It was actually okay, we weren't entirely vilified. But I wish there'd been more about why people become atheists rather than just the fact we exist. And perhaps a few more interviews with others, it didn't seem diverse enough.
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First of all, if you expect to be circled back, put something on your profile, for christ's sake! This isn't Twitter, I need to know a little about who you are first.
So now, if you're trying to figure out if you want to circle me, try this: Answer a few ‘yes or no’ questions about religion. It's fairly straightforward, so you’ll probably know right away what you’re decision will be. Here you go:
1. Do you believe the Bible is the unerring word of God? (Unerring = entirely accurate and correct, making no mistakes.) Yes___ No___
2. If you answered yes, do you believe the Bible when it states that only those that are ‘saved’ will go to heaven, everyone else is damned? Yes___ No___
3. If yes, then would it also be true that, if non-believers are damned and go to hell, they must actually deserve to be in hell otherwise God would not send them there? Yes___ No___
Conclusion: If your answers are yes, then I don’t think you and I will be friends. What you are essentially saying is, you believe Jeffery Dahmer and Andrea Yates deserve to be in heaven because they supposedly repented their sins, yet I *deserve* to be in hell because I don't believe in your particular god? It’s one thing to think I’m going to hell, it’s another to think I *deserve* it – that I am worthy of eternal torment.
That’s truly, truly awful. Anyone who believes such a thing is not someone with which I can have polite conversations. And this little quiz is just for starters, it gets harder from here.
Okay, so are you still reading? Here's a little more stuff if you're interested:
I love gizmos and gadgets. On several occasions I've taken my phone to bed with me and fallen asleep while looking for new apps or playing Scrabble. My tablet plays podcasts while I fall asleep, and they're usually still running when I wake up. Sometimes I have the strangest dreams, I guess listening to Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Brian Dunning, even on low volume, creeps in there a little bit and fucks with my brain.
A few more caveats: I am currently interested in all things secular/atheist and post a LOT about it. My purpose is NOT to actively try to change anyone's mind (although that would certainly be a nice bonus); I'm simply deeply interested in secularism/atheism at the moment. If it's a problem for you, don't fucking circle me. You won't hurt my feelings, trust me. I'll sleep like I'm in a coma without you.
- Phillips Junior CollegeAssoc. of Science
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