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“No religion” is now Australia’s most popular religious affiliation

  • Australia’s latest census data revealed that for the first time ever “no religion” was the country’s most popular single religious affiliation. 
  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the percentage of those identifying as “no religion” rose from 19% in 2006 to 30% in 2016.
  • The ABS said that the percentage has been rising for decades — and the trend is accelerating, driven by young people.
  • Australians aged 18 to 34 were the most likely age group to identify as “no religion,” with 39% percent of them saying they didn’t have a religious affiliation. Read more (6/27/17)
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Laila Mahdi: USC Trojans

Pronounced ‘lehla mahdee’. 21. French Muslim raised in SoCal. Hijabi. Vegetarian. Friend to all dogs, but the best dog is my pug, Fabio. Fashion Design major and Arabic minor. Lover to my girlfriend, friend to all. Very into inspirational quotes. What is love? Love is earned (30:45). Love is rewarded (3:134). Love is steadfast (3:146). Love is reliance on God (3:159). Love is humanity (4:36). Love is not obsessive (4:36). Love is intimate (7:189). Love is sibling rivalry (12:8). Love is material (14:3) Love is true sacrifice (2:177). Love does not corrupt (2:205). Love is purity (2:222). Love is brotherhood (3:103). Love is fair (49:9). Love is following Muhammad (3:31). To love is difficult (2:216). Love is a Divine sign (30:21). Fake love is replaceable (5:54) Love is temporal (3:14). Immaterial love will die (29:25). Love is addictive (100:8). Love can become lust (12:30). Beware, love can turn to hate (60:7). Real love does not decay (49:12). Allah is love (11:90, 85:14). السلام عليكم 

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 i play to win.  
❝  this is my curse. ❞ 
❝  wait for me! ❞ 
❝  your mother would’ve been proud of you. ❞
❝  let us hope for a different outcome. ❞ 
❝  sorry it’s such a mess in here. i-i wasn’t expecting company. ❞
❝  this is going to make you feel better. ❞
❝  the true enemy of humanity is disorder. ❞ 
❝  a steady blade balances the soul. ❞ 
❝  this is just like old times. ❞ 
❝  even here i feel an outcast. ❞ 
❝  think you can do my job, do you… ❞
❝  all eyes on me! ❞ 
❝  ooh, this is my jam. ❞
❝  got your aim from your mom, i see. ❞
❝  i’ll feast on your soul. ❞ 
❝  cheers, love! the cavalry’s here! ❞ 
❝   our paths cross for now. as to the future, we shall see. ❞ 
❝   we could’ve built an empire together. ❞ 
❝   ah. just setting foot here sets my soul at ease. ❞ 
❝  this time, stay down. ❞ 
❝  can i get your autograph? ❞
❝  why are you so angry? ❞
❝  ever get that feeling of déjà vu? ❞ 
❝  i am a different man now. i am whole. ❞ 
❝  over my dead body. ❞ 
❝   i’m on top of the world! ❞
❝  i’m patched up. ❞ 
❝  kids today with techno music. you should enjoy the classics, like hasselhoff. ❞
❝   what’s wrong? don’t you recognize me? ❞ 
❝   aren’t you warm wearing all that? ❞ 
❝  can’t stop, won’t stop. ❞
❝  i’ll race ya! ❞
❝   mock death at your own peril. ❞ 
❝  this time, i will finish the job. ❞ 
❝  death is an illusion. ❞
❝  look at this team! we’re gonna do great. ❞
❝  i am beyond redemption. ❞
❝   it looks like we will be working together. ❞ 
❝   you’ve rescued me again. ❞ 
❝  i will not be defeated so easily. ❞
❝  treasure? s-sure, i don’t know anything you’re talking about. ❞ 
❝  so this is what has become of you? a pity.❞
❝  you’re so amazing! you inspire me. ❞ 
❝  i miss him greatly. ❞ 
❝  there is nowhere to hide. ❞ 
❝  whatcha’ lookin’ at? ❞ 
❝  woo, nothing’s gonna stop me. ❞
❝  that was your dream, not mine. ❞ 
❝  what you call freedom is an illusion that causes more harm than good. ❞ 
❝  hehe, there’s something on your dress.. ❞ 
❝  you have been judged! ❞
❝   i have the upper hand this time. ❞ 
❝  traitor! ❞
❝  you will never amount to anything! ❞
❝  i’ve got my eye on you. ❞
❝  lot of memories of this place. they weren’t all bad. ❞
❝  the heart of a man still beats inside of me. ❞ 
❝  stay out of trouble. ❞
❝  step into my parlor said the spider to the fly. ❞
❝  one shot, one kill. ❞
❝  don’t think i’m happy about that. ❞ 
❝  now this place? makes me wanna be an atheist. ❞
❝  our world is worth fighting for. ❞
❝  you haven’t aged a day. what’s your secret? ❞
❝  ooooh, shiny! ❞
❝  oh, did that sting? ❞
❝  heroes never die. ❞
❝  where does it hurt? ❞
❝  you’re just a no-good bully. ❞
❝  i’m a one-man apocalypse. ❞
❝  you should look somewhere else. ❞
❝  you said you would arm wrestle me. nervous? ❞
❝  i learned that from my brother. ❞ 
❝  i hope nobody saw that. ❞
❝  on a scale of one to ten, how is your pain? ❞
❝  i’m not a miracle worker. well… not always. ❞
❝  this was once my home. no longer. ❞
❝  sorry! sorry, i’m sorry. sorry. ❞
❝  i remember being here. it was good for my tan. ❞
❝  wish i’d practice my japanese more, konichiwa! ❞
❝  you need a time out. ❞ 
❝  you might not want to tell your friends about that. ❞
❝  guess we know who’s really on top, don’t we? ❞
❝  with every death, comes honor. with honor, redemption. ❞
❝  a punishment for your crimes. ❞ 
❝  i will be on my best behaviour. ❞
❝  you think there’s something worth stealing in that temple? ❞
❝  people should be free. ❞ 
❝  you were never my equal. ❞
❝  death walks among you. ❞ 
❝   last i checked, i didn’t ask for your opinion. ❞ 
❝   you can’t be serious. ❞ 
❝   they’re back. ❞ 
❝   armor? how positively primitive. ❞
❝   now this is my kinda city, everyone’s free to live as they choose. ❞
❝   you need a time out. ❞ 
❝   die! die! die! ❞ 
❝   to think i would have to work with a street ruffian. ❞ 
❝   death comes. ❞ 
❝   one of these days someone is gonna to put an end to you. ❞ 
❝   that which doesn’t kill you…makes you stronger.. ❞
❝   well. you sure take to this bad guy thing easily, don’t ya? ❞
❝   aren’t you supposed to be dead? ❞
❝  i’ll tell you my secret if you give me your coat. ❞
❝   sleep. ❞
❝  never liked you much. ❞
❝  never leave a teammate behind. ❞
❝  together we are strong. ❞
❝  you won’t get rid of me that easily. ❞
❝  i don’t even think children are afraid of you. ❞
❝  i taught you everything you know. ❞
❝  it’s hard to just sit around knowing there’s someone out there that needs to be blown up. ❞
❝  i’ll put an end to your sad story. ❞
❝  you havin’ trouble keeping up? ❞
❝  i have destroyed more of your kind than i can count. ❞
❝ it’s a perfect day for some mayhem. ❞
❝  we’re all soldiers now. ❞
❝  give me your best shot. ❞
❝   you knew exactly what were you doing. ❞
❝   knock me down, and i’ll keep getting back up. ❞
❝   you always did have a high opinion of yourself. ❞
❝   i’m not a young man anymore. ❞
❝  still trying to play hero? ❞
❝  i sometimes wonder if your height is why you’re always in such a bad mood. ❞
❝  this is no place for children. ❞
❝  the world could always use more heroes. ❞
❝  looked in a mirror lately? ❞
❝  Me one, bad guys zero. ❞
❝  i’m gonna have to shoot you down. ❞
❝  this old dog has learned a few tricks. ❞
❝  another one off the list. ❞
❝  i love your glasses, so cute! ❞
❝  if at first you don’t succeed…blow it up again! ❞
❝  that’s for my family back home! ❞
❝  i’ve got you in my sights. ❞
❝  i’m the one who does his job. i’m thinking… you’re the other one. ❞
❝   you weren’t given those guns to toss them away like trash. ❞
❝   i will protect the innocent. ❞ 

ililynati  asked:

I didn't find anything to this question while navigating: my mc is indian-american, they live in the UK and her mother is atheist while her father hindu. It's a fantasy YA and idk how often to tie in the experiences of the character (raising the dead, magic, etc), with her heritage/religion? I mean I want to stay true to the characters past and her family, but I don't want to write about stuff I'm not qualified to write about

Atheist-Hindu in Fantasy

As I’ve probably said before, you can identify as both atheist and Hindu.  I do.  People may disagree on this point but I’m prepared to have that argument.  I’ve also said that the particulars of a person’s brand of atheism is going to differ based on what, if any, traditions, they were raised in.  If you have a bad experience as a member of a faith and later lose it, your atheism is more likely to have some residual hostile feelings toward that faith.  Since I didn’t encounter any abuse or negativity being raised a Hindu, I have a lot more affinity and affection for markers of Hindu culture than many ex-Hindu atheists in India may feel, where they find themselves under persecution by the Hindu right [See: Indian character who doesn’t fully identify with heritage]

So these are all things to take into account, particularly with regard to the character’s mother.  What is her ethnic and religious background?  Is she Indian?  White?  Something else?  Is her family Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or anything besides? [See: Indian Pakistani Girl, Atheism & OCD]

From the Hinduism side of things, I think as a religion it’s perfectly compatible with fantasy settings.  The Hindu epics are basically awesome fantasy novels anyway if you take away all the trappings of divinity.  There are plenty of stories involving raising the dead, things are rife with divinely-acquired powers that would be considered magic outside of a religious fold—I really don’t see any inherent problem with mixing magic and Hinduism.  Every religion has its own “magic system,” so to speak, so I would just say read Hindu stories and get a feel and a vibe for how divinely-inspired and magic powers work and feel in that world (if any Hindu followers are upset at this treatment of the religion as nothing more than a fantasy worldbuilding exercise, let’s talk—there are reasons I’m speaking about it like that in this context).

As far as the atheism side, please know that just because we don’t believe in gods doesn’t mean we’d all suddenly turn blind in a fantasy world.  That’s “Flat Earth Atheism.”  Most of us arrived at our nonbelief through a process of continual investigation, research, introspection, debate, and weighing the evidence presented to us.  While losing your faith may be an emotional process, becoming accustomed to nonbelief is anything but and in most cases must be approached rationally.  If you can’t justify something you can’t stay secure in it.  Being an atheist in an obviously fantasy world would be, I think, actually really fun.  You’re continually encountering things that challenge your worldview, and investigating them would be incredibly stimulating.  

Fantasy worlds are qualitatively different from our own, so I think that to say that there’s no room to imagine a world that both challenges the scientific method but where gods still don’t exist is a bit blinkered.  As a scientist, I think it would be quite mind-blowing to come face-to-face with phenomena that could expand our view of the natural world.  I think an atheist in that face of that would be naturally skeptical but the process of investigation is typically an integral part of our character, and should be shown as such as part of such a person’s narrative arc.

So while I’m concerned about accurate and varied portrayal of South Asians and Hindus, I’m also anxious to see better portrayal of atheists and atheism in fiction, as more than soulless automatons or a bunch of gross, obnoxious dudebros, and I think there’s a real opportunity here to do it justice.  Hope this helps.

~Mod Nikhil

Dealing with religious acquaintances as an atheist.

Some of y'all know I periodically get this bug up my ass to write something to help atheists become less obnoxious people and this topic came up in a Facebook group I belong to.

I don’t think the person who posted is an atheist, but the topic itself got me thinking of all the atheists I know and how they’d react.  A lot of them would be rude and there’s just no need for that.  For every annoying Christian out here trying to save the souls of the nonbelievers, there’s an equally annoying atheist who just can’t help reminding everyone they don’t believe in god or, worse, that they’re smarter for not believing in god.  If someone says “God bless you” and your first response is “God isn’t real,” that makes you an asshole atheist.

In an office setting, talking about your religion all the time is unprofessional and I highly doubt a Muslim in the same situation would be afforded the same leeway at work.  It should be pretty easy to scoot out of the conversation without offending anyone though.  Say something positive and then nicely decline, all with a smile and a pleasant demeanor.

“Thanks for the invite, but I’m content in my spirituality.”
“No thanks, but I’ll let you know if I ever decide to look into your faith.”
“That’s nice of you, but I’ve actually been an atheist for quite some time.”

The last one sometimes results in a “Well I’ll pray for you,” which is fine with me.  Pray your heart out, girl.  I’m lo-key offended if you’re deeply religious and you’re *not* praying for my soul because that would mean you don’t think I’m worth saving in your worldview.  You praying for me does not decrease my quality of life in any way but it gives you peace of mind, and that’s how I interact with religious people.  If what you’re doing doesn’t bother me but it makes you feel better, then please keep doing it.  That’s a net gain of positivity and I’m about making the world better on all fronts.

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Shoutout to all of the atheist muggleborns who didn’t believe in magic or ghosts before they went to Hogwarts and now they have suddenly been forced to believe the unbelievable.
Shoutout to all of the religious muggleborns who were told that witchcraft was a sin and now having to face the fact that their family might not accept who they really are.
Shoutout to all of the muggleborns who have to learn how to balance their magical life and their families on one plate without disturbing the peace.
Shoutout to all of the muggleborns who couldn’t go to their parents for advice on certain things because they knew that their parents would have no idea what they were talking about.
Shoutout to all of the muggleborns who were home schooled their whole life and now are being forced to chose between being away from their parents and studying magic or not learning about the wizarding world at all.
Shoutout to all of the muggleborns who were forced to fight in a war for a world that they weren’t born into.
Shoutout to all muggleborns.

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cordelia chase

“This has nothing to do with purity. This is all about dominance, buddy. You can bet if someone ordered a male body part for religious sacrifice, the world would be atheist like that.”

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If Atheists Sounded Like Christians...
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Watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze0PHCMHa1s

“I’m not an atheist. I’m just a follower of reason.

Oh, hi, new neighbor. What library do you go to?

I love believers. I just hate their beliefs.

I have a personal relationship with reality.

You’re religious…? Oh… well, I’ll think for you.

You don’t act like a Christian. You’re really open minded.

Oh, God loves me? Well, Darwin explains you.

Axial tilt is the reason for the season.

I do good in the world because it’s the atheist thing to do.

The universe works in non-mysterious ways.

Oh, stop complaining about my beliefs. You just hate reason. But it’s okay. Reason loves you anyway.

I just found a great parking spot! Thanks, random chance!

We all have a truth-shaped hole in our brain.

Conservatives are waging a war on science!… (wait, that one makes sense.)

I know it’s frustrating that your glass shattered on the floor, but remember: Gravity has a plan for you.

I would like to thank great genes for my team’s victory tonight.

A lot of people reject atheism because they just don’t want to obey the laws of physics.

With science, all things are somewhat probable.

You don’t accept evolution? Then what’s stopping you from murdering people if you don’t think altruism guides your biological fitness?

Just because you don’t believe in evolution doesn’t mean you didn’t evolve.

Deep down, I know you really believe in the scientific method.

You don’t accept science? That’s just because you haven’t gone to the right natural history museum yet.

If you don’t accept evolution, then why do you talk about it so much?

I’m not worried about death thanks to the grace of my telomeres.

A peer-reviewed journal said, I have no reason to doubt it, that settles it… unless new evidence becomes available.

Before we eat, let’s bow our heads and give thanks to the farmers who cultivated and harvested this food.

Just you wait. When you’re on your deathbed, you’ll finally ask for medicine. I heard Thomas Aquinas recanted right before he died.

There will be fire and brimstone and Earth will be destroyed!… in several billion years.

Why don’t you just try not being delusional?

Behold! The Christian’s nightmare. Now if you study a well-made banana, you’ll find that it’s a consequence of evolution. Artificial selection, in this case.

I’ll spare you all my screams of “Oh, Darwin!”

The point is that we’d sound like jerks. Arrogant. Condescending. And that’s what a lot of Christianese sounds like, too.”

Also watch…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNjEbPfc2d0

The people behind Supernatural are one of the very few reminders that the world has kind people. They remind me that not everybody is racist, homophobic or just overall hateful.

They remind me that I should work on bettering myself for the greater good.

While I may never have the chance to tell them this, I’m still so grateful to be apart of a community that I can feel truly wanted in. The SPNFam gives me a space to be charitable and happy without fear of mockery and backlash.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all.

Do you believe that nature is having a mind to manage such complicated process to produce a new human? DNA can’t order cells to form your body’s thousands of parts by itself. So how natural selection decide eyes,fingers,etc..? And what is that cell specialization since you know it all started from one cell.
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I already know atheists way of thinking “I m only smart, Other people are not well educated” ☺
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All this creation,All this perfect life systems are not enough for you to believe in master mind?I wonder how some people thinking! So who created everything?? The problem is in atheists cause they think themselves smart enough to say there is no god!
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laws has no mind to do anything..it is set up by The God.
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your parents are just reason..They don’t know how u r created… The one is The one who created you from a sperm and egg.
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Like when you see a beautiful sketch..We say,Who is that nice artist?..Why to deny who made you from a sperm and egg in 9 months to be complete human or he converted the small seed to a big tree..There is a long story of creation in between.
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Natural organisms don’t have a mind to create this beauty. or to set up systems in life.
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Evolution is just a fake. The first cell which is simply a challenge to u is a great evidence of creation.

anonymous asked:

Hey! I know you dislike Solas, but coming from a more meta/in-game perspective, why do you think he dislikes the Dalish for something that they ultimately had no control over? Like, we know he's not the typical "bad"/cynical guy since he liberated slaves etc etc. and I just find his opinions of the Dalish... weird? Is he just bitter? Does that have any bearing on why he wants to rip down the veil?

I think he dislikes the Dalish because he has been asleep several millennia while the world recovered from his snafu, and is gravely out of touch.

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Dear People

You eat meat? I respect that. Cool, let’s hang and have a bbq. But don’t go throwing shit on people that don’t. You want respect? Don’t fucking scream at people.

You’re a vegan/vegetarian? I respect that. Let’s hang and have some fruit salads by the pool. But don’t go throwing shit on people that eat meat. You want respect? Don’t fucking scream at people.

You’re an atheist? I respect that. But don’t go shoving your beliefs down other people’s throats. You want respect? Don’t fucking scream at people.

You’re religious? I respect that. But don’t go shoving your beliefs down other people’s throats. You want respect? Don’t fucking scream at people.

Do you get the picture yet?

Everyone has different views on the world. EVERYONE. But we are not going to get anywhere by screaming hate at each other. Stop being pigheaded and ACCEPT EACH OTHER. We’re all human and we’re all in this world together so how about we make it a better place instead of a worse one.

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Cordelia Chase (Angel The Series)

Why is it always the virgin women who have to do the sacrificing? This has nothing to do with purity. This is all about dominance, buddy. You can bet if someone ordered a male part for a religious sacrifice the world would be atheist like that.

anonymous asked:

I don't think Jensen is that religious. He didn't even get married in a church or use a priest. Even if he believes in afterlife, do you think it's also possible he couldn't admit he'd sell his soul for Jared, the person he loves the most? Being closeted aside, society frowns upon putting anything above your children. So he chose nothing, even though he knew hets were salivating for him to say he'd sell his soul for his wife and children.

Hello, dear anon!

I don’t think Jensen is highly religious, but a believer nevertheless. Being in faith doesn’t mean it has to rule your life, but it’s something that always exists in the background and shapes the way you see things. I think it’s entirely possible that Jensen wouldn’t say he’d sell his soul for Jared, even though he would. That’d be a huge admission, don’t you think? He’s already said he’d take a bullet for him, which is (in my atheistic world view) just as big.

As for the weddings, I think being a bit religious is exactly the reason neither of the J’s married in a conventional manner. Here’s what a very clever anon said on spn-gossip:

Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? So according to the Catholic doctrine, Jared isn’t married to G in the eyes of their god and isn’t technically cheating on her with Jensen. Jensen and D were married by a woman which makes the basis of their marriage hinky when you look at the doctrine of the Southern Baptist Convention.

So could it be that both Jared and Jensen, perhaps under the guidance of their parents and relatives, chose to marry their beards in a way that disqualified their marriages in the eyes of their god? I don’t see this as proof of them not caring about religion, quite the opposite.

he knew hets were salivating for him to say he’d sell his soul for his wife and children. 

Yep, I definitely think this was partly Jensen not cooperating with the het image. He’s already said that he’d sell his soul for D at least once, but it looks like he wasn’t willing to play the game this time. Thanks for sharing your view with me, sweet anon! I hope your weekend goes well.