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thought-she-could-fly:

How do I tell my mom I don’t believe in god? What’s worse is that I’m having a quinceñera… Basically the main point of a quinceñera is to get a “blessing” from the church and you have to go to CCD (church school basically) to do that. Then you have a big party, and it’s kinda costly. A lot of things are already paid for, and I can’t disappoint my whole family… I just, I don’t know what to do.

1) If you fear any kind of serious disruption of your life, such as being thrown out of your house or disowned or abused in anyway by anyone in your household, I suggest you just avoid the topic for the next three or four years until you’re out of the house and can support yourself. It totally sucks to have to lie for the sake of the older generations ridiculous traditions, but better that than put yourself in harm’s way.

2) If you really think this is a conversation you have to have with your mother and you don’t think you’ll face any kind of serious consequence remember this: Part of religion’s con is to convince people that the religion is part of their personality. It’s who they are. Religious institutions and a complicit society has conflated a person’s religion with their race and national heritage. It’s not that, but just about every Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Mormon and even Scientologist believe that it is. So, it’s likely your mother will take your rejection of the religious mythology as a rejection of her and your pronouncement of faithlessness as a denouncement of her as a mother and as a person. You would do well to address this concern before she has the chance to suspect it. Reassure her that she is, in fact, just as important to you as she ever was and that this decision isn’t about her. Tell her at your age you’re hoping you’ve earned the respect to make up your own mind about these issues and not do what, perhaps, her parents did to her, by pressuring her into something she doesn’t want to be a part of. Remind her why your relationship with her is special and how this decision won’t affect that.

3) Be open about your reasoning. If you can explain to her why you don’t believe in any gods, you can at least demonstrate that you’re thinking. She’ll likely try to change your mind and if you’re both up for keeping the discussion reasonable and civil, remember that the burden of proof is always on the person making the positive claim, that is, that something is true, and never on the person simply denying the claim. You don’t need to prove to her there’s no god, you just need to tell her you need it proved to you that there is.

4) Assure her that, if there is a god, it will know exactly how to convince you and will do it in its own time in its own way, but until then, you’re not buying in so easily.

Good luck, remember you have internet friends.

Source : tallbluewall

itsalwaysthoselittlethings:

Dear ” RUDE” atheists,
To the ones who enjoy ridiculing other Christians and the religion and it’s followers as a whole. That’s unfair. Not every Christian is the same or every atheist. So even if you don’t agree with something I say please don’t resort to insulting my religion or making fun of my God. Especially if I respect your beliefs the least you can do is respect mines.

Asking people to keep their mouths and minds shut because you might get offended isn’t exactly respectful. I don’t need the kind of respect that silences someone. If you want to disrespect atheism I suggest you find out what atheism is, find the flaw with it and feel free to expose it as disrespectfully as you like.

If you wanted people to stop making fun of your beliefs, maybe you should have found less hilarious things to believe.

Source : littlemvnster

Religious Family Man Presumed Dead for 16 Years Resurfaces as a Gay Man: WTF?!?!? →

krislinatin:

Who does this? Not a stable person….

Maybe it’s not so much instability as it is the crushing terror, guilt and shame that comes from a lifetime of religious oppression.

(via krislinatin-deactivated20130804)

Source : Gawker

Oh, I figured it out

They found a stone chest during excavation at a 1,350-year-old church, and the chest had a number of relics inside believed to be associated with the crucifixion, a historian at Turkey’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts tells the Hurriyet Daily News.

"We have found a holy thing in a chest," she says. "It is a piece of a cross,"

Translation: Hey tourists, you look like a bunch of suckers. Come spend your money in Turkey! It’s totally legit.

The United States Marine Corps Officially Declares 'Lack of Spiritual Faith' as a Sign of Instability →

 
 
This is the result of being nice and polite about religion and not speaking out against its clear attempt to dominate culture. It’s a patriarchal, theocratic, anti-democratic, unearned, top-down, manipulative institution that we’re all taught deserves respect, but look at the respect it gives in return. With Christo-fascist military leadership who’ve never been called out for their Jesus Bullshit, lack of accepting mythical tales is now a sign of “instability.”

High-ranking Jehovah's Witness, most wanted child abuser →

 Frederick McLean was a Jehovah’s Witness, a high-ranking member of the religion that likes to send missionaries on door-to-door proselytizing excursions. But according to the U.S. marshals, you wouldn’t really want to answer the door if McLean came calling. The marshals allege that the Southern California man was also a child molester who used his church standing to prey on young people. He was allegedly active for over 25 years, molesting one girl more than 100 times.


Pelosi On Bachmann’s Reaction To DOMA Ruling: ‘Who Cares?’ (by tpmtv)

I know you’ve all seen this already, but lets just remind everyone who thinks god’s opinion matters what the rest of the country thinks of them.

Source : youtube.com
Source : holygoddamnshitballs

Atheist Seeking Citizenship Told She Must First Join Church →