It’s not hate speech just because you don’t like what I have to say.

Things can only be defined as hate speech if they are hateful.

If someone expresses disagreement or points out a major flaw in your belief system, this is not hate. If however they say something along the lines of, “Catholics should die because I disagree with them.” That is hate speech.

I will not silence my opinions for anyone else’s comfort. I’d be happy to shut the fuck up if I was saying something like what I mentioned above, but since such a sentence would NEVER leave my lips, I won’t be shutting up.

I am allowed to care about my atheism and the way it relates to the world. I am allowed to care about the shortcomings and untruths of any and all religions. Especially when these things actively prevent the advancement of human knowledge, especially when there is still blatant discrimination of atheists in the world today just for having these views, and especially when I see people’s lives and well-being still being ruined by so-called loving religions.

I usually don’t get anywhere near angry, but I am now. Atheists may not still be tortured, condemned, killed, imprisoned, etc. at the hands of powerful religious officials on a global scale as a socially acceptable thing to do – but there is NO EXCUSE (and there never was, but people get smarter over time as a whole) why I should have to live in a world where people are still kicked out of their homes for not believing, where in other countries atheism is still illegal and has many harsh and unwarranted punishments, where people are treated as lesser human beings for wanting equal happiness with the people they love who happen to be the same sex as them due to a religious doctrine in a country where not all people follow that doctrine, where people are threatened by secularism because they are afraid the way that systems have favored their beliefs so blatantly will cease, where little girls are shot in another country for wanting to go to school, where churches don’t have to pay taxes and in turn the people end up paying more for a belief system they don’t support (do you have any idea how much taxing churches could reduce the deficit?), where the AIDS crisis in this world is getting worse because people want to convince others that safe sex is a sin just because sex makes them uncomfortable, where people are still hanged in other countries for not following religious rules, where women are raped and beaten  in parts of the world for not going along with archaic views, etc. In fact – I’ll just give you this link here. religiousatrocities.wordpress.com

If this makes you uncomfortable as a religious person – or you feel I’m being unfair by not recognizing the good religion can do, I have more to say.

No acts of kindness ever done have been specific to religion.People might act through a place such as a church, but the acts of kindness belong to the people. Countless people, however, have had their lives ruined and taken away from them because of religion-specific problems – and all because all of the horrifying parts of scripture have been used as an awful excuse for people to act in a wrong way.

The parts of scripture that address the horrid way slaves were treated, the many things you can be put to death for, the treatment of rape victims, or the way that torture was condoned toward enemies, or countless other horrible things you could find in most holy books may make you uncomfortable, a person may believe they are not the message of  religion, but they are in that book as a piece of that religion. They are just as wholly a piece of any religion as the parts where you’re told to ‘love they neighbor’. But the human mind goes to incredible lengths to hold onto cognitive dissonance in order to explain what it wants to be true.

Religion isn’t making anyone kinder or more morally correct. This should be made more than apparent by the Spanish Inquisition alone. Those traits – kindness, forgiveness, selflessness, are innate and will manifest themselves in many ways regardless of whether or not a person has a belief in any god or gods.

 

**I pulled this from my Tumblr account.

Hi!

I’ve neglected this site terribly.

I got used to not having internet for a little while and just stopped getting on my laptop during winter break, but now classes have started and I’m back at another semester of pulling my hair out. Anyways, I’ll try to make a real comeback here – hopefully some of you guys still remember me. Hopefully my favorite people haven’t neglected their accounts as well.

Finals week is almost over…

I have two more finals to take and then I get a nice 6 week break from college, I’ll be back to posting and answering responses soon. I hope everyone is doing great!

Quick Update

I won’t be able to make the posts I meant to this weekend due to life having the tendency to throw unexpected stuff at us (nothing bad), but I find myself very busy right now. I hope everyone in the U.S. had a good thanksgiving and I know that I personally put myself into a good food coma for a little bit, and I hope everyone’s weekend is going good. I’m off to do some shopping at goodwill to find scrap fabric for a Christmas present I’m making (yeah, I celebrate Christmas) for my mom.

Through the Looking Glass: Precursor.

Before I even get into the bible, I know that it’s important to understand a few concepts first.

Hermaneutics – This refers to the science of interpreting holy texts. I am by no means claiming to be a scholar, but I’m just as human as anyone else and no one is really doing any better than the best they can. I’ve decided to do this as an examination of the religion itself, my past, and even though more often than not I will explain why something is wrong, I may even agree with the words I read. But I will try my best to utilize this. I understand there are multiple ways of interpreting the bible, and I will try to touch upon different perspectives as they relate to my own through this whole… thing I’m attempting to do.

I have also heard, time and time again, to study context – but I’ll say right now, the favorable context intepretations are not necessarily right because many people have opinions that it is is. I will examine context from more than just one aspect, I won’t stop short where Christian apologetics often do.

I’m open to any tips from people of any religious stance as to ideas to keep in mind, but I’ll also have the internet at my disposal, as well as my college’s entire library database online, and plain old experience. I know I’ve heard people with different opinions of which books to read first, so I’m happy to hear anyone’s opinions.

Anyone who wants to interject is welcome to, but I want to heavily emphasize this will only be a personal reflection on the bible. I don’t know everything, nor would I claim to.

Given that no one gives me any suggestions, I’m starting at Genesis and going through in order, and I have Thanksgiving break for the rest of this week so there’s a good chance I’ll have my first post up for this series by this weekend.

What happened to Talenin.com?

I’m not sure if it’s a problem on my end, but all of their pages are coming up as 404 errors. And since I’m really, really grateful for their recommendation I wanted to go say so myself, but this is well… obviously preventing me from doing that. Pretty bummed right now.

Switching it up a little.

While my blog will primarily remain a place to discuss my atheistic, agnostic, and secular views – I’m going to be adding two new categories to topics of discussion.

1) Science – I’m going to be posting and commenting on scientific breakthroughs, and information I just find plain cool. I love science, and the possibilities it offers go far beyond the discussion of is there a god or not.

2) Good news. Meaning, news stories that just make me smile, because let’s be honest, we don’t get enough of that.