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Abuse, “God’s” Involvement and the Catholic Church’s Attempt to Square this Circle

The Catholic Church will forever be tarnished with what their priests have done in some of their parishes to “spread the love” in the name of what they preach is their loving, peaceful and merciful god:

SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE!

That violent, vicious and unspeakably evil act has been written next to the same words as priest, catholic and church.  The Catholic Church lost what they perceived as their religious moral dominance in the world when their clergymen started to prey on one of the vulnerable sectors of society – children.

The Catholic Church has been turned into one massive international paedophile ring in the name of religion – the priest would get caught so they removed him from one diocese and placed him into another.

Now lets just think about the magnitude of the church’s efforts to sweep these acts under the carpet. An employee at a children’s nursery sexually abusing children, the employee gets found out, the employer transfers the employee to another children’s nursery that they own and keeps this criminal and heinous act hush hush without police involvement. 

In this example do you think this is a correct way to handle a paedophile? No.

In this example would you trust sending your child to those children nurseries owned by that particular company? No.

So why has there not been much more condemnation and legal action against the catholic church and their extraordinary handling of those priests within the sheep contingent?

In spite of knowing what these priests have done, why do the sheep continue to go to church and continue to be involved and affiliated with catholicism?

If he is all knowing and all powerful, then did their god not intervene and avoid his employees (the priests) from carrying out those attacks? Why did god let this evil act happen time and time again?

In this instance when this problem is posed to the religious sheep they usually go along the lines of well god gave us free will and it is up to us what we do with it that determines whether we cross the threshold of the pearly white gates or not. The following needs to be said…..

WHAT A LOAD OF BULLSHIT!!

If god is just, kind and all loving then he would not let crimes occur. And another thing, if this god is all powerful and all knowing then either:

1. He could stop these acts from ever happening based on a sense of justice and what is right but he simply chooses not to do so making him complicit in the crime or;

2. With crimes still going ahead regardless in this world, this god is simply not all knowing or all powerful to begin with.

So either god is apathetic and does not give a shit about his own creation (still holding a grudge possibly from the whole Adam and Eve scandal)….

….Or god is not as powerful as religion claims to be so why should the sheep invest their time in a god that is powerless to provide them with what they want?

It seems to me that with the sheep answer of free will to the whole “why does god let bad things happen” question, they are attempting to square the circle – and failing badly.

How about the infamous case of Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper? All those women he attacked and killed. All those voices he claimed was god in his head telling him that he needed to dispense some killing on the streets of West Yorkshire. If it is just as true as God in the bible telling Abraham to kill his child, then it could be equally true that God told Peter Sutcliffe to kill prostitutes!

If religion’s notion of god is infallible and is the epitome of everything that is good and just, then how can the concept of god be used to attempt the justification of crimes such as The Yorkshire Rippers? With god being used as a direct influence for both good and evil acts then religion cannot lay total claim on this god being wholly good and just. 

To explain this further, in religion god created EVERYTHING, the earth, stars and heavens. He also created an angel called lucifus which literally means “light.” According to religion he was the most powerful angel created. God created lucifus with free will and the angel in turn chose evil. This paved the way for lucifer’s eventual fall into hell becoming the antithesis of god himself.

With religion’s claim that god created everything, that means that in this case god did the following:

1. god created lucifer.

2. god created free will with the power to follow or defy his will.

3. god gave lucifer with free will.

4. god created the opportunity for any user of free will (including lucifer) to be good or evil.

5. therefore god created evil for it then to be a choice for consideration opposite good through his creation of free will.
Based on religions claim that their god created everything, then simply put, he created both good and evil. Could a god who created evil be 100% good? 

For a being thats supposedly all knowing, he must have known about evil in order to place it into his creation. And for a god that is supposedly all good, he did an evil act in itself by choosing to insert evil in the world for bad things to then derive from. Therefore looking at it from this logical viewpoint, if he exists, then this god is both good and evil. 

Us mere mortals have the capacity to do both good and bad acts, the only difference between us all is where our ethics lie and come from as to how good or how bad are acts are in the world. A priests ethics derive from the bible that’s full of genocide, murder, rape, torture etc. Even going on the 10 Commandments, the first 4 is about god but there is nothing about slavery, rape, torture or child sexual abuse, don’t you think those 4 could have made it in the list instead of the ones about the egotistical maniacal god!? When even their bible has stories about sexual abuse and not at the same time categorically stating that god states that this act is wrong, then not only do the priests need to be tried, convicted and punished under state law (not canon law), but also the bible itself, a source of “knowledge” and “ethics” for many including priests, needs to be reconsidered and in my opinion BURNED!! I get more knowledge about good and bad from “How to Behave and Why” by Munro Leaf!

 

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Hard Rock Monkeys & Kick Ass Shoes

Before we get started properly on this blog entry, I just want to say that not only is this blog about my atheist musings but I also want to show that we are all the same.  I do not believe in god and I am not destined to go to hell when I die.  Instead, I am still an everyday lass – hence the subheading underneath my blog title – and I like girly stuff.  Atheists do have normal lives too!  With the aforementioned disclosure out there lets get started:

So this week has been buttloads of fun!  On Wednesday I was admitted back into hospital after 11 months of being able to stay away, I am back home now recovering from the pain and in the meantime as I write this I am listening to some quality rock.  If any of you are interested, take a peek at http://www.arfm.co.uk/ and listen to Ian Spencer’s weekly Hard Rock Asylum Live.  I listen to his Friday show between 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Usually I am at work so I am unable to listen to his live shows – being off work sick certainly does have its advantages in this respect!

Exudes the essence of fierceness and kick ass all in one!

Exudes the essence of fierceness and kick ass all in one!

So the countdown has begun for my mother’s wedding – 15 days and counting down.  I have already got a text from my mother telling me that she is getting really excited now.  I am visiting her on Sunday to try on my outfit with THESE shoes on the right.

I am going to wear them and I am going to look awesome in them.  To be fair, I am getting excited now about the day to just wear these shoes – ha ha ha!
Seriously though, my next challenge is to get my partner a suit.  He has one, just the one, it has been in his closet for over 6 years.  It is black, it is from Tesco and by his own admission its a bit tight over his manly chesticles!  All the boxes are ticked to justify why he needs to buy a new suit so last night he was dragged kicking through the internet world to find him a better suit.
We found one in his size at http://www.greenwoodsonline.com and it was bundle suit.  So for around £80.00 not only does he get the suit jacket and pants, but also the shirt, tie and shoes – bonus.  Suit sorted – just need to wait for it to be delivered.  Possible nightmare scenario – he got his measurements screwed up and it does not fit him!

For me, I am still rummaging around my extensive make up collection to figure out what I am going to use.  I am watching YouTube tutorials daily.  Today I watched a video uploaded by Dior and saw this product I have not seen from them before – Diorliner Precision Eyeliner at http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Dior+Diorliner+Precision+Eyeliner/804005212,default,pd.html

This is the eyeliner I have been waiting for them to bring out for YEARS – not an exaggeration here.  So next pay day that will be bought.  I am also looking at the brand new dior twin sets – http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Dior+Twin+Set+Eye+Duo/178931268,default,pd.html

I like “Grey Sight” and “Fishnet Black.”  Recently I have been liking the grey smoky eye but black is classic so I am torn between the two.  Knowing me, I will just buy both of them and use them both on the day!

Monkeying around with my nail art this week.

Monkeying around with my nail art this week.

On another note, when I got released from hospital earlier this week, that same evening I did some nail art on myself.  I like monkeys!  Ha ha ha – I have even painted sheep on my nails at one point.  My nails have been a bit crazy previously, at the moment, they are pretty tame – my tame monkeys!

This Sunday I am visiting family.  I have not been out much the past couple of weeks since my operation so I am enjoying looking at my closet and choosing what dress I am going to wear.

If you have had the strength to get this far in this blog entry, firstly I say thank you for sticking with me and secondly, thats all for today folks!

What are you guys getting up to this weekend?  Are you having any better adventures (probably) than me?  Also, are any of you into nail art?  I am interested in buying the Ciate Caviar Sets.  If you have used those sets, what are your opinions on them?  Are they worth it?

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Paint my Background an Atheistic Shade of Red

I have always been a make up fanatic/junkie.  Playing with my own make up and watching countless videos on You Tube it has always been a source of fascination that I can mess around with and be happy whether I end up looking like a model or in most cases end up looking like a mess.  The path to getting there will always be worth it.

Christmas 2012 was my make up dream, my partner spoilt me very much and reminded me how lucky I am to have him in my life.  I have not been able to stop using my presents since then.  I am starting to do make up trials for my mother’s wedding on myself.  I will be doing my mother’s make up on the day and so the make up trials on her will be starting very soon now.

In the meantime, I am experimenting on myself.  I know that I will be using the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu Red lipstick and also using the red nail varnish again from the same Shu Uemura range designed by Lagerfeld.  My mother bought them for me for Christmas alongside the bag with Mon Shu on it that she got for free for buying two products from the range.  ***I love that bag by the way, I have been using it for the past couple of weeks now even for work!***

Through this experimenting though I got to think about masks in general.  I do not have to hide my atheism that much in comparison to other people.  There are some countries where you would go to prison and worse if found out.  But I begin to wonder if I still do hide my atheism to a certain extent.  My partner loves me but prefers if I keep my non-belief to myself.  Whether its a notion of “well as long as he knows about my non belief” or the question of is he hampering my own freedom of expression?  Both are debatable.

I do wonder what response you the reader would provide in relation to the aforementioned…..are you happy to keep your atheism in the background when your partner knows about it but prefers it kept in the background or is that not good enough and you would want to express your atheism more fully and without it being hampered?

I know that I am happy with my atheism being in the background and him knowing about it.  I feel comfortable and I know I have other outlets for my atheistic ideas such as this blog here.  Is that good enough though…..should any relationship where non belief is in the background allow atheism to move forward from this background to be more integrated within it?  I am happy with the agreed status quo within my relationship but would you be?

I would even extend this to other relationships I have….my mother knows that I am an atheist.  Whenever she talks to me about it I give her my argument against the belief in god/religion.  In the end I get a response worse than “god works in mysterious ways” crap.  Instead I get the whole I am a lost cause and that I could never be persuaded otherwise to believe about a magical invisible man in the sky!

At work, on paper they know I am an atheist, when I filled out my job application they have that questionnaire at the end (most places of employment do these days) to make sure they are abiding alongside the whole “equal opportunities” stuff.  It will state in my file that I am atheist but without looking at my file they would be none the wiser so I wonder, based on natural assumptions, would a colleague look at you and think either a) you are a believer or b) you are an atheist?  I appreciate this question would have different answers based on your own geographical location and the various cultures within those locations.  But based on where you live in the world would it be answer A or answer B?

Do you choose to freely hide your atheism in the background or the opposite….are you forced to hide your non belief for fear of any violent response whether physical or mental?  If your answer is no to both then do you express your atheism in all areas of your life or just some?

I leave my atheism in the background in my relationship with my partner but then again, I choose to be very expressive with it with my friendships, my blog, Facebook statuses and if given the opportunity at work.  I say “given the opportunity” because the question of belief in religion or god does not materialise in my line of work.  It does not matter.  But if it did, then I suppose it depends.  If I knew I would not be put at a disadvantage by being discriminated against then I would be freely expressive, but if I knew it would hamper my career….I do not know.  I would like to say that would not matter but then again, if put in that position, I think I would be a weakling and be forced stay quiet as a result.  Would that make me a bad person to not be so steadfast alongside my principles if that was what I did in that situation?

This is hypothetical but I know that whether a response if from a real situation that has come about or you manufacture a response you think would result from a hypothetical situation, it allows me to learn more about myself and how I would handle myself in those situations either real or not.  Hence all the questions in this blog based on real and not real circumstances.  And if you have got this far in reading this blog entry, then firstly well done and secondly, if you have the time I would really appreciate your input in the comments section below.  I do read them all and its brilliant to learn from other perspectives.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Achieved My Very Own Hitchslap (diluted version) – Victory is Mine!

This afternoon I had a really interesting conversation with my partner….he believes in Christianity and god.  Picture the setting, we are chilling on our settee, both of our armchairs at either side are raised so we are slobbing out good and proper.  I am looking at the Ciate Caviar Nail Sets deciding whether or not I should buy one and he is watching “The Real Housewives of Orange County!”  I SHIT YOU NOT!!!!

Anyways, one of the wives on the show (do not know her name and do not care to) claims she is religious.  The bible is the guidebook for all to live by and that her marriage is based on the notion that the husband makes the decisions on their lives.  He even makes the decisions on what she wears on a daily basis.  Firstly, that makes me cringe.  I wear what I want when I want.  I have my own style of fashion that I follow and my partner would not dare tell me to wear something else simply because he did not want me going out wearing a particular dress or something.  He has that healthy respect for me and I reciprocate back.

Secondly – and on to my main point of this blog – he turned round to me and said that this housewife has very traditional values that she lives by based on her religion.  But he then was perplexed by her because he said that in spite of all this traditionalism, the low cut tops and the mini dresses she wears is in contradiction to her “traditional religious values.”

I told him that religious people are essentially contradictory in nature.  The bible is full of rules that contradict each other.  If you are going to follow a religion based on a contradictory book, then the product of that religion – its followers – will be contradictory as well.

I gave him the good old example of the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament.  (And yes, when I mentioned the book of Leviticus, he asked me what book that was!)  More proof that we atheists know more about their bible than the followers themselves!  On a side note – that notion scares me where followers of this religion blindly obey and submit to this god’s will, yet they do not have sufficient information or knowledge about the book that their religion is based on in the first place.  Tell me, how is that rational!?

Anyways, moving on from that mini rant, I told Richard about the verse in Leviticus where it bans the consumption of shellfish.  Leviticus 11:10 states: “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.”

From this I told him that christians are contradictory with how they choose to live their life which at times can be in spite of their beloved bible.  These housewives lead opulent lives and have an opulent diet to match.  One item of which they love to consume is lobster – a food that evokes a style of class and upper living in the first place.

He agreed with me and said that Christians pick and choose what they want to abide by from the bible.  I then told him that the bible is contradictory in nature, what it will say in one book, it would then say the opposite in another book.  For example, in Leviticus 20:13 it states amongst other notions that gay men should be put to death.  Yet in the 10 commandments it states that we should not kill and Jesus’ “Golden Rule” from the New Testament states to love one another as you would want to be given love from others.

How can these examples reconcile with what is said in Leviticus?  They cannot.  It is a contradiction.  When christians are presented with such contradictions, they then attempt the impossible by squaring off the circle.  From what I told him I then finished off with my conclusion that because the bible is contradictory and in his own words due to its followers “picking and choosing from the bible” what they want to follow as they see fit – this means that followers of Christianity are contradictory by their very nature.

My partner then started to stutter, mumbled something that I could not recognise and then carried on watching the “christian hypocrite” on tv.

I would like to announce right here, I have succeeded for the first time in my life my very own version of a “Hitchslap.”  Now what I said to my partner and how I worded it would not have been as eloquently put or as intelligently insightful compared to the great man himself, but it was a diluted Hitchslap none the less.

In the comments section below, it would be awesome to read some of your own examples of your Hitchslaps.  I do not doubt that your examples will be better than my own.  So do not be shy, what is your most recent Hitchslap?  Or better yet, what is the best Hitchslap you have dished out to an unsuspecting or deserved religious follower?

***By the way, I am not going to buy the Ciate Caviar Nail Polish sets – instead I have found a really good present for my partner to buy for me next month for Valentines Day!***

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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De Converted: A Journey From Religion to Reason By Seth Andrews

I have finally received my book today, De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews aka The Thinking Atheist.  I ordered this in December a little before Christmas and I am so happy it has arrived and you can start getting really jealous in a minute because I was lucky enough to get it signed with a personalised note from the man himself!!!

I will include pictures at the end of this blog entry but I wanted to do a first review on the book as is.  At the moment it is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and audiobook format.  I will add the links below.  I originally ordered the book from The Thinking Atheist website.  It is very easy to order from this website (even for international orders such as ones I place myself).

I was impressed with the envelope packaging.  With air mail sometimes the item inside can get damaged but the envelope had a lot of cushion inside protecting the book.  The book itself feels really nice and looks very professional.  I love the design of the front cover with The Thinking Atheist logo prominently displayed.  On the back with the obligatory blurb that outlines what the book is about, it is short and to the point.  To the side of the blurb is a picture of Seth Andrews.

On a side note, for ages I always wondered what Seth looked like before he came out from behind the wall of internet radio for us all to see him.  I laugh at what I thought now but I thought he always looked like a guy with long brown hippy like hair, glasses, tall and lanky!  Kind of hippy circa 1960 kind of dude!  (My mind is in a world of its own!)

So this book is essentially one man’s journey from believer to unbeliever.  My only concern is that it is one guy’s story in 183 pages, is that enough?  I do hope so and all the reviews that I have read so far suggest that this is a cracking read so I better get on with it!

Amazon Atheist Book Chart as of Friday 11th January 2013 - absolutely awesome.....could we get it to number one though?

Amazon Atheist Book Chart as of Friday 11th January 2013 – absolutely awesome…..could we get it to number one though?

Links where you can buy different formats of the book from:

Audiobook Version
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deconverted-Journey-Religion-Reason-Unabridged/dp/B00AWKN9L0/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357931659&sr=1-1

Kindle Version
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deconverted-Journey-Religion-Reason-ebook/dp/B00AM4UFSG/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1357931659&sr=1-1

Paperback Version
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deconverted-A-Journey-Religion-Reason/dp/1478716568/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1357931659&sr=1-1

The Thinking Atheist
http://www.thethinkingatheist.com/

Pictures below of the book I received this evening 😀

De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews SIGNED with personalised message - I am so lucky :-)

De Converted: A Journey from Religion to Reason by Seth Andrews SIGNED with personalised message – I am so lucky 🙂

Debut book from the creator of The Thinking Atheist community and podcast.

Debut book from the creator of The Thinking Atheist community and podcast.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My Top 12 Atheist Podcasts of 2012

Good evening everyone (its 6:30 p.m. as I type),

So at the moment my YouTube subscription box is crammed full of videos where the YouTuber in question is giving me information of their top 12 make up products of 2012.  Some are top 10, top 5 so on and so forth – I am sure you get the picture!  Anyways, it gave me a capital idea of doing my own countdown of my top 12 atheist podcasts of 2012!  I will include all the necessary links so you can have a listen to the same educational goodness as me 😀

Anyways without further ado let the countdown begin:

12.  The Atheist Experience, 16th January 2012 –  Episode 744: The Failure of Prayer

11.  The Thinking Atheist, 7th March 201: More Facepalm Moments

10.  The Non Prophets, Episode 11.6: “The Free Will Episode” – Uploaded 26th July 2012 (Please note, 4 other episodes were uploaded on the same day)

9.  Penn’s Sunday School, 24th September 2012: Give me Bacon and Stay at my House

8.  The Thinking Atheist, 25th January 2012: Harry Potter is of the Devil!

7.  The Thinking Atheist, 1st February 2012: Is Evolution A Fact (with special guest AronRa)

6.  The Atheist Experience, 13th February 2012 – Episode 748: The Failure of the Second Coming

5.  The Atheist Experience, 14th May 2012 – Episode 761: The Argument from Ignorance

4.  The Atheist Experience, 9th April 2012 – Episode 756: Did Jesus Exist?

3.  Penn’s Sunday School, 17th December 2012: Crabs as Big as Dogs – Oh F**k!

2.  The Atheist Experience, 3rd December 2012 – Episode 790: Sex and God (with special guest Darrel Ray)

1.  The Thinking Atheist, 16th October 2012: The Church of Satan

***Special mention goes to The Atheist Experience, Episode 795: Argument From “Making Sense.”  I know that this was broadcast in 2013 this month but it was the most powerful episode I have ever listened to from The Atheist Experience.  As I type this, this episode is the most recent one so (if you have not had the chance to listen as yet) I highly recommend you listen to it now!***

Links for you to enjoy at your leisure 😀

http://www.thethinkingatheist.com

http://www.pennsundayschool.com

http://www.atheist-experience.com

http://www.nonprophetsradio.com

Each aforementioned podcast for me have their own style that I love:

1.  Penn’s Sunday School is a bundle of fun and comedy every single week, I always find myself laughing every episode!
2.  I love how with the Non Prophets it is a conversation amongst a group of peers.  It feels like I am a fly on the wall whilst prominent atheists well known on the web have conversations about at the moment topics flying about within the atheist community.
3.  The Atheist Experience is for me, attending a weekly class on atheism.  I fail to not learn something new each week.  The dumber the caller, the more I learn!  Matt Dillahunty is superb but Tracie Harris is an amazing supernova and she deserves a lot more credit.  What she says is articulate and well informed.
4.  The Thinking Atheist is a podcast that is for me the most accessible.  I would always direct a new atheist to listen to this podcast first like me 🙂  The presenter, Seth Andrews, comes across as very friendly (I am sure he is friendly if you know him personally as well) and his shows are always entertaining.  He regularly updates his Facebook page continuing to take the time to have a conversation with his listeners and Facebook followers.

And that is it for this evening folks.  Do you agree with my countdown, especially what I picked as my number one podcast?  The reason I picked it was because it was the most unique and “out there” atheist podcast of 2012.  I really believe that no one else would have thought to have the Church of Satan as topic.  What was equally as impressive was that Seth (The Thinking Atheist Host) was able to get the high priest of the Church of Satan to call in and contribute to the proceedings!  It was a fun and equally informative podcast.  I appreciate how Seth chooses to push the boundaries of topics to be discussed.

I realised when I compiled this list that I am very limited in what atheist based podcasts I actually subscribe to.

Do you have any suggestions for any new shows for me to listen to for 2013?

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Paint my Background an Atheistic Shade of Red

I have always been a make up fanatic/junkie.  Playing with my own make up and watching countless videos on You Tube it has always been a source of fascination that I can mess around with and be happy whether I end up looking like a model or in most cases end up looking like a mess.  The path to getting there will always be worth it.

Christmas 2012 was my make up dream, my partner spoilt me very much and reminded me how lucky I am to have him in my life.  I have not been able to stop using my presents since then.  I am starting to do make up trials for my mother’s wedding on myself.  I will be doing my mother’s make up on the day and so the make up trials on her will be starting very soon now.

In the meantime, I am experimenting on myself.  I know that I will be using the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu Red lipstick and also using the red nail varnish again from the same Shu Uemura range designed by Lagerfeld.  My mother bought them for me for Christmas alongside the bag with Mon Shu on it that she got for free for buying two products from the range.  ***I love that bag by the way, I have been using it for the past couple of weeks now even for work!***

Through this experimenting though I got to think about masks in general.  I do not have to hide my atheism that much in comparison to other people.  There are some countries where you would go to prison and worse if found out.  But I begin to wonder if I still do hide my atheism to a certain extent.  My partner loves me but prefers if I keep my non-belief to myself.  Whether its a notion of “well as long as he knows about my non belief” or the question of is he hampering my own freedom of expression?  Both are debatable.

I do wonder what response you the reader would provide in relation to the aforementioned…..are you happy to keep your atheism in the background when your partner knows about it but prefers it kept in the background or is that not good enough and you would want to express your atheism more fully and without it being hampered?

I know that I am happy with my atheism being in the background and him knowing about it.  I feel comfortable and I know I have other outlets for my atheistic ideas such as this blog here.  Is that good enough though…..should any relationship where non belief is in the background allow atheism to move forward from this background to be more integrated within it?  I am happy with the agreed status quo within my relationship but would you be?

I would even extend this to other relationships I have….my mother knows that I am an atheist.  Whenever she talks to me about it I give her my argument against the belief in god/religion.  In the end I get a response worse than “god works in mysterious ways” crap.  Instead I get the whole I am a lost cause and that I could never be persuaded otherwise to believe about a magical invisible man in the sky!

At work, on paper they know I am an atheist, when I filled out my job application they have that questionnaire at the end (most places of employment do these days) to make sure they are abiding alongside the whole “equal opportunities” stuff.  It will state in my file that I am atheist but without looking at my file they would be none the wiser so I wonder, based on natural assumptions, would a colleague look at you and think either a) you are a believer or b) you are an atheist?  I appreciate this question would have different answers based on your own geographical location and the various cultures within those locations.  But based on where you live in the world would it be answer A or answer B?

Do you choose to freely hide your atheism in the background or the opposite….are you forced to hide your non belief for fear of any violent response whether physical or mental?  If your answer is no to both then do you express your atheism in all areas of your life or just some?

I leave my atheism in the background in my relationship with my partner but then again, I choose to be very expressive with it with my friendships, my blog, Facebook statuses and if given the opportunity at work.  I say “given the opportunity” because the question of belief in religion or god does not materialise in my line of work.  It does not matter.  But if it did, then I suppose it depends.  If I knew I would not be put at a disadvantage by being discriminated against then I would be freely expressive, but if I knew it would hamper my career….I do not know.  I would like to say that would not matter but then again, if put in that position, I think I would be a weakling and be forced stay quiet as a result.  Would that make me a bad person to not be so steadfast alongside my principles if that was what I did in that situation?

This is hypothetical but I know that whether a response if from a real situation that has come about or you manufacture a response you think would result from a hypothetical situation, it allows me to learn more about myself and how I would handle myself in those situations either real or not.  Hence all the questions in this blog based on real and not real circumstances.  And if you have got this far in reading this blog entry, then firstly well done and secondly, if you have the time I would really appreciate your input in the comments section below.  I do read them all and its brilliant to learn from other perspectives.

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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