Posted: December 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Tags: atheism, Christianity, faith, Religion, thoughts
I had a dream the other morning, the kind of dream you wake up from and want to return to immediately because I was having so much fun. In my dream I was seeking shelter from heavy rain, and ended up in a shed (the location details are not all that important). In the shed were some other people seeking shelter from the storm, one of whom said upon spying me, “Ah, God has brought you to us”. I then argued with the [made up in my head Christian] people about how they could not a) prove that god existed, b) prove that the rain I was escaping was an Act of God, and c) that all of this coincidence was just that, and even if they believed that it was divine intervention, they could not convince me in any way. My alarm went off and then I was annoyed that I was being woken up from my fun.
All of this stems from one of my greatest issues with some religious believers, that a deity/deities have a plan for each and every one of us, and we all walk along a planned path with no individual control over what happens in our lives (because that is the logical follow-through of “it was meant to be”).
Posted: February 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Tags: atheism, identity, media, minority rights, privilege, Religion, secularism
Frank Furedi posted another screed against atheism, well “so-called New [Atheism]” earlier this month. It’s not hard to demolish, so I’m not going to deconstruct it line by line, but seriously Mr Furedi, next time try actually providing some examples of what you are talking about instead of emotional arguments. It’s not like he’s your every-day pundit either, he’s a former Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent in Caterbury, so he should at the very least be able to quantify his arguments.
Posted: December 27, 2010 at 12:41 am | Tags: atheism, Christianity, differences, privilege
A dear friend, who is a devout Baptist, sent my husband and I a Christmas card this year. He’s recently found out that we’re now atheists, both queer and probably that we’re also polyamorous. This was probably a bit of a shock to his system, but I thought that the inclusions of the following in his Christmas card was not necessary:
He hasn’t forgotten you and neither have we
“If there is no God we must conclude that we live in a randomly generated mechanical universe in which moral judgements are merely a matter of preference and a moral objection to the holocaust has the same weight and validity as a dislike for lemon cheesecake”
The last quote is unattributed, so I don’t know if it was something that he wrote, or something that he quoted and failed to attribute. I’ve done a quick google search and am unable to find the source of the quote, so if you do know, tell me and I’ll attribute the quote accordingly.
And then today my husband’s guest post received a comment from David which is kinda summed up (in essence at least) in the quote provided by my dear friend. I want to point out to Christians, and believers in any other faith traditions, that this kinda behaviour is really rude.