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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

That Ad

Posted by on June 28 at 13:49 PM

Our Ad Of The Day is for the “2nd Annual Freethinkers’ Picnic,” which will be on July 4th, between 3-8pm. A picnic (“BBQ, music and more”) for nonbelievers? As an atheist, I find the absence of God to be a terrible realization. Those of us who have been forced to leave the warm and loving arms of God and walk toward death alone, under cold stars and meaningless moons, are not happy people. Being an atheist is no picnic.

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Yes, Charles, the absence of God is a terribly realization, but wouldn't some BBQ and a couple brewskis take the edge off it for you?

Terrible. Terrible realization. When are we getting an "edit" button here?

I completely disagree.

The absence of God in my life is a source of profound joy and comfort. Since rejecting the diety's sociopathic ass more than 20 years ago, I've found the world is a better place with a lot more to recommend it. I still have an existentialist obligation to set a good example, but I'm completey liberated to do it in my style. Dope, porn, casual sex and blasphemy are just fine with me and I couldn't care less what some long-dead bearded freak with holes through his hands thinks about it.

Forget about God, Charles. Enjoy your time on Earth with your friends and family, and take comfort in knowing that you live far more ethically than the jerks who let some archaic work of fiction dictate their every dumb action.

I can still spare some for pity the God-fearing fools that I deal with from time to time, but I'm genuinely relieved that one day they'll be rotting in the ground with the rest of us, freed from the oppression of their false belief.

There is so much pain and suffering in the world, the most horrible thing I can think of is that there is a benevolent God watching over us. That would imply that this is as good as it gets. No thanks. Things suck, but we made them that way. We have no one else to blame, and we're the ones who have to fix it. And we are, slowly.

Be miserable if you want to -- atheism is about self-determination. But you don't get to speak for all of us. For me, atheism is moral empowerment.

Getting rid of religion would solve most of the world's problems. Let's start with the Jews and Christians - no more Iraq war for Israel' security, homos could finally get married, and atheists can use their churches and Synagogues as whore houses, homeless shelters, or city parks.

Charles don't tell us there is no God. Tell your pro-Israel collegues to write some articles about how ridiculous the Jewish religion is, how there is no God to deed them the land of Israel. You paper has done a great job of ridding Seattle of Christians, now lets get rid of the Jews too. Atheism is the future.

Accepting as normal God's silence was a goddamned relief for me. Now I don't have to worry that something is wrong with me. Atheism is a further realized acceptance of God's silence, thus a true atheist can more easily be a truly free individual (and not necessarily in that god-doesn't-exist-so-let's-get-our-hedonism-on kind of way).

This is my long-winded way of calling bullshit on the part about atheists not being happy.

I love your posts mudede. If only you provided an audio recording of the text with a (I imagine) deadpan delivery.

charles mudede's realizations podcast?

Charles- I am having a 4th of July BBQ over here in west seattle that has nothing to do with God. Please come.

Wah. Freedom of Religion. And, yes, 'from'. So, wah, wah, wah.

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