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Chomp Donating Member (602 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:17 PM
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I am now openly hostile to all religions
I recently abandoned Atheism and converted. I am now an Evangelical Antitheist.

No longer do I believe that religion is a relatively benign and passive bye-product of human fear. No longer do I believe that it is just something that I personally don't want but that others have a right to. I am done with this line of thinking. Totally, totally done with it.

My personal mission now - my belief system - is to assault, assail, ridicule, decry religion and its followers at any chance I get. I don't care if it is insulting or hurts your feelings as a believer. That's the whole point of my Evangelical Antitheism. It is not a passive thing.

I think that all religions and their followers are part of the same putrid mass. They retard humanity, stiffle free thought, increase hatred, cause wars, promote conflict. I believe all religions are illiberal and anti-intellectual. They are an insult to humanity and all that humans can be. And it is my duty as a human to fight things that hurt humans (which, after all, has been a biological and evelotionary imperative since we were monkeys in the trees).

I hate, hate, hate all religions. I know, it is a contradictory position for a liberal, but I don't care. I'll be illiberal on this if needs be. I hate them all. Yup. Hate.

Anyone who now talks to me about religion (or related issues to do with education or lifestyle etc) must expect that I have the right as an Evangelical Antitheist to tell them to their faces that their God doesn't exist, that their holy book of choice is a lie and that their insistance on worshipping a primative mythology is a sham.

If this post offends you and your beliefs, I'd ask you to respect my belief that your belief is bad for us all. Live and let live? No. No. No.

Your religion - whatever it is - in my sights and I denounce you and your G/god.
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rockymountaindem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:19 PM
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1. So, are all the religious folks justified in a holy war on you?
I mean, if you're going to single-handedly abolish live and let live, you're only making the problem worse.
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400Years Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:21 PM
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6. they made that war declaration long ago
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Left Below Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:19 PM
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2. Here, here!
I second your motion!
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:20 PM
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3. And thus you become
What you most loathe. Anything, religion or anti religion, that you take to the point of evangelism injects a huge quantity of hate into your soul, to the point that it is bad for you you, physically, mentally and spiritually.

You've been warned.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:21 PM
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4. Gosh - you sound like an Evangelical Christian to me! LOL! n/m
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:21 PM
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5. Watch "Bonhoeffer" on PBS tonight at 10 PM. He's the real thing!
We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough for us to find our way back? Dietrich Bonhoeffer

BONHOEFFER
A documentary film by Martin Doblmeier

National PBS broadcast Feb. 6 at 10 p.m. EST (Check local listings).

"A touching narrative on the nature of faith...powerful and shocking." - The New York Times

His insistence on the importance of an active response to Christ's Sermon on the Mount a call to social justice inspired many of the world's great civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Vaclav Havel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Visit www.journeyfilms.com, www.bonhoeffer.com, or www.pbs.org/bonhoeffer
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SPECIAL ISSUE: When I first met Bonhoeffer 02.06.2006 www.sojo.net

" ...The evangelical Christian world I had grown up in talked incessantly about Christ but never paid any attention to the things that Jesus taught. Salvation became an intellectual assent to a concept. "Jesus died for your sins and if you accept that fact you will go to heaven," said the evangelists of my childhood. When it came to the big issues that cropped up for me as a teenager - racism, poverty, and war - I was told explicitly that Christianity had nothing to do with them: they were political, and our faith was personal. On those great social issues, the Christians I knew believed and acted just like everybody else I knew - like white people on racism, like affluent people on poverty, and like patriotic Americans on war.

Then I read Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship, which relied heavily on the beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount and the idea that our treatment of the oppressed was a test of faith. Believing in Jesus was not enough, said Bonhoeffer. We were called to obey his words, to live by what Jesus said, to show our allegiance to the reign of God, which had broken into the world in Christ. Bonhoeffer warned of the "cheap grace" that promotes belief without obedience. He spoke of "costly discipleship" and asked how the grace that came at the tremendous cost of the cross could require so little of us. "Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship," he said, "and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. It remains an abstract idea, a myth. ... "


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LeftCoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 12:21 PM
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7. Locking
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