Why atheists care about religion... why do we care?

Canada
June 20, 2007 9:26am CST
i get asked this many times by my friends and people i debate with. firstly, its about the truth, i am always searching for the most meaningful answer. this is true because i used to be a religious person, then i became agnostic, then i became atheist. this is because at first i was a hardcore religious person, praying and all, but then i questioned somethings about myself and i became agnostic, then i became an atheist from further examination and disproving my own beliefs. second, ever since religions started asking people to vote in america, the WORLD became a much diffrent place. suddenly you were either a religious conservative or liberal. when religion and politics get mixed, bad things can happen. third, although this may be controversial, i truly believe that a world without religion would be a much better place. Here is a documentary on why, you should check it out if you care about this subject: google "the root of all evil" in googlevideo and here is something that will help you understand religion and politics: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4fQA9mt-Mg
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4 responses
20 Jun 07
I have had many a debate with myself about religion. I was not christened as a child or baptized, as my parents felt that it was best to leave it until I was old enough to decide for myself what I believed. As a child, I believed myself to be a Christian, for a little while, as I was a good person, and that is what I felt a good person was. As I grew older, I expanded my beliefs and tried out Wicca (I know that there is an ongoing debate about whether or not Wicca is a religion). As time went by, I realized that I didn't know what to believe, and came to the conclusion that in fact, I do not believe in any religion. Each day I watch the news and read the news paper, and there is always at least one story about conflict over religious views. Surely religion is supposed to be about a way of life, about following your beliefs to better your self and your life, not about killing others because they have differences of opinion. You hear the corruptness religion gives some people, and because of this, I too believe that the world could be a better, safer place without religion. However, I am not one to force my opinions on anyone, and I believe that everybody should be given the opportunity to choose their path in life... I understand that not all religious people are bad and corrupt, but it is those that take their views too strongly that give bad reputations to those who have faith. With societies becoming as multi-cultural as ever these days, we all need to learn to live side-by-side, without hatred and conflict over differences such as religion.
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• Canada
20 Jun 07
i understand your agnostic point of view. ask yourself this: what is religion without morals, god and spirit? nothing but a cooperation. i can have morals, god and spirit without any religion, which, in my opinion, if their was a god, he would like it much more. i used to be a deist/pantheist like this until i started disproving the idea of god by myself. the greatest spiritual journey one can take is one away from organized religion, then one can expand to see how great the miracle of life is without the idea of god.
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21 Jun 07
I agree with you on this - I live my life by my own morals and my own beliefs, since I disagree with the beliefs put forward by organised religion, they are not for me.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
21 Jun 07
I understand the bad mixing of religions and politics, and I am a great activist about this. But that don't make me an atheist. There are many religions and most of them are persecuted by politics. So it is not "a religious conservative or liberal", I am religious and anarchist.
• Canada
21 Jun 07
when you don't believe in religion you are a deist. when you don't believe in god you are an atheist.
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@missak (3311)
• Spain
21 Jun 07
A good atheistic friend of mine says also I am a deist. And a pagan friedn says I am a heinzist. But I don't like labels, I am of a kind lol!
• Canada
22 Jun 07
whats a heinzist?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
20 Jun 07
I've never known which side of these types of arguments to stand on, honestly. I am very religious, but my religion is also fairly unorganized, very individualistic, and completely non-proselytizing. So most of the evils religions are accused of simply don't apply. I think religion as a whole can be either a positive thing or a negative thing depending on approach. I can totally understand why atheists would still be concerned with religion, in the same way that I can see why anyone would be concerned with a force that is causing war and subjugation.
• Canada
21 Jun 07
the difference your describing is the difference between spirituality and organized religion. organized religion is the one that is viewed as "evil" take away god, spirituality and morals from religion, what do you get? nothing but a cooperation.
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@Janga666 (22)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
I grew up Catholic because that is what my parents were, but as I got older i had too many questions about different aspects of Chritianity. Most of these questions could not be answered without "faith", so I decided that religion is not for me. "Faith", to me, basically means that you believe in something even though there is no proof of its existence. That is not good enough for me... I need the proof. Now, I have no problem with people who are religious. If religion helps you get through your life easier then that is great for you. What I don't like is people who try to cram their religion and their morals related to that religion down my throat. To me, that is very wrong, and that is why I spend a lot of time talking about religion.
• Canada
21 Jun 07
yea, thats basically it, i don't like it, nobody likes it. but the fact is, out of the 60% of the world are not Christian or Muslim, and the other 40% that is Christian/Muslim is telling them what to do. does that make sense?
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