Some people in the religious (and some in the agnostic) community have been going on a crusade to redefine atheism from “a lack of belief in god/s” to “the belief that no god/s exist”. This is fallacious from the start because:
1) Atheism comes from the Greek words “a”-without and “theos”-god. Without god. While some atheists do believe that there is no god, it is not a requirement to do so. In order to be without god, you just need to not believe in god/s.
2) It’s a lot easier to pretend that your opponents beliefs are faith-based and insupportable than facing up to the burden of proof that you give yourself when you make claims.
But for the sake of argument let’s just say that officially atheism is “the belief that no god/s exist”. If two people, one believing no god/s exist and the other being unconvinced were to debunk every theistic claim put to them, it really wouldn’t matter what their beliefs were. It would just show that theistic claims consistently collapse under critical scrutiny, have no evidence backing them up and are not backed up by logic or evidence. Theists who fixate on strong atheists are really just trying to distract attention from their real problem: that their claims have no valid foundation.
Dear Agnostic People Across The World,
You are awesome people. You are kind and loving people. You also think critically (most of the time). I will give you credit, you actually admit you don’t know.
But I digress, you do not hold a valid theological position. You answer the epistemological question which is “Do we know?” (or “Can we know?”). You can not use “I don’t know” as a theological answer. I’m not good at articulating my thoughts (yet strangely I have a blog) so, I will leave you all to look at this image:
Well I start 9th grade soon and I have a review of the summer. It sucked for the most part.
It sucked in some ways because of the NSA scandal. Do you want the bad news or the shitty news first? The bad news is that the NSA is spying on us and it’s legal. The shitty news is, is that this won’t even taint Obama’s legacy. Like Reagan, Obama’s terms will be white-washed and only those who dig deep enough will find out what he really was.
The only good thing that happened was that the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Prop 8. Same-sex couples now get federal benefits! It would be much better if government could just get the fuck out of marriage entirely. Now, apologists for Prop 8 give this state’s rights crap. State’s rights doesn’t give power to the states to deny rights to people. It only serves the purpose to let state’s run their own affairs (ie. make their own laws). This is a victory for me in two ways. First, the government is getting smaller on the issue of gay marriage. Secondly, religion has finally been kicked out the door on this issue. Christianity and other religions no longer get to discriminate against people simply because, they don’t like them.
Summer 2013 was not a libertarian dream but, there are still some good things to remember from it.