Round-up of randomness:
Kim talks about being an atheist at this time of year:
It’s a time of year that is no longer just for Christians. Millions of Atheists, Freethinkers and other Americans choose to celebrate the time of year. The Winter Solstice. People are looking for a celebration that they can relate to. The Solstice is one of the great astronomical events during the year that are common to human beings everywhere. Different cultures throughout history have celebrated this time of year as one of renewal. We know exactly when it occurs and we enjoy the fact that the days get longer again.
SO . . . I guess what I am trying to say is . . . give me a break and let me be me. I am being judged based on your belief system and level of understanding. Don’t ask me about church. Don’t talk to me about the miracle of a virgin birth. I don’t believe it. But if you are lookin for a fun person to have a great meal with, drink festive drinks, party and maybe exchange a present or two. I am the girl to call. Just don’t try to bring Jesus into the mix.
Bryan discusses the problems with trying to unite atheists:
Atheism isn’t a banner under which people can gather. All it says is “I don’t believe in a deity.” “A”= without; “theos”=god. It doesn’t tell you anything else about the person. Atheists do not share a similar culture, political ideology, socio-economic background, education, anything, except for not believing in a god. You can’t create a church of atheism, because atheism is not a religion. It requires no belief other than the one that meets the definition.
If we were to have a sort of “church” of Atheism, we would find ourselves wasting time talking to people with which we have almost nothing in common. It would be like having a club of people who own blue cars. Pointless.
Tim dislikes those who think being religious and having good values are synonymous:
I resent people who try to equate religion with sensible values. If you’re a good person at heart, then it shows, no matter what religion you are. You don’t have to be the same religion as another person to care about them or to help them out. And–no offense, but–if you think you do, then you’re lost to me, because I’m never going to convert.
In case you didn’t know, Congressman Mark Foley (arrested for innappropriate sexual encounters with underage male pages within his offices) and President Nixon (who tried to steal the election like Bush did in 2000 and failed) both put their hands on Bibles when they took the oath of office. So it would seem that putting your hand on a Bible isn’t a clear indicator of your true intentions.
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