I’m embarrassed for my state of Ky. First we give you McConnell, now we’re lagging here. Hopefully Ky will do the right thing and vote Matt Bevin in for Governor. At least we still have good gun laws.
March 30, 2015 at 8:19am
I believe in gay rights, straight rights, everyone’s rights. I also believe in freedom. Why dont these people quit complaining and capitalize on the situation. They should all get together and open one great big gay and lesbian cake shop. They can then refuse business to straights. It’s all settled.
[-3] March 28, 2015 at 12:59pm
DeathBySporks. In the link you provided, though “Vietnam Tom” was within his right to defend himself, he lied big time about what happened. He asked the black guy how much he’d charge to spit shine his shoes. He also said the black guy pulled a knife, he didn’t.
March 27, 2015 at 4:49pm
So you’re saying that anything shaped like a cross is a sign? What if my dog does his business and it is in the shape of a cross? What would be the difference. Tornadoes have been happening on earth for millions of years. I’m sure trees millions of years ago were ripped to look like crosses when no one was around to even see it. Come on.
Seriously. I have no problem with people having faith in anything. To each their own. But too much of ANYTHING is not healthy. When religion becomes an obsession and blinds people to every day things that just happen because of simple physics, that’s when I just dont get it.
March 27, 2015 at 4:42pm
You got me on the tomato soup. Actually, I didnt skip Sunday school when I was a kid. I was made to read fairly tales.
March 27, 2015 at 4:39pm
Stampschick. If I never read the 10 commandments, I’d abide by them. Well ok , except taking the lords name in vein. I am guilty of that, but so are most “christians” I know. Oh, and Keepeth the Sabbath holy, which goes back to christians taking the lords name in vein after church or when their running late for church.
 March 27, 2015 at 8:47am
Why is it assumed that all atheists are leftists?
[-1] March 27, 2015 at 8:42am
Looking for comfort in a broken telephone pole is no different than looking for it in a grilled cheese sandwich. Are you agreeing this is a sign from god? Is it his signed autograph for ripping apart a town?
I understand looking for comfort after a tragedy. I’ve been there. But to look for comfort in a broken piece of wood that just happen to break ( which is what happens in tornadoes) is a far stretch. “Some” Christians just look at anything that resembles a religious symbol as a sign.
March 27, 2015 at 8:31am
Stampschick. Thanks for proving my point. Christians want to point out every little thing non believers do. Hypocrites.
 March 26, 2015 at 10:57am
I went to Catholic school all my life. I passed my religion course my senior year with a D- – . I was required to go to bible study. I’ve been there and it made no sense to me. You could read an Al Gore book on global warming. That doesn’t mean you will grasp it and take it to heart.
 March 26, 2015 at 10:54am
Hmmm. Interesting. But still does not explain the Christian need to attack atheists and those who do not have faith.
I find the title of the article misleading, "The Three Key Components That Lead Atheists and Agnostics to Reject God’s Existence". Agnostics don't "Reject God's Existence", they simply believe there is no way to prove or disprove the existence of a God, therefore being an absolute believer or nonbeliever in the absence of any proof is a "leap" that Agnostics find no justification for.
You are misguided. We, as Christians, do not attack athiests. We spread the good news as commanded by Jesus and the apostles. You use the laws of man to abolish our command and attempt to tell our young that we are wrong and that to be intelligent you must reject God and religion. Now who is attacking who?
The simple fact is that no Christian is allowed to use the government or public institutions to "spread the good news."
disabledcovetern Christians do it all the time Google it.
Translation: Someone do the work for me
Could you please give examples of recent attacks by Christians on atheists? Please do not include Westborough or Christians labelling a "sin" a sin.
here you go!
So there are none - who consider themselves True Christians - who don't attack atheists? You're all just 'spreading the good news' - eh?
STOP with the absolutes.
There indeed ARE 'militant' atheists / agnostics that 'attack' those of faith. And there are probably MANY MORE who do not.
There indeed ARE 'militant' Christians (and those of any other faith) that 'attack' atheists or agnostics (or others of other faith). And there are probably MANY MORE who do not.
Want to achieve something?
Stop pretending as if all of one group or the other acts the same way and seek out the SPECIFICS of WHY and HOW those who would 'harm' another do so - and seek to stop / reduce THAT.
I'll use the saying again...
A god belief or a faith - or lack there of - does not attack someone. An intolerant, non-understanding, non-compromising person does.
Snow as long as your not willing to say there's no such thing as leprechauns, ferries, spaghetti monsters, etc. then I suppose your at least consistent. I on the other hand am pretty sure they don't exist.
BTW atheists are just as aware as agnostics that you can't prove a negative...
I would recommend The Case Against God, by George Smith if you care to learn what agnosticism really is.
I could just feel the love of god from that woman sitting here.
What a wonderful approach she took to bring her son back into the love of (her) god.
"here you go!"
Your proof is 1 single isolated case that happened 5 years ago?
I guess atheists really do hate science when it doesnt benefit their worldview.
You do a disservice to yourself pretending that that type of confrontation doesn't regularly take place.
I never told my parents of my beliefs - movement away from god - because I 'feared' how they would respond. (They are now both passed away.)
I barely have let my siblings know such because of a 'fear' for how they would respond.
Is it very much like the fear a gay son or daughter has for coming out.
I believe MANY 'hide' their true belief / disbelief in a god because they don't want the 'trouble' associated with 'letting such out in public'.
I also have not told certain bosses I have had for the very fear of some form of repercussion to my career.
ONLY NOW - as more folks are willing / able to 'break down those barriers' - those who are no longer willing to be frightened by those with power over them - parents / bosses / spouses / etc. - Only now are more people able to feel 'safer' in expressing their beliefs - in challenging was was indeed the majority 'status quo'.
Atheists and agnostics are not two mutually exclusive groups. It is a misconception to say that they are. Anyone who says 'I'm an agnostic', ask them 'what god do you believe exists?', if they can't name one, then they are also atheists.
Being atheist means you don't believe in gods, while being agnostic is a claim of knowledge, meaning you don't know if there are any. There are gnostic atheists but they are extremely rare. Almost all atheists are 'agnostic atheists'.
To my knowledge, an agnostic atheist would be an Agnostic who is an Atheist in regards to Christianity, or some other religion, but can not prove or disprove that there is a higher power. This is the only way in which I can see mutually inclusiveness. This would be my belief system. I definitely don't believe in a Christian god, but I'm agnostic to the fact that I can't prove or disprove the existence of a higher power. I don't see that as making me an Atheist. There's definitely things I don't believe in, but I can't prove or disprove the bigger picture.
Also, if you asked an Agnostic which god they believed in, they would say that they don't know if there is or isn't a god, not that "they can't name one."
As I say, an atheist lacks belief in gods. I don't believe in any gods, I'm an atheist.
This is not the same thing as knowing whether any exist or not, they may very well exist, but we've yet to uncover any evidence of them. This makes me an agnostic.
As I say, the concepts are not exclusive, if you don't believe in any gods, you're an atheist, whether or not you know any exist or not doesn't matter. It is a common misconception that atheists must firmly say 'no gods exist'.
 March 26, 2015 at 10:48am
To all those that think Atheists have no moral compass. Lets talk about all the children that have been molested by priests, preachers and pastors ( Christians ). It’s the individual that matters. it has nothing to do with religion.
Don't you know that Christians never do anything wrong? They weren't 'real' Christians if they did.
The only problem with Christianity is there are people like you in it.
 March 26, 2015 at 9:51am
It’s the chicken and the egg. If morals come from the bible, which came first? The bible or the morals that are written about in the bible? To say there were no morals before the bible is absurd. Look what is going on in the middle east right now. Some of the most horrific things in history. These things happened before the bible and continue today .
Morals come from within. I treat people like I want to be treated. It’s common sense. I dont need the bible to tell me that.
 March 26, 2015 at 9:44am
chuckles. You’re assuming a lot of things aren’t you? Telling non believers what their compass is. It just amazes me when a Christian says that without god, then everything is legal and moral. You don’t have to believe in a god to have compassion for other human beings or to know right from wrong. I’m living proof and so are many of your neighbors. Read your bible and quit judging.
 March 26, 2015 at 9:12am
Jeffro. Read your comment. I’d say you are attacking quite rudely. Oh, and judging. But Christians don’t see it as judging when they attack someone else for not believing like they do. Your comments are as rude as any atheists I’ve seen on here. It goes both ways.
 March 26, 2015 at 9:06am
Your comments are both disgusting and ignorant. Why paint with such a broad brush? So ALL Christians go volunteer for disasters and non-Christians never do? I’m Conservative/Libertarian. I am not a Christian but I volunteer for mentally challenged kids and give platelets on a regular basis. I’d be one of the first ones in my area to help in a disaster. You go take a poll at a disaster and see just how many “non-believers” there are there. Being a Christian does not define rather you are a good person. So don’t tell me that a lot of Christians aren’t quick to judge. I need to cut this short so I can go “riot and shoot a cop”.
You will learn quickly that most posters here equate Atheism with immorality. Nonsense of course. Saying that a non-believer is evil is just as ludicrous as me saying that all church goers are moral upstanding citizens that would never dream of harming others or committing any immoral act.
Christians aren't "good" people, either. They are only saved people. According to the Bible, no one is good, except God. If you ask 5 different people what their definition of a good person is, you might get 5 different responses. That's why I don't rely on man's definition of goodness. It's based on shifting sands and shifting political climates, etc. Speaking from a Christian's point of view, if people can be good on their own, without Jesus' sacrifice, then He died for nothing. Nobody would need Him (of course, the atheist would retort that that's just the point--we DON'T need him).
I want a definitive, reliable picture of what good means--not man's meandering, wobbly, confusing definition. That's why I rely on The Ten Commandments as my definition of goodness.
Stampschick. If I never read the 10 commandments, I'd abide by them. Well ok , except taking the lords name in vein. I am guilty of that, but so are most "christians" I know. Oh, and Keepeth the Sabbath holy, which goes back to christians taking the lords name in vein after church or when their running late for church.
March 25, 2015 at 8:55am
My wife was just like Terry Schiavo. In a coma for weeks, then gradually in a vegetative state. She couldnt have scratched her own nose if it itched. Her condition was just like Terry. She survived almost a year and thankfully died of pneumonia. I could not watch the Terry Schiavo case on tv. It was too painful. My wife told me many times to never let her live like that and this was years before the Schiavo case. Her worst fear was going in a nursing home under these circumstances. She knew something like this would happen to her. I had to finally admit her to a nursing home because of insurance. The first day, I went in the office and I couldn’t do it. I had to come back the next day and admit her to her worst nightmare.
Until you have been faced with such a nightmare ( with a 22 month old baby ) you may not know what you’d do. She asked me to never put her through that, but I was helpless. I couldn’t just strangle her and be sent to prison and leave my daughter without a parent. I should have had the choice to end her horrible life with lethal injection. It’s what she would have wanted. She made it perfectly clear. I have a large family. Every one of them would have signed the papers to do so if that is was what was required. They all knew how she felt also.
Who has the right to tell someone how they die? ( or NOT ).
My heart goes out to you and the pain you must live with on a daily basis. I agree, no one knows what they would do unless they've been in the situation, and the rest of us should not judge whatever decisions are made.
March 11, 2015 at 10:31am
It’s interpretation of the bible. Why do you think there are so many religions. I can drive down Broadway, walk into 5 different churches , and they will all interpret the bible in a different way. But of course, YOUR religion is right.
March 11, 2015 at 10:28am
Yes, and my grandmother that died 30 years ago is the same too. It’s the interpretation of the bible that changes.
 March 10, 2015 at 5:09pm
WOW ! Did you just say that? Call the police and tell them I’m going to open carry? I’ll call them and tell them I’m going to walk my dog next time.