Tag Archives: Secular

Disappointed in Humanity

I am deeply disappointed in humanity these days. Many of us are, from both sides of the political divide, from many different religions and denominations, from those who claim non-religious spirituality, all the way to those who claim to be non religious.  People of a wide variety of colors are all disappointed in humanity.

We have daily violence against minorities, LGBTQi, police. This is sickening.

BUT

One thing that disappoints me just as much as that, is the attitude that some have that their solution is the only answer. The one that bothers me the most is the attitude that we need Jesus.

I don’t need Jesus. I don’t need god. What I need is the ability to self reflect, admit to areas where I struggle, learn from my mistakes, and learn to accept differences in others WITHOUT trying to change them. This is called Self Awareness and would go a LONG way towards creating peace in the world.

Good without god.  BUT – if you need god or Jesus to be good – I’m OK with that. I will protect your religious rights so long as it does not infringe on my rights to be non-religious.

AmericaNeedsJesus

Atheist Fact for the Day: We Give

Some conservative religious organizations would like everyone to believe that they are the only charitable people and that charitable giving would dramatically decline if religion falls. Simply not true. Heck, this site would have you believe that atheists do not understand love. Ummm, yeah.

Ok, I’m showing my irritation and I need to get back on track.

Foundation Beyond Belief

On the Foundation Beyond Belief About page, you will learn that their Humanist Giving program selects five charitable organizations based on “impact and efficiency, our featured beneficiaries are secular organizations with the exception of Challenge the Gap, which features non-proselytizing organizations based in other worldviews.”

Foundation Beyond Belief has three other categories, including Beyond Belief Network, Humanist Disaster Recovery Network, and Humanist Service Corps.

Richard Dawkins Foundation

On the About Us Page, you will learn that the primary focus of the foundation is to eliminate the negative impact of religious influence on science education. In order to do this, the foundation partners with other secular organizations to:

  • Encourage and support non-believers to be openly secular.
  • Eliminate discrimination against non-believers.
  • Provide educational support for middle school teachers on the topic of evolution.
  • Raise disaster relief funds from secular communities.
  • Provide support for clergy who no longer hold supernatural beliefs.

Beyond Doubt

In response to Daily Prompt, Doubters Alert.

What commonly accepted truth (or “truth”) do you think is wrong, or at least seriously doubt?  Why?

The Doubt

I have doubted the existence of god for more than a decade, maybe close to two decades.

Why?

There are too many reasons to list why, so I’ve chosen a handful:

  • Too many biblical contradictions. See http://bibviz.com/.
  • Scientifically impossible events.

And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
Genesis 5:26-27

  • Promotes violence, discrimination, and misogyny.

And everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel. Then… the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die.

  • Anti intellectual – “just have faith.” Don’t think for yourself, trust the bible and the “experts.” That just doesn’t sit well with me.

Coming Out

Seeing that I have outed myself as a non believer to the most important person in my life (my mommy), I figured that it is time to out myself to the general public.

I am a non believer. I am in the process of determining the title that I wish to accept because it may not be atheist. To those of you who know me personally and you are Christian, I encourage you to still accept me as an upstanding and ethical person.

If you know me personally and you are a Christian, know that I will never attempt to convert you to a non believer status. I would expect the same courtesy from you, in not trying to convert me to your belief system.

I will discuss my non-beliefs from the perspective of generating understanding and acceptance of me and others like me. I will also speak up when I see something that slanders the character of non believers, or infringes on the secular aspect of the USA.

Nonbeliever Nation

Food for thought. From “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans” by David Niose

“But more significantly, when we actually compare the values and beliefs of atheists and secular people to those of religious people, the former are markedly less nationalistic, less prejudiced, less anti-Semitic, less racist, less dogmatic, less ethnocentric, less close-minded, and less authoritarian.””

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