Feb 24, 2009 Obama’s Secretly a Secularist Ian Good News, Interesting bible, obama, politics, religion, speech, usa, video 5 Comments
Feb 24, 2009 @ 10:51:44
I have a question, why do athiest need to form groups and organizations just so they can say they don’t believe in something? If in your opinion God doesn’t exist, then why this site? Why spend so much time fighting something you don’t believe in? Why fight a God and his followers if he is nothing more than a figment of believers imaginations? I know if I don’t believe in something I am not going to waste time fighting it. I myself believe in God and I saw on this site a little sketch about the earth being only 6,000 years old and we all know that can not be true. There is nothing in the Bible that confirms that. In fact it reveals quite the opposite in Genesis. But people, epecially ‘Bible Beating’ Christians never take the time to see what is actually being said and they also fail to understand that the Bible was translated from greek to english. This means that the meanings they have for word and phrases are different. For example, in the greek ‘serpent’ meant ‘Shining One’ not snake as it means in english. Who is referred to in the Bible as the ‘Shining One’, Satan. Another thing that I saw was a comment on the Sabbath Day. The Sabbath day can be any day of the week. I usually take mine on a Friday because I am free all day, no school or work for me. When people continually work everyday, all day they become shell of human beings. No one can function correctly unless they take a break. People will actually work themselves to death. They sentence themselves to death, just like drug addicts, alcoholics, etc. Is God doing this or are people doing it to themselves? I tend to go with the latter. As far as the war that is going on in the middle east, that itself can be traced back to the Bible. Ishmael and Isaac are still fighting til this day over their fathers land. They are feuding brothers who most likely will never be at peace. Like yourselves I am also irritated with some ‘Christians’. Irritated because they don’t take the time to actually examine the Bible and research it before they shoot their mouths off and say something that is not accurate. Feel free to hit me back with a response.
Feb 24, 2009 @ 12:11:47
Awesome video! :)
Thanks. The guy is even better than I thought.
Feb 24, 2009 @ 15:56:25
The reason for sites like this is to give atheists a sense of community and understanding. There are many places in the US where being an atheist is considered abhorrent, and anyone who expresses doubt in that sort of community is exiled. So we are here to help those people not feel alone, support one another, and share some laughs or other common interests. Atheists are considered the least trustworthy group in the US according to a Gallop poll, and we need places to come together and feel connected.
Feb 24, 2009 @ 16:45:22
As you surmised yourself, we aren’t spending any time attacking a deity we don’t believe in.
But when a majority population of Americans behaves as if a deity exists and has prescribed a particular standard of living, their actions and beliefs have a real and significant effect on all of us. That’s what we’re spending all this effort fighting.
When the legal system and social architecture that govern over *all* of us is subjected to the massive influence of the religiously-minded majority, much of it succumbs and becomes compliant with (or at least tolerant of) religious dogma, and that scares the hell out of us.
The words attributed to your particular deity have been successfully used to justify atrocious prejudices and to glorify willful ignorance in a time when it is very dangerous to do so.
This is no longer a world in which a small tribe may only have to worry about a land quarrel against another almost indistinguishable small tribe around the corner. It is instead a world in which one high-ranking government official can make a single decision that ultimately results in the destruction of the entire surface of the planet in a matter of minutes.
This society won’t do well to live according to outdated and rudimentary ethical codes when thousands of years’ refinement have given us much more effective and informative tools. We have to live with a level of responsibility, rationality and maturity that no ethical theistic religion can provide.
We’re fighting for our wellbeing on the personal scale, and for all our lives on a global scale. Religion’s public influence is an impediment to that goal.
Feb 24, 2009 @ 17:37:17
I realize that my previous reply was directed entirely at the first few sentences of your comment.
So, I’d like to add that I appreciate your honest inquiry and even moreso I appreciate your clearly good-intentioned followup.
You haven’t assumed we’re ‘bad guys’, and you extended us a few olive branches in your own criticism of the ways your bible can be inconsistently applied. You seem to have approached your position with more caution than do most people.
You didn’t come here to judge, just to understand, so in that spirit I tried to be as informative as possible in my reply. If you have any more questions or anything else you’d like to discuss, I’d be glad to continue!