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"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours." — Stephen F. Roberts

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator people do not need threats of eternal damnation to encourage good behavior. I believe that contributing to the well being of others provides more than sufficient rewards to justify the effort. I believe that if there is a purpose to life, it is one that we assign. 1 person liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that people need gods in order to be good people. Values and morals are not dependent upon religion or belief in supernatural powers. 1 person liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator
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The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator the unwillingness to judge others. Basically, as long as no one is being hurt or exploited, why should I have the right to tell someone else their behavior is right or wrong? We don't. But organized religions stand behind the teachings of their faiths to condemn others for "immoral" behavior and punish them accordingly. 1 person liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator my Christian parents. I believed in afterlife and angels; a loving yet vengeful, all-knowing, all-seeing god; a heaven and a hell. I believed if I prayed hard enough, I would get my way.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Christian.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator After 15 years of admitting that I am an atheist, my mother still insisted that it was "just a phase" and I'd snap out of it soon. 1 person liked this

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Atheism isn't a faith to be practiced. It's how you live your life. So, I guess the answer to the question is "everywhere and always".
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Our family does celebrate most Christian holidays, but with a humanistic twist. Christmas and Easter do not include any reference to Biblical characters or stories. We have a Christmas palm tree (we all love the tropics!) and top it with various icons (an American flag or fictional characters like Scooby Doo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty or Barney). The holiday signifies an end of the year and a time to recognize those who have made a difference in our lives.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Atheists are the most hated group in America, so it is extremely difficult, especially when raising children. I've actually allowed my parents to teach my children Christianity and even to take them to church and join youth groups because Christianity is such a dominant religion in our region. For my children to be anything but Christian would set them up for arguments they are not ready for, alienation and ostracism similar to that of gay youth, and conflict that they do not need to deal with. As they got older (junior high) I let them know that there are no gods and that Christianity is a hoax. They know what I believe, but they chose to continued to practice Christianity through high school because of the peer pressure. As they are becoming adults, they're coming around to atheism.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religion should have absolutely NO role in politics. Unfortunately, it does, which is very frightening to me.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religion should be taught academically as part of social studies and social science courses, just as we teach about other cultural topics. However, teaching Christianity or any other religion as fact should NEVER be allowed.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator As long as they are classified as fiction, there is no problem with including any book, provided that it lends itself to the lesson and is developmentally appropriate.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, usually discussions of atheism tend to be arguments of the validity of the Bible or debates on why there *must* be a god. Both of those scenarios bore me to tears, as I have had those conversations more times than I care to admit. I find it offensive when people assume that this is just a phase or that I am, for some reason, "mad at God". I am solid in my beliefs and I'm no more mad at God than I am at Santa. 1 person liked this
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I feel compelled to support causes of equality (such as gay rights and immigration) and preventing exploitation because my "faith" requires me to demand justice and equality for everyone.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Religion should have no part in politics. Unfortunately, most politicians are religious and non-religious politicians have difficulty getting elected. But it terrifies me that someone might "pray" for guidance when it comes to matters of policy rather than rely strictly on common sense and logic.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes, it made me realize just how violent religious people can be. It seems the more devout people are to religion, the less respect they have for humanity. The events of 9/11 were a blatant example of how religious people put superstitions above all else, no matter the cost.

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Published October 11, 2010

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