Me: Oh! I love this song!
My son: This song makes you cry every time they play it on the radio.
Me: I know. I’m sorry.
My son: The part about the kids?
Parenting done right.
Seriously, “Same Love” is one of the greatest songs of all-time, and is certainly one of the most important.
— Dave Silverman, President of American Atheists, on “religious knowledge” and the reason why atheists tend to score much higher on religious aptitude tests than actual theists.
I am laughing too fucking hard [x]
The video is from three years ago, but this stuff never seems to get old.
THIS JUST IN! Atheists know more about religion than followers of religion! Shocking!
I’ve found that this is true, always. ALWAYS.
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THIS IS PERFECT, AND WILL NEVER NOT BE THE BEST AND MOST SUCCINCT SUMMARY OF THE WAR ON RELIGION FROM OUR SIDE.
You know? The RIGHT one.
When an atheist observes that religion is passed down via indoctrination by the parents, it is not uncommon for a believer to counter by claiming that it is necessary for an atheist to indoctrinate their children into atheism.
It is understandable that they would counter with this argument; in their world, knowledge is revealed so people are not allowed to come to their own conclusions. In reality, though, no indoctrination is necessary to raise one’s child to be an atheist, all it takes is an education.
When they’re really young, instead of reading fairytales you can read them some of the more childhood-appropriate stories from the different religions. You can read them the stories and then tell them about how early humans made up those stories to help them explain a world they didn’t yet understand.
The creation myths are how we tried to explain where we came from; the afterlife is how we first tried to cope with the loss of death; weather was a consequence of god’s favor with an area; and we can even show how people used religion in an attempt to implement rules governing morality.
People came up with these explanations because we like to feel like we have control over what’s going on. Then they can also be taught about how religion used those rules to keep bad people in power and other people as sub-human by exploiting our ignorance.
You must also cultivate their curiosity and instill in them a desire to learn. Ask them why they think things happen, then help them figure out the answer. Make sure they pay attention to science and math, and make sure you don’t let school kill their curiosity. Learning physics, chemistry, and biology will give them the tools to have a basic understanding of the evolution of the universe, the evolution of life, and a general idea of how life works at the most fundamental levels.
Using education, a richer, more beautiful picture of reality can be painted that will make the ridiculousness of religion plainly obvious to any child - no indoctrination required."
from the Facebook page “Atheists and Rational Thinkers”
I’ve been confronted with this very topic in a lot of my discussions lately. It just so happens that this particular Facebook favorite of mine has answered the same question more eloquently than I could, which is why I posted it.
— Richard Dawkins
— Cathy Ladman
To Whomever It May Concern:
When you ask me to respect religion because people believe in it, I want you to remember something. I want you to remember that long ago your ancestors were not Christian or Muslim. They had their own culture and customs native to their heritage. Through military conquest religion spread itself through the Old World, and those distant relatives were faced with a choice: either accept Christianity/Islam or die a painful death. This was how most major religions today achieved their position of respect.
After Europe had been fully indoctrinated, the papal Doctrine of Discovery gave the authority to all good Christians to conquer the native peoples of the New World and claim that land for God and the Church. Millions died mercilessly and were even tortured by Christian heroes like Christopher Columbus.
Now, thousands of years later, when we no longer have to respect these beliefs upon pain of death, we are told that we should respect religion. We are told by those within even the non religious community that we should show respect to these ideas that have gained a place of vaunted privilege in our societies which are built upon the graves of any who dared question or challenge the authority of divine providence.
You think you are being rational. You think you are being reasonable. What you are really doing is propping up the last leg of human slavery to bad ideas and providing intellectual cover for religion to keep a place of honor and respect it never earned.
Please, stop protecting religion in the guise of false humility. Be honest and firm with your beliefs and never expect anyone to respect your ideas unless they earn it, and always be willing to be wrong. That is what it means to be a free thinker.
— Dan Brown
Then he had this news encoded in a suspiciously complied book so confusing and vague that it’s been interpreted thousands of different ways giving rise to countless incompatible factions all claiming equal authority and truth, willing to murder whoever disagrees.
Kind of a bumbling approach for someone with supposedly unlimited power and knowledge.
When I was in PA visiting my family I was sitting in the corner playing my DS and I overheard my dad’s cousin speaking with her friend about how she had her daughter, an 11 year old (and my second cousin), see Passion of the Christ. She said that my cousin couldn’t stop…
It’s pathetic that any of us have to live in fear of who are, especially when religion is the culprit.
I can’t really say that there’s one specific thing about religion that caused me to become an atheist because, to be honest about it, it’s been over twenty years since I declared spiritual and intellectual independence and I probably just don’t remember.
But, if I were to harbor a guess it’d probably be the story of humanity’s first big fuck-up: eating from the Tree of Knowledge.
It’s right there almost from jump street.
According to this book, our first collective mistake was the pursuit of knowledge. They come right out of the gate and just say that it’s against God’s very first rule ever to want the ability to reason and think for yourself, and to know anything about anything!
Seeing as how blatant and voluntary stupidity and ignorance absolutely offends and enrages me beyond just about any other thing that exists in this world… yeah, it was probably that part."
— me, in response to the question, “Is there any one thing you can say caused your atheism?”
Some good horror films of TCM tonight so set your DVR before you head down to the art show. Curse of the Demon & Burn Witch Burn!
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