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Article by misanthrope86 posted over a year ago
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I was going to post this as a forum topic, but since forum topics don't show up in updates, I decided to post this as an article. Please feel free to answer any/all the questions in the comments on this article, or write up your responses in your own article!

This first group of questions I have adapted from link. You can probably see why I have adapted them... Anyway, have a go at responding to these questions and hopefully that will prompt some deep thinking and debate!

[b]1. How do you define atheism?

2. How do you define "truth"?

3. Why do you believe atheism is a justifiable position to hold?

4. Do you believe the world would be better off without religion?

5. Where does morality come from?

6. Do you believe there is such a thing as evil? If so, what is it?

7. Do you think that a society run by Christians or atheists would be safer? Why?
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Article by ShadowFan100 posted over a year ago
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There has been thoughts on my mind a lot these last few days and I think its time I talk about them.

But before I go on, let me just say that I am NOT trying to make people angry or start a "war" on the 'net, I'm just gonna say how I honestly feel about all this.

When I go on the 'net, I discover tons of "religious wars" going back and forth over who's right or wrong about what people believe and the way they think.

To me, I choice to be in the neutral spot when it comes to things like this. Why? Because humans have become "one-sided" and are getting worse. Only focusing on one side causes fights and crap.

What I mean is that, its similar to this....

Believer: "Your view is wrong! You're gonna burn in Hell!"

and then....

Non-believer: "No, you're wrong! You're belief is illogical!".

Now I know people have their own thoughts on how they view things (which is fine) but its when they use their views of things to cause unnecessary, silly arguments. And I get it, not every human will get along but I know if some tried, they'd find that life is easier when we realize that, though we're...
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News by Interviewer123 posted over a year ago
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First off, I'm going to say a few things. Yes, I categorized this as news. Second, I believe Jesus existed. Not as a holy being, but as a good, respectable guy who preached his religion, as a historical figure . But, using the Bible's own logic, I'm going to try and collapse the whole holy image of Jesus and leave the picture of a man. Imperfect, sure, a religious dude, but I don't have a problem with religious people. I was raised Christian (my parents don't know I'm an atheist), but off of the idea that Jesus was not perfect.
NOTE: This whole delicate article is balancing on the fact that most Christians believe in the Holy Trinity.

A simple list of the Ten Commandments is soon going to topple the whole image of Jesus.

NOTE II- I use a summary of each Commandment, not the whole thing

1- I am the LORD thy god, and you shall have no other gods before me.

Ok, what's up with this?! Are these commandments actually implying that there is more than one god? I thought you all were monotheistic? Oh, well. It has nothing to do with Jesus anyway. So far Jesus, your divinity is safe.
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Opinion by fanfly posted over a year ago
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So this is super ranty and probably rambly to boot. I just feel the need to get a few things off my chest.

We've all probably seen posts on the internet to the effect that if Bibles were allowed in school we'd have fewer people in prisons.

I'm always flabbergasted at the blatant ignorance of this statement.

Firstly, Bibles are allowed in schools, they just aren't a part of the lesson plan. Students are free to bring their Bibles from home. Teachers are not allowed to lead prayers but students are free to pray if they so choose. And this is how it should be. Not everyone has the same beliefs and teachers/schools have no business 'taking sides' and promoting one belief over another. There's absolutely nothing stopping these students from exercising their religious beliefs.
Secondly, o.o7% of prisoners in American prisons are atheists. Less than a percentage point. There is no research to suggest that atheists are more criminally inclined than religious people.
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Article by Nos_DragonFly posted over a year ago
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Hi guys , I'm new here :) I'm trying to make a survey about sexual repression in Islam as I was making one in the random spot but it was deleted due to some certain people cursing me then reporting :/ I have few evidence like video's made by a french news reporter who went to Pakistan and show the world the underground Islamic pedo's but the problem is none of the middle eastern media showed the video nor talked about it .

Also I went to Arabic rape , pedo's & sex video's in Arabic language in YouTube and clicked on video static & it showed that Saudi Arabia & Egypt are the most repressed people in the middle east * I might be wrong* & yes I took a photo of them on my iphone then uploaded it on my laptop and I'm trying to post it here .


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Opinion by BedIntruder posted over a year ago
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Is God a divine being of truth? Or is he a sadistic monster?
A lot of Christians go about their daily lives thinking: God is everything. He is just, kind, and wise. He would never hurt anyone! All those people suffering and being killed? Oh, they’re all devils; God has the right to kill them. Even though the Ten Commandments clearly state: Thou shalt not kill. But of course, God is special! What about those good, hard-working, loyal Christians suffering? Oh, God’s just testing them. For what? A maths test? Even if this false deity existed, he has shown evidence of is sadism.
Genesis 6&7 Unhappy with the wickedness of man, God killed every living thing on the planet except Noah’s family. Men, women, infants and animals drowned in unimaginable terror and agony.

Instead of helping those people and I don’t know, giving them credit for not being Ned freaking Flanders, he goes and kills them all. Not just in a peaceful nice way. These bad, wicked people die in terror and agony, like they deserve, right? Well, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty hard for a 2 year old infant to be evil. But God kills all the evil little toddlers...
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Review by valeria23 posted over a year ago
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Okay. I resently joined this club. Before I start I would like to say that I HATE 'god' and Christinaty and all of it's insane(only insane) followers who think us normal people should respect their little imaginary freind.

I looked through some images, most of them had nice comments...but after I saw a few...I saw some CHRISTIANS comment on how angry they were or how they want to 'spread the word'.

All I want to advice you Atheists is:
Don't reply to them, or if you reply just say '@[username]Get out, this spot ain't for you.', you know what they say, 'silence is golden'.

And all I want to tell you Christians is:
Okay, seriously? Let's look at what you guys have:
1. The most popular religion
2. Almost the whole world worships Jesus(who ISN'T your saviour even if he was 'real')
3. Most countries go gaga over your religion.

WHAT WE HAVE:
1. Few who think like us.
2. Some things are illegal for us(mostly in the US as far as I know)
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Opinion by BellaMetallica posted over a year ago
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1. He told his followers to hate their families.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children,and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26


2. He came to break apart families.
I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Matthew 10:35-36
The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. Luke 12:51-53


3. He insisted that his followers love him more than anyone else (including their families).
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:37
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Article by Harmony97 posted over a year ago
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So I'm 15, and already I have discovered the sad truth of the world, people hate others. Sure you may be thinking, "Duh! Of course people hate people! What are you stupid?" But, what I mean is that they HATE me cuz of something I believe in, and I am only 15. 15 and people want me dead or thrown out of America, or they want me to be converted or a slave or whatever. I am 15 years old, 15 and people my age want me dead because I'm atheist.

Apparently because of my lack of religion, I am a cold, heartless, soulless person. I am cruel and emotionless, and all opinions I have are false. 13 years old, two years ago, I cut myself because of the hate from Christian kids. Not all of them did, some of my best friends are Christians, but I felt that the physical pain was better. This one kid, last year told me that I couldn't have opinions. He said, "You can't have an opinion Breanne, you're an atheist." When I got home, I felt numb. I cried for an hour in the quiet.

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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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The purpose of this blog is to speak openly and honestly about the undeniable truth of the lack of truth in life after death. First, it is necessary to explore the common misconceptions about life, its purpose and the truth of its end by people of faith. It is also important to find truth in both the unmoved convictions of those people of faith concerning the lives and thoughts of those who do not share the opinion that a creator exists.
We can all be in agreement that the human experience is individually unique while at the same time uniquely similar. We can all conclude that whatever one thinks about life and death, life is undesirably short. For some, death comes faster and earlier than others. Death comes in many forms. It could be caused by some natural pre-existing disease that increasingly eats one’s body alive, or by a self -induced disease brought on by ingesting certain ingredients in one’s body that speeds up the process. Death can be unexpected and cause pain for the family and friends of the deceased. Death can be caused by another human being selfishly taking another’s life, or by an unfortunate accident that inflicts so much damage to one’s...
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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Are we at the ground floor of the end of religion and the start of a dominant secular society? Although the decline of belief in America is evident, the country still remains largely religious. 80% of Americans believe in a personal god. I see small glimpses of true secularism and atheistic movements chipping away at religious institutions and thought. We can see what the future of a true secular and atheist society will look like by observing the leaders, social media, and local atheist communities. The fear and skepticism of atheists by the faithful still remains to be a roadblock to progress, however, it is the rising number of atheists and our willingness to be open about our true identities and consistent vocalization of the silliness of believing in ancient myths that will help rid the country of them.
Although atheists can and will tolerate believers, it should be our ultimate goal to free them of being imprisoned by superstitions through education, debate and exposure to the negative impacts on society they impose. The Constitution guarantees their right to worship freely in their private lives, and atheists should make it clear that our intention is not to...
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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Envision getting out of your car and going to an ATM to take out money for the weekend. You are excited about meeting up with your friends and having the weekend off. You may be going out to a club with your friends, or possibly to the casino for a little fun gambling. If you are older, you might be going to one of your favorite restaurants. You feel extremely happy and excited and looking forward to having some fun. As you go to the ATM, you are by yourself and there is still a little bit of light out as you walk up to withdraw some money. You have been to this bank many times before and feel comfortable because you know the neighborhood well. You put in your card, pin number, and type in the amount of cash you are looking to withdraw. The machine dispenses your money, your card comes out. You turn around to go to your car and there are 2 heavy set masked men staring you in the face, both holding guns to your head. They yell at you in deep,loud and scary voices demanding money. Your life flashes right before your eyes and your heart sinks to your feet. After giving up all of your money, they turn around and get into a car that you cannot remember and drive away.
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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The story of Noah’s Ark and the flood is one of the most popular stories in the Bible and Koran. It also has become one of the most polarizing arguments in the Creationism vs. Evolution debate. The debate really is a by-product of denial of history and science by the faithful and their leaders. The debate has been over for the last 150 years or so, since Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species showed that all living things evolve over long periods of time.

Many of the so called debates deal mainly with the science of evolution, but rarely the history of the actual story itself. It is important to note that there has been acceptance by some theists that evolution does in fact occur and the flood story is just one of many in the holy books that should not be taken literally. The admission of some theists that some stories in their texts should not be taken literally is just an adaptation religion has to make to remain credible to their followers. With any new scientific discovery that disproves any of their stories explaining the nature of things, religion has keenly just accepted the science and re-inserted god as the first cause of the discovery. This can be...
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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One thing that we can observe in religion is that it gains strength in numbers and the more people surround themselves with like-minded people who are true believers of the supernatural, the more affirmation an individual gains about their beliefs. Every major organized religion thrives on selling fairy tales about what happens when you die and how life began. They sell this product well because it is a product that humans have been trying to obtain since the earliest civilizations. Like any business, religion focuses on a module that reaches an end result of gaining and keeping customers so that the money keeps rolling in for growth. As an organization, most of the established religions have done extremely well for the last couple of thousands of years, not because the product that they are selling is of great quality, but because they have convinced absent minded, desperate and in many cases uneducated people that the product they are selling is the only product of its kind. When anyone has proposed to introduce a different product for people to buy, unless there has been considerable years of military force or threats behind it, it fails. The comfort level among the...
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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It happens to all of us. We are in a conversation with a believer and we end up in an argument, frustrated and upset that the believer walked away with even stronger convictions about their faith then before. Many of us have given up trying to talk to believers. It seems hopeless and pointless. After all, they all drag out the same tired arguments.
Evolution is just a theory.
You can’t prove there is no God.
Atheism is also faith.
We couldn’t have just come from nothing
I know God exists from personal experience.
These are just a few. How do we speak to someone with these certainties? It appears as though they are unable to be persuaded. Possibly it could be that our approach is wrong. Many times we find ourselves trying to inform them with our knowledge of the facts, instead of acquiring knowledge of the believer’s knowledge of the facts.
The first thing you always want to do when talking to a believer is to allow them to express to you what their understanding of the subjects that will come up in the conversation. It is always important to know what the believer’s foundation of knowledge is. Before even getting...
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Opinion by jmoor23 posted over a year ago
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On November 6th, 1997, 14 years ago today, my long journey and struggle with life and death began. I was 23 years old at the time and had a beautiful girlfriend who I adored and loved very much. It was a great day as we took her young son to the zoo and came back to her place for the evening. As we settled in at her 3 bedroom apartment, I ventured into her brother's room where I sat at the end of his bed and began looking at some photos that he had taken recently. .

At this moment in my life, I had yet made a conclusion about the greatest answer that eluded me since I was a kid; does god exist? I do admit that up to that point I was always skeptical, but never ruled it out. My biggest skepticism was based on the fact that I could not understand how so many people believed so many different things on the matters of god. Secondly, I could not square any creationist story about man with evolution. Lastly, why do so many people suffer in the world?

So 14 years ago today, that was my mindset on god. As I sat on the bed, looking at pictures, my girlfriend came in to the room and told me she wanted to show me something. I said, “All right”, and...
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Article by kissthespider26 posted over a year ago
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I am an atheist... but this song rocks.

I'm not quite myself these days
Guess we all come undone time to time in different ways
Well, I have myself to blame
Guess I don't understand I need help in many ways


God's got a plan for me W
ell, I'm gonna tell you one thing
I don't got the patience or the time
What can I say? I'm no angel
I'm not forsaken but I can bleed


Tear me open, I believe
God will set you up to bleed
And no one can deceive what is meant to be
And "Bloody murder" we will scream


Well, I guess it's time for me
Tell me what I'm left to believe in
'Cause I don't know the concept of the pain
I don't want the faith, I'll just lose it I
can prove it, watch me bleed


Tear me open, I believe
God will set you up to bleed
And no one can deceive what is meant to be
And "Bloody murder" we will scream
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Opinion by HighwayCreature posted over a year ago
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Questioning The Gods.

It is important for us, for the sake of the develpment of humanity, to question what we are told. For if we do not, we become conformists. Dumb, lazy, easily fooled conformists in a totalitarian world of oppression. To question is to form individual thoughts and opinions, to stray away from the herd of sheeple. When it comes to God, it is also important that we question him.

In the schools, despite religion being a controvercial topic, teachers still continue to make references to their Judeo-Christian god and give their realities to their students. These children have not been taught by their parents to question, and so they will automatically accept this god as cold stone fact.

It is important to remember that no one knows. No one knows if there is a god or not. So why do we teach our children one way, and refuse to show them the other alternatives? It is not right to brainwash children into the Christian tradition. If we are going to show them the Judeo-Christian god, we must show them all other gods as well. We must expose them to all religions, not just one. Let your child choose his own path, let your child...
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Opinion by HighwayCreature posted over a year ago
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Why Jehovas Witnesses Suck by Highway Creature

Ever get pissed off at Jehovas Witnesses showing up at your door at 9:00 am in the morning handing you lame pamphlets and asking you if they can come inside to preach to you - even though you've just been rudely awakened and have become extremely annoyed by their presence? Yeah, me too. In fact, I know a lot of people that feel this way, and because we may have something we can relate to here, I've decided to write this artical examining jehovas witnesses, their beliefs, and their idea of going around early in the morning knocking from door to door and bothering the crap out of people.

Now, I will try my best not to offend too many with this artical, but please remember that this is an opinion piece and may not necessarily reflect the whole truth - but rather what I percieve the truth to be. If you disagree with me, feel free to show me your side of the coin, and I will politely listen to what you have to say and either debate you - or, who knows? - maybe you will even change my views a bit and I will have to agree. That's what critical thinking and expressing opinions and realities to one another is all...
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Opinion by KissOfDoom posted over a year ago
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"What happens when we're dead? The irony is that all our questions wil be answered after we die. We spend our whole life trying to figure out the truth and the only way we'll find out what it is, is to get hit by a bus. And the only comfort that religion offers is that God is driving that bus." - John Ryman, When Galaxies Collide

"We would be 1,500 years ahead if it hadn't been for the church dragging science back by its coattails and burning our best minds at the stake." - Catherine Fahringer

"If we are going to teach 'creation science' as an alternative to evolution, then we should also teach the stork theory as an alternative to biological reproduction." - Judith Hayes

"A believer is not a thinker and a thinker is not a believer." - Marian Noel Sherman, M.D.

"If god doesn't like the way I live, let him tell me, not you." Author Unknown.

"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned." - Author Unknown
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Opinion by ilovereading posted over a year ago
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I had often heard people say that not believing in god requires the same amount of faith as believing.
After that, I was mostly feeling outraged. But it got me thinking. I decided that there is something wrong with equalizing atheism with religion, but not in the way I thought before.

Let me explain.

Atheism - god(s) doesn't (don't) exist
Theism - god(s) does (do) exist

At this point, atheism and theism have made the same number of assumptions about the universe (given that there is no evidence of either).
I can already see some of the believers all smug: "Aha, so not believing requires the same faith as believing!"

But religion is more than simple theism. Only small number of people stays at only believing in god and not presuposing anything else. Most of organized religions (that I am familiar with) go further and require more faith. Here are the usual assumptions that religions share (for convenience I will only use He in the points, but note that it can also mean She or They):
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Opinion by KateKicksAss posted over a year ago
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Recently, I embarked on the exciting, educational quest of reading the Bible from start to finish As of right now, I’m still on the Genesis-read, no further than page fifteen, and already I feel a rant coming on, which is presumably just the first of many that I‘ll feel the urge to write while reading the Bible. Basically, the first major things that both bugged me, intrigued me, and didn’t seem to add up was the incest factor. Without further ado, I present Bible rants, part one!

Incest. Sure it is a different time period and stuff, but really, has it EVER been acceptable to marry and reproduce with your own sister? (Not to even MENTION the anti-feminist themes, beginning with the fact that women are almost never mentioned by name, and are treated like possessions).

Granted, it’s not like it specifically SAID that Cain’s [Cain=Son of Adam and Eve] wife was his sister, but given the fact that Adam and Eve were the only two people on earth to start with, who else could it have been? And of course, the writer glosses over that little fact, presumably to try and make it look as though they weren't promoting the worst kind of incest. Even...
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Opinion by Dragonclaws posted over a year ago
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The Master and his otherworldly soldiers (Toclafane)
As an atheist, I don’t believe in Satan/Lucifer, but the character as a rebellious figure has some appeal. I think a lot of atheists agree. The Church of Satan is a just a group of atheists who admire the figure and want to piss off Christians. Now, Satan wouldn’t be a just leader, but on the other hand, neither would God. The only reason God is good is because God is first and gets to define what good is for his people. This is not good as humans, specifically modern Westerners, would typically define morality. I find a Doctor Who storyline to inadvertently illustrate God’s tyranny and why an Adversary would be attractive.

The 2007 Doctor Who season involves the Doctor’s evil counterpart the Master link, and there’s a parallel to God fighting Satan, with the Doctor as God and the Master as Satan. The Master takes away the Doctor’s strength, but his companion Martha Jones induces the entire planet to think the Doctor’s name/title at once, which causes him to regain his strength. Even after everything, the Doctor has mercy in his heart for the Master and forgives...
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Opinion by Claudia4599 posted over a year ago
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I know that this will probably anger some people, but this was just to good to pass up. These are word for word passages from the bible. There is proof in the bible that zombies are coming.

Zechariah 14:12

12And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

sounds a lot like zombies doesn't it? Many people take the bible as the truth, and also see it as a book of prophecy. Could we have received warning of the impending rising of the undead from antiquity?

Revelation 11:6
These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
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Article by KateKicksAss posted over a year ago
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An Atheist's 10 Commandments

(1) Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

(2) In all things, strive to cause no harm.

(3) Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.

(4) Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.

(5) Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.

(6) Always seek to be learning something new.

(7) Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.

(8) Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.

(9) Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
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