Someone Plan a Convention in Sweden

*Deep breath*

Ok.

I’m back to normal.

Especially after reading what AdventureDad has to say. He’s from Sweden, the least religious country in the world.

You would never know people are unsure of their religious beliefs and/or if God exists in this country. Personally, I do believe in something but it’s difficult to define exactly what that is. There are also many aspects of religion that I don’t believe in and/or dislike. For our marriage in Mexico I converted from Protestant to Catholic which for me was like changing socks. No big deal.

I never did understand the changing of religions at marriage. Obviously, faith isn’t that important to one of you… so why bother.

… what do we teach our children? We want them to learn about different religions and do go to church together every now and then. Wife goes to church occasionally and does pray each night. Often with the children. She also believes in many things I’m highly skeptical of. We do have some very interesting discussions though. I find it fascinating to learn more about people’s religious opinions.

And that’s that. No arguing. Just a slight difference of opinion. The kids will learn to think for themselves.

Religion is rarely discussed here, people simply have little interest in religion and base decisions on logic, science, and common sense. I really appreciate that no one is trying to shove their beliefs down my throat. The people don’t care what you believe in, they look more at what kind of person you are. Doesn’t matter if you’re Muslim, Jew, Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, or something else, do you stand for good things and are you a good human being?

That’s so… simple! It’s too easy, really. If you don’t attach a religious label to yourself, how is everyone going to know that they should dislike you?

I think it’s sad that many people have such negative opinions of atheists or non believing people. It’s funny when you look at the list of the ten least religious countries in the world. Atheist’s or non believers don’t have a good reputation but half those countries on the list are considered some of the finest countries on earth. With largely non believing people who are considered incredibly honest, ethical, and compassionate. Something doesn’t make sense.

Yep. Very sad. Makes no sense at all. Atheists are keenly aware of how our reputation has nothing to do with who most of us really are…

Meanwhile, Americans are too busy burying statues of St. Joseph to read what AdventureDad has to say.

I want to visit Sweden. They accept Evolution there. And I hear Swedish people are all attractive.

%&$*ing Denver.


[tags]atheist, atheism, The Blogfathers, Sweden[/tags]

  • Mriana

    :lol: I do hope you recover from that last one very soon, Hemant.

  • Jen

    I always hated the “convert for marriage” thing. Usually, it seems to be more about the parents of the person getting married than said person. I remember when Charlotte on Sex and the City converted to marry her Jewish boyfriend. It seemed dumb to me that he had to marry someone Jewish- he promised his mom- but then I don’t really understand why he would date a non-Jew. If you are that sure you have to marry someone of X-religion, why not only date people of those religion? If someone is great enough to date without being X, then why is that religion so important? 99 times out of 100 the other person doesn’t really care about being the new religion, so why bother if they aren’t passionate about that religion? And so on.

  • Alyce de Carteret

    Hey, hey, hey! There are plenty of sane and secular folk here in Denver. Not to mention the fact that Chipotle was conceived in this beautiful city.

    You’re welcome.

  • Maria

    I like that in places like Sweden believers and non-believers are treated equally and judged by their character and who they are as people. We should all be so lucky……..

  • http://Skepticsanctuary.com Tom

    And I hear Swedish people are all attractive.

    Being from Denmark, and speaking purely from personal experience, I can honestly say, it ain’t all that far from the truth. Swedish girls really are stunning.

    Maria:

    I like that in places like Sweden believers and non-believers are treated equally and judged by their character and who they are as people.

    This is generally true, however, it is my impression that anyone who is more than light-religious in Scandinavia, are secretly thought a little lesser of. Either their religious belief is kind of taboo, or people will respond with “Oh wow… really? You are religious? Well… good for you… see you later.”, or they will just stop and marvel at them; “So that’s how one of you guys look like”.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant

    Hey, hey, hey! There are plenty of sane and secular folk here in Denver. Not to mention the fact that Chipotle was conceived in this beautiful city.

    You’re welcome.

    Chipotle’s from Denver?

    I take back everything I said.

    Mmmm…. tasty veggie burrito… *smacks lips*

  • http://gardebring.com/ Anders Gardebring

    I’m Swedish an it’s true that people in general here are not religious.
    In fact, I can’t think of a single person that I know that actually goes to church and those things, although a couple of my friends have the “I believe in something” approach.
    I can probably not imagine what it’s like to be given a hard time for just not believing in the fairy tales of a god, since these issues in general are not a public issue here in Sweden. Religion is a private matter here and most people don’t give it that much thought. Hopefully the attitudes to atheists, ignostics and agnostics will improve over time in the US and other more religious countries.The movement that has started to show in the US lately is a good start.


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