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Thoughts on Atheism?
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THERE'S A CANADA THREAD??!?!



Yes lmao The insane differences between Canada and U.S.A
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I suppose I can fill this out.

What is your religion and ethnic background?

Non-religious white.


Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?


More or less, provided your nominally religious views don't contradict science. E.g., I find YEC appalling but couldn't care less about old earth creationism.

Do you condemn atheists?


No.

Do atheists have lower standards of morals?

No.

Would you knowingly associate with atheists?


Define associate. Would I join an atheist organization that is interested in propagating atheism, even if using logical rhetoric? Probably not. Would I say I hang out with atheists or have friends that are atheists or otherwise acknowledge that this person is an atheist and say I'm fine with it? Sure.

I suppose it's difference between hanging out with people regardless of their sexual orientation and joining the Human Rights Campaign as a volunteer.

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?

No,

Is atheism a threat to society?

No.

Are any of your family members atheists?

Dunno. I don't ask or pry about my family's religious members.

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?

Sure, why the hell not?

Why do you think people are atheists?

For the same reason people are (to use another author's coinage) a-fairyist. Particular in the case of an anthropogenic deity, there isn't exactly any evidence suggesting one exists--that is, faith is called faith for a reason. At least, from their point of view.
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Posted 10/12/14

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:



THERE'S A CANADA THREAD??!?!



Yes lmao The insane differences between Canada and U.S.A


WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS??!
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WHY HAS NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS??!


It's always been there though!!!
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What is your religion and ethnic background?
Atheist (brought up Baptist, then Methodist)

Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?
Of course. People are free to believe what they like, so long as they don't try to use it to hurt others.

Do you condemn atheists?
When they hurt others, of course

Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
Sure hope not...

Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
At least in the US, it's written into the constitution that there shall be no religious test for office.. but on a practical level, it seems that announcing one's faith is required to get elected in most areas.

Is atheism a threat to society?
Nah

Are any of your family members atheists?
Other than myself, not that I know of. My grandfather was probably closest to it of those that talk about religion.

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
If I could have kids, sure.

Why do you think people are atheists?
For me, it was because it made more sense. I can live a moral life without religion. Nearly all religions claim that only they are true, and that others are false, and use the same basic set of reasons (feelings in hearts, bibles, etc). Pascal's Wager doesn't really work if you consider more than just Christianity.

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?
Most of the ones I've talked to online just want to live and let live. A religion might be right, and many religions might be right in general, just slightly off in the specifics. That wouldn't bother me, since I just try to live a good life for the sake of living a good life and making the world a better place than I found it - assuming a god/gods exist, hopefully they'd be cool with that.
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Some interesting responses on here. I love reading through stuff like this
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I figure it's worth some time, and I'm all for talking about myself, so...

What is your religion and ethnic background?
Caucasian. Atheist / Anti-theist.
Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?
No. Believing that the creator the the universe warrants your bigotry is categorically absurd; of their own volition, good people will do good things, wicked people will do wicked things, but if you want a good person to do a wicked thing, that takes religion.
Do you condemn atheists?
No.
Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
No.
Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes.
Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
Yes. I wouldn't go to doctor that didn't believe in the germ theory of disease. I wouldn't want to go to a dentist who believed in the stork theory of reproduction. I wouldn't want a president who believe that a charismatic rabbi was publicly tortured and executed consequently the sin resulting from the consumption of an apple and the council of a snake is (somehow) undone. (There's no archeological evidence or extra-biblical accounts of this taking place -- to even dignify this premise as informative you convict yourself of being very stupid, and also very immoral).
Is atheism a threat to society?
No.
Are any of your family members atheists?
Everyone by my step-father.
Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
Yes.
Why do you think people are atheists?
Because we now have better an more eloquent natural explanations for our origins. Because we can discuss morality without inventing the idea of heaven and hell. Because we can see plan as day the man-made origins of the ahistorical counter-factual fabrications that are the texts supporting (at least) the three major monotheism.
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Personally, I don't really care who's atheist or not. Let everybody believe in whatever they want. If atheists are fun and talkative people, anyway then what more do I want?

What is your religion and ethnic background?
I'm a has-been christian and my ethnic background shouldn't be that important.
Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?
Yes, as long as everybody keeps their beliefs to themselves and not shoving them at my face.
Do you condemn atheists?
No
Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
No.
Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes.
Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
I don't know why this even matters.
Is atheism a threat to society?
No.
Are any of your family members atheists?
nope, but who cares what their beliefs are?
Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
I could care less.
Why do you think people are atheists?
Don't know, but it's cool for everybody to have different beliefs, anyway.
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What is your religion and ethnic background? Athiest, Caucasian

Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions? No. Well, I hate christianity- but I am okay with Paganism and Shintoism because they are interesting concepts.

Do you condemn atheists?
I put them above others.

Do atheists have lower standards of morals?

Higher morals.

Would you knowingly associate with atheists? Yes.

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position? Yes.

Is atheism a threat to society? It's a cure to the bane known as 'religion'

Are any of your family members atheists? Almost all of them.

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist? I would encourage it.

Why do you think people are atheists? because we're out of the medieval ages now and need to stop thinking like them.

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists? //


Posted 10/12/14

What is your religion and ethnic background?
Roman Catholic. White

Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?

Yes. People should be free to believe or disbelieve what they wish as long as they're not hurting anyone.

Do you condemn atheists?

No, for the same reason as above.

Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
No. Religious beliefs may be able to help form or reinforce one's moral conscience, but they are not absolutely necessary.

Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes, and I do.

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
Absolutely not. The idea of voting for someone solely based on their religious beliefs or lack thereof is completely absurd.

Is atheism a threat to society?
Only if a lunatic in the mold of Stalin or Mao reaches a position of power, and the likelihood of that happening here is probably not very high.

Are any of your family members atheists?
Yes

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
Yes. That's their decision to make, not mine.

Why do you think people are atheists?
A number of reasons. I've met people who are atheists for scientific/rational reasons and others who think being atheists makes them cool.

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?
God loves you!
Sorry, couldn't resist.
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i condemn you all
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What is your religion and ethnic background?
Don't know what my ethnic background has to do with the questions at hand but, I am white, was raised in the Church of Christ. I now believe in a creator but it has moved on or died.
Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?
Yes .
Do you condemn atheists?
I condemn the religious more
Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
moral standards are different for everyone.
Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes
Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
I think they should
Is atheism a threat to society?
No
Are any of your family members atheists?
I'm the only one.
Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
Sure
Why do you think people are atheists?
experiences
Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?
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What is your religion and ethnic background? Evangelical Christian, white

Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions? I am tolerant, as in I accept other people believe in other faiths. Do I believe them all to be equal to each other? No, of course not - that would contradict my faith. I don't hate those who believe in other faiths, if that's what you are getting at. I don't hate atheists, Muslims, Mormons, etc.

Do you condemn atheists? I don't hate atheists or condemn them in their lifestyle. Based on my faith, I am commanded to love those who may be my enemies, including spiritual enemies (i.e. those who don't believe what I believe). I do, however, believe God will be judging them, but again I don't hate them. I don't hate anyone.

Do atheists have lower standards of morals? Depends on the person. Really hard to judge an entire group.

Would you knowingly associate with atheists? I have and do. Jesus tells us to talk to those who don't believe to share His Gospel and to serve as ambassadors for Him. I try to do that.

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position? Yes before I'd vote for them, but not as a requirement for office. I like to know as much about a candidate as possible before I vote for them. I also like to know why they believe what they believe, what creates their moral compass, etc.

Is atheism a threat to society? No. The greatest threat to society is man, their sin, etc. We threaten our own society from our actions or inaction.

Are any of your family members atheists? Yes.

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist? I'd rather they not, but it's not my decision - it's my children's decision to make. I'd prefer them to marry someone of the same faith (assuming they share mine). It makes life easier when you & your spouse share the same religious beliefs.

Why do you think people are atheists? They feel it to be the rational decision to make or would rather not believe in God based on the way the world looks around them, than to believe a benevolent God would allow our world to look the way it does.

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists? Nope.
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What is your religion and ethnic background?

Agnostic Theist (Liberal Christianity in practice), Caucasian

Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?

I try to be.

Do you condemn atheists?

No.

Do atheists have lower standards of morals?

No.

Would you knowingly associate with atheists?

Yes. I already do.

Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?

No. In fact, no official should ever do this, and no such prerequisite should ever exist.

Is atheism a threat to society?

No.

Are any of your family members atheists?

No.

Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?

Yes.

Why do you think people are atheists?

Acceptance of the null hypothesis that God does not exist as a result of a lack of conclusive evidence for its existence.

Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?

Atheists should be welcome members of any community and should not be treated differently for their irreligion.
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What is your religion and ethnic background?
Caucasian. Christian as a "core", but I seldom go to church, my beliefs have morphed substantially enough that I am essentially my own denomination at this point.
Are you tolerant of other religions/non-religions?
Yes.
Do you condemn atheists?
No.
Do atheists have lower standards of morals?
Generalizations tend to be false.
Would you knowingly associate with atheists?
Yes.
Should a public official/representative (E.g. president, senator, judge, etc.) announce their faith as a prerequisite for their position?
Yes. There are enough radical factions and cults out there that I think this could be quite significant.
Is atheism a threat to society?
No.
Are any of your family members atheists?
Not sure.
Would you allow your child to be in a relationship/marry an atheist?
I have no intention of procreating. If the situation somehow arose though, that's fine.
Why do you think people are atheists?
There are many possible reasons. Having an analytical mind that requires "proof" of things is one. Intentionally disassociating oneself from religions due to pedo priests, violent zealots, and all manner of hypocrites is another. Yet another reason could be that oblivion seems a more appealing prospect than the possibility of hell. Or even more appealing than heaven, depending on one's conception of it. Unfortunately, I am sure some are wicked souls who do not want to believe they will ever be held accountable for their sin.
Additional thoughts/comments regarding atheists?
I have a cousin who once broke up with a man for being an atheist who refused to go to church. She then immediately married a "good", "Christian", abusive dirtbag. Her family approved, cos he went to church. Sad story, and a good example of why I judge people based on their actions, not on what label they apply to themselves, or what building they go to on Sunday. (I have met atheist dirtbags as well).

Fun fact: Most Christians I know consider me an atheist because I believe in evolution.
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