was real, I think they would say something like
"NO! Only my God is the true God!" Now, of course I realize, not every
religious person is that insane. I realize that people like the comfort
of knowing they'll go to a better place after death. And really, as long
as there not shoving there beliefs down mine or anyone else's throat,
killing or hurting others I guess that's fine.

The problem I have with religion, is that there really isn't much
evidence for it. Only a book that your shoving in my face. That doesn't
make me believe it, if anything it turns me off from religion.

Now, let's talk the biggest inconsistency with the bible (in my mind
anyway.) Is that God says "If you love me, you will go to a great place
called heaven. If you don't love me, you will roast in hell." WAIT! Do
you really love people if your willing to do that to them? While we are
on the topic of inconsistencies  with the bible, let's talk about 3
horrible things that has happened to us. Just to name 3

9/11

Holocaust

The Mason Family Murders

Why would a "loving" God put us in such chaos? I even asked a priest
this, and he said "It is to show others helping them." I thought to my
self well, can't God show it in a different way? Also, what about people
with disabilities? Why did God have to "create" them like that? What
kind of God would put my two brothers in wheelchairs? Most religious
people say it is because my mom is an atheist. God, your an egotistical,
conceded asshole. Wouldn't God care about everyone and not care about
beliefs, race, who you love etc. That's another thing, why are religious
people against same sex marriage? God supposedly "made" them that way.
Why does God want to kill the people he created? Now, my grandmother
Velda would say "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!" HOLD ON! A
moment a go, you were telling me God created everyone and everything.
So, obviously, God must have ADHD and made a tiny error. BUT! God I
thought was supposed to be perfect...guess not.

Now, believe it or not, religion isn't ALL bad. I do think the reason
Velda has been able to live so long (she is 88 as I write this) the
reason why? She puts all her trust in God. While I am grateful she is
still alive of course, I wish people would grow up and take control of
there own lives. Mommy and Daddy aren't there to take care of you
anymore, grow up.

Something I get often is "What if I'm wrong?" I say to them "What if
your wrong about some magical sky daddy watching us, you have wasted
your whole life believing a fairy tail for grown ups.

People also ask me "What if you are wrong and you see God before you and
he asks why I didn't believe in him?" My response is "Well God, you
should answer that your self. You made me this way, why did you make me a
skeptic?"

In conclusion, while religion isn't all bad, it is still something we
could do with out. There would less wars, arguments and violence. I
don't think religion is the cause for all war and arguments of course,
but it is the cause of some. If you are religious, I am not by any means
trying to change your mind at all, in fact I would be opposed if you
all of the sudden became an atheist (as I am) just because of me. All I
need you to do, is think for a moment.

I hope one day, religion will disappear, and we will all be able to
think for our selves, and grow up. I will leave you with these words
from Richard Dawkins, "No doubt soaring cathedrals, stirring music,
moving stories and parables help a bit. But by far the most important
variable determining your religion is the accident of birth."
Comment by Mike McDonald on December 27, 2010 at 7:51am
Education is indeed a way to help sway people from the cruel nonsense of religion but it has to be the right kind of education.
In Indonesia, for instance, there are many educated people who still hold fast to their religious traditions. They have been educated but not in how to think... critical thinking.
To question the existence of god is as plausible as imagining that 2+2 =5 to people here. It is even worse among the uneducated and poor.
Not only is education needed here and in all parts of the third world, but a secular educational infrastructure need to be built in order to maintain the benefits of the education received.
We can always dream....

 

 

Comment by Blair Scott on December 2, 2010 at 3:37pm
Checkout the Southeast Regional Atheist Meet!
http://atheists.org/events/Southeast_RAM
Comment by Joseph Higginbotham on December 1, 2010 at 10:03am
Who do you know in Charleston, WV who wants to help me start the first West Virginia chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State? I'm working with Beth Corbin and David Morris at AU and I need card-carrying, dues-paying members of AU to attend a Dec 9 meeting in Charleston. Contact me at JosephHigginbotham@gmail.com for details.
Comment by elaine priscilla on December 1, 2010 at 8:28am
Comment by elaine priscilla on December 1, 2010 at 6:03am
After watching the documentary on Madalyn O'Hair I realised how involving making the world a better place and the wonderful work she did. My admiration for her and her loyal family struck a cord.To join american atheist friends in America from me in the UK is a priviledge. I am a member of thinkatheist on line.
Comment by Susan Stanko on November 14, 2010 at 11:48am
If Star Trek can figure it out then so can we :)
Comment by linda wagner on November 14, 2010 at 11:39am
sorry thats neck not knee.
Comment by linda wagner on November 14, 2010 at 11:37am
Well thats depressing Robin. I think the population would be made up of different political views then there is now. Atheists would not have a God breathing down their knee on every decision. Stem cell research would be in high gear. Who knows what we may have FIXED by now.
Comment by Richard Wilson on September 18, 2010 at 7:13pm
Today I forced myself to sit through about 20 minutes of a couple of videos posted by a group that advertised itself as "Answering The New Atheists." These were intelligent people who were posing as deep thinkers. What I came away with was the sense that these people are trying to pull a con job. Contrary to their advertising, they didn't offer a single answer supporting their theist point of view. Instead, they bemoaned the way atheists treat them disrespectfully, and asked the question, "What would a government of atheists be like?" So, what they're saying is that they're scared of atheism, and they don't know what to do about it. Some of them look with longing at the old days when they could burn us at the stake.
 

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