the positive atheist

Shout Out to the Witches Who Aren't Wiccan

-pagan witches
-Christian witches
-secular witches
-druid witches
-voodoo witches
-hoodoo witches
-hellenic witches
-witches who don’t have a solid path/religion
-witches who aren’t sure which path or religion calls to them more
-agnostic witches
-witches not sure if they want to choose a religion
-witches who don’t want to entwine religion into their craft
You are all valid and I love you so much!!!❤💛💚💙💜🔮🌟✨

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James Victor “Vic” Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia. His first album, Little, was released in 1990, but his breakthrough to commercial success didn’t come until 1996 with the release of Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, a tribute album of alternative artists covering his songs.

Chesnutt released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe, and a 1996 release on Capitol Records, About to Choke. His musical style has been described by Bryan Carroll of allmusic.com as a “skewed, refracted version of Americana that is haunting, funny, poignant, and occasionally mystical, usually all at once”.

Injuries from a 1983 car accident left him partially paralyzed; he used a wheelchair and had limited use of his hands.

An adoptee, Chesnutt was raised in Zebulon, Georgia, where he first started writing songs at the age of five. When he was 13, Chesnutt declared that he was an atheist, a position that he maintained for the rest of his life.

At 18, a car accident left him partially paralyzed; in a December 1, 2009 interview with Terry Gross on her NPR show Fresh Air, he said he was “a quadriplegic from [his] neck down”, and although he had feeling and some movement in his body, he could not walk “functionally” and that, although he realized shortly afterward that he could still play guitar, he could only play simple chords.

On December 25, 2009, at the age of 45, Chesnutt died from an overdose of muscle relaxants that had left him in a coma in an Athens hospital. In his final interview, which aired on National Public Radio 24 days before his death, Chesnutt said that he had “attempted suicide three or four times [before]. It didn’t take.”

According to him in the same interview, being “uninsurable” due to his quadriplegia, he was $50,000 in debt for his medical bills, and had been putting off a surgery for a year (“And, I mean, I could die only because I cannot afford to go in there again. I don’t want to die, especially just because of I don’t have enough money to go in the hospital.”).

-Wikipedia

I’m so grateful for this blog. So many atheism blogs dedicate themselves to arguing with people just to feel superior and it’s an embarrassment, honestly. Religious people need to see that the kindness and support that they seek from their gods can be found in atheism with the added benefit of no identity-crushing rules and regulations. Thanks for doing what you do!

– Thank you so much! That, and supporting those who are already atheists, is exactly the reason I started blogging(never had a tumblr before). I hated that I couldnt find any positive atheist pieces ANYWHERE so I decided to do it myself. Its really good to know that other people enjoy the blog as well!!! – TOA

Religion develops, changes, and grows just like culture, bringing to light new ideas and ways of belief that better fit with a dynamic world.

But religious exorsexists try to make their religion a reflection of their own bigoted ideas, using it as a weapon for their specific personal desires, and unwillingness to change.

Don’t listen to people with such a narrow view of life.

You have a place in your religion, whether it’s an old and rediscovered place, or carved out just for you.

But you have a place.

This is something you will hear a lot from Christians who think they’re intellectually challenging the atheist position. I can’t speak for all atheists (or anyone apart from myself), but I don’t believe god exists and I don’t believe evil exists. 

However, given your definition of your god and using your stated examples of evil and sin, the god as depicted in the bible is obviously evil.

I read the bible in much the same way that I read other mythologies, and analyse it in the same way. 

I (your moderator ianference ) feel like a lot of people have the misconception that secular folk are a bunch of grumps, who loathe the holiday season.  Let me dispel that misconception.  In 2010 my parents’ house was about the only undecorated, un-lit-up house on the cul-de-sac where we lived.  Meanwhile, my father has a fairly elaborate wood shop in the basement.  So I inquired about him if he’d teach me woodworking - by helping me craft a giant, 4'x4’ plywood “Out Campaign A”, with 100 energy-efficient red LED bulbs in it.  He was more than happy to!

So over the next 2 days - it was about a 15 hour project - I learned about smoothing out knots, operating a band saw and drill press, and how to precisely calculate the spacing for our LED array.  I learned about single-rectified circuits versus doubt-rectified circuits.  It was a great bonding experience with my father, and we were both proud of our festive design - which hopefully proved to my neighbors that secular people can enjoy the holidays too - we just use different signs, and focus on turkey instead of ritual (although the way my mother obsesses over turkey, it almost is a ritual!)  And meanwhile, we made a positive statement!

A big challenge in activism is fighting harmful things without necessarily shaming, stigmatizing, and belittling people who buy into those harmful things. For instance: pseudoscience, fundamentalism, altmed, normative beauty standards. It’s tempting to insult people who buy into them, but there’s usually some element of superiority in that. Not everyone had your brilliant education, or was lucky in some other way that you were.

If someone is doing something that hurts only themselves, they are not my enemy. I want to fight the ideas that lead them to do those things, not the people themselves.

If they are also hurting someone else, then I may be more condemnatory. Sometimes it’s difficult to draw the line. If you believe you’re going to hell if you have sex before marriage, I am sympathetic even though I think you’re wrong, because that’s a crappy way to feel and it’s not your fault that these beliefs are so endemic in our culture that it can be difficult not to pick them up, especially if you’ve never even been exposed to a positive, affirming, perhaps atheistic sexual ethics. If you teach your children that they’re going to hell if they have sex before marriage, now you’re also hurting someone else, and I feel less sympathetic. But my aim is still to STOP THE BAD THING, and I know that if I make you feel that I hate you and look down on you, I am less likely be able to stop the bad thing.

I know there are probably exceptions and caveats and what-abouts and so on. There are probably no “rules” when it comes to social change.

anonymous asked:

Instead of hating on religion, how about you actually blog about something meaningful? You don't have to bash something to get a point across.

Imagine moving to a new city where everyone believes that people with blond hair are criminals, and you have blond hair. Even though you’re pretty sure the people in this city are wrong, you’d better be prepared to educate yourself about the issue, because you’re going to have to deal with it whether you want to or not.

That’s the position most atheists find themselves in. Our culture – American culture, particularly – is steeped in religion. Our population is overwhelmingly religious, overwhelmingly church-going, and overwhelmingly distrusts atheists.

Given that kind of hostile environment, many atheists feel they have to be well-armed with knowledge in case they’re confronted by an overzealous theist.

Other atheists simply find the subject of religion interesting, much like a literature enthusiast loves studying fiction even though they don’t really believe the events in them are true.

Still other atheists were raised in a harsh or hostile religious environment and have bad feelings towards religion as a result. They have a rich knowledge of their denomination by virtue of their upbringing and thus are more likely to engage in a debate about religion than someone with no such
information.

-thedragoninmygarage

“For someone so against religion you talk about God an awful lot” Yeah, I know a detective who talks about crime a lot. Mad isn’t it?

-Ricky Gervais

 

  • Movement Atheists: I only accept things based on evidence! I work past my bias to break down fallacies and bad research and come to the truth.
  • Feminist: Hi. So, the patriarchy, right?
  • Movement Atheists: The patriarchy isn't real. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
  • Feminists: Here's five studies confirming the wage gap.
  • Feminists: Here's dozens of studies showing switching a feminine name to a masculine name on a resume increase your chance of getting hired.
  • Feminists: Here's controlled studies with scripted actors behaving in identical ways on video and showing that despite the identical behavior response to the woman was way worse.
  • Feminists: Here's a breakdown of the gender discrepancy in speaking and major roles in film and television.
  • Feminists: Here's a breakdown of the gender discrepancy in major decision making roles in entertainment, business, healthcare, government, and virtually every high paying industry.
  • Feminists: Here's a breakdown of the world's income by gender vs the world's labor by gender, showing men getting paid more to do less work.
  • Feminists: Here's decades of scrupulous research from multiple sources, easily recreated, controlled for variables, showing the difference in how men and women are treated both personally and socially and how it negatively affects women and positively affects men.
  • Movement Atheists: Yeah, well, my personal experience says-