"Romance is not unreasonable to ask for. Passion is everywhere if people would allow themselves to feel it. I'm older than you by a good margin, I bet, (and male) and I still think being heedlessly enamored and expressing it is a wonderful…"
"One thing 12-step groups share with other religions (yes; anything that depends on gods is religious) is the propensity for the nonsense you have described. It took me quite a long time of involvement with them to understand that the *only* thing…"
"It's entirely possible in a survey like this that the self-reported data is entirely unreliable. People lie. I'd like to see a survey about how different levels of religiosity impact lying behavior (knowing the truth and saying otherwise),…"
"I'll bite. Two cents is about right, Cliff. (We share that name, BTW.) The manger story IS a myth, and there is freedom of speech here, and even more so these days, freedom of advertising. Bad Taste? The reeking Christian myth is in bad taste…"
"@philip_rhodes: I have to confess I also have the tendency to view them as if they are completely fucking batshit crazy. That's my other response, Heather.
Philip is exactly right, the religious are the ones making the extraordinary claims, so…"
"I usually answer "human" when someone asks what religion I use, or I may just state that I am not at all religious, with emphasis on the "at all." If the person persists in wanting an explanation, I explain that I do not believe…"
"A lot of christians I know would not let their kids see this stuff, but they have children's bible study groups in which they teach watered down versions of stories. That said, the fundamentalists would argue that these stories are true and the…"
"Hi Jencarlene, and BTW, you have a spectacular name. I am no expert on grief either, but I did google "atheist grief support" and got plenty of hits for groups. Also I googled "grieving process" and that yielded a lot of…"
"Adelita, another form of pressure inherent in the xian religious world-view is the notion of a hierarchical structure for everything, and judgement coming from a perceived failure of people to stay in their place. This a false perception, and one…"
"I may have dated atheist women; with short relationships it never came up. I married two theists (not simultaneously), one of whom was a Theist in Name Only™, or a Catholic in Name Only™. She did it for the comfort dynamic, I think, but…"
"I grew up atheist in Kansas City, which is babble-belt but probably not so severe as Tennessee. There was friction all my life, but most people didn't bother each other much, except when the "jesus freak" movement started in my high…"
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