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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

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Rebecca Vitsmun is shown during an interview with a CNN reporter shortly after the May 20 tornado that destroyed her Moore home.

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“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#920 Aug 13, 2013
AngelAngle wrote:
Some interesting takeaways:
1. The poor are more religious than the rich. People in the bottom income groups are 17 percent more religious than those in the top income groups.

2. Globally, the number of those claiming to be religious has dropped by 9 percent from 2005 to 2011, while the number of people identifying themselves as atheists has risen by 3 percent.

3. Four countries have experienced a drop in religiosity in their populations that is greater than 20 percent between 2005 and 2012. France and Switzerland saw decreases of 21 percent, while Ireland's number of faithful declined by 22 percent and Vietnam's by 23 percent.
Interesting, for sure.

I read a newsbit awhile back, that noted the decline in catholicism on Germany.

The decline was severe enough, that Vatican-city had to close and/or sell formerly robust cathedral/churches for want of funding.

Which then typically get re-purposed into something **useful**, like a pub or a dance club or an eatery.

Nice.

And the **best** part of converting a former church into something secular?

Little kids can go there without worry about being attacked by religious leaders-- for **any** reason.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#921 Aug 13, 2013
Amused wrote:
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What fun would that be? An omniscient deity would already know who won and already have foreseen all the crashes.
Well, the crashes he'd have caused of course.

Likely because the car(s) in question didn't display the proper symbolism on their shells...

.... biblegod's like that, you know.

<snerk>
every game

Prattville, AL

#922 Aug 13, 2013
atheism is evil wrote:
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We're not trying to convert you. We realize you are aware that you know you have chosen willfully to defect from the faith and go in the cowardly direction.
Your continued bickering and ranting is the net result of your poor decision.
I make good use of your anger and rages by showing them to Christians who sometimes stoop low in their faith, getting ready to give up. Once they read your posts , they get back on their feet doing all they can to get back closer to God.
I show them that giving up like you've done is a horrible place to be in.
awesome reply!!!
every game

Prattville, AL

#923 Aug 13, 2013
AngelAngle wrote:
Some interesting takeaways:
1. The poor are more religious than the rich. People in the bottom income groups are 17 percent more religious than those in the top income groups.
2. Globally, the number of those claiming to be religious has dropped by 9 percent from 2005 to 2011, while the number of people identifying themselves as atheists has risen by 3 percent.
3. Four countries have experienced a drop in religiosity in their populations that is greater than 20 percent between 2005 and 2012. France and Switzerland saw decreases of 21 percent, while Ireland's number of faithful declined by 22 percent and Vietnam's by 23 percent.
this is awesome news. now we can expect even more crimes and mayhem in the future. awesome!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#924 Aug 13, 2013
every game wrote:
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this is awesome news. now we can expect even more crimes and mayhem in the future. awesome!
Why? Because you hategodbots will be getting even **more** desperate, and go out on yet **another** killing spree?

Historically-- that **is** how you god-robots "deal" with losing.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#925 Aug 13, 2013
every game wrote:
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awesome reply!!!
He was reported for abuse, and banned.

You will too-- if you start spewing godhate around.

We will be watching you closely.
antiatheist

Seminole, OK

#926 Aug 13, 2013
wow are all of you still on here talking about something you say you don't believe in? You must have really sad and lonely lives.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#927 Aug 13, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
wow are all of you still on here talking about something you say you don't believe in? You must have really sad and lonely lives.
We are still fighting religious bigotry such as what you espouse, yes.

So long as you religious bigots keep pushing your bigotry?

We will keep defending against it.
LCNlin

United States

#928 Aug 13, 2013
Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings

Whether the Carroll County commissioners meet to discuss zoning, the budget or other local issues, they start the same way — with prayer.

Commissioners take turns offering the prayer, often invoking God or Jesus. All five commissioners stand, as do any audience members who choose to, and then the lawmakers go ahead with their business.

"Prayer adds a certain sort of reverence to what we're about to do," says Douglas Howard, president of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.

That view is not unusual in the Baltimore area. Three counties open meetings with a lawmaker's prayer, and the Baltimore City Council begins with the words of local clergy. But a lawsuit scheduled to reach the Supreme Court this fall could affect the ways such prayers are made.

The high court will review a ruling that a town near Rochester, N.Y., had violated the First Amendment ban on "establishment of religion." For years, the Greece town supervisor had invited a local minister to deliver an opening prayer at the council's monthly meeting. Members of the public attending the meeting were encouraged to join in the prayers.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-08-10/n...
Thinking

Royston, UK

#929 Aug 14, 2013
god should be a very successful bookmaker instead of deploying gurning priests to beg for your money.
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>
What fun would that be? An omniscient deity would already know who won and already have foreseen all the crashes.
LCNlin

United States

#930 Aug 14, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
We are still fighting religious bigotry such as what you espouse, yes.
So long as you religious bigots keep pushing your bigotry?
We will keep defending against it.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013...
AngelAngle

Dallas, TX

#931 Aug 14, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
wow are all of you still on here talking about something you say you don't believe in? You must have really sad and lonely lives.
i was posting about an article I read which pertains to the forum.I enjoy speaking with like minded people.I still don't understand why your on here.

Many religions began as an idea of a few small groups of people and over time grow to large numbers. It appears now that their size is shrinking.Religions have lost more and more numbers every year. Like any business they will need to change their advertising and marketing campaign in order to increase revenue. Theres really no way they are going to have the numbers that they had in the past but i doubt religion will ever totally fade away. However, as we see religions evolve it will be interesting to see how they are affected by this phenomenon.
antiatheist

Seminole, OK

#932 Aug 14, 2013
you people are obsessed with religions. You talk about it constantly. So funny and weird
Amused

Merrimac, MA

#933 Aug 14, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, the crashes he'd have caused of course.
Likely because the car(s) in question didn't display the proper symbolism on their shells...
.... biblegod's like that, you know.
<snerk>
On the other hand, NASCAR races and barbecue go hand in hand, and we know how much biblegod LOVES the smell of burnt animal offerings. Except, of course, he's apparently not much of a fan of pulled pork.

“Leave That Thing Alone!”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#934 Aug 14, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
you people are obsessed with religions. You talk about it constantly. So funny and weird
Naaa, just the ones that attempt to force their religious belief onto others that don't share their religious beliefs, through laws that govern all and public school science classes. Keep your beliefs out of government and public school systems and there would likely be no discussion about your idiocy at all

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#935 Aug 14, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
wow are all of you still on here talking about something you say you don't believe in? You must have really sad and lonely lives.
You have been on here discussing things that you don't believe....does that make you sad and lonely as well?

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#936 Aug 14, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
you people are obsessed with religions. You talk about it constantly. So funny and weird
I think "you" may be obsessed with atheism or you wouldn't be on a atheist forum....I think that makes you funny, and a little weird lol
AngelAngle

Dallas, TX

#937 Aug 14, 2013
antiatheist wrote:
you people are obsessed with religions. You talk about it constantly. So funny and weird
we have studied religions extensively,we know the subject matter very well. Of course we are going to discuss it with people that have studied it too.

Then we have people that know very little about religion,we take the opportunity to discuss religion with them as a way to educate and perhaps broaden the mind of an otherwise close minded individual.

This is why we discuss religion.
Thinking

Royston, UK

#938 Aug 14, 2013
I post as "Thinking", which is neutral, he posts as "antiatheist", which is far from neutral.

He's obsessed all right.
I_see_you wrote:
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I think "you" may be obsessed with atheism or you wouldn't be on a atheist forum....I think that makes you funny, and a little weird lol
antiatheist

Seminole, OK

#939 Aug 14, 2013
neutral lol what a laugher. Why would you be so obsessed with religion angel? Why do you spend so much time on it? Seems ridiculous

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