I am an Atheist.
And being an Atheist is no one’s business but my own. It shouldn’t concern, bother or affect anyone else. But apparently…it does.
Atheism. What a dirty little word. Tell people you are an atheist and they act as if you just told them you worship Satan or eat babies. So let me set the record straight…I worship no imaginary beings, including Satan and I’m a vegetarian, so no babies for me.
I used to say I was Agnostic…maybe there is a God, maybe there isn’t, but it can’t be proven either way. To a certain extent, I still stand by that, because it is a FACT…it can’t be proven either way. So why say I’m an atheist? Because while I stand by the idea of agnosticism, I find it VERY hard to believe that there is an omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence being out there concerning itself with us puny little humans.
Unfortunately, I have people in my life that (apparently) have a problem…not that I’m a non-believer, but that I say I’m a non-believer…out loud, publicly, for others to hear. And to that I say….too bad. I’m a non-believer, an Atheist…get over it.
On Facebook I am a “fan” of various Atheist/Humanist/Agnostic and Science pages. Many of which poke fun at religion and the overtly religious. I do, on rare occasions, “share” or “post” some of their material…generally it’s science based (or science vs creationism), but nothing overly offensive. For the most part though, I simply “like” posts/images on their pages…but apparently my “likes” sometimes show up in my Friend’s feeds and they mistake my “likes” as actual posts done by me. So…not only do these people not know the difference between a “like” and a “post/share”…they also disregard the actual image (which is, as I already mentioned, science-based) and focus on the name of the page it originated from (generally an Atheist page).
Here’s my approach on Facebook. I am “friends” with quite a few religious people. Every day I see them post about God and Jesus, prayers and feeling blessed…and that’s fine. Whatever floats your boat. I don’t have a problem with people who believe in God, if that’s what makes them happy, so be it. I don’t go to other people’s pages (with the exception of my mother and sister) and post my religious views, attack or poke fun of their religious beliefs and as long as people don’t post religious crap on my page, we’re all good. The moment someone crosses that line and brings the religious discussion to my page or responds to my non-religious post on someone else’s page with religious mumbo jumbo, we’re going to have a problem.
(Though, I broke my own rules once when a friend of a friend posted that non-believes are simple-minded. She said that just because you can not see God, doesn’t mean he’s not there. Then proceeded to explain that you can not see the air that fills your lungs, or the life-giving blood that flows through your veins, or thunder, or the love that fills your heart. So I simply responded that while air can’t be seen by the naked eye, it is measurable (though it can be seen via scattered light), blood can be seen via ultrasound, thunder is a sound that lightning makes as air heats up and expands…and you can see lightning, but you can’t see sounds. And finally, love is an emotion and emotions come from your brain, not your heart. She never replied.)
I also have someone in my life that feels it is necessary to sugar-coat my religious beliefs to others who inquire (whether it’s from his side of the family or mine). He tells them that I’m not really an atheist, more of an agnostic…it’s not that I don’t believe, it’s just that I don’t think it can be proven either way. Half right…though he leaves out the part where I don’t actually believe. You’re not doing me any favors by sugar-coating it. Plus, technically, you’re lying.
Bottom line…there’s nothing wrong with being an Atheist. I’m more moral than most Christians I know. If you don’t like it, then that is your problem, not mine. I’m quite content.