Archive | February, 2012

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.