Keep Your Brains In Your Head

By Guest Writer PhilosophAnne

Of course, there are limits to tolerance.  I refuse to tolerate human rights violations that are justified by religious beliefs.  Grayling has some wise words on that, too:

“When we understand that there is great variety among human needs and interests, we must accept and tolerate it, and be open-minded.  We might otherwise make bad mistakes, and act in a prejudiced and ignorant way, to the detriment of others. This does not mean that we abandon standards … one should not be so open minded that one’s brains fall out.” (A.C. Grayling, The God Argument, emphasis added)

Dear Baby Atheist

By Guest Writer PhilosophAnne

…you don’t need to capitalize god, and you won’t be hearing about the capital G/capital N “Good News”. However, I do have good news for you! You do not need to fear eternal punishment. You are not being watched over every moment of your life.  You do not need to collect points by showing up to worship services. You do not need to desperately try to decipher a cumbersome, counter-intuitive, contradictory book!  That means you can live your life as you see fit and finally feel like you have privacy in the bathroom.

Forgoing Faith and Finding Fulfillment

By Guest Writer PhilosophAnne

I struggle with the fact that my parents have no trouble worshipping a god that is ok with infinite punishment for finite sins, a concept that I find entirely unjust.  I struggle with the fact that my safe space has vanished. I struggle with the fact that there will be ongoing challenges with my family relationships through major life events.

I feel like I have to constantly try to prove myself, like I have to be a shining example of how a heathen can actually be not-an-asshole.  (Here’s the problem with that: sometimes I’m an asshole.)