5th September 2012

“Despite this anti-atheism that permeates much of American society, there may be signs of change. As more and more people 'come out' about their lack of faith, other people may realize that atheists aren't the beasts they had previously believed them to be.”

Phil Zuckerman

6 Responses to “5th September 2012”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Catholics are against abortions.
    Catholics are against homosexuals.
    But, I can’t think of anyone who has less abortions than homosexuals! — George Carlin

  2. Capt'Z Says:

    Christians are against abortions.
    Christians are against birth control and sex education.
    Ergo… Christians are against common sense.

    I think the quote is true. I’ve met people that have never met an atheist before. It’s jarring for them, not only because I don’t have hooves, but also because most have never given serious thought to atheism as a reasoned position.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Or Cap’n they simply don’t reconcile some positions they hold with others. You can’t have a position of being against common sense, you can only lack the common sense to see the conflicts in your beliefs.

    On more than one occasion I’ve had theist friends and acquaintances remark :”(atheist) Really, so how do you think we all got here?” As if some simple minded story about a supernatural diety putting everything in place in 6 days wasn’t something to question.

    They often acknowledge that the universe is very large, that science tells us about fossils and that some light has be traveling since before the 6,000 to 10,000 years that are covered by the available historical religious histories, and the lack of human significance in the grand scheme of it all, but they cling to the improbable in spite of known facts that make belief in the religious narrative seem kinda dumb.

    It is as if since so many people buy into the mallarky that going with the flow is simply the path of least resistance.

    If the majority of people were atheists they’d be onboard with that without any thought.

  4. Kittie Aldakkour Says:

    Who the hell do they all think is having these abortions in this country? I had to turn off talk radio today – this idiot screaming that Obama was trying to sneak abortion into Obama care…He yelled that “we can’t have any tax dollars pay for insurance that would cover an abortion”… but hello idiot christian zealots…. it is your daughters who are having abortions to cover up the “sin” of sex…. but then you knew that didn’t you…. On a lighter note…. Cardinal Martini sure did blast the old geezers in the Catholic Church, on his way out the “door” – I wonder if like Mother Theresa, he had a clear thought one day and “figured it all out”…

  5. Capt'Z Says:

    Not to mention, Kittie, that the more religious the state, the greater the number of out of wedlock births (and so presumably potential abortions). Across the world, the more secular the society, the less of a problem unplanned pregnancy is. The key is honest, medically accurate education. Bill Clinton had the right formulation: “Abortion should be safe, legal and rare.” We secularists know how to achieve that goal. Religionistas only seem to know how to make things worse.

  6. Kittie Aldakkour Says:

    Yes Capt’Z I live right smack in the middle of teen pregnancy and Lone Star Card world… For people to hate abortion so bad, I would think they would be handing out condoms at pep rallies… Avoid the need to have an abortion… but they don’t I don’t think it is pointed out with near enough bluntness, that THEY are to blame for XXX number of aborted fetuses… It must be part of the same mechanism that allows them to believe… in magic….