"I'll respect your beliefs if you respect mine."
How many times have you heard that? Too many, I assume. I've heard it (or a variation) so many times that I haven't even thought about what it means, until now.
Let me dissect this.
"I'll respect your beliefs..."
? I am an atheist, I don't have beliefs
. An atheist by definition lacks
beliefs. So you'll respect my non-existent beliefs if I respect yours? Hmm...
Added by zack on December 8, 2008 at 12:17am —
I am not amused with the holiday season. It is just a corporate feeding frenzy to get extra dollars from gullible individuals. The Sheeple believe that Santa and the Christmas tree and gift giving are all related to their mythical hero Jesus. So every year there are these silly rituals that seems to begin earlier and earlier in the year. I saw Christmas decorations in July. The ironic part that makes me sick is the notion of peace on earth, yet a working man was trampled upon to death in a… Continue
Added by Khemisi on December 7, 2008 at 8:17pm —
So, I'm new here, and I though I should introduce myself.
My name is Johan, and I live with my girlfriend Jasmine and my cat Pixel in the south of Sweden, which is a country in the north of Europe.
I don't come from a very religious background, altough my mother together with her relatives are christians. Religion really has had no place in our lives, other than at weddings and such things that we've attended.
However, just a couple of days ago I called my mother to… Continue
Added by Johan on December 7, 2008 at 7:25pm —
The Islamic world is about to embark upon one of its most holy pillars, the Hajj. Millions of believers will spend their last cent, traveling from the four corners of the world in an effort to appease "Allah" and fulfill, for most, a once in a lifetime, goal of Hajj.
However, what fascinates me is not the amount of people attending the event, but what goes on. For example, the stoning of a rock believed to be the devil, that seems to be, at least to me, extreme insanity. On the other hand,… Continue
Added by THE GRENADIAN FREETHINKER on December 7, 2008 at 5:30pm —
I am born male that means that I have a normal and complete genitalia of a biologically male Homo Sapien. The eldest and only male son of my father, on my mother’s side. Well, the side of my father has never been really important.
I grew up a Catholic, the Roman and Patriarchal Catholic. The father is the image of authority, while the m‘other’ — the wife — is the subordinate and slave of the father and, to some extent, of the eldest son when he becomes a legitimate member of the… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 7, 2008 at 10:30am —
I just finished a new track which I titled, "Beautiful Universe
I composed this track with the intention of combining the beautiful classic sounds of an orchestra with a smokin' modern dubstep beat accented by hard hitting bass. The two genre's complimented each other nicely. I hope you like… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on December 7, 2008 at 9:00am —
I actually wrote this in a blog last year around this time, but thought it might get a better reception here. So I'm re-posting it. Enjoy.
A bit of comparison between the jolly red guy, and the holy dead guy. (oh, sorry, dead "and resurrected" guy)
But first, a musical interlude to the tune of "Santa Clause is Coming" just to warm things up.
He's making a list. He's checking it well.
He's gonna decide who's burnin in hell.
Jesus Christ is coming right… Continue
Added by Jas Brimstone on December 7, 2008 at 1:10am —
The people at Google has decided that Youtube will start censoring videos with "sexually suggestive content" and profanity. they have outlined this censorship in a blog post they call "A YouTube for All of Us
Demotion of sexually suggestive content and profanity - Videos that are considered sexually suggestive, or that contain profanity, will be algorithmically demoted on our 'Most Viewed,' 'Top Favorited,' and other… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on December 6, 2008 at 11:37pm —
He passed away last night in his sleep.
Added by Jerbear1974 on December 6, 2008 at 6:35pm —
I do love to swim. It gives me a chance to relax and enjoy my own thoughts without all the distractions of the world around me.
I thought of a much more poetic form of this early today around lap 25, but to my shame, cannot recall it now, and was (obviously) not able to write it down as it occurred to me. I thought I would remember, but alas, the words have taken flight. This is not as good, but the idea is there...
Like two sides of the same coin,
the best poetry… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 6, 2008 at 3:40pm —
I like this, taken from the BHA:
Live your life based on humanity and reason and recognise that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone. Base decisions on the available evidence and an assessment of the outcomes, not on any dogma or sacred text. Atheism and agnosticism is an active and ethical philosophy far greater than any negative responses to religion. Foster individual rights and freedoms but believe that individual responsibility, social… Continue
Added by Enlightened Observer on December 6, 2008 at 2:00pm —
I must have been asleep the last few days, because I could have sworn that the US was facing one of the worst financial crisis in it’s history, accompanied by two wars that are not going very swimmingly. It’s must be all fixed, since a group of Senators are busy trying to get the motto “In God We Trust” up in the new Capital Visitor Center in Washington.
The building is your classic boondoggle; it cost… Continue
Added by The Good Atheist on December 6, 2008 at 1:41pm —
A Very Atheist Christmas
Just as Christians have adopted many pagan traditions of the winter festivals such as decorating trees, giving gifts, feasting, and singing door-to-door some atheists also choose to adopt those pagan traditions and celebrate Christmas, much like many Christians do.
Since many Christians are upset when Atheists celebrate Christmas (or use American currency with "In God We Trust" on it) I propose that Atheists create their own version of the… Continue
Added by Kylyssa Shay on December 6, 2008 at 12:30pm —
I don't know if anyone has ever seen Carl Zimmer's Tattoo Emporium, but it's awesome. Usually some really cool science or math tattoos. Well I finally sent in some pics of my tattoo and I'm nervous as hell. I hope they get posted.
Added by Auntie Meggles on December 6, 2008 at 10:44am —
Ang sabi ng Lola lahat daw ng tao makasalanan, mapamatanda o kapapanganak na sanggol. Ang mga nakakapunta lang daw sa langit ay yong mga pinagpala ng Diyos at nagmimilagro sa lupa, samakatuwid, isang santo. Kapag hindi raw nagsisimba, nangungumpisal sa pari, hindi nagdarasal ng rosaryo, basta hindi pa nakakapatay ng tao lalo na’t katoliko’y sa purgatoryo mapupunta. Ang mga hindi naman katoliko, diretsong impyerno. Noon, naisip kong buti na lang katoliko ako.Ang sabi ni lola, santo lang daw ang… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 6, 2008 at 10:00am —
Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on December 6, 2008 at 4:21am —
To who this may concern,
As a recent subscriber to this Social Networking site I am not clear yet if there is some form of Organizational Structure, for example, World Organization > Country > State > City > Individual Meetup Groups.
Or is there any organization at all?
Added by Bubba Tarandfeathered on December 6, 2008 at 1:23am —
I would totally buy one, but the design is wack.
love the quote tho. it's all over youtube.
Added by markystar on December 6, 2008 at 12:14am —
You were always curious how it felt like to drown. There was a time that you felt death and that you can’t do anything to stop the darkness that looms over your face. You’ve always been with your sandman, dreaming of the bloody Neverland, always dreaming. And you know that it was just an escape. You were always afraid of that man on dark suit, afraid he might cut your throat and that blood would gush out, your red thick blood flowing and drenching your shirt. You were always afraid someone… Continue
Added by Oboids on December 5, 2008 at 10:27am —
Well, my brain seems to be in the proper working order, finally. I think maybe my left hemisphere was overloading, because the only time I was okay was when I was working on statistics or on my research project, both heavily analytical (right brain) activities (is that correct, or am I getting the two mixed up?). Everything else was sending me into la la land.
Detaching from reality seems to be an occasional problem with me. But I think that I finally may have come back to earth from… Continue
Added by Your girl Friday on December 5, 2008 at 9:46am —