How Should Atheists Respond to Those Who Think We’ll Convert on Our Deathbed?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, responds to the idea that atheists will convert on their deathbeds:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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This is How Jehovah’s Witness Elders Are Taught to Minister to People with Suicidal Thoughts

Suppose you’re religious and your husband dies. And you’re depressed, even a year later. The depression is so bad, in fact, that you’re thinking about committing suicide (by “turning the car on in the garage and just going to sleep inside”) so you can be reunited with him in the afterlife.

So you ask some elders at your church for guidance.

They don’t suggest seeking out professional help.

Instead, they first meet in private to find just the right Bible verses to preach at you. Then they visit your home to tell you how you’re just like Job and how you ought to be an “integrity keeper.” Then they tell you to treat your thoughts of suicide much like you treat thoughts of immorality: by rejecting them entirely (as if it’s just that easy). Then they tell you to repeat the words, “I am an integrity keeper” and memorize some Bible verses to cope with your grief. (“Please find Jeremiah Chapter 29, Verses 11 and 12… will you agree to memorize those two verses?”)

This is what Jehovah’s Witness elders are actually taught to do according to a just-leaked video from the “Watchtower-approved” Kingdom Ministry School. It was sent to blogger John Cedars at JWsurvey, who has posted the video (and a couple of other ones) online:

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How Should Atheists Eulogize Religious Family Members?

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: How should atheists eulogize religious family members?:

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the project — more videos will be posted soon — and we’d also appreciate your suggestions as to which questions we ought to tackle next!

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Peter O’Toole, Atheist Actor and 8-Time Academy Award Nominee, Dead at 81

Yesterday, we lost Peter O’Toole, the actor who first came to fame portraying Lawrence of Arabia.

While much can be said of his brilliant career, it’s worth noting that O’Toole was the rare actor who would not have thanked God if he had ever won an Oscar.

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In Honor of Christopher Hitchens, Two Years Later

Two years after his death, Christopher Hitchens‘ legacy still looms large. With extreme faith linked to civil rights abuses around the world, his warning that “religion poisons everything” remains as true as ever.



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