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Old 09-18-2013, 06:17 PM
 
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I have always wondered these.... Please answer

1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze?
12. Would you rather live/buy a house next to a mosque, synagogue or church if you had to pick/choose?
13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy?
14. What do you think about Islam?

Thank you so much.

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
Everyone in my family is atheist, so yeah. As far as my friends go, I don't know. Never really discuss religion. Prolly half know I am an atheist.

2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
No

3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
No, I would never tolerate a religious upbringing for my child. If they insist they can GTFO. That's child abuse. No compromise.

4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
I don't think jesus ever existed

5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
What?

6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
I'm not?

7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
Yes

8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
Doubt that would happen

9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
No

10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
Why would I?
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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I have always wondered these.... Please answer

1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
Yes.

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2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
No. But I do celebrate the secular holidays of Christmas and Easter.

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3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
No, I would not, though I suppose I couldn't stop it. Irrelevant, since I married a like-minded woman.

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4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
No.

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5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
Can't? Actually, I can. I can also call myself a garden gnome. Seems rather pointless to refuse to use the properly descriptive nomencalature, however, which is why I don't.

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6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
I couldn't care less - except when the word 'God' is followed by some insistence that law or policy be based on the speaker's selective religious beliefs.

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7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
No.

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8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
Express my disapproval. There would be nothing more to do.

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9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
No. Nor will I sacrifice a chicken, nor beseech Zeus to heal me.

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10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
Because I don't possess a mind so pliable that I can flip belief on and off like a switch.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:54 PM
 
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I have always wondered these.... Please answer

1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?

Yes

2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?

Yes, I participate in American cultural traditions like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Fourth of July, etc. I am able to celebrate Halloween without being Wiccan, just as I am able to celebrate Christmas without being Christian.

3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?

Moot point as we are both atheists.

4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?

To quote a Jewish friend of mine: "He was an interesting, charismatic historical character."

5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?

To my understanding, an institution is secular while a person is atheist. Perhaps someone with more rhetorical skill than I can further explain the distinction.

6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?

It's mildly annoying, but many things are. Mosquitoes, for example.

7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?

I believe in that First Amendment prohibits America from adopting any organized religion. Therefore, America is officially a secular country.

8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?

If my children express an interest in attending church, I will take them there. Just as I will take them to the zoo if they express an interest in penguins.

9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?

I don't plan on it, but I've never been seriously old before. Do you start believing in Santa on Christmas Eve?

10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?

I don't know. Why can't you just believe in the Tooth Fairy?
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:14 PM
 
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^^^ Great responds... More please
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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I have always wondered these.... Please answer

1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
Of course why wouldn't they?

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2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
We celebrate the traditional time of the year just as pagans did when they celebrated the winter solstices and the spring equinox. After all it is that timing which the Christians adopted for the holidays. We enjoy the tradition decorating the Christmas tree, which was a pagan custom, we enjoy exchanging gifts, we enjoy family, and we enjoy watching the joy that the children have in these two events.


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3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
Nope, neither of my children baptized nor any of my five grandchildren. Why would we want to be hypocrites? By the way, I am NOT baptised either.



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4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
Why would I consider something that came out of a fairytale as real. I don't consider Santa Claus a great person either.


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5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
What difference does it make.


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6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
I live in the buckle of the Bible Belt. I and tolerant of other people's beliefs as I would hope they are of mine. I even have a Creation Museum 2 blocks from my house. It is amusing to see that people actually even consider it is be anything but its fantasy.


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7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
American Constitution is quite clear as to freedom from religion. It is neither pro or anti religion. The founders got it right.


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8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
If my children were so inclined great that is their option. My spouse not consider it. I feel fortunate that I brought up my children to think rather than just followed some book that was written by desert tribesmen 2000 years ago who were above all superstitious.

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9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
Nope. I said no to hospital chaplain who asked me if I wanted him to say prayers for me when I was sick 9 years ago, and I politely declined. I'm not a hypocrite.


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10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
I have no idea what this question means.



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11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze?

Yep because I've been indoctrinated into the common society.


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12. Would you rather live next to a mosque, synagogue or church?

None of them. Too many people at certain times a week. I like my privacy and quiet.


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13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy?

Neither. Christians did a pretty bad job which apparently the Muslims have copied as how to run roughshod over people's rights. The Muslims learned well from Christians how to torture and kill people who do not believe the way they do.


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14. What do you think about Islam?
It is bat**** crazy an ideology as Christianity is.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:26 PM
 
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I have always wondered these.... Please answer

1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic? Yes
2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter? Yes
3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted? My children are all baptised but I was agnostic at the time. I wouldn't do it now and frankly I'm being totally honest here it was just to get my kids into a good school.
4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher? Yes
5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever? Atheist covers it and it's just a word.
6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches fine God mentioned all the time not so much
7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country? Yes. What with creationism, Scientology, Mormonism and the rest, I think about 75% of the country has lost its mind. A belief in god I have no problem with at all.
8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do? Let them make their own choices.
9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers? Absolutely not.
10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.? I have no idea.
11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze? Yes. All the time.
12. Would you rather live next to a mosque, synagogue or church? No why would I want that? Funny question to direct at an atheist.
13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy? Christian but only because I am more familiar with that.
14. What do you think about Islam? I don't really give it any thought apart from when extremists make themselves known.

Thank you so much.
No problem
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Peaceful Forever View Post
1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze?
12. Would you rather live next to a mosque, synagogue or church?
13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy?
14. What do you think about Islam?
1. Some.
2. Christmas yes. Family reasons. I respect Jesus enough to celebrate his birth as well.
3. Probably.
4. Yes. Jesus was a very kind man and very much ahead of his time.
5. Same reason the Pope says he's Catholic and not just spiritual or religious.
6. I'm used to it. People are entitled to their beliefs and to sharing them with others, and so long as they do this kindly (many do, some don't), I see no problems.
7. No. I wish it was more aware of it's secular roots.
8. That's fine, so long as they do so respectfully and respect those who disagree with them.
9. Probably not.
10. I don't know. I think about it too much, I guess. The big thing that bugs be is that religion is demographic
11. I tend to say bless you yes. It's polite.
12. Church, though really I have no preference.
13. That's actually a tough one. I like Jesus, but I hate the Christian idea of original sin. Probably Christianity though; I know more about it.'
14. Same as all other religions. Believe what they want, but don't make it anyone's problem if they don't want to hear it.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?
Some do, some don't. It's a function of whether they've asked. I don't wear it on my sleeve.

2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?
Secularized Christmas yes, Easter no.

3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?
My children are grown and my spouse is like minded. If I were in that situation I'd likely allow it.

4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?
No.

5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?
I don't really label myself in public. If someone asks if I believe in god, I respond truthfully. If someone asks me to participate in something religious, I tell them I'm not religious. That's usually sufficient for people. Going into detail, generally, is TMI (Too Much Information) and not necessary.

6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?
It doesn't bother me.

7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?
No.

8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?
Other people are free to do what they want. My stepdaughter, when young, was interested in church and my wife bought her Bible story books to read her at bedtime. She took her to church. She put both her kids in church-sponsored day care for awhile because she wanted them to be exposed to all facets of life.

9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?
I don't understand the question -- why would I?

10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?
"Without questioning" implies a total lack of curiosity and interest about how things actually are. I'm just too curious, I guess. Also, I can't turn belief on and off. Belief or unbelief is an automatic response to facts that are in evidence. I don't see the slightest empirical evidence for god.

11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze?
I use socially appropriate and expected terms pretty much without regard to whether they have a religious origin. I don't think I'll be contaminated by doing so.

12. Would you rather live next to a mosque, synagogue or church?
The question has never crossed my mind. I don't know why that would be a problem, any more than a store or an office building.

13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy?
Christian, since I am familiar with it -- no other reason, really.

14. What do you think about Islam?
I have no inherent problem with it. Just got back from a long vacation in Turkey, in fact. That experience taught me that there's nothing inherent in Islam that would preclude having a modern secular state. It was like being in the US except it was Islamic rather than Christian. Much of the Islamic world, though, is poverty stricken and in thrall to fundamentalist / extremist sects in a way that even the US isn't. I wouldn't enjoy dealing with that.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:47 PM
 
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1. Does anyone in your family/friends know you are an atheist/agnostic?

Some yes, some no. Friends know. Some family members do not.
2. Do you celebrate Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter?

Not the religious part, but we do Santa and Easter Eggs for the grandchildren.


3. Will you baptize your child if your spouse wanted?

not relevant as my children are grown. We did not baptize them, but we are a multicultural family and my dh was brought up Jewish, so Christian baptizm was not even considered.

4. Do you consider Jesus as a great person and philosopher?

Not really.

5. Why can't you just call yourself for "secular" rather than atheist, agnostic or nonbeliever?

Because atheist and agnostic are the better description for me. I don't believe in any god or gods or goddesses.

6. How do you feel being surrounded by churches, God mentioned all the time, etc. in your daily life?

Being surrounded by churches doesn't bother me. God was not mentioned all the time when I lived in Chicago. In Texas, it is different and the assumption that everyone is Christian does bother me, but I don't care whether they *mention* god, only that they want to convert everyone else including my Hindu dil.

7. Do you wish America was officially an atheist country?

No

8. What if your children or spouse want to believe in God, pray, wear cross, etc.? What will you do?

If they did, it would be ok as long as they were not trying to convert me. We are a multicultural family. There are various religions included and it is fine. I would be a bit disappointed if my children became evangelicals, but it is their choice. It is, however, not going to happen as they are both grown and not religious.

9. If you get serious sick / old - will you start believe in God and ask for prayers?

NOPE

10. Why can't you just believe without questioning/be in doubt about God's existence without going to church, pray, etc.?

Huh?

11. Do you use any religious terms such as "bless you" e.g. when somebody sneeze?

sometimes. In general, I like the spanish way - salud (to your health - for one sneeze), dinero (for wealth, for the second sneeze), amor (for love, for the third sneeze)

12. Would you rather live next to a mosque, synagogue or church?

No preference really.

13. If you had to pick, would you rather live under Christian or Islamic theocracy?

I would not pick either really. Theocracy is a terrible idea. I suppose, I could live in Isreal under Judaism because it is still a secular state. Not Vatican City or any of the Islamic states or any Christian theocracy in the United States. I would have to emigrate if that happened.

14. What do you think about Islam?

Same as any other religion. It makes no sense to believe in any of them.
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