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Did Someone Give You a Cookie?

WARNING: This post is full of my snarky answers to questions a Christian asked an atheist. They aren’t good questions. My answers vary between humorous and very offensive. You have been warned.

I was reading “God Saved My Baby!“* earlier. Then I skimmed the comments (they were really long…) and came across some lovely** questions from a theist. Actually, nearly the entire comment is made up of questions, some of which are rather offensive and, frankly, ignorant. And then there are the ones that I’m quoting and answering below (no, the comment was not directed at me).

You asked a lot of questions, but are you willing to ask yourself why you react this way when someone says, “God saved my child?”

Why yes, I am. And so was the Wandering Atheist. That’s why he wrote a post about it! I react in a similar manner because it’s irritating when doctors and nurses do most of the work (along with hospital support staff, etc.) and receive no thanks. Instead people thank imaginary powers for listening to their prayers. As if god told the child’s soul, “Nono, it’s not your time,” and that solved everything. As if the work of the doctors did nothing. It pisses me off. Have some appreciation for the humans that you can actually see, whose existence you can verify scientifically.

Or to look at what happened that caused you not to believe in God? Bad experience with someone or a church?

Did you look at what caused you to believe in god? Good experience with a church? Did someone give you a freaking cookie and you thought, hey, cookies are delicious, I should keep going to church and believing in god? Sometimes bad experiences with people or churches are a catalyst, but they are rarely the reason people become atheists. This is particularly true when you’re talking about atheists that blog about being atheist.

Example:  person that believes, but has questions, has bad experience with church/unpleasant person -> Questioning believer questions even more because of the bad experience -> Questioning believer delves deeper than asking their religious leaders questions -> Questioning believer reads atheist blogs, agnostic blogs, philosophical writings, biological texts, etc. -> Questioning believer realizes that the concept of a Christian god is rather silly. End example. Notice all the intermediate steps between “bad experience” and “stops believing.”

Were you raised an atheist, if yes, why did you just accept what your parents told you, didn’t they teach you to question everything?

“Atheist” is not actually synonymous with “skeptic.” Yes, they tend to overlap, but that doesn’t mean someone raised as an atheist is always taught to question everything. Unfortunate, but true. That being said, many religious children aren’t given even the semblance of a chance to free their minds from religious influence whether it be arbitrary rules, ancient gender roles, belief that the world is much younger than it is, forceful disbelief of evolution, etc.. The sheer volume of the things religious children are indoctrinated with decimates their chances to be freethinking children. Atheism, on the other hand, is mildly superior because when children are raised as atheists it pretty much only means one thing – they’re taught that there are no gods. That’s it. Much easier to become a freethinker if you only have to get over being indoctrinated with one individual statement (that, in all honesty, probably wasn’t delivered with a terrible amount of conviction).

Don’t want to face the consequences if God is real? You believed when you were younger and somewhere along the lines someone challenged your faith and so it was easier to give up on God than to continue believing?

Consequences if God is real? Seriously? First, how subjective can you get? What exactly are the consequences? I think the answer to that would be different from every mouth that answered it. Second, so what if he/she/it/they is/are real? So freaking what? I’m a good person. I have a personal code of ethics and a set of morals. If there is a Christian after-life (because it’s pretty obvious that at this point I will not be struck down while I’m still alive on Earth), either Hell is going to be rather enjoyable, full of good company and full of a lot of good books, God will let me into Heaven because, while I didn’t believe, I was still a good person (kind of along the lines of good Buddhists and good Native Americans), or I’ll just have to raise an army in Hell and take over (this sounds wickedly awesome to me… I think Rebecca Watson will be one of my generals, and James Randi will be another).

Did you pray for something and God didn’t give you what you wanted so stopped believing He existed?

I find it rather disturbing that these comments all tend toward, “Are you an adult acting like a petulant child because god didn’t give you everything you wanted?” This is a stupid question. You may as well just ask if the writer (of the original post) is really immature. Just for the record, faith and maturity don’t go hand in hand. I prayed for stuff until I realized I was talking to myself. It’s not that I didn’t get what I wanted – I was praying for the safety of others and they’re all still doing just fine. It’s just that there was no difference between the control (not praying) and praying.

*Trigger Warning for Christians.

**That would be a sarcastic “lovely”

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And now, my irreverent self will be …

Irreverent. That’s me.

We visited an old graveyard on Saturday. It was terribly sunny. Occasionally people are still buried in this graveyard, located in Carlisle, PA, but mostly the graves are very old.

We found Harry Potter’s grave… It looked pretty old.

Of course, the grave could have belonged to any person with the initials H.P., but I’ve decided it belongs to Harry Potter.

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What I’ve Been Reading: April 1

There are atheist nurses. To say otherwise is incredibly ignorant, to say the least. Thanks to Mike on Inspirational Freethought for calling this to my attention and writing a great response to it.

Flops of all shapes and sizes.

The death penalty, in my opinion, is not wrong in theory. In practice? Because it cannot be applied evenly and the guilt of the convicted party cannot be assured, I think it is terribly wrong. This is yet another example of why. Cameron Todd Willingham is another.

Skepchick offered a very basic explanation of Islam recently. It’s a worthwhile and quick read.

Taking Responsibility for Death” Living wills and discussions about end-of-life care are very important.

The grey area of medical treatment should be recognized. Patients and doctors shouldn’t be forced to follow what “the experts” say is best.*

Obama made an interesting proposal regarding immigration to change the way illegal immigrants with legal immigrant family members can apply for legal status. I’m not sure if it’s positive bias from the article, the fact that I’m tired, or that this is actually a good idea, but I like it.

Very long article on hazing at Dartmouth. Didn’t read the whole thing as I don’t feel like it right now. Maybe later.

I’m so glad I don’t live in Arizona. What is up with their legislature? They just seem to be full of bad ideas.

Naked couple, talking snake, prohibited produce** aka the Adam and Eve myth. Interesting video. Originally saw this on Mister Gradenko. I don’t think he necessarily understands a lot of what neoatheists say, but it’s still a great TED talk. Sidenote: Netflix just added a bunch of TED talks. So. Excited.

Zebra stripes… Insect repellant? Awesome.

The silliest country in the world.” (hint: not the U.S. in this article)

I still stop by the Dickinsonian’s*** website once and a while. This time I found a fantastic letter to the editor in response to a not-so-fantastic letter to the editor.

*I think “the experts” are the new “they.” “They say” was finally deemed to vague.

**astrobiologist? Is this a thing?

***Dickinson College’s student-run newspaper for which I wrote from my sophomore year until I finished college.

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