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  •  To answer your last question first: Yes (5+ / 0-)

    I think an Atheist BBQ/potluck would be a phenomenally fun event, and probably more enjoyable than this diary series.  

    I do this series because I believe we should never stop thinking.  The fundamental difference between a true theist and an atheist is that a theist thinks they know all they need to know and the only reason they "preach" is to try to convince others and themselves that they're right.  There's a emotional comfort to that.

    This series is not about "preaching" atheism.  It's about having an open discussion about what it means to be an atheist, and dispelling myths that help keep us a misunderstood and suppressed voice in society.  We do it here because it's not the type of place where it is only pontification, and it's not the type of place where we'll get shouted down before we can even speak.  Here, we think we may have a platform to speak to rational people about some of the irrational assumptions some make about us.  

    It sounds like you have a very interesting perspective on religion and I would be thrilled if you participated further in this series.


    "Religion allows people by the millions to believe things, that only a crazy person could believe on their own." -Sam Harris

    by XNeeOhCon on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 11:49:14 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the invite, X. (2+ / 0-)
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      I'll read the diaries I catch, might participate. Our friends run the gambit from evangelical atheist through the SBC leadership, ten ways to Quaker and Presbyterian and JWs and Buddhist and Sikh. They all know we believe in 'More', and they wouldn't be welcome on the 'stead if they weren't okay with that. We don't push it on them, don't want to have their beliefs or lack thereof pushed on us. But we do sometimes have lively discussions around the campfire under the stars...

      Many among the Church-People would think we're atheist. Or agnostic. Or (worse!) mere theists. But honestly, we don't care what other people think about things that personal and/or important to the way we live our lives. No need to self-justify, no need to recruit.

      Heck, for an entire family (three generations!) of our atheist friends, my hubby is designated marrier and burier, they think of him as their Brujo. Something we've never quite understood but accept because we love them all so much. We're as dysfunctional as anybody else's family (not as bad as some), don't claim to have this living thing down to an art form on such levels. We're just us. The family crest comes with a motto that roughly translates to "We Are Not Obliged." Fits pretty well, since we feel as much need to apologize as to justify - mostly zip. ;-)

      Now, more than ever, we need the Jedi.

      by Joieau on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 06:27:12 PM PDT

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