"I had a great idea years ago. In deeply Christian areas, you'd see "Jesus" billboards. They'd be solid green with Jesus in white. I thought about buying a billboard right behind one of those and placing my own…"
"And so as America goes, so does the rest of the world? I would agree but I'd have to include Europe because free thinking is pretty big there and they began it all. We are far more puritanical than they. We are still, by…"
"I'm 2/3's with you. I'd give you another percentage for agreeing that people should know that we are around but I can't figure the math on that one. I don't agree with challenging the church signs or even…"
"Someone praying for you is not at all similar to someone proselytizing to you. The anger is atheism needs to go. We made it out. We are above the b.s. No need to gloat about it or be insulted about our fellow man's…"
"Never show or voice contempt for a friend that wants to pray for you. It's a fruitless act. If you don't want to be friends with that person, say what you want. Tell them about their ridiculous beliefs but otherwise just…"
"Question: Does he believe the nonsense or was this his agenda to court the extremely conservative. Crazy to think someone would sell their own beliefs/principles for an appointment to a position of power but, really, it happens all the…"
"Any organization would have to accept one thing and one thing only, there is no god. That is the basis of what we believe and a bit of what we are (I refuse to allow whether or not I believe in god to define me). From there, anything…"
Paramedic in metro St. Louis. Agnostic since 10. Atheist since high school. Personally, I believe that the atheist ranks are increasing dramatically and I think recent polls verify that. Many people I talk to say they believe but when pressed, can't explain why. I consider these people to be atheists without knowing it. When one believes but does not have one coherent argument other than "I was raised to believe", then they are just believing out of comfort. That does not constitute any serious belief as any true follower would describe. Two thoughts on these people. First, they are too lazy to look at god with a critical eye. They can believe, not go to church, live their lives without fear of the invisible god-hand spanking them for every wrong, and still feel they are Heaven bound. That leads to two, which is the fear of Hell. They say they believe just in case. Hedging their bets. I don't have a problem with it because this is most people of my generation and they are harmless. Western religion is dying, thank god. There is a dramatic push back right now because the truly religious feel the walls coming down and this is their last push back in their death spiral. I don't think a bunch of litigation over the Pledge of Allegiance or Nativity Scenes helps the cause. If anything, it galvanizes the conservatives. Letting it all die slowly is stealthier. Atheists just need to talk to people. Just getting people to consider their positions it vital. That seed of doubt that we can instill in people is the best attack. We just can't force it on people because then we come across as godless dickheads....which half of that is true
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