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Old July 19th, 2011 (01:35 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Gymnotide:
Irony God is one of my favorite memes, but also a pretty guilty pleasure... Kind of like Insanity Wolf. Pretty disrespectful heh.
I love insanity wolf haha.

I don't see Scumbag/Irony God as offense, because it points out true statements. I have multiple Christian friends who also like that meme, not because it's funny, but because it points out why you need to have faith for them.

Different perspectives..
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Old July 20th, 2011 (01:03 AM).
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It's just a different dynamic there heh. I might be able to name a few people would more than quickly jump at the call and start spewing out defenses for Irony God claims.
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Old July 20th, 2011 (10:16 PM).
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I've officially and fully embraced myself as an Atheist, and no longer some arbitrary agnostic guy.

Now I just gotta find the way on how to break it to my somewhat Catholic family and without getting my mom to think I'm just saying it just so I can skip the crap I have to learn for the Confirmation Sacrament. Lol.
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Old July 21st, 2011 (09:23 PM).
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So, let's start some discussion:

When in [public] school, did you ever experience the school itself pushing religion on the students?

I've got quite a few experiences with it, mainly because I've lived in South/North Carolina all of my life.

(SC) One of my only memories from 5th grade is a person coming into the classroom and distributing little pocket-sized copies of Psalms and Proverbs. I think it may have been more than just 5th grade, I seem to recall receiving multiple copies of it.

(NC) At my 8th grade "graduation", we were all asked to stand and join in prayer. This was the first time that I ever realized "Hey, what they're doing is illegal". Of course, I didn't do anything about it because I was too young, and my mom would have killed me.

(SC) Graduation from high school! This time I had learned that prayer was scheduled for the ceremony, and I took action. Will they try again in the upcoming years? I dunno. I sure hope not.
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Old July 22nd, 2011 (07:57 PM).
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Hmm..

1. This one kid in my school when I was in 6th grade (I believe he was in 3rd grade at the time) was shot and killed. The school asked everyone to pray.
2. The day after 9/11 we held a mandatory prayer service.
3. Another kid in my school was playing with a gun (I was in 4th grade) over the weekend and I guess he somehow got shot and became paralyzed. We had a prayer service.
4. Different school now - when they came over the loud speakers and told us about Virginia Tech we had a moment of prayer.

That's all I can think of, both those schools were extremely conservative, and therefore had a highly religious student base.
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Old July 22nd, 2011 (09:45 PM).
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It's either never happened, or I've never noticed it. Probably the latter.
I tend to care very little if any pushing goes on.
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Old July 22nd, 2011 (09:59 PM).
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Not really, In my school we have a moment of silence instead of prayer (multi-denominational school ftw~)..... so no. I haven't seen it in my school.
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When I was high school, we had had a moment of silence for tragedies. The school also had (optional) prayer services for the public. In my opinion, I think that is appropriate since the prayer service was a public service, not school affiliated event. However, Landorus spoke about mandatory prayer services; I do not agree that a child should be required to be subjected to any religious services. A secular service, that includes parent's, student's, and teacher's memories of a student should be appropriate for all students to attend.
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Old July 24th, 2011 (08:19 AM).
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Now that you mention it, I'm actually so glad that I attended a non-religious school. While I wouldn't be bothered by mandatory prayers, etc. I feel like they would be a complete inconvenience.
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Old July 26th, 2011 (02:24 PM).
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Woohoo! The video of the high-school student activist panel that I was on last month is finally up! Here it is:



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Old July 26th, 2011 (02:49 PM).
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Quote originally posted by HarrisonH:
Woohoo! The video of the high-school student activist panel that I was on last month is finally up! Here it is:



:D
o: That's really cool!
Quote originally posted by lahishendeeir:
one question. (& in the nicest way possible~)
so what will you say if my grandma can make a broom drag you out of your house?
& i'm serious.
That has nothing to do with Atheism or any religion for that matter. You have a strike - and you're reported to the staff.
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Old July 26th, 2011 (10:13 PM).
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Oh no, that video is way too long for right now.
Can someone do a quick summary? :P
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Old July 27th, 2011 (05:21 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Gymnotide:
Oh no, that video is way too long for right now.
Can someone do a quick summary?
Nope It's just four students telling the stories of what they've done against school-sponsored religious practices, and then one going on about why it needs to be done, and then a Q&A session, and then a standing ovation.
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Old July 27th, 2011 (05:29 PM).
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I found this quite amusing, I thought you'd all like it. o3o

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Old July 29th, 2011 (01:11 AM).
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I found this quite amusing, I thought you'd all like it. o3o

Haha! I've seen lots of pictures like this, I thought I'd lost that one when my computer died. It reminds me of this one:
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Old July 29th, 2011 (01:19 AM).
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Oh gawsh. These pictures are getting less and less PC and more and more disrespectful lololol
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Old July 29th, 2011 (08:04 AM).
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Yeah..you're right. They are a bit disrespectful~

Let's all refrain from post those kinds of images in the future. o3o
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Old July 30th, 2011 (07:32 PM). Edited July 30th, 2011 by Gymnotide.
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Has this image been posted here yet?
It just makes me wonder.

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Plus, I feel it's hubristic to relate human form to godly form x_x

Oh, and a random quote:

“Believing there’s no God means I can’t really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That’s good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.”
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Old July 31st, 2011 (02:54 PM).
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If atheist means you do not believe in god, then it depends on your version of god. I don't think there is a big being up in the sky judging us, but you gotta remember 2 things:

1. The Big Bang was started by something.
2. Energy can not be created, nor destroyed.

Those things together essentially prove that reincarnation and god are definitely possible options. God, to me, is just energy. Energy makes us go, energy is the answer to so may questions. There is no "Hell" (unless you count some parts of Earth), and heaven is merely the transition between bodies. It probably feels good to be free of your body's physical limitations. So I'm an atheist, but a religious atheist. IT"S AN OXYMORON! WE'RE ALL OXYMORONIC!
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Old August 2nd, 2011 (08:20 PM). Edited August 2nd, 2011 by NurseBarbra.
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Quote originally posted by Tomandgreen:
1. The Big Bang was started by something.
2. Energy can not be created, nor destroyed.
Most scientists now say that multi-verse theory is a possibality, and that since energy cannot be created or destroyed, only changed, state that our universe is the byproduct of either 2 colliding universes, or the big crunch of the last universe being the big bang of our universe. Ect ect.

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Old August 6th, 2011 (11:21 AM).
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Uhh... I'd like to join.

What are your opinions on subjects such as same-sex marriage, abortion, the death penalty, and so on? Why?
Same-sex Marriage: All for it. I feel that if people feel so strongly for each other, then they deserve the rights that everyone else does.

Abortion: Depends on the case... If it's a young teen, no. If it's a rape victim.... Hell yes. I feel that would be one of the worst things ever... To look in your own childs face and remember something so awful.

Death Penalty: I'm from the South, so that may make this a bit biased, but I whole-heartily agree with the death penalty.

Why are your beliefs the way they are?
Just because I believe that after so many bad things happen in this world, and a bit of rational reasoning... Oh and I did research a bit about the bible.... I just decided.... "Yep... Bible's one of the longest fairy tales of all time."

Do you believe in any form of life after death?
I hope there is reincarnation, but there would be no way to prove it...

Do you believe in aliens?
No.

Does your family and friends know about your faith? If no, why not?
No;Yes. My friends know about it because I have many religious debates with other people (they just get on my case constantly, I'm quite quiet about it). My family doesn't because it's not like religion is all that important to us, so there's no real reason to bring it up.

Do you think separation of church and state is different from freedom of religion?
Uhh.... Hell yes? Freedom of religion = You may have any religion you want. Seperation of church and state = A religious factor (Christianity in America, at least) plays no role in the decisions and/or influence of the Government.

If God does exist, what do you think it would be like?
GEORGE CARLIN. I think he's just always pissed off at something we screwed up with, honest, and has a great sense of humor.

What are your family's general religious beliefs?
My mother is a Christian, but my father is a Muslim... I don't live with my father though, so I don't entirely understand Islam too well.
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Old August 6th, 2011 (09:28 PM).
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I completely updated the first post~ Go have a look! :D

Quote originally posted by keoni:
Do you believe in aliens?
No.

Do you think separation of church and state is different from freedom of religion?
Uhh.... Hell yes? Freedom of religion = You may have any religion you want. Seperation of church and state = A religious factor (Christianity in America, at least) plays no role in the decisions and/or influence of the Government.
Welcome! o:

Why don't you believe in aliens? Just curious~

Also, with the way you explained why they're different, you basically said they were different then said they were the same.

Freedom of religion also gives you freedom from religion - which is where separation of church and state came from.
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Well after reading some of the other posts about aliens, I realized I hadn't been thinking in the correct manner about that. I do feel there are other lifeforms somewhere else in the universe/galaxy. Yea... I kinda was rambling on that last part and even had trouble thinking of an answer, but apparently I didn't quite succeed about that.
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Old August 6th, 2011 (10:30 PM).
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So! This past weekend I went to the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference, where I got to meet a bunch of awesome people, listen to some awesome talks, and all in all just have a great time surrounded by like-minded people.

I was received the third place award for "Best High School Activist", which I really didn't deserve when compared to the others.

But yeah, if any of you get the chance to attend a conference like this, I recommend it. It's absolutely wonderful.
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