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Atheist Funerals: You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral

In Atheism on May 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I’ve been struggling lately contemplating whether or not I ever care to attend a Christian funeral again.  I mean, it seems to me that time would be better spent acknowledging the reality of death, as far as we know.  As an atheist, I have a strong suspicion, and have no need to believe otherwise, that death is the end of our consciousness – of our experience with life.  We cease to exist in the physical world.  We live on in the memories of those whose lives we touched in some way.  I don’t feel the need to think of my loved one living on in some happy other-world where there is no pain or suffering.  To be honest, it sounds like a miserable way to spend an eternity.

I’m not afraid to die.  I’m not particularly looking forward to it, but it doesn’t scare me.  It seems to me that there are a large number of Christians going through the motions in an attempt to hedge their bets on the off chance that their is a deity who set into course the particular fairy tale tradition their family has long adhered to.  It makes me sad that humankind still has this need to believe that there is some grand watcher-over looking out for us and levying justice for us.

Part of my recovery from faith has been coming to terms with this new understanding of the true nature of reality.  But it has led me to a place where I realize that my life is mine to make of it what I will, and that I get to prioritize my life the way I want it to be.  In the grand scheme of evolution, each individual life is so tremendously  inconsequential.  But in the time we are here, we get the unique opportunity to participate in life, something tremendously, spectacularly, mind-bogglingly rare in the universe.  That, to me, is far more glorious and spectacular and awe-inspiring than the story of Genesis.

I suspect that I will, in fact, attend Christian funerals from time to time.  If for no other reason, it would decrease the amount of drama that would be generated by my non-attendance.  But, rest assured, when the congregation bows their heads to pray, my head will be up, looking around the church, seeing if anyone else has their heads up.  I hope that person is you.

I love this:

You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral | Thank God For Evolution.


My Response to “Cautiously Pessimistic: Greta Christina’s Interview with Edwina Rogers”

In Atheism, Politics on May 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I share your concerns around the appointment of Ms. Rogers.  I think we need to separate, however, the Republican brand from politicians within the party who must pander to religious right on issues such as reproductive rights and marriage equality.  It is my belief that there is a non-insignificant percentage of Republican politicians who believe in evolution, are pro-choice, support marriage equality, and are, dare I say, atheists.  I believe this because I have Republican friends who match that description.  They remain fiscal conservatives, and we vehemently disagree on those policy discussions.

For me, as a left-of-Democrat liberal, I am choosing to give Ms. Rogers the benefit of the doubt.  Another liberal atheist is going to do nothing to forge inroads into the GOP or restore some sanity on that side of the aisle.  The Republican party has been hijacked by the religious right.  It is going to take a shared effort from Republicans to pull them back into the land of Reason.

Cautiously Pessimistic: Greta Christina’s Interview with Edwina Rogers.

Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

This group, attempting to infect the school district which my daughters attend, appears to be a front for religious right wing conservatives who would like to force their agenda on the students of one of the better public school districts in the state.

I have two children in Rockwood Schools. One at Marquette HS, the other at Crestview Middle. Both of them are open about their atheism. There was a 7th grade assignment inviting kids to talk about what their religion believes. Let’s just say that my daughter even bringing up her atheism made the teacher very uncomfortable, and she was not included in the discussion.

I find it intriguing that RS4RS seems to be advocating for no inclusion of religion in any instruction unless Christianity is held up as the ‘one true religion’. As public schools go, Rockwood is pretty darn good. I think they are taking the right approach from a pedagogical standpoint. Obviously, there will be teachers who are not trained well enough to keep personal opinion out of it, regardless of their personal (non)beliefs. That’s something ALL teachers struggle with.

This whole idea that somehow Christianity is under attack because rational people are refusing to allow them to force their ideologies down our collective throat is pathetic and sad.

Where are the ‘good christians’?

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

This guy is a vile human being.  Less vile, however, than the ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ christian homophobes.  At least this guy is honest.  At least this guy’s hate is obvious.  Where are all the ‘Christians’ who disagree with those who claim homosexuality is a sin?  They are hiding in their fantasy world, scared to speak the truth, afraid of being cast out of the in-crowd.

It is you Christians, you who say nothing, who do nothing, who allow this hatred to go unchallenged because it is a ‘religious belief’, you are complicit in the deaths of young people across this country.  Guys like this grab the headlines, but they are easy to write off as fanatics.  But the rest of you who provide people like this cover by validating the concept of religious faith make me sick.  You are cowards.  Pathetic, scared, ignorant cowards.  Prove me wrong.  Stand up against the oppression that has been part and parcel of Christianity from the beginning.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Creationism

In Uncategorized on May 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

God did it.


For the last time Creationists, there is no controversy.

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Dan Savage calls ‘bullshit’ on the bible

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

Good on you, Dan Savage.


Atheism & Music – Atheists Have No Songs

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm

This morning, I received a great article from Paste magazine written by Geoffrey Himes about religion and spirituality in popular music and the absence of music geared towards an atheist demographic.  It makes sense, really.  I mean, to me it seems that there’s only so much that can be said about a non-belief in a deity.  Not to mention the non-saleability of such music here in this most religious of countries.

One of the first Atheist-centric songs I hear was Atheists Don’t Have No Songs by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers:

Hysterical.  And frustrating.

Back to the Himes article.  This really hit home for me:

…I hunger for music that will reflect my own deepest values. But when I read through the many long lists of “Atheist Songs” on the Internet, I find that very few of those titles are actually about atheism itself. Many of them don’t even question the existence of God; they merely point out the many failings of his churches, which is not the same thing at all. Some of them deny God but accept Satan—or angels or goddesses or reincarnation or whatever, an obvious contradiction of the standard atheist position that no supernatural phenomena exist. Even the handful of songs that adhere to this consistent position are usually more interested in disproving the theist ideology than in exploring what atheism might mean in leading a productive, moral life.

Atheism, in and of itself, doesn’t have anything to do with “leading a productive, moral life”.  Many of my atheist friends will disagree with me on that, and I understand why.  As Steven Weinberg said:

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you’d have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.”

I get it, but religion is different from what it means to be an Atheist.  Gods (lower-case ‘g’ intended there) and religions are two different things.  But back to the topic at hand.  I am going to begin searching out music that speaks to atheists, agnostics, humanists, etc.  I look forward to using Modern Atheist to share my findings with you.


The World of Religion

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Great graphic showing the religiousity of the population of the world.  Fascinatingly, there are as many atheist, agnostic, and irreligious as there are Catholic.

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Heaven News with God

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

An irreverent and NSFW news broadcast with God as the anchor.  Good stuff.

Heaven News with God – YouTube.