"Eric, I have taken my atheism to the level of anti-theism. However, I am not trying to be "evangelical". I only engage in arguments with religious people if they make the first attempt to debate; to me, this is an opening to say what I…"
"Oh gosh I hate when people do that! This is a pet peeve of mine, so when someone says something like "God is punishing you" I respond something like this: "Which god?"
And sometimes the look in their faces is priceless!"
"I am not only open but I am also outspoken. If the religious assert their position all the time, I don't see why we atheists shouldn't do the same. That being said, I do understand that many atheists are not coming out because they…"
"To answer your question, no. Religion should not be abolished. That would be wrong, and on a similar line as to what religions have done throughout history. Instead, religions should be studied, religious ideas should be openly discussed, ridiculed,…"
"If I am wrong, then whatever deity that happens to be the "true" god for sure must appreciate that I was wrong due to the lack of evidence of its existence, and that at least I was honest. This is a similar position to that at some point…"
"The lack of belief in a deity in itself makes someone an atheist. The "agnostic" may not say they disbelief alright but the fact that they do not make the positive claim of the existence of a given deity is good enough (based on the…"
"Oh well, what are you going to do? : )
When I run into people that assume I am morally depraved because I don't have a "god compass", if they are christian or muslim I like to mention passages in their books that are far from…"
"No need to apologize mate, your question is well understood.
I am glad that you found "reason" at such an early age, this is definitely a good thing.
I grew up in a very conservative Catholic environment, and I truly believed in the…"
"If someone who labels him/herself an Agnostic claims that there is not evidence to back up a claim that "a god" does or does not exist then I would not grant that person the "fence sitter" position. In reality, if such person…"
"Not all theists attribute the "unexplainable" to their god, but it is amusing to me how many theists actually believe in all sorts of "paranormal" things.
I am going to try to answer your question: "... why do so…"
"I remember something someone said: "The internet is the place where religions go to die". I take it that the more information is readily available (and the internet is good at this) the more people realize what religion really is."