"My understanding is that Atheist+ is just an attempt to acknowledge that there are certain values that we, as rational humans, are likely to embrace alongside a non-belief in gods, such as feminism, anti-racism, LGBT rights, social responsibility…"
"So the men in frocks are offended by the funny foreign office memo here in the UK? Even criticising them is not allowed apparently, but their views need attacking because they cause such practical misery in the world. If they want to talk about…"
I've been a nontheist since my early teens, but with lots of my friends and family quite devout I used to think it was fine for people to believe whatever they want and that Jesus offered a reasonable philosophy for how we should all get along with each other. However, I've gradually come to feel increasingly strongly that it's not only the supernatural mumbo jumbo that's the problem, but that a lot of the behaviour it promotes is also crazy, most notably the oppression of women, homophobia and an unhealthy guilt about sex in general.
Aside from the logical arguments about why it makes no sense to believe in an interfering god or gods, I find it repugnant that people are basing their moral outlook on the views of a few men who roamed the desert thousands of years ago (at least that's what the Jews/Christians and Muslims are doing).
It is perfectly possible to live a good life without some galactic policeman watching my every move. After all, if we weren't so successful at co-operating and getting along and protecting people who share genes in common with us, we wouldn't have become the Earth-threateningly successful species that we are today.
Religion deals in absolutes and enables us to take the lazy option of not thinking things through for ourselves. I'd rather work a bit harder at understanding a little more about this amazing universe and what it means to be a good person.
Being an atheist does not make me more afraid of death than someone who believes in god. After all I won't be there to worry about it. What it certainly does do is make me more afraid of wasting the only life I'm ever going to have. Surely that's a good thing.
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Greetings, Michelle! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since April 2010. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Hello to writer Michelle Knott and welcome to this friendly meeting place
where we recognise that religion is a fraudulent superstition for controlling people using fictional gods, and that it is tragic and inexcusable that women have been oppressed these last 2000 years.