Atheist Testimonials In The Detroit Free Press

Mojoey, the founder and curator of the Atheist Blogroll to which we owe great gratitude, points us to a great series running in The Detroit Free Press in which atheists give their testimonials.

Here’s the one Mojoey highlighted yesterday:

I was at work when someone brought up that I am an atheist.A nearby coworker nearly had a heart-attack.

“You are?” she asked. “But … you’re such a … good person!”

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In the words of Oneita: Oh, my.

I’d like to set the record straight on atheism. Being an atheist opens up my world to the different possibilities I may have otherwise missed. It makes me an accepting individual because it is an exercise in questioning that allows me to explore any and all walks of life.

Atheism breaks down the barriers put up by racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other discrimination because I have an understanding that there is nothing more important (i.e. an invitation into heaven) than the feelings I share with others.

I explained this to my coworker.

“Well, I’m older than you,” she said. “I understand more.”

The coworker persists in this condescension:

I don’t do drugs, have sex with strangers, drive insanely fast or bust caps in asses.

Her response? “Someday, you’ll get it.”

And after hearing him out the whole way:

Begrudgingly, I let my coworker have the final word.”Don’t give up,” she said. “Just try keeping a more open mind.”

A more open mind?  A more open mind??  I am so glad I have this brilliant video now for anyone who utters this ridiculous statement in defense of religious and other irrational ideas:

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.