Atheists on the march in America

Atheists on the march in America

There are 70650 comments on the TurkishPress.com story from Aug 26, 2009, titled Atheists on the march in America. In it, TurkishPress.com reports that:

When South Florida atheists held their first meeting, they were just five friends, having a beer at a bar.

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#62388 Apr 22, 2012
Happy Sunday Everyone!!! My stomach is full of Spaghetti and I'm ready to fly outside put this monstrous day of rest back to work.

I'm still waiting for great ideas for Atheist meetings, so if you are out there, just reading through, throw some ideas my way. Anything and everything will be accepted as possible.
Slavic Baptist

United States

#62389 Apr 22, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
It is really sad what has happened to the other Atheist thread "In American, Atheists are still in hiding" it's being overrun by very angry people.
Let's make this thread a happy place, full of love for anyone who wishes to argue. Just say, "yes yes, that's fine. thank you." And then move on to something new and meaningful instead of being weighted down by negativity.
So, does anyone have any good ideas for Atheist meetings? Activities or fund raisers?
I have been thinking about starting meetings in my area on Sunday afternoons, for atheists to just meet and talk about different things and just have a good time. If people want they can take the initiative to start working towards donating to a charity or doing some sort of community work.
I don't know, it's just been running through my head.
Atheists are doomed only to ruin society. One atheist, or a fake christian- Barak Husein Usama achieved his goal. Four more years, and we will be all deep in sewer tank. You guys tried already to do something "good", but somehow you end up with much worse situation all around you,than before.
Slavic Baptist

United States

#62390 Apr 22, 2012
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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Yes indeed. That is interesting.
:)
Hi Bob. How is it going. I see you the last standing original atheist here, still refusing God's love. Why, Bob, why. Where is the Doctor? Why you guys still can't answer John's questions?

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#62391 Apr 22, 2012
Slavic Baptist wrote:
<quoted text>Atheists are doomed only to ruin society. One atheist, or a fake christian- Barak Husein Usama achieved his goal. Four more years, and we will be all deep in sewer tank. You guys tried already to do something "good", but somehow you end up with much worse situation all around you,than before.
I see your racial hate and bigotry is still as strong as ever.

Marking you as just another Genuine Christian™.

Never forget: you Genuine Christians™ are the MAJORITY.

Meaning? Any "septic tank" condition is ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT.

That's the way it is, bub.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#62392 Apr 22, 2012
Slavic Baptist wrote:
<quoted text>Hi Bob. How is it going. I see you the last standing original atheist here, still refusing God's love. Why, Bob, why. Where is the Doctor? Why you guys still can't answer John's questions?
I am not refusing anything: I'm here.

Your god is the one who is MIA, bub.

As always.

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#62393 Apr 22, 2012
Slavic Baptist wrote:
<quoted text>Atheists are doomed only to ruin society. One atheist, or a fake christian- Barak Husein Usama achieved his goal. Four more years, and we will be all deep in sewer tank. You guys tried already to do something "good", but somehow you end up with much worse situation all around you,than before.
Ignore!

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#62394 Apr 22, 2012
IGNORE the troll, please.

“Quantum Junctn: Use Both Lanes”

Since: Dec 06

Tulsa, Oklahoma USofA

#62395 Apr 22, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
IGNORE the troll, please.
:)

SB will wander off-- he always does (while ignoring any and all questions)
Joe Fortuna

Eureka, CA

#62396 Apr 22, 2012
Slavic Baptist wrote:
<quoted text>Hi Bob. How is it going. I see you the last standing original atheist here, still refusing God's love. Why, Bob, why. Where is the Doctor? Why you guys still can't answer John's questions?
I have given john at least three positions that I would defend and have provided evidence for those positions, john simple has no evidence for the position he claims, or at least he avoided providing it. People who fall for johns BS, are in the same boat as john, they have no evidence either.

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#62397 Apr 22, 2012
Joe Fortuna wrote:
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I have given john at least three positions that I would defend and have provided evidence for those positions, john simple has no evidence for the position he claims, or at least he avoided providing it. People who fall for johns BS, are in the same boat as john, they have no evidence either.
No, Joe!!! Don't feed the troll!!!

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#62398 Apr 22, 2012
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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:)
SB will wander off-- he always does (while ignoring any and all questions)
But why even bother asking them questions? Christians are just coming to these threads looking to start a religious fight.

I really don't even want to talk about religion, evolution, the big bang, string theories or quantum uncertainty.

Can't people just talk normal about everyday Atheist issues?

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#62399 Apr 22, 2012
I heard a great quote today and I loved it. In the context of talking about the history of gods and the changing of religion, a gentleman stated that all people were skeptical about gods... "The difference between me and you, is that I believe in one less god than you do." and then he went on to look at the natural logical progression.

To paraphrase him - In the past polytheism, in it's many varieties, was the most abundant form of worship and then in the past 1500 years Monotheists have taken control. If we follow the logical process, the next step will be no gods.
Joe Fortuna

Eureka, CA

#62400 Apr 22, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
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No, Joe!!! Don't feed the troll!!!
I just find it hard to let ridiculous statements go unanswered.
Joe Fortuna

Eureka, CA

#62401 Apr 22, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
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But why even bother asking them questions? Christians are just coming to these threads looking to start a religious fight.
I really don't even want to talk about religion, evolution, the big bang, string theories or quantum uncertainty.
Can't people just talk normal about everyday Atheist issues?
To make them think.
I thought the only issue you have, to have, to be a atheist is, the lack of believe in a god.
Course I know there is a lot more to the person who is a atheist, than just not believeing in god.
What issues do people who are atheist have that the rest of us don't have? I only really communicate with one atheist, and the issues he is concerned with is getting a good education, keeping his job, having relationships with others, having time to relax and enjoy life, and concerns in the dirrection are environment is going. He is also young enough to worry about having to go to war.
Joe Fortuna

Eureka, CA

#62402 Apr 22, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
I heard a great quote today and I loved it. In the context of talking about the history of gods and the changing of religion, a gentleman stated that all people were skeptical about gods... "The difference between me and you, is that I believe in one less god than you do." and then he went on to look at the natural logical progression.
To paraphrase him - In the past polytheism, in it's many varieties, was the most abundant form of worship and then in the past 1500 years Monotheists have taken control. If we follow the logical process, the next step will be no gods.
Not to knock that logic, but have you heard of the cycle of life, things some times have patterns that are repeated over and over.
You may be able to go back far enough in time that there were no thoughts of gods, but I believe you would have to go back to a point in time where self awearness didn't exist.

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#62403 Apr 23, 2012
Krinkle wrote:
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But why even bother asking them questions? Christians are just coming to these threads looking to start a religious fight.
I really don't even want to talk about religion, evolution, the big bang, string theories or quantum uncertainty.
Can't people just talk normal about everyday Atheist issues?
"We" ...my little circle of friends, that is...have many "get togethers" that include both sides & the middle!! LOL...Usually, it is the mystic minded that get offended first but we have some rather "militant" atheists that never shy away from a good battle! The only real rule we have is "If you get pissed off...you have to leave the room" It can get rather heated at times.

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#62404 Apr 23, 2012
Joe Fortuna wrote:
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I just find it hard to let ridiculous statements go unanswered.
I know, but it isn't worth our time.

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#62405 Apr 23, 2012
Joe Fortuna wrote:
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I only really communicate with one atheist, and the issues he is concerned with is getting a good education, keeping his job, having relationships with others, having time to relax and enjoy life, and concerns in the dirrection are environment is going. He is also young enough to worry about having to go to war.
Those are all valid concerns.

Keeping, or rather, getting a job in some fields and being open about our lack of faith puts any Atheist into the rejection category. I know that when i apply for a job I never hint that I'm an atheist. Thankfully, there isn't a box on applications that calls for us to reveal our beliefs.

Education is a far more pressing issue, especially in high schools. I once was teaching a geography class and a student piped up awhile I was talking about the formation of the Grand Canyon to correct me. Stating that it wasn't formed over millions of years but rather in a day and that the Earth is only 6 thousand years old. Needless to say, the remainder of the lesson was wasted on teenagers debating creationism.

Relationships with Religious people are very difficult because they constantly try to convert us. It puts an enormous strain on any relationship and causes resentment. I have no desire to convert a woman but they for some reason always feel the need to guilt me into going to church or to religious parties. It's terribly combative in this instances. Why can't I just have my own private time and why does faith have a way of keeping people from enjoying each others company?

I think the environment is everyone's concern and there is a lot that can be done which has nothing to do with faith. Granted, there are those who thing nothing can be done so they can just live however they wish.(divine rights) But I think most people have an interest in changing how people have been thinking. Sadly, the majority of the Earth's population has no idea how bad the degradation is actually becoming.

To quote Vonnegut, "And even if wars didn't keep coming like glaciers, there would still be plain old death." so there is no point in worrying about what cannot be stopped.

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#62406 Apr 23, 2012
Joe Fortuna wrote:
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Not to knock that logic, but have you heard of the cycle of life, things some times have patterns that are repeated over and over.
You may be able to go back far enough in time that there were no thoughts of gods, but I believe you would have to go back to a point in time where self awearness didn't exist.
Well, time is cyclical so yes, I have heard of it. The point is that in the history of civilization the time of the mega-religions is at a crescendo and soon will come the pianissimo possible. Many people, believers and non are just tired of religions "in your face" attitude. Some churches have caught on to this irritation and thus have toned it down. The fact remains that religion is just as belligerent today as it was two millennia ago. It's just now that most people have become aware of how intolerant and incohesive it makes the world.

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#62407 Apr 23, 2012
Borg3of7 wrote:
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"We" ...my little circle of friends, that is...have many "get togethers" that include both sides & the middle!! LOL...Usually, it is the mystic minded that get offended first but we have some rather "militant" atheists that never shy away from a good battle! The only real rule we have is "If you get pissed off...you have to leave the room" It can get rather heated at times.
But there is no reason to get upset. It's like being angry at a child for believing in Santa Clause.

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