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Lady Florida.

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  1. Neither do I. I do know atheists who think some religious ceremonies are beautiful (especially Catholic services). I don't count myself among them. To be fair, I don't have warm feelings about Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or even Paganism. I think religious beliefs had a time in history where they made sense. To me, they no longer make sense and I find it - not sure of the word to describe how I feel - odd, confusing, surprising, all of the above, that people still hold beliefs. Most anti-Christian feelings stem from the fact that many of us come in contact with Christians who try to convert us. Muslims also want to convert others, but the reality is that Christianity is the majority religion in the U.S., so that's who most of us come in contact with. Few other religions have beliefs that they should convert everyone to their way of thinking. So, while I don't have warm feelings for *any* religion, my feelings are much colder towards Christianity. ETA: Once I let go of my beliefs, I wondered why I held on to them for so long. So, I'm not being hypocritical. I asked myself the same question - "How could you believe that?" I can't answer it, just like I can't answer why anyone else does.
  2. Those of us who responded to your posts about the above have stated that it's about the Establishment Clause in the U.S. Constitution and not about being anti-theist or anti-Christian. You implied it's related to Merry Christmas greetings. We pointed out the difference. From your earlier post:
  3. I'm a strong 6. Was it linked upthread? I can't remember and don't want to check, so for the curious - Richard Dawkins' belief scale
  4. Off topic - I learned prefixes, suffixes, and root words in Catholic and public school in the 1960's (switched to public in 4th grade). I'm shocked at how many schools don't teach this anymore. Adding that to my list of reasons why I'm glad we homeschool.
  5. This is correct, hence the a in front of theism. A = without or not. Atheism is without theism, or not a theist.
  6. That was fun. And now I know where a Minecraft world fits. :D
  7. Yes, it sounds very much like the argument from incredulity.
  8. I wasn't saying it's proper, I was asking if it is. After I made a previous post about why atheist or pagan should/should not be capitalized, I was laughing at myself for being unsure about constitutional/Constitutional.:D
  9. I don't know a single atheist who objects to Merry Christmas greetings. I do however, know plenty of Christians who object to Happy Holidays. Just check facebook in December. You will see plenty of "IT'S MERRY CHRISTMAS NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!" type posts. I do however, think it's rude to people of other faiths to insist that a store clerk give a Christian greeting to everyone. Language on coins and God in the pledge are different from a holiday greeting. Both of those situations involve the government, while the first one doesn't. That makes it a Constitutional issue. (So is Constitutional a proper noun in this case? LOL)
  10. Neither word is a proper noun. Actually, it can be Pagan or pagan, depending on meaning. Usually pagan is an umbrella term, with say, Wicca, and Asatru falling under it. Some pagans consider themselves Pagans though. Confusing enough yet? :) Actually, I don't think a belief deserves respect. It's not a living thing. Do I respect someone's right to hold a particular belief? Yes. That doesn't mean I have to respect the belief, or that I'm not supposed to ever give my opinion of it. As others have said, most of us atheists don't go around saying what we think of religious beliefs, but sometimes the occasion warrants giving an opinion. During those times, I don't think we should have to give religious beliefs any special treatment. This. I sing along to plenty of pop songs that have no personal meaning for me. I think we'd (almost) all agree that religious music is much more beautiful, musically, than pop songs. It's enjoyable music and nothing more. :iagree:
  11. That, and as a way to keep people in line. I hope so, but I know it won't be in my lifetime.
  12. Nah. We let anybody in. :lol:
  13. I'm usually only militant when among other militant atheists. It's an outlet. We can say what we want and it feels good to release what we often hold in. I don't think most religous people are aware of how much and how often we atheists bite our tongues. I will get militant among religious people when pushed, but I'm not often pushed. I don't usually cross paths with extremely religious people IRL. We don't have much in common. I kept trying to like this post, but got an error message each time, so..."Like". :001_wub: Dh and I are fortunate in that we both came from loosely religious families. I was raised a 1960's "Kennedy Catholic" in an Irish-Italian ethnic family. Our Catholicism was mostly cultural. He was raised in a liberal United Methodist but not really church-going or bible-reading family. Dh's Baptist grandmother who lived to be 103, was never told about our atheism. There was no need for her to know. She's probably the only one who would be upset by it. No one else in either my or his family cares what others believe. It's all live-and-let-live.
  14. That's what I want my funeral to be like. I understand that funerals are for the living, so I won't ask that I not have one. Just that it not be religious. A service doesn't need to be in a church, nor does there need to be a religious leader at the funeral home. Of course, I won't know what happens, so I just have to trust that my family will honor my wishes. My mother, though not an atheist, wasn't religious. She was somewhat agnostic, and kind of believed in an after-life. Her service was at the funeral home. Friends and family attended. We talked about her life, several people gave speeches about her, they played Elvis and Frank Sinatra music (2 of her favorites), and then family went to the cemetery for her burial. Afterwards there was a covered dish gathering at my house. It was very much like a religious funeral minus anything religious.
  15. I couldn't officially quote you KK, since you posted within a quote, but I agree. In a long ago thread here someone asked if it isn't sad, cold, sterile (can't remember the exact adjective) that we don't believe in a deity. I and others replied that you don't need a deity to appreciate beauty and wonder, or to be in awe of nature.
  16. This is how I would react. I have to say I'd be very surprised, given ds' current beliefs, but you never know. I believe that death is the end.
  17. Greta Christina explains it. Be aware that there is much cussing. If you're willing to read all the way, you'll even see why she believes anger is necessary. Not all atheists agree with her. I do.
  18. Thanks to Parrothead for linking the photo resizer, I have an avatar again.

    1. Chelle in MO

      Chelle in MO

      And a darling one at that!

    2. lovemykids
    3. Violet Crown

      Violet Crown

      Oh the adorableness. And by that I mean both of you.

  19. Trying to figure out where my avatar went and how to get it back. Hmm.

  20. Grandbaby + Christmas = So much fun!

  21. Waiting on a call from the body shop. I want my van back!

  22. A sick teen doesn't get out of school as easily as a sick youngster, but he does get to do homeschool lite.

  23. Be careful with that stuff. It's quite toxic. It doesn't have the same active ingredient as other scouring powders. It's called oxalic acid dihydrate. It should only be used while wearing gloves and in a well ventilated area. I'm not saying it shouldn't be used. Just be sure to use it properly.
  24. I went to all white dishes about 10 years ago. I have a basic set and some odd pieces. I agree that food looks better on white dishes. You can mix style, or add a few colored pieces without anything clashing.
  25. The upside to not hosting Thanksgiving dinner is that they send you home with leftovers even though you didn't do much work. The downside? No turkey soup. :(

    1. MrsBasil

      MrsBasil

      I told my mom(who hosted) that I would strip the carcass for her if I could keep it. I've told other hosts that as well. Luckily I know people who are squeamish about tearing the meat off the bones. :)

       

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