Category: Religion

The advantages and disadvantages of being you: privilege vs oppression

Everyone has disadvantages and advantages in their lives based on aspects of who they are. Some disadvantages will override the advantages greatly and some advantages override the disadvantages greatly but just because a person may have advantages in their lives – doesn’t invalidate or negate the disadvantages in their lives. We should be able to discuss our disadvantages while remembering the advantages we still have so we don’t step over or render over peoples disadvantages invisible in an effort to make ours seem like the only one in existence. If you are a person who had disadvantages the affect your life greatly – I hope you have a great support system and friends and family who have your back.

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Book reviews!

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I’m going to start reviewing books on the blog ^_^ Here’s a taste of what I’ll be reviewing:

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Atheism equals freedom

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As an atheist, I accept the thought I was created. It’s pretty safe to say that I was – I have parents after all.

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Freedom of Religion – a free pass to do what you want

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People often get freedom of religion and freedom of belief mixed up.
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Faith and the Burden of Proof: What would happen if the Burden of Proof no longer applied to religious people?

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The Burden of Proof is an interesting concept. One with a lot of pros and perhaps some cons as well.

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Quotes from the mouths of Christians

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As you may or may not know, yesterday and this morning I was engaged in a conversation with several Christians. In the interest of finding out what they believed in, I played dumb to their attempts at converting me – a tactic which presented some very disturbing information.

You can find the original transcript of my Facebook interaction here.
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“I used to think that babies were sinless. We are sinful from conception.”

Note: The title refers to two quotes by the same person featured within this transcript.

I’m currently engaged in a conversation with a religious woman on my Facebook, which has quickly turned into a conversation with a few different Christians. It was originally an attempt to understand the original posters thought on the glaring plot holes within the Bible. Suffice to say, I didn’t realise it was quickly going to turn into a four person tag-team conversion attempt.

It’s now turned into a Facebook messaging session. This is going to be quite a long post. I’m posting the transcript here so I can use my next post as an opportunity to analyse the transcript and their thought processes. Check out that post here.

Warning: May cause your eyes to melt in an attempt to save themselves.

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Disliking religion is racist

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Happy whatever the fuck you celebrate this time of year!

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Things The Godly Say Part 1

Recently I went on reddit.com and asked readers “What’s the most shocking thing a religious person has ever said to you?“.

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Religious door knockers: Gods sale people.

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Tis the season to annoy the fuck out of me it seems. The religious people in my area must be on holidays because I’ve gotten two lots of Mormon kids from Utah come to my house when I’m home and an unknown person(s) leave the following under my front door while I was at work:
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The weapons of religion. The tools religion uses to survive in the Age of Information.

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While I thoroughly agree with the need for a secular state, I’d like to take a moment to look at the types of tactics religion uses to survive:
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Interpreting the bible = going against the word of god?

I assume that christians love to interpret the bible because of the utter bullshit that’s contained within its pages. Interpreting means being able to put your own spin on things so what’s written on its pages seems less shit. A coping mechanism one that sits right next to nitpicking passages or totally ignoring scenario’s altogether.

But is interpreting the bible going against the word of their god?
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I’m not discriminating except when I am

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Kevin Rudd’s sister, Loree Rudd, hasn’t been in the media spotlight for 5 minutes which has prompted her to say something utterly stupid in an attempt to have the bright light of public scrutiny focused on her again. She must be feeling unloved.

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More reasons I’m not a theist

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I’ve come to the conclusion that I will never ever be arrogant enough to be a theist. I’m simply incapable of getting my head around the thought that the entire universe with all its galaxies and planets was built entirely for one species – humans.

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Happy Holidays is offensive to some

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One thing I’ve noticed, which I find very strange is the rate of people religious and non-religious (especially non-religious people) who get offended when I don’t reply “Happy Easter” or “Merry Christmas” to them. I mean they get really offended to the point where they will repeat saying “Happy Easter” or “Merry Christmas” over and over pointedly as a passive-aggressive way of getting me to reply in the same way.
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Does religion make people lazy?

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Today at the grocery store there was a woman in front of me that had difficulty paying her bill. When she realised her total payment due was over the amount she had, she told the cashier that to put back the butter she had gotten so she could pay the remainder of her bill. She looked quite upset and like she was going to cry. So I paid for the butter. The guy behind me had this to say:

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What I’ve learned as an atheist

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Being an atheist in Australia seems to be a lot easier than being an atheist in America or any other country heavily indoctrinated with the belief that it was founded on religious morals and therefore is a religious country.

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The Only Moral Abortion is My Abortion – Joyce Arthur

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Readers: A shout out for Joyce Arthur and her excellent article below. I’ve listed a few of the testimonials to get you started. Too read the rest, please click the link.

When the Anti-Choice Choose

By Joyce Arthur

Copyright © September, 2000

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God is a predator

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Quite a number of people I know have been or currently are in abusive relationships and no amount of talking to them will convince them otherwise. Abusive relationships are complex situations especially when the person being abused decides to stay. There’s a lot of emotional baggage tied up in an abused persons mind that contributes to them making the decision to stay in a clearly abusive relationship.

This is how I see theists. Products of abusive relationships.

Battered spouses (If this transcript isn’t evidence enough).

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Helping youth at-risk isn’t offensive, unless they’re GLBTI youth

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One would think that an organisation that assists youth at-risk of homelessness and abuse would be considered a positive force for good in society.

Apparently not if it’s an organisation that caters to GLBTI youth at-risk.

Then it’s considered offensive.

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