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You can’t prove your point, if you don’t come out!

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If you think, just because you are living a good moral life and you are showing it through your actions to other religious people, you are showing them how wrong they are, but you won’t state your non-belief, you need to think again. You are doing nothing and nothing will change.

How can you be so careless to think you make a difference in this world by hiding yourself from friends, family and others? Do you not realize that your hypocrisy is just as bad as the religious? Can you not see that you are allowing them to get away with what they do because you don’t think it matters whether they know you are atheist or not? Does your indifference, because it does not directly affect your life, make you happy or apathetic?

You need to come out of the shadows and let yourself be known as an atheist or non-believer. If you don’t tell them, you can’t show them how you are the same as, if not better than, them without God!

Sharing memes and the occasional quote or post on Facebook is not a great way of making a difference. You need to get out there and let it be known that you are a good moral person without God and you are doing these things because they are right and not because an imaginary person will accept you into heaven for your good deeds.

We are better than that and we need to show it openly.

I know there are a majority that are scared that they will be looked down upon or excommunicated by friends, family and co-workers if they come out, but why not get it out and deal with it now? It does not matter if it is today, tomorrow, next month, next year or 10 years from now, they will probably still be fixated on their fallacious beliefs their entire lives. The only way to make a dent or change their thinking is to come out! It won’t happen overnight and it will be hard, but eventually they will see the good in you and either accept it or not. Should you keep lying to them and yourself just to make others happy while you feel miserable? NO! Deal with it now before it is too late.

Stop being an indifferent miserable person and make a difference by standing up for what you believe in with your non-belief. You will be happier for it, even though it will be hard in the beginning.

Unbiased Opposition to Religion

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I wrote this last night before going to bed and with all the other articles I submitted, I was surprised to see this one posted on TimesNews.net. Here is the full article:

 

In this day and age, our world seems preoccupied with being offended by each other’s religion or lack thereof. 

Christian claims to be persecuted, even though they are a majority and have their fingers in everything they can grasp. They think, just because we modeled our country on Christian principles, we are a Christian country, but we are not. Most of our founding fathers were Deists when they wrote the Constitution. They even declared it in the Treaty of Tripoli that, “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” The Senate approved the treaty on June 7, 1797, and officially ratified by the Senate with John Adams’ signature on June 10, 1797. Beyond this, the Christians here in America still think they are entitled to impose their beliefs on anyone and anything. 

Islam says they are the true religion and was modeled off the bible 1,400-plus years ago. They also have laws in place that make it OK to still stone individuals, mutilate genitalia, behead blasphemers and commit suicide killings all in the name of Allah. They claim to have scientific truths in their Quran, but just because a lot of science came from Arabic background, does not mean their science is correct. Mohammad said the earth was “egg-shaped,” but we all know that the earth is an oblate spheroid. Many other misconceptions can be debunked easily with just a little research using Google.

Many others are small and keep quiet, because of fear of retribution from Christianity and Islam. Most non-believers are put to death in other countries where fundamentalist religions are predominant, such as Saudi Arabia. The King has declared any thoughts outside of Islam to be terrorism. This includes Atheism and any other religion that is not Islam. Christianity is not as bad, but was in the past. Christianity itself is not killing people, but it is telling us what we can and cannot do with our human and civil rights. That is just as bad as death to some people.

Most wars in history can be tied to religious beliefs. The Crusades, our Civil Wars, World War II, and many others, even the ones Christians bring up using Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, atheistic totalitarian dictators whose people didn’t believe in what they did, but followed their orders from fear of death.

All of this is generalization and not everyone who holds a specific belief can be said to fall into these statements, but there are many out there who do. These individuals, we call fundamentalists, are the ones who are doing the most damage to our world. They infect others like a virus and spread misinformation to gather more followers with their blatant disregard for whether it is true or not. You can compare this to those who believe everything in tabloids.

The problem with religion is that it is NOT needed today. You can have your beliefs, but when it comes to banding together and telling others what they should and should not do, it is a violation of our rights. 

If you want to believe there is an invisible, all knowing, all powerful man in the sky who looks over you and comforts you with double standards, go ahead. But when those beliefs tell another person what they can and cannot do with their own body or whether they can be married or whether they are a moral person or not, they have overstepped their boundaries.

Religion is a blight on humanity and it will be its downfall if we allow it to continue. There is a solution to this problem, but as the saying goes, “Ignorance is bliss.”

We need to educate people. If people want religion taught in school, it cannot be just one specific religion, as in the case of Christianity in America. It must be all religions. A critical mind is developed through the understanding of everything, not just one specific topic. We need to keep religion from pulling us backwards with its conjecture and speculation. Faith is defined as belief without evidence and therefore cannot be considered knowledge. To have knowledge, the prior belief must be established with evidence to back it up. A good example of this is, I don’t believe the earth is round, I KNOW it is round. We have evidence to prove it is. There is NO evidence religion is true.

Many people of faith will claim their holy books to be evidence because they contain historical places, people and events, but so does, “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith. Does that make it true? No, it is still fiction, just as the Bible and Quran are.

If we are going to grow in this world and make it a better place, we will need to end religion and its destructive hold. Keep your beliefs, but make them personal. If you don’t like hearing other individuals talk about their faith or disbelief, how do you think they feel about yours? 

There will always be an opposition to religion as long as it is around. So either quit trying to impose your beliefs on others or deal with the consequences of your beliefs. It is up to you.

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Prayer breakfast to honor ministers should NOT happen

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It is my opinion that there should NOT be a National Day of Prayer, nor should there be a Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Mayor of Kingsport, TN. The city says they are not using tax payer dollars to fund this, but they are using city resources to promote it. That, I would declare, is clear violation of separation of church and state and the Freedom From Religion Foundation even tried to intervene at last years event. Why would you need one day a year to promote your prayer when you do it all year long? You can read the full article below:

April 19th, 2014 7:54 pm by Matthew Lane

KINGSPORT — Mayor Dennis Phillips is inviting the public to attend an annual prayer breakfast on May 1 to thank the many outstanding ministers who serve the residents of the Greater Kingsport area every single day.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium on May 1 in conjunction with the 63nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer.

“The primary theme is to honor the ministers who serve the city … who do an outstanding job on a daily basis,” Phillips said. “We’re not going to have any ministers work or participate. I want them all to come and enjoy it without the pressure of having to do anything and let us say thank you for what you do everyday for the citizens of this city.”

The event is free to the public, but those wishing to eat should purchase the $6.50 ticket at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (400 Clinchfield St.) or at the door on the day of the event. Senior ministers will receive a free breakfast as a guest of the mayor.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with music from The Potters, an old-time gospel group. The program begins at 8 a.m. and will include prayers for the city, state and nation, the local business community, elected officials and the education community. Between prayers, The Potters will continue with hymns and city employees and community leaders will engage in scripture readings.

In previous years the mayor’s prayer breakfast has been well attended, topping more than 600 in the past couple of years. Phillips said he believes at least 400 people will show up this year.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast has been held in Kingsport for more than a decade and Phillips has attended since being elected in 2005. The National Day of Prayer began in 1952 and is a day designated by the United States Congress when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

Last year, the event drew some criticism from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., which sent a letter to Phillips urging him to immediately stop using city resources and taxpayer funds to plan, organize and promote the prayer breakfast. The foundation called Phillips’ participation in the annual event a serious constitutional concern.

Phillips, a member of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Kingsport, said he disagrees, noting no one is required to attend the prayer breakfast and no city funds are spent on the event.

“I think Christians have just as much right as anyone else and part of that is, one day a year set aside for the National Day of Prayer and as mayor I’m proud Kingsport observes it,” Phillips said. “I don’t think my taking one day a year to do this is the greatest sin I could commit.”

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