"Oh, you're just trying to be different."

Don't expect me to believe you don't believe in God like the rest of us. You just have some need to be different.

I've known you all your life. You were never as athletic or as smart or as popular as the other kids, so instead of finding something to do where you'd be as good as them, you had to go looking for some way to be better than them, something that they never heard of and didn't care about. This "atheism" thing is just your way of resolving your inferiority complex.

Maybe you've got mild autism, or aspergers syndrome. You just can't feel like you fit in because of your brain chemistry. But God's love is here for everyone. He hasn't turned his back on you, you've turned yours on him by turning it on us. You see, God lives in everyone's hearts, and by denying Him, you're denying yourself of our hearts (even though you were never as athletic or as smart or as popular as the rest of us).

Now stop being so self-absorbed, and believe the same things as the rest of us, and dress and behave like the rest of us. Then you might have a chance to be a little bit more happy, despite your brain chemistry.

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on April 14, 2010 at 10:01pm
I have a friend who named her son River. Mountain and River should be neighbors!
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 26, 2010 at 9:37am
Before I forget, there's a newAutism, Aspergers, and Atheism group. Good for people with, or for those of us who want to learn how best to interact with people who have it.

Heh. I once confided in a now ex-friend that I was clinically depressed, and he said 'Oh, there's no such thing. You always were self-absorbed." My jaw bounced off the ground for a couple of days.

I love being 50. Few people volunteer that anything I believe/am is a phase.

But God's love is here for everyone. He hasn't turned his back on you, you've turned yours on him by turning it on us. You see, God lives in everyone's hearts, and by denying Him, you're denying yourself of our hearts

Doesn't that kind of statement just make your brain hurt?
Comment by Tom Thompson on March 26, 2010 at 6:39am
This line of reasoning is easy to assume as long as you haven't actually heard any of the reasons why someone believes something. I might equally assume that someone believes in God or Allah because they are a mindless sheep and haven't actually given any thought to the matter. After you've heard a persons justifications then this argument is worthless.

The AS/Autism angle is an interesting angle though. I perceive that there are both touchy-feely and cerebral types of people (to put it vulgarly). Brain chemistry certainly seems to have an affect on how we approach ideas and other people but it isn't sufficient to explain conclusions that are drawn, in my opinion.
Comment by Loren Miller on March 26, 2010 at 6:11am
Okay, point by point:

  • If I (or any one of us!) has a need to be different, it's as a result of recognizing BS when we hear it and NOT liking the smell thereof!
  • Athleticism or lack thereof has nothing to do with this. It has to do with REALITY, and recognition of what is real and what ISN'T.
  • Asperger's or autism?!? Now you're reaching ... and if being "in with the in-crowd" means swallowing your unbelievable dreck whole, I am perfectly happy to be OUT of the in-crowd. By the way, I have no one subletting my heart, real or imagined, and if you want to allege someone is there, PROVE IT. Otherwise, don't waste my time.
  • Oh, and I will dress as I choose within good judgment, but regarding my own tastes and not yours ... and I will bother to THINK FOR MYSELF, thankuverymuch.

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