I think that human vanity causes us to see ourselves as we'd like to believe we are, not as we truly are. If we do see ourselves honestly, then no that is not vanity, I suppose. But if we gloat over what we are, well then, I guess that is just conceit.
Challenging is a wonderful way to bring our spirit and passion. Accusing is a way of creating labels and does not promote discourse. Accepting, it does not mean agreeing. Freedom of thought takes us into many places and helps us achieve a conclusion. Being an atheist I do not have the complications brought to others by religion or by believing in one almighty, or many. That doesn't mean the human thought process doesn't bring you over certain roads that sometimes may intersect with different views that later on will be rejected. Uniting our thought pattern in a positive direction can build valuable information to assist us in freeing ourselves with certain parts of the government that tend to look on us as aliens. Your thoughts would be welcome. Your anger be useless.
Cane- Thanks for visiting our website, as we are in the process of revamping it. I understand your stance on religion, and on God... and in the general form, I agree with you. The difference, is that our website invites everyone to be a part of United Under One... we don't care if you're atheist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim.... because we being up topics to EDUCATE people that even if they identify themselves as Christians now, when they realize what the "label" is doing to their lives, we hope to being them to our site, away from God and religion. The difference between me and you it seems is that you have a much more aggressive approach to discussing God, or the existence of him. I'm more on the education side. I KNOW that the way we think is correct, so instead of HATING the religious people, I simply feel bad for them and try to help them understand that ITS A JOKE to think that going to church every Sunday takes your sins away, or confession heals you... etc. I just wanted to clear up some misconceptions you were feeling.
It's not that atheist are surprised that we are misquoted or that religious leaders distort the facts, it's that were outraged by it. I suppose in a way we are slightly shocked each time we hear the facts distorted simply because they usually say things that are indeed shocking like "science had not found one fossil that supports evolution". When you hear extremely stupid statements like that it's hard not to be shocked no matter how prepared you are. That has less to do with us not understanding them, and more to do with their ability to surprise us with stupidity.
Your introductory blog is excellent.
Welcome Cane Kostovski, to this friendly meeting place with freethinkers like you who recognise that religion is a great fraud aimed at controlling vulnerable superstitious people, including especially defenceless children; and
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and even longer.