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“Doctor, how is my brother?”
“He is not at all doing well. Now it’s up to prayers and God.”
When dealing with near and dear ones of critically ill people, I have heard many health care professionals saying this. Even some doctors/nurses who do not believe in prayers or a personal God (the one who interferes for us hearing prayers) practice it. For doing such things they have an explanation.
“Why should we extinguish all their hopes?”
Is it ethical to tell some one that prayer, which is proven to be ineffective, or a mythical concept called God can possibly help them? Does such an approach help?
It’s true that some patients recover miraculously even though chances of recovery was considered almost nil. They recover because some factor that helped them was over looked or is unknown to science. Science and its practitioners very well know this fact, and that is why we never say there is no chance of recovery. We always convey that chance of recovery is very slim; so we never extinguish all hopes.
But by saying only prayers/God can help is like giving false hopes. There is zero proof that prayers are useful. Same stands for God. So by saying prayers/God can help, you are misleading them.
Continue reading “Prayers and God’s Will”
I believe in no god but my Mother and Father who ushered me into this world.
I believe in the family of man and all the ramifications therein.
I believe in the truth and shall seek it forever, however long that may be.
I shall shun all religions, and cults, from all regions.
I shall cling to my life as long as I can and renounce any death cults in kind.
I shall bring up my family as any man should, without threats or rapprochements on their decisions.
I shall never chose their path, however they shall know mine.
I shall never be judgemental as far as it is in my power to be.
I may make mistakes and admit my wrongs but I will never bow down to false propitiations of others.
I shall turn the other cheek but once, woe unto those who continue their insulting behavior.
I will never submit to forced love of any kind, it is an abomination.
When my time comes to die I shall never renounce who I am or what I stand for.
I shall face my life and Death without Shame!
Over the last couple months, I have spent a lot of time working on Atheist Analysis. I spend hours and hours working to help provide better content to the viewers, to help solicit more charity work within the community, and to help contribute a positive influence within the atheist community. When I first started with Atheist Analysis, I wanted to help others, to challenge the theistic belief structure, and to help atheists feel welcome and comfortable amongst the rest of society. I have not been ostracized or isolated the way others have been, but felt a desire to do more for the community of people struggling to gain acceptance within a world that is overtly pushing a theistic belief structure.
The longer I spent working here, and the more I have worked to help accomplish, I started to feel defeated. I felt that the world was crashing in, and my personal life started to suffer. The more I worked in the community, the more it bled over into my personal life. The more I talked about belief and nonbelief, the more those in my life had to hear about it. My passion not only for Atheist Analysis but also for the atheism community budded and burst. I wanted to spend every waking moment helping to create a better community where people can feel more comfortable in their skin.
Continue reading “Unpacking Activism through the Eyes of a Depressed Minion”
Gives Thanks Expresses Gratitude
(To whom, exactly, would an atheist “give thanks?”)
There are four calendric events – the equinoxes and solstices – that have meaning for me because of what they reveal about our planet’s relationship to the star it orbits and of what they meant to the ancients. On those occasions I always spend some time thinking about the Earth’s axial tilt and Newton’s laws of planetary motion; I usually take the time to look at some diagrams of the solar system while meandering through some photos of Stonehenge and other ancient calendars.
There are also national holidays that I hold in high regard, Labor Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day foremost among them. To me, those holidays speak of justice formerly denied my brothers and sisters but later hard-won by courageous men and women who laid their lives on the line; of a country wise enough for all its failings to recognize value in the struggle for fairness and to commemorate it. Those days occasion my watching of Matewan and reading of Letter from Birmingham Jail respectively.
There are national and religious holidays for which I have mixed feelings yet observe nevertheless in a way that lends them meaning; these include Independence Day (which for me involves the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights), Veterans’ Day (when I read the poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon), and the Christian holiday Good Friday – an occasion for auditing J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion. The holiday we are about to confront (celebrate? enjoy? endure?) in our various ways is another; I speak, of course, of that holiday known colloquially as Turkey Day, when I usually make a list.
Continue reading “An Atheist Expresses Gratitude”
A hashtag can be empowering. A hashtag can allow others to have a simple way to search for likeminded comments, blogs, posts, thoughts and pretty much everything that the #internet allows for. A hashtag gives people the ability to connect in a way that has revolutionized how we communicate and consume our digital lives.
Recently a gentleman named Mark Nebo co founder of Be Secular started a hashtag called #normalizeatheism. A simple message but a powerful one has come from this hashtag. Why did Mark start this? What are the reasons behind the desire to normalize atheism? Does a hashtag matter in the grand scheme of life?
To Normalize means to bring back,through a transformation of variables, to a standard or normal condition. In society being normal allows people to find a standard or mode that is acceptable to the majority of individuals. Being normal does not constitute being correct but creates a basis for understanding what is or is not acceptable.
So what does that mean to #atheists? Should we be embracing #normalization? In one sense the word #normalize would mean we just want to be like everyone else. We just want to be accepted by the majority of society as being #human. On the other hand do we really want to be lumped into a group where in our country to be #normal means to be #religious? This I think is a crossroads that should really be considered.
Continue reading “Normalize atheism – Powerful Little Words”
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Could humanity have saved more lives during the period of the black death if it were not for the church?
As it is today, so it was back in the days of the black death. The churches have and had a lot of power, have benefited on superstition, and taken advantage of misplaced faith. Today we are dealing with the Ebola virus, which in many ways is the same as the black death. So far at least one priest from Spain has died from the virus; he went down to Liberia with no medical training whatsoever, no equipment to shield himself, only prayers and a faith in a god that could not protect him more anyone else. In other words, history repeats itself.
Basically, the Black Death started in the Crimea area of South Eastern Europe and is believed to have been spread further into Europe by Genoese traders who caught the virus from the aforementioned area. Also, Genova, which was a trading center back in the 1340s, was a calalyst in the spread to the rest of Europe. A trader from England arrived in the city of Bergen in 1349. Rats on board fled the ship and spread it’s virus and germs to the rats in Norway. And in short within two years 50% of Norway’s population was gone.
So could lives have been saved if it were not for Christianity and the catholic church ?
Continue reading “Christianity and the Black Death”