Japan

7 Feb

This is my first post with my new keyboard I ordered for my phone. Lets see how it goes.

I did a bit of research on Japan, especially compared to the US. The idea is based on how often people say that god is punishing America with natural disasters for all the atheist, gay people, and accepting them. Well, let us put them side by side and see how it holds up.

(Note: Feel free to question the reliability of this data. Don’t hesitate to correct me if I’m wrong. Theres a good chance it will happen.)

Now, this is a little ironic considering Japan has been having a lot of misfortunes, but I will address this.

First, lets compare the two according to religion. In America, 75% of us are Christian. About 10-15% are atheist/agnostic. In Japan however, its almost the reverse. Less than 15% believe in god, and less than 1% are Christian. Let me say that again. Less than 1% of the people in Japan are Christian. If the price for 25% of our country not believing in Jesus is every hurricane, earthquake and other natural disaster we’ve had so far, 99% should have sunk the nation.

The most obvious response to this of course is the fact Japan was nuked twice in 1945. Well, statistics show that religion in Japan decreased drastically from the mid-1900’s. So if the bombings were a punishment for irreligion then, Japan would be long gone by now. Instead it is a very successful country. I have some more statistics to share to show this.

Educationally, Japan appears to be higher than the US. In an international test taken by 8th graders, Japan scored the 4th highest. The US however was 11th.

Second, there is the average life expectancy. Here, Japan’s all the way near the top at number 5. On the other hand, all the way down at number 50 is the US.

My last piece of evidence is the line of poverty. Here however, both America and Japan are about equal. An estimated one in six people live in poverty in both countries.

Now that I’ve shown these, I should address the amount of disasters that occur in Japan. These seem to happen a lot; tsunamis, the earthquakes, the recent flood with nuclear disaster, every other fucking month. Here is my counter to this: Disasters happen here in America too. I do believe we are directly hit by every single hurricane that comes our way. Its not morality issues, its just geography. We live at a spot where hurricanes land. Same with Japan; locations of fault lines and fun stuff like that. If it had to do with religion, America would be hit a lot less, and Japan a lot more.

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My Girlfriend and her Atheism

2 Feb

(Note: I started typing this a long time ago and have been writing it a little at a time. I apologize for the extensive delay.)

Although I started a Twitter and blog for my use in godlessness, my girlfriend is more atheistic than me in a lot of ways. Although I feel strongly about my lack of beliefs, she came to them all on her own, something I sometimes doubt I would ever have been able to do. I became an nonbeliever in part because my family left the church and I was raised from then on in a very scientific environment. Without these events, I may never have thought it possible to question god, as I sometimes fear. But Nicole (that’s her name) grew up in a very religious environment. Her mother is a very strict catholic and many attributes that I find poor in parents. Her mothers parents immigrated from Italy and were/are worse than her mom.

And yet beside all this, she managed to question it all at an early age. Much earlier than I did, she thought that everything was a little ridiculous. This is something I envy.

Maybe a few weeks before she met me, Nicole told her mother she was an atheist. Her mom did not react very calmly. She tried to force Nicole to go to church and get confirmed. Eventually, the deal was that she had to get confirmed into the church, after which she could do whatever she likes. Despite this, her mom has harassed her several times to attend, and on the subject of religion, often to the point of tears. My girlfriends parents have made her cry. My frustration when this happens cannot be expressed. There is nothing I can do.

I remember the day Nicole’s parents found out I am an atheist. Never have they said anything to me, but it was one of the days where they yelled at her. We don’t know how they knew, and Nicole said she didn’t care, she was so upset. I care very much, and sometimes I wonder who or what violated my privacy in this way. I have a few theories that I might as well share to make this post even longer.

My first is that they found out through Facebook. They may have become curious about me, and checked my information. I have under religion pretty clearly “atheist.” Back then I think I even included a helpful little “it means I don’t believe in god” in case people were confused.

My second is that they found out through other parents. There are several people in school, of not practically everyone, who know I am an atheist. It is not entirely unlikely they told their parents, any of whom could tell another set of parents, especially those who have a daughter I am dating. I don’t particularly like this one and I think it is a bit unlikely.

The past two I actually thought up as I typed this, after putting more thought into it. This third is the one I have believed for quite a while (this took place several months ago, not all that long after we were dating). It is that someone both me and Nicole know well, and I have come to dislike. She is one of the few people I know whom I truly dislike. I used to consider her my friend, but I now consider her very annoying. I once liked to talk about religion with her, as it was something I found interesting and was sort of a hobby. She thought I was trying to “convert” her, something I don’t think she is smart enough for. Something that I think really severed our friendship was a little after she came back from Jesus Camp, and she called up Nicole for sort of an intervention, telling her to break up with me. ( I don’t think she grasped that Nicole was just as atheist as I was.) Nicole laughed and hung up. Although I found it mildly funny, I still felt betrayed, and you can hardly stay friends with someone who does that to you. I’m not the only one who dislikes her. She seems to think she can talk absolute shit about a person and still remain friends with them. Sometimes I wonder if she has any anymore, as pretty much everyone I know dislikes her.

Now, I don’t want to give you the impression that she’s a victim of bullying or anything; no one necessarily picks on her, and part of the reason I dislike her so much is that she talks shit about so many people of who I consider friends, something I am completely intolerant towards. Rationally or not, this has caused my feelings.

My reasoning for suspecting this girl of “telling on me” is her previous disregard to my privacy in an attempt to get us to break up. I don’t quite remember which came first due to how long ago it was. Nicole may not care but I do very much.

Nothing was ever said to me about the subject from her parents, but there seemed to be a sudden loss of trust. Before, they trusted my fully, or at least as much as could be expected towards a daughter’s boyfriend. But afterwards they seemed ever so slightly more hostile, and I was no longer trusted alone with her, as if I would rape her of they turned their back. Although her parents often frustrated me, it still hurt that they would treat me like that, and that it seemed to be connected with my atheism.

I think I am going to end this rambling on the note that the 11 of February will be our ‘anniversary’, marking one year of dating, of which I am quite excited about.

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Edit: part of the reason Nicole’s parents distrusted me was they thought I converted her. I didn’t; she was an atheist before I knew her.

Prayer

1 Jan

This post will be shorter than I’d like, but I felt like I needed to get one out. This post kept me up until 3:30 in the morning. I hope your fucking happy<3

Prayer is an interesting invention, and an ineffective one. I have several problems with the idea, starting with how little it works. You can pray all you want for world peace and starving children for all the good it will do. But if someone prays that they can find their keys, then bingo! Here they are! Wow, isn't god just awesome?! This can then be used as a story to tell your atheist friends, wondering how they could ever deny such a miracle was coincidence.

What. A. Joke.

First off, this has actually happened, and can be bent to fit other occurrences from finding keys to a loved one surviving cancer. Both are small in comparison to the large problems in our world and the thousands that die from natural disasters and warfare. Why are you special enough that god answered the easy prayers that could happen anyway? Well your not, he didn't, and yes, it was coincidence.

Coincidences do happen. If one in 50 survive cancer X, and your uncle does, then good for him. But you can't tell me this is evidence for god, especially when I can show you 49 others whom god apparently wasn't too sure about.

Prayer is ironic if you think about it. I mean, what happened to god's plan? Do you really think your going to sway him and change the whole fucking thing just by asking? Thinking your important enough with your small needs to change the entire script of you ASK is pretty arrogant.

Not that I'm saying a dying family member isn't important, but in the grand scheme of things, its really nothing. I thought theres supposed to be a purpose to everything, even death. I say this because as an atheist, I don't think there IS a grand scheme of things.

This post turned into a bit of a rant, but I had fun writing it. Also, it may be because it's 3:30 in the morning.

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Blasphemy

29 Dec

Blasphemy is a term often used to describe an action or statement that could be interpreted as disrespectful or questioning of god. It is viewed poorly and was once punished harshly, often by death. In some cultures it still is. And yet many people associate atheism with communism, which is itself associated with censorship. And yet Christianity is based off of similar standards.

A good comparison is to the government of North Korea. (I started writing this before the guy died, so pretend he’s still around for the moment.) In this society the leader is looked at with very high respect and obedience. Questioning him is more than frowned upon; it may result in like incarceration or death. With god the consequence is supposedly hell, a place of eternal suffering beyond imagination. Both have a very strict policy against free speech.

The constitutionally based governing system of the U.S. was designed to be a safe-haven for freedom of speech and press in order to freely exchange thoughts and ideas without restriction. A popular part of this is the right to criticism of politicians. No one cares if you poke fun at a member of congress or the president. Political jokes are perfectly acceptable, even to those who disagree with them. No one can deny people have a right to this. Such a way of living is radically different to that of North Korea. It also contradicts the basis of blasphemy; free to poke fun at a ruling authority. If god is in favor of the U.S. and the freedoms we cherish, then why would he use a system that is the complete opposite? God sets himself up as a complete dictator.

God is supposed to be the perfect being. So, picture the perfect person. Does this person get jealous or insecure easily? Do they have a short temper towards insults, or even things that could only barely be considered insulting? Do they wish fear from others? God as a perfect being is illogical with the attributes many Christians use to define him. If you say that you fear your god, that is a high level of blasphemy. If you have accused another of blasphemy, and claim that god is angry, then that too is blasphemy.

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Proselytizing

26 Nov

Penn Jillette, famous magician comedian, is also an atheist. In his book God, No! he mentions how he made a video telling Christians and such to go ahead and preach to him, for a few reasons. I won’t go into exact detail about what he says, so hopefully you can go buy it for yourself. It’s good. Basically, he agrees people wanting to preach to him; saving a soul from hell and such. (If you don’t mind, I’ll just switch to first person now, I don’t want to keep saying ‘he says’.) If you honestly think that I’m going to be tortured for eternity in the most horrible ways imaginable, PLEASE, at least have the morality to try and change my path. If your in such a position, do you not have some sort of responsibility to try and help a fellow out? I mean, damn! They don’t mess around in hell.
I can agree with all that. The part where you’ve lost me is the whole magical guy up there who actually gives a shit that I don’t believe in him to the point where he wants me tortured. Oh, and he loves me.

I can agree with the motive, it’s just the substance that’s really screwy. I also feel theres a responsibility in the same way for an atheist to look around, tap someone on the shoulder and go ‘excuse me, this is bullshit.’ Even if you can’t agree with the substance Christians, please at least try and understand our position and point of view.

I am new at this. I suck. Any suggestions on how to improve my writing, please tell me. Comment or something if you have a question, compliment, something to say or even just to yell at me. Say hi just to let me know your there! Thank you for reading, and again, please comment.

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Abortion

8 Nov

Abortion is a very tricky and controversial subject. For people who are not fed the answer straight up from a pastor, it can be difficult to decide where to draw the line.

Some factors to think about are when a fetus is considered human, how intelligent it is and if it can feel pain. If a fetus is at all times human, then this would make aborting it a murder. If it can feel pain from the abortion then the abortion is cruel. If it can notice its surroundings and is intelligent (to a babies extent) then an abortion is surely murder.

I don’t have much of an opinion on this subject; I really don’t know where to stand. More or less, I think that it is leaning toward the wrong the further down in pregnancy it is. It may be considered more humane when it’s within a month or two. (I am not an expert at pre-birth development.) It isn’t really something I’d recommend to someone I know, but maybe they should have a choice, at least early on.

There are of course circumstances where an abortion is completely necessary. If both the mother and child are most likely going to die, then an abortion can at least save the mother.

Please comment or message me or anything on personal opinions, ideas, etc. I am on the fence and am interested in other’s thoughts, especially atheists, agnostics or just secular thinkers.

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A Quick Note

8 Nov

I made this blog as a second to my Twitter account. Technicaly, this will have to be the reverse. However, please follow me on Twitter where I will tweet about new posts on this blog. Although there is no one on here yet, if there ever will be anyone. Maybe I’m just talking to myself.

Also, I will be primarily using my iPhone to post, so please excuse any autocorrect bannanas.

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