Why am I an atheist?

•May 4, 2012 • 1 Comment

For the National Day of Reason I’d like to do a special post, one where I share with the readers reasons why I’m an atheist.

I grew up in a Catholic family, as most atheists did. Notice I don’t say I grew up Catholic, because I didn’t. I never fully endorsed the teachings and messages I got in church. My favorite part of the mass was when everyone shook hands and said “Peace be with you” because I had identified that as near the end as a young kid and was anxious to go play my gameboy that was waiting for me in the car.

The story gets interesting the way most stories get interesting: with a girl. To protect the identity of the person who has no idea I’m writing this I’ll call her Jessica. We dated a bit in high school and she was very religious. I mean VERY religious. I waited months to date her because she wasn’t sure if god was ready for her to date yet. I was still “Catholic” at this point mind you, and I did believe in god. After a while of dating a girl a while you’ll eventually want to do something to impress her, so I decided to read the bible and later impress her with all I knew about her faith. Well that was it. Many people have said it many ways: the bible is the quickest way to cure someone of religion. I read Genesis and thought “no, that’s not what happened at all”. I read Leviticus and thought “does any christian actually read and follow these rules?” I made it through the virgin birth and the resurrection, all the way to Revelations and put the disgusting piece of literature back on the shelf as a full blown atheist. My faith was fully dissolved.

Oh, and I broke up with Jessica later that same week.

That’s my story, if anyone reads this and wants their story shared on a crummy blog that has nearly 40 hits shoot me an email at bloggingwithoutgod@gmail.com and I’ll put it up on the site.

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Mark your calendars, May 3rd is the National Day of Reason

•May 1, 2012 • 2 Comments

Recently Rep. Pete Stark the lone out atheist in congress stood before the house and gave this address:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Thursday, May 3, 2012 as the 2012 National Day of Reason.

The National Day of Reason celebrates the application of reason and the positive impact it has had on humanity. It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the Constitutional separation of religion and government.

On March 24th, I was proud to address the tens of thousands of Americans who gathered on the Mall for the Reason Rally. These individuals came from all around the country to deliver a simple message: reason must be the guiding principle of our democracy. In a nation of citizens from so many different backgrounds and beliefs, the only way we can solve our problems is through cultivating intelligent, moral, and ethical interactions among all people.

Our nation faces many problems — bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, creating jobs, educating our children, and protecting our safety net from irresponsible cuts. We will solve these issues through the application of reason. We must also protect women’s reproductive choices, the integrity of scientific research, and our public education system from those who would hide behind religious dogma to undermine them.

Finally, the National Day of Reason is about taking time to improve our communities. Every year, events are held on this day that demonstrate the desire of secular Americans to help their fellow citizens and our nation as a whole. Community service events, such as food drives and blood drives, are just some of the ways that people will be working to help those in need on the Day of Reason and throughout the year.

I encourage everyone to join in observing this day and focusing upon the employment of reason, critical thinking, the scientific method, and free inquiry to improve our world and our nation.

Well okay, getting all excited about is probably an overreaction, it’s not as if this is being declared a national holiday, but still it’s a step in the right direction. The idea of a symbolic holiday celebrating reason may seem kind of backwards to some atheists, and you may find this unnervingly similar to the National Day of Prayer, however this is nothing more than another PR campaign for reason and rational thinking above religious thinking. Like the Reason Rally this is a chance for atheists and agnostics everywhere to show that we do have a voice. We have a voice in the government and we have a voice in the public sphere. We are a voting block and it’s high time congress and everyone else sees that.

So get out thursday, don your atheist/agnostic apparel (leave the crucifix at home) and get the word out that atheists are among us and do it for reason.

Special thanks to Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist for the story.

Just about sums it up

•May 1, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This week

Christians cry persecution once more!

•April 30, 2012 • Leave a Comment

One of the most laughable things Christians say (yes I know, I have a lot to choose from) is “Help we’re being persecuted in the US!” If you don’t know why that’s laughable, then you’re probably not from the United States, or else you’ve been living under a rock since Columbus discovered the Americas. I’m astounded by the latest video that the religious right tallies up as “one more war on religion speech”. If you haven’t seen it already (it’s gone fairly viral in the last few days) it involves Dan Savage giving a speech meant to discount the biblical argument against homosexuality. In it he says: “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about gay people the same way we have learned to ignore the bullshit in the Bible about shellfish, about slavery, about dinner, about farming, about menstruation, about virginity, about masturbation. We ignore bullshit in the Bible about all sorts of things.” and then the Christians walk out on him. I repeat: THE CHRISTIANS WALK OUT ON HIM! Are they really offended that he insulted the way their holy book talks bout shellfish? Is this why they cry persecution? Check the video out if you haven’t already, and see for yourself why this is so laughable a concept.

Catholic Priests Supporting Pedophilia… Again

•April 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Starting the blog off with an easy analysis of an article I saw on the “friendly atheist” blog by Hemant Mehta. The situation is this: a bill proposed in Ireland that would make anyone who has knowledge that someone is guilty of pedophilia required to report it to the authorities. Failure to do so would mean up to 10 years of jail time. Now who would oppose that? It turns out our great friends, the Catholics.

Religious proponents are always quick to dismiss the Catholic priests molesting children as a one-time thing, or something that has at least been rectified. No one seems to want to believe that this is an ongoing issue.

Here’s a tweet from @CatholicLeague, the leading group fighting for “Catholic Civil Rights”, which, apparently includes the right to bear false witness. Who knew?