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November 01, 2006

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Ray Daugherty

I'd love to help, but I joined a UFO cult. Turns out it's the true religion.

Fantastic first entry.

Chris Grier

"Can you think of one place -- one city, one county, one hamlet -- where an admitted atheist would stand a chance to be elected dog catcher? I can't."

Well, there was Georges Clemenceau, in Paris.

Sure, that was 130-odd years ago. But if you would have said "can you think of two places," I would've been stumped.


margaret

Fabulous! Only two days ago at the supermarket, the cashier and a self-proclaimed MDCC professor were arguing about politics. The cashier said the only thing she would definitely not vote for was an atheist. Her reasons included that atheists were uncompassionate, immoral and didn't believe in anything. I couldn't *believe* what I was hearing.

Former Speaker of the NJ State Assembly Chuck Hardwick

Want proof that there is no god? I just spelled it without a capital "G" and lightning did not strike me. I didn't even get a belly ache.
Want proof there is a God? Get some of the stuff Rich Bagger sells, smoke it, and listen to the second disc of Ummagumma while watching the wizard of oz. Blow your mind, man.
GO SECULARS, BEAT ZEALOTS!

Kevin B. O'Reilly

Is there anything more tiresome than
bloggers blogging about their blogs? Atheist whining, perhaps. As an atheist myself, I must say that I've never felt discriminated against. Now, I don't go around broadcasting my beliefs, just as I probably wouldn't be wearing a giant gold crucifix if I were a Christian.

I mean, I have some other beliefs that put me in a small minority -- I'm a libertarian, I hate football, I don't think Woody Allen is evil for marrying his stepdaughter, and so on. But do these strange views affect my life, my ability to pursue happiness? Not really. And neither does my atheism.

As for electing atheists, it happens all the time. Most people who aren't religious don't go around talking all the time about why or how they're not religious. It's a waste of time. Luckily, the vast majority of people in the country are not really religious in the doctrinal sense. Catholics use condoms, evangelicals have premarital sex and Jews eat pork. Most Americans are seemingly willing to dispense with religious principles they find discordant with modern living without giving up their belief in God or whatever. And when it comes to public policy, it's rare to see even religious figures make explicitly religious arguments.

Similarly, believing in ghosts, goblins and other fictions doesn't seem to interfere with most folks' ability to earn a living and avoid the temptation to commit mass murder. In the United States today, people are rarely punished for having unpopular or idiotic beliefs. It's going to take some doing on your part to convince me otherwise and to get exercised about it, so I look forward to reading to see what evidence you come up with.

(None of the above is meant to imply that atheists aren't right to complain about "God" in the pledge of allegiance, religious displays on public property, etc., just that none of that stuff is really important compared to non-atheist issues such as stupid wars.)

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