I believe there are two primary groups of atheists.

The first being the group who lives in harmony with religion; believing that all religions can tolerate one another and exist together. I also believe the 'closet-atheists' fit into this group.

Next is the group I fit into; the group who believe that religion is incompatible with human life and causes more problems than it solves. I personally believe that religions put up a wall for the advancment of human-kind. Even religious moderates are an issue because they give cover to the extremists.

Everything that exists in this world has extremists. There are extreme drinkers, extreme dancers, extreme gamers, etc. Nothing can exist without some people taking it too far. Most of the extremists are harmless or only harm themselves. Religious extremists are a danger to society. We this in the bigotry and tyranny of christians, the insanity of islam, the sense of entitlement of the jews; look at Gaza now.

We live in a increasingly fundamental christian country. We are the most religious of all 1st world countries. In a survey over 50% of the people polled said they had help from an angel. This is INSANE. Its Santa Claus sydrome. One would think people would grow out of a belief for the easter bunny, tooth fairy, santa, boogeyman, etc when they become an adult. Why doesn't this stand for god too.

Any positive thing that happens religious people chalk it up to god's intervention instead of chance or human intervention. Doctors get it the worst. Imagine you were a surgeon who just saved a politians who has been shot's life. After his recovery he thanks god for guiding the bullet to miss his heart, or helping him pull through instead of your hard work and expertise. Its absolutely infuriating.

Atheists far outnumber some religious groups in this country yet they have more say than us in politics. Why can't there be a secular lobby group who lobbies for things that are productive to society. We need to stand up and let our voices be heard instead of cowering in the corner. If positive change is going to take place in this country it will be by a group of seculars, not by a religious group.

WHO'S WITH ME?

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Comment by River Otter on January 12, 2009 at 3:29pm
What?!

With all do respect, If you want to rid the world of religious fanatics, you must educate the population. That is what the Celebration is all about, SCIENCE. We are meeting for a lecture by Carl Zimmer about Evolution. We are educating ourselves!

If you want to rid the world of religion then we must start organizing!!! The Atheist meet group is doing just that.

What are you doing to contribute?
Comment by Angelica on January 12, 2009 at 3:15pm
Atheist meet-up? Celebration of Darwin's birthday? With all due respect this sounds like organized 'religion' to me...to be perfectly sincere the only kind of organization that I'm interested in is the one that will rid the world from the religious fanatics that control it.

I don't have a problem with people who believe on a supernatural entity as long as they refrain from trying to tell me how to live my life or convince me that I'm a 'wishy-washy' agnostic and not atheist just because I'm a good person. Yes, religion is dangerous when is ruled by fanatics, those are the ones of whom I am afraid; let's counteract their efforts by making our voices heard in congress.

I've never hidden the fact that I am atheist and am thrilled that the closeted ones are being encouraged to come out, hurray for all of them!
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 2:29pm
Well then lets brainstorm ways to make positive changes.
Comment by Fox Anderson on January 12, 2009 at 2:26pm
I might not have much money but if anyone wants help getting us together and trying to increase influence or even going as far as making our own country ;) I am all for it.

I have been an atheist my whole life as well. My great grand parents sent me to Sunday school and I got kicked out for using the Bible to prove that god was a hypocrite in the first grade. My mom told me to figure out what I believe for myself. My immediate family are all atheist as well. And while I had a belief in spirits for half my life due to experiences I had, I have pretty much dropped into the mind set of "prove it".

I think that religion should be systematically eliminated through logic. That religious teachings should be treated like cigarettes "not till your an adult" and a few other things that if your curious you may ask me.

You asked who is with you? I am with you.
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 10:21am
That's awesome. I was brought up Independant Baptist (only thing they get right is the food) then as I trudged through high school I fell away. It is so liberating not to have to please some imaginary figure all the time. Plus it leaves me wide open to new information and those onderful questions why and how.
Comment by Talibangelist on January 12, 2009 at 7:41am
It sounds to me like Atlas needs to shrug. The economic state of the country and world is almost ripe for withdrawal.

I too defend science as I am a scientist and also speak out openly against religion. I have may evolution fish humping the Jeebus fish displayed proudly on my car. I did have more but they faded and looked like crap and I removed them and am waiting to get more.

I am a previously religious atheist. Southern Baptist then Mormon, then started to fall away and now I am free. Science helped me affirm my rationality.
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 7:04am
Awesome! thanks
Comment by River Otter on January 12, 2009 at 7:00am
http://atheists.meetup.com/80/

Above is the link to the Raleigh / Durham Atheist Meetup Group. You have to sign in before viewing the posts. We just meet Saturday and usually do once a month. We also have game nights, we will hopefully be celebrating Darwin's birthday in Febuary (still working to organize this) and this year will be organizing to put up an Atheist sign for Christmas.

I love the meeting that we have. The members are intelligent and there is a lot of good topics talked about. It's not all Christian bashing.

Hope to see you at a meeting sometime. :)
Comment by Adam Johnson on January 12, 2009 at 6:51am
Hartsville is like an hour and a half from Raleigh so I would probably still go there.. I'll be in Saford visiting my grandma all the time.
Comment by River Otter on January 12, 2009 at 6:49am
That is why I run the magnetic bumperstickers. I want people to know it is ok to speak out and there is a way to do it with out having to run them on your vehical when it isn't convinent.

From Sanford huh? To bad you weren't moving back here. I have found an Atheist group that meets in Raleigh / Durham. We are starting to get organized. There is another one I belong to out of Winston Salem also.

You could problably check in Meetup if there is an Atheist group in the area you are moving too. Good luck and keep up the good fight. :)

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