Atheism Rising

Dec 5, 2012 Full story: Houston Press 770

It's a warm fall morning near the Texas State Capitol's south steps, and there's a fight brewing.

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EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#731 Apr 26, 2013
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>....
I have had cancer. My house burned down. My mom passed away, and I have one child hooked on prescription pain medication & 2 stepchildren hooked. I can honestly say I could never have lived through all this (which isn't even the whole story) if I didn't have Jesus in my life....
Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.

I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).

Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
2centz

Mooresboro, NC

#732 Apr 26, 2013
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.
I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).
Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#733 Apr 26, 2013
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!
Naturally, I cannot agree, but thank you for your patient reply. I sincerely hope I didn't spoil your day.
2centz

Mooresboro, NC

#734 Apr 26, 2013
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Naturally, I cannot agree, but thank you for your patient reply. I sincerely hope I didn't spoil your day.
:) not at all. I hope the sun is shining where you are because here in Tennessee it's gorgeous!
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#735 Apr 26, 2013
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>
:) not at all. I hope the sun is shining where you are because here in Tennessee it's gorgeous!
I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
:-)
Lincoln

United States

#736 Apr 26, 2013
time for breakfast and good coffee

What us the best coffee?

Like Peets from San Francisco
Lincoln

United States

#737 Apr 26, 2013
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. Superstition can be a crutch for some people.
I don't mean to be unsympathetic to your suffering or problems and I don't pretend to know how you feel. Whatever help superstition has been to you it also causes problems. As long as religion is kept out of politics, science, morality, the law and especially out of education, then the only concern is the harm done by defending superstition. One problem there is that one cannot undermine one superstition (e.g witchcraft, Islam, or a cult a person becomes involved in) while trying to maintain another superstition (e.g. Christianity).
Not all of us need superstition in our lives to cope with our challenges, fears or grief. Those that do need to avoid the religious tribalism, segregation of children into religious denominated schools and the rest of the more serious damage superstition can do.
a great post.

Superstition affect both believers and non ?
Lincoln

United States

#738 Apr 26, 2013
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
:-)
Wow
great assortment of photos,
Thanks

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#739 Apr 26, 2013
So myth down, you don't believe in God?
Snevaeh legna wrote:
<quoted text>Myth down...Here I am. What cha' got G?:)

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#740 Apr 26, 2013
Show observable proof for this god if he is not a delusion.

Have you accepted Jesus as your imaginary friend?
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>I don ' t remember you being around during my childhood.
The tone of your comment is snide. You apparently think you are superior to us Believers so if being like you is indicative of being a non-Believer then Praise God even more He delivered me!!!!:)
That's my sense of humor, before you get your panties in a was.
There's really no sense in being ugly just because you disagree with my way of thinking.
God gives us all free will & you can choose to disbelieve if you want but don't knock me because I am a Believer.
2centz

Mooresboro, NC

#741 Apr 26, 2013
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>I'm in Scotland. What do you think??
https://www.google.co.uk/search...
:-)
Nice photos!

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#742 Apr 26, 2013
Your irrational religious beliefs most likely played a role in your suffering today.

If Instead of ignoring your problems aka let Jesus take care of them, you had taken them on head first your family would be doing better.

Sad.
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>God is an experience. He is something you just know deep inside. Quite frankly, I don't have to prove jack, but I will share what I know.
I grew up in a Christian home but we did not attend church all the time. When I got in high school I wanted everything the world had to offer and ultimately I got it in spades.
Now, 30 some years after high school I finally have a relationship with Jesus & I'm thankful.
I have had cancer. My house burned down. My mom passed away, and I have one child hooked on prescription pain medication & 2 stepchildren hooked. I can honestly say I could never have lived through all this (which isn't even the whole story) if I didn't have Jesus in my life.
I rededicated my life 11 years ago & all I can say is I'm not going back. I'm looming ahead & keeping my eyes on the prize.
I am not a liar. I know Jesus loves me. Take a minute or 2 out of your bitterness & just look at the beautiful spring unfolding. It's amazing.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#743 Apr 26, 2013
You believe in something without a shred of observable proof, that is superstition.

I will take the honest truth over a comforting delusion any day.
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>I'm not superstitious. I am a Believer & I think there's a difference. God is not easy to explain. You have to experience Him for yourself. If or until you do...nothing anyone can say to you will change your mind.
I realize you're not gonna be swayed any more than I would be in your direction. So on that note, I hope you have a great day!

“ IT'S A CHOICE !!!”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#744 Apr 26, 2013
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
<quoted text>
Times have never been better, historically speaking.
Human life is more than 2 times longer than it was a scant score of years ago.
Two times as long (on average).
Two times longer to love your loved-ones. Two times longer to enjoy the beauty/fright of a magnificent lightning storm.
Two times longer to travel the world--to see people radically different from you.
Two times longer to enjoy family, freedom of speech, life.
Worst of times?
Maybe if you are one of the unfortunate who is killed because of religion's ugliness-- and >>all<< religion is ugly underneath the pretty words. Without exception.
And if you are not killed outright? It could well be the worst of times for you, too--if you are either a woman in a Religious culture, or a non-straight in a Christian one.
If that's the case? Then yeah, it is pretty bad-- but that is not anything new-- it's been pretty bad for those since ugly religion was invented by... >>men<<.
Bob? I was just quoting from the Book, being funny... Do you know what book I'm talking about?
2centz

Mooresboro, NC

#745 Apr 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
Your irrational religious beliefs most likely played a role in your suffering today.
If Instead of ignoring your problems aka let Jesus take care of them, you had taken them on head first your family would be doing better.
Sad.
<quoted text>
I have found it's a waste of my time to have a discussion with a closed mind. You probably feel the same. I can't imagine why you would make such rude comments about my family except that most non-Believers feel a need to belittle what they choose not to understand. If it gives you some kind of sense of something to be rude...have at it!

Since: Mar 11

Lawrenceville, GA

#746 Apr 26, 2013
His point stands
Snevaeh legna wrote:
<quoted text>Bob? I was just quoting from the Book, being funny... Do you know what book I'm talking about?

“ IT'S A CHOICE !!!”

Since: Jun 12

Location hidden

#747 Apr 26, 2013
Givemeliberty wrote:
His point stands
<quoted text>
No that's not the name of the book... Hi,:)

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#748 Apr 26, 2013
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>
Wasn't forced down my throat. As a matter of fact, I truly wish I had gotten into a relationship with Jesus years ago.
I fought it...believed in God but didn't know Him. It's pretty awesome to be able to rely on the Creator, in my opinion.
Ah, but which creator?

If you'd been born in India, it's odds on you'd have been relying on Brahma.

Since: Mar 11

Lexington, KY

#749 Apr 26, 2013
The irony meter is about to explode!

Sorry you don't get to come to the atheist forum, purposely troll and then cry indignation when you get rightfully treated as a troll.
2centz wrote:
<quoted text>I have found it's a waste of my time to have a discussion with a closed mind. You probably feel the same. I can't imagine why you would make such rude comments about my family except that most non-Believers feel a need to belittle what they choose not to understand. If it gives you some kind of sense of something to be rude...have at it!

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#750 Apr 26, 2013
2centz wrote:
If the Word of God is not the real deal why has there been such a ruckus over it for so long? Why have people sought to disprove it so fervently & why do so many believe it?
Because idiots do believe it's magic-- and because of that misguided delusion?

They push the ugly bible into law, forcing (often upon pain of death) non-bible worshipers to comply with the bible's ugly views.

That is why.

There is nothing original in the ugly bible-- it's pretty much 100% copied from other, older myths. About the only thing new, is the names of the various characters....

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