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Comment by G Smith on September 5, 2011 at 8:08pm

To encourage teen atheists in their YouTube "coming out" efforts, I seek out their coming out videos, click Like, and play their video twice.  Both views will add to their Views tally, although the counter is usually not immediately incremented.  

I think that encouraging them will give them more self-confidence, and that they will speak more openly on the subject in school.  This will hopefully filter down through the grade levels.

An example of a teen atheist "coming out" video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrfFcKTHWKQ

Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 7:29pm
@Natalie We need to find a model for our public school system that will maximize the education of ALL people. That will not discriminate against the poor. We need to teach our children how to think for themselves so that they can steel themselves from bogus claims. Why wait till college. In reading many atheists' stories I noticed that they understood the fallacy of religion at an early age. Just think how many more atheists there will be if we teach our children early on?
Comment by AtheistTech on September 5, 2011 at 7:15pm

@Ezra David Rose

I agree with you. But it couldn't happen soon enough for me. Just think what theists are fighting against. 1) Education of the masses. 2) Fair chance at a good life. 3) True happiness unfeathered by guilt. 4) Self respect 5) Freedom 6) No more wars based on religion - isn't that most of the wars today - and if the masses are educated, would there be any other kinds of war?

 

If all this sounds unreachable, think again. The organized atheist can bring it about. Change public education and the political climate, and that will reach a new generation which the impossible may be possible.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/richard_dawkins_on_militant_athei...

 

Comment by Rod MacLeod on September 5, 2011 at 6:57pm

If you have Windows 7 there is also Snipping tool built in. works great.

 

Comment by George on September 5, 2011 at 6:57pm

@Richard:  I wasn't aware of that app.  Found it here:

Screen Capture by Google

Comment by G Smith on September 5, 2011 at 6:40pm

Thanks for the screen capture info.

 

By the way, I'm ndrthrdr1 on YouTube (Under The Radar 1).  Was I a little harsh in my comment, shown in the screen capture posted by DoctorOfDisbelief?

Comment by Marc Draco on September 5, 2011 at 6:38pm
The problem with Kerry is the influence he wields, even if he doesn't actually vote anti-choice, he might swing others into taking that step.
Comment by Rod MacLeod on September 5, 2011 at 6:37pm
Priceless!
Comment by Susan Stanko on September 5, 2011 at 6:02pm
@Fil.  It happens a lot.    Take John Kerry.  He thinks abortion is wrong, but, would not try to make it illegal because it is not for him to decide what other people think about abortion.
Comment by Ezra David Rose on September 5, 2011 at 5:44pm

@ LittleJohn Dellar

  Well yes, a fanatic fundie will always take religion over reality. "When one person suffers from a mental illness It's called insanity, when a million people suffer from a mental illness it's called religion." However I do believe that there are more moderate believers than out there, than there are the bat-shitters who will take religion over freedom. They are the ones that I have hope for, and the ones to which I was referring. I was a church boy once. And it's because I came to know the bible so well, and recognized the institutional hypocrisy and corruption, that I turned away from believing in impossible nonsense for no good reason.
 

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