But atheism ISN'T a "faith", therefore doesn't match your definition of "religion".
@DeavonReye. So let's appeal to the dictionary to define "Faith"
The most common is: "belief that is not based on proof"
That pretty much sums up what secularists demand be taught, and which is being taught in schools about the big bang, origin of the universe, evolution, the origin of man, and pretty much everything secular. All pushed as truth even though there is as much of a dearth of scientific evidence behind many of these theories as atheist claim there is for those who believe it to be of intelligent design.
Whether or not you allow it to be cast in the same paradigm as religion, many of the people who do subscribe to it come together, usually to try and dissuade, mock and destroy the others who identify themselves as religious due to their faith in a higher power; but they act just like a religion unto themselves.
Atheism is a religion. Its just the word they hate.
It IS a faith, even in 2005 it was a court that declared: “Atheism is [the inmate's] religion, and the group that he wanted to start was religious in nature even though it expressly rejects a belief in a supreme being,” the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said.
Again in 1961, the Supreme Court has said a religion need not be based on a belief in the existence of a supreme being. In the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins, the court described “secular humanism” as a religion.
They basically believe themselves to be god over their own lives and deny reality of the only one true God who created them and all that exists. It is plain but they don't want to accept it, so they must attempt to silence the obvious so they don't have to deal with their conscience that would tell them otherwise, there is a God.
I actually had 'Atheist' put on my dog tags. You should have seen the looks on the faces of the folks in that office when I did it... it was like I sprouted red horns, a red tail, and a forked tongue. I looked at them all (whom I knew to be moronic, pathetic, imbecilic, meandering wind bags half full of fart gas, and half full of some kind of puss, or other malignant ooze) and said, "HAIL SATAN!" Which is, of course, a raucously funny statement that I could not possibly mean, since I do not believe there is such an entity. The shock value was too much to pass up. =P
Swimming - Once again, it isn't about "belief". Atheism is a rejection of theists claims. That's it! And as for "evidence of evolution, origins of the universe, big bang" vs. "intelligent design", one CAN be concluded via the scientific method. The other is a faith claim [ID] that states that a magical being popped things into existence as they were. So no, Atheism isn't a religion no matter how you try to spin it. You are trying to lump scientific discovery and atheism together. There are THEISTS who agree with Big Bang cosmology, physical laws as per universe developement, and evolution. Atheism is a rejection of theists claims!
1digger - Because a court makes a statement doesn't make it the case. Courts make decisions based upon [in these cases] a person's rights. It doesn't suddenly make atheism "a religion" like the understood definition. As I stated above, . . . Atheism is a stance.
Please demonstrate credible and compelling evidence of "the only one true god". Please do so to where it "is plain" and "obvious" [that "they are trying to silence"]. You are making claims here. Show your evidence, else it is just your opinion, based upon "faith".
I will tell you right now. My conscience is clear. There is nothing like "a god" out there . . . and until you prove otherwise, I have no reason to accept your claims.
"protecting the secular values that America was founded on"
LOL at revisionists.
I agree. Just like baptists, methodists, and all other religions should be forced back into their buildings and not bother intelligent people with their fantasies.
These "idiots" claim to be free thinkers, but they have to go to a group for support and ideas... I would rather just go with my "knowing" there is God.... Faith is a gift from Him and I am sure glad He gave it to me.
@DeavonReye Sorry, dude. You're wrong, based upon three criteria. One, Webster's dictionary defines belief as "the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true". You believe there is no god, ergo you have a belief. Two, the theory of evolution is based upon natural selection, which postulates that, given enough time, random mutations will pop up; given even more time, some forms of mutations will prove to be advantageous to others, enabling survivability. The flaw is that you have to have multiple mutations in order to sustain a healthy population. The other flaw is that if the same mutated species interbred, you get one of two things: genetics flaws or even more mutations via "inbreeding". Ergo, you would never have a species of creature with the exact same genetic structure that is both healthy and viable, not to mention that there has never been a "missing link". You also fail to mention that in recent decades, the theory of evolution itself is under constant revision as technology develops better tools (like neanderthals no longer being direct ancestors to cro-magnons). And, three, IMO, secularists, atheists, etc. tend to support the idea that rights are defined by the state, and not by "god", which is why they could easily support the idea that abortion is just a form of birth control, as well as believe that America is not an exceptional nation.
So, sorry, but you're mistaken about many things, especially on
@deavonreye a faith or religion is anything that changes your thinking from what it was to what it is now.
Real non-believers don't care what your faith is or whether you have one or not, we just don't want you to rub yours in our faces; it's so boring, all that self-congratulatory proselytizing. But then, people of faith (christians and muslims alike) believe that they've failed if they haven't converted everybody to their belief system.
And lo and behold, here's The Blaze reporting that the reverend Billy Graham is doing what I'm talking about - calling for biblical values in poltics. When will these guys learn that the moral code is not god-given but the man-made glue that ensures that 'e pluribus unum' keeps its place as the primary survival mechanism?
Sorry man, but it takes about a 1000 times more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in God. That is the plain truth. The reason is because evolution cannot explain exactly how life began in the first place. Or the thousands upon thousands of variations of life, plant or animal. It cannot explain how over 100,000 nerve endings in an eyeball can create sight, all by accident, or how an animal can just sprout the ability to hear, or how it can just evolve that way. Or the very symbiotic nature of nature could just happen by accident. Or the overabundance of life that you find on earth, along with all it's variations. It is even more illogical than believing in an intelligent design or a creator. In the end, man has been unable in all of our knowledge and understanding to create life out of nonlife. All of this evidence adds up against the very concept that life could just happen by accident. And these are just some of the amazing scientific truths and don't even scratch the surface on all of the coincidences that you have to consider. You have to be pretty damn obstinate to completely dismiss the possibility of a creator when you really consider all the the evidence.
But atheism is NOT a religious faith. It is a logical conclusion to empiric life. We simply don't want any legislation based on superstition. If you have a concrete reason to oppose or encourage some type of action, we're interested in hearing it. But if you want to impose your mystical views on those of us who don't share them, I can tell you, as an atheist for 51 years, we are not going to stand for it. Atheism is the fastest growing point of view in the world and we answer to nothing but logic. "Perhaps one day you'll join us and the world can be as one."
Deavonreye - "Because a court makes a statement doesn’t make it the case."
So you'll agree we should do away with that 'separation of church and state' nonsense? After all, that is based on a court decision, not the Constitution.
Yes, atheism IS a religion, as is communism, humanism, racism, etc. The distinct sameness is anyone against the Living God, Lord God our Creator, Savior. Call yourself nice, kind, happy; whatever name we invoke is religious. When I am asked what denomination I hail from, I say I am ...... The response is: yes, but what is your denomination...I am thrilled God is holding back His judgment on all men across the Earth, love Him, am devoted to Him and His Christian people AND Israel. The KKK and Hitler(ites) were some of the most religious haters of anyone but Caucasians of European descent. History really rubs, huh?
October 5, 2012 at 12:46pm
Same thing happened to my mother. Only she was in a PA nursing facility and her car was stored. No matter that the car was the wrong model. No matter that the car was never in NJ. They hounded us. We also ended up paying the fine because mom was dying and we just did not have the strength to fight it.
September 18, 2012 at 11:36am
Looks like dead coral to me.
August 19, 2012 at 12:30pm
Seeing intact generational families is something our youth has had a need for. They have had few examples of what family life and responsibility truly are.
July 25, 2012 at 9:35am
If people were more worried about humans and their treatment I would understand this outrage. I have and love animals. I use a service dog. I rescue exotic birds. We raised nine human children seven were not born to us and needed families.
We help the animal shelters near us. All of our pets have been someones throwaways.
But people come first. Abortion is the intentional taking of a life. When some of these “humane” groups start being as outraged at the slaughter of innocent babies I will become even more tuned into the “save the world” issues.
July 24, 2012 at 12:18pm
When I was a child (a long time ago) gay was a word for happy
Maybe it is time to take back this word and the Rainbow.
The Chrisian rainbow is a symbol of God’s faithfulness and his promise to never again destroy the earth by flood. It comes from the story of Noah and the Flood. After the flood, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant with Noah to never again destroy the earth and all living creatures by flood (Genesis 9:12-16). In Revelation, John saw a rainbow around the throne in heaven:
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. (NIV)
We truly need to not be afraid to tell others what words actually mean and stand for.
If this was nothing and there was nothing in her uterus then where did the blood come from? I don’t believe this is a real story just a political ad.
June 27, 2012 at 6:52pm
I also use a certified service dog. The law does not require them to wear a vest. The dogs are all “FULL ACCESS REQUIRED” as written in Federal law. Sadly many people don’t understand that these dogs provide many more services then just helping the blind.
I always have a vest on my dog and even then have had trouble with some people going to management. I always offer a card to people that question Miss Emma’s being in a store. I also let the manager’s of restaurants know about her and offer to let them see her ID with her picture. No as I said I do not have to provide this information. This just makes life easier for me and my dog.
June 19, 2012 at 6:43pm
Seems to me that these “women” tend to act like the child that just learned a word that he/she had no understand of when to use it or how to use it.
May 15, 2012 at 7:06pm
Sorry but if I were to discuss this kind of movie theater show it would not include long time credentials for a just turned 24 year old poly-psy student. It would be that what we see in the movie theater is usually fiction.
May 15, 2012 at 6:39pm
Seems that OBAMA uses words that say he will be for women. Then turns his back on helpless girl children.
May 9, 2012 at 5:54pm
The movement Biden made was more a superstition then what CATHOLICS do. This was as big an insult to Catholics as to Jews. The man refuses to follow Church teachings, call himself a Catholic and IMHO is giving all people of FAITH a bad taste in their mouths.
April 30, 2012 at 12:32pm
Nothing my purse or IMO any ones purse is worth being dragged by a vehicle. Now if it were a child then it would be something most parents would do.
April 30, 2012 at 12:22pm
Both of these children need to be placed in another LOVING family. They deserve better then what they got.
April 18, 2012 at 11:17am
God has a reason and purpose for all His children. We humans just do not always understand. These two adults are Gods children and just maybe their purpose is to pray for the rest of us. I do not see any machines breathing for them. Nutrition is not extraordinary care. Unless the person being fed can not tolerate it common decency says it should be provided.
April 16, 2012 at 6:25pm
Most birds large or small remember if they had a problem with a specific human.