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A curious believer has sent me an email with some questions in it. She is sincere in her questions and I have taken a stab below at answering her honestly. Her questions are broad though and I do not want to speak for all Atheists so in the interest of fairness I will post her questions and my answers here so others may comment as well.

We will call our writer Kelly. Kelly writes the following:

I am a Christian but I feel very uncomfortable “evangelizing” to people. I cringe when fellow Christians tell me they’ve brought people to Christ. I believe that the omnipotent and omnipresent Lord sort of has control over that situation. For them to take credit for someone else’s conversion kind of makes me chuckle. However, I am equally disturbed by atheists who feel the need, as you say, to evangelize their unbelief. Also, I’m of the belief that if you start a conversation with me about religion then I get to participate. Unfortunately, I’ve had the bad experience of being told that I shouldn’t push my religion on them. Huh??…….

My experience with atheists and agnostics has been negative.

Truth be told, I can accept that you don’t believe in God. I just wanted to be accepted for believing in God. Why must I be considered stupid, naive or at worst an extremist? Isn’t this a form of prejudice/discrimination? Not every Christian is a screaming, judgmental evangelist who beats unbelievers with a Bible. Conversely, not every atheist is a screaming, belligerent college student with a superiority complex.

No doubt, religious and political beliefs are often passionate and deeply held convictions based upon each individual experience.

These are some questions I have:

Do atheists feel a need to disprove the validity of Christianity?

What do you care what Christians believe about your afterlife? You don’t believe it. Isn’t that all that matters?

If a majority of Americans claim that they are Christian or of some other religion then why shouldn’t we have a National Day of Prayer?

Has anyone been arrested or persecuted for not praying recently?

Why are atheist offended by “The National Day of Prayer”, “In God We Trust” National Monuments with the “Ten Commandments?”

**These are sincere attempts on my part to understand. I’m not being sarcastic. I look forward to your response.

Here is my response:

First of all allow me to say that I do not speak on behalf of all Atheists, I can speak for myself only, I will allow other Atheists to speak to their approach.

Do atheists feel a need to disprove the validity of Christianity?

Only insomuch as the validity of Christianity is used as the basis for judgment against Atheists. Not just Atheists might I add but all other non-Christian religions. I do not care what you believe or do not believe. I don’t care if you serve a Chihuahua in a tuxedo, a Unicorn, or an omnipotent being. Your beliefs are yours and yours alone and you have every right to have them. I write about Christianity because it the single greatest controlling factor in the nation in which I live.

What do you care what Christians believe about your afterlife? You don’t believe it. Isn’t that all that matters?

I don’t care what Christians believe about my afterlife provided they keep their opinion to themselves. I do care when their opinion causes my every day life to be disrupted. It matters.

If a majority of Americans claim that they are Christian or of some other religion then why shoudn’t we have a National Day of Prayer?

If a majority of Americans want a day of prayer they should have at it. They should work amongst themselves and organize the event. Just like Gay pride day, or fathers rights rallies, or the truckers organizing events in DC. I am 100% in favor of your right to pray. What I am not in favor of is a government sponsored event advocating any religious belief. This is not rocket science, The United states government is a representative of ALL people. What if the government had a national White skin day? It is true to say that the majority of Americans are white skinned, would that be OK?

Has anyone been arrested or persecuted for not praying recently?

Arrested? Not that I am aware of at least not in America, persecuted? ABSOLUTELY! Atheism has been demonized (sorry but I can’t come up with a better word). Open Atheists have many challenges with believers including challenges at work and other social and economic challenges. This is the reason that so many Atheist blogs and writers do so under assumed names. We are forced to protect our identities. Many of these blogs receive violent, threatening emails on a regular basis. The big name Athiests – Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris and the like receive regular threats against their lives, why? Becuase they don’t believe in God and have the courage to say so in public.

I appreciate that you threw in “Recently” because this illustrates that you are at least somewhat familiar with your religious history and the massacre of so many in the name of so little.

Why are atheist offended by “The National Day of Prayer”, “In God We Trust” National Monuments with the “Ten Commandments?”

Again these slogans and activities are not the role of the federal government of the United States. If these slogans were concerning the superiority of Men, or the superiority of a particular race their meaning becomes different to you this is how I view the meaning of these slogans and activities.

I hope that helps you understand a little bit better. Further reading on my blog on this subject can be found in the links below.

You ask me why I care
Do Unbelievers Evangelize?

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It is traditional to attend services on Sunday and learn from the word of God. There is a great website called God Is Imaginary that contains large amounts of good information but it takes some time to read and listen to it all. For the next few weeks I will post up some of the videos that pertain to this site as a Sunday Sermon. I think you will find these to be a bit better prepared and thought out than the one you may have heard earlier today.

~AP~

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It is traditional to attend services on Sunday and learn from the word of God. There is a great website called God Is Imaginary that contains large amounts of good information but it takes some time to read and listen to it all. For the next few weeks I will post up some of the videos that pertain to this site as a Sunday Sermon. I think you will find these to be a bit better prepared and thought out than the one you may have heard earlier today.

~AP~

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It is traditional to attend services on Sunday and learn from the word of God. There is a great website called God Is Imaginary that contains large amounts of good information but it takes some time to read and listen to it all. For the next few weeks I will post up some of the videos that pertain to this site as a Sunday Sermon. I think you will find these to be a bit better prepared and thought out than the one you may have heard earlier today.

~AP~

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It is traditional to attend services on Sunday and learn from the word of God. There is a great website called God Is Imaginary that contains large amounts of good information but it takes some time to read and listen to it all. For the next few weeks I will post up some of the videos that pertain to this site as a Sunday Sermon. I think you will find these to be a bit better prepared and thought out than the one you may have heard earlier today.

~AP~

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Belivers often ask why I care. If I don’t believe then why not just shut up about it? they ask. If I don’t believe people have anything to gain through religion why bother spending time talking about religion?

I explored this concept in depth in my post Do Unbelievers Evangelize? but I want to add a couple of points to that topic.

I live in a country completely controlled by a religious majority. Even the “Left” is populated by religious people. 85% of this country believes in some kind of imaginary friend. Many believers in imaginary friends are not passive about those who do not share their friend or live by the rules their friend laid out. In fact they are often times right out violent about it.

There is a reason so many Atheist bloggers do their writing under a pseudonym. Lets say for a moment that my place of employment learned of my Atheism, my chances for advancement becomes much lower (especially in my particular state). I own a company, lets say my potential clients learned of my Atheism, how do you think that would impact my ability to sell goods and services?

The social pressures in this nation say that you must believe in a fairy tale creature or else you are subject to persecution. Though my friends and family know where I stand, I do not have the ability to speak about it as a believer would speak about his or her faith in other circles.

I care because this mind set must stop.  Atheism or the acceptance of those who do not believe in a higher power,  is gaining ground but we are still a significant minority, and unlike other minorities we are not a protected class. You cannot discriminate against some one due to religion but I do not have a religion, my skin is not an indicator of my beliefs nor is my sexuality or gender.

I care because the mind sets of the religious restrict freedoms in this country and around the world. Women’s rights are stifled by bible thumping men who still believe women should be subservient. Racial inequality (what remains of it) is propagated by religious inbreeding particularly in the South. The fact that sexuality is even an issue to be discussed at all. Elected officials cannot get elected without stating their belief in fairy tales and the greatest minds in the world are judged by the masses against their lack of belief more than their astounding discoveries.

There was a blog named The Primordial Blog. His work discovered his blog and did not approve of his subject matter and he was forced to stop blogging or get a different job. He chose his job. Lets pretend, for a moment, that he was a pastor. Do you think his place of employment would put the same restrictions on him in that circumstance? Absolutely not!

I think that unless unbelievers unite and preach “The new Good News” we will continue to struggle in these capacities. The more people know it is OK to doubt and not believe in sky gods, heaven, hell or believe in an archaic system of morality the better the world is going to be for everyone.

Do I hope that some will be persuaded by the writings of Atheists? Sure! It is my hope that all will see that there is more to life than what belief offers. Though I am not trying to convert anyone I do hope to expose people to a different view. Perhaps someone may see truth as more appealing than fiction. More than anything though I write because it is an outlet for my frustration.

Believers come here or go to other Atheist blogs and ask silly questions about “what does it matter what is right and wrong if there is no God?” or “why do you care enough to post against God?” and on and on the silly questions roll. As a believer they think they have the truth, if that truth meant loss of personal safety, to them and thier family as well as had negative social and economic repercussions they would care even more than they already do. By all means share your version of the truth with me, my readers and other Atheists, but don’t ask silly questions.  Just like you I believe that I have the truth.

Remember believer that your version of the truth is only one version out of a possible 22 major religions and over 34,000 variations of those religions. Each variation claims they are the truth and many, if not most of those variations believe that their version to the exclusion of all others is truth and the rest are damned to hell.

All that said the blind ignorance to truth that believers have is a whole bunch of fun to make fun of too 🙂

If you are an Atheist why do you care enough to blog, post comments or talk about it?

If you are a believer why do you care enough to blog, visit sites like this one or talk about it?

~AP~

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I took the bible quiz today. I saw it on another blog this morning but alas, I cannot remember where it was this evening to provide credit for the lead. Anyway, I took it and faired pretty well. I think I missed 2 and they were the obscure questions about whose kid was whose. I loose track of all that. No, I did not cheat. Some of the questions are gimmies but most require some real knowledge. Here is my result:

You know the Bible 95%!

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses – you know it all! You are fantastic!

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Of course the Christians will say there is a difference between knowing the Bible and understanding it. I agree, just a different way. I think Atheists understand what the Bible really means because we are not blinded by faith.

Take the Quiz and post up your score!

~AP~

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