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February 21, 2018

I am often asked why

Filed under: Atheism, Bigotry, My Life and Rants, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 15:08

I am often asked why I post so much against religions.   The truth is I am defending a secular state from those who would force a theocracy on us.   Think not?   Here is a recent sample from just two websites.     I did not even both to list the many from the friendly atheist  .   What do you think of these:

Pride parade refused.                             

The two people who spoke against having the parade were resident Dorothy Isaac and pastor of Josey Creek Missionary Baptist Church Thomas Rogers. Isaac said, “God created Adam and Eve. Do not turn our city into a sin city. It should not be this.”

Porn is a bigger danger to the health of our children than assault weapons.      

The House chose not to consider the gun-control bill. Less than an hour later, state Rep. Ross Spano (R) presented his resolution, arguing that viewing porn can lead to both “mental and physical illnesses” along with “deviant, or problematic sexual behaviors.”

A hate group claims it is a church.                          

This is outrageous. It reeks of Christian supremacy — One set of laws for conservative Christians; another set of laws for everyone else. We all subsidize groups like Liberty Counsel. We have a right to know what they took in and how they spent it. Being tax-exempt is a privilege. It is not a right and it comes with certain responsibilities.

Georgia wants to give adoption agencies the right to discriminate against same sex couples for religious reasons.                             

The Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples based on their religious beliefs. The bill would also prohibit the Georgia Department of Human Services from taking “adverse action” against such agencies. There were no public comments allowed, and the bill passed along party lines and will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.

Parody marriages.                                                

 According to the SC Statehouse website, the bill, entitled the “Marriage and Constitution Restoration Act,” was introduced in the House, read for the first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary on February 15, 2018. “‘Parody marriage’ means any form of marriage that does not involve one man and one woman,” read the bill. “‘Marriage’ means a union of one man and one woman.”

And lastly from Jerry Coyne’s blog  where he often posts about the dangers of religion.

Over at Quillette, Jeff Tayler has a nice interview with a Muslim apostate who’s new to most of us: Lubna Ahmed. She’s an engineer from Baghdad, and, after going on the Rubin Report via Skype 3 years ago, and proclaiming her atheism and dislike of Islam, she became a pariah in Iraq. She was attacked and got death threats. Ahmed had little choice but to move, and came to the U.S. with the help of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the Center for Inquiry. Now fairly safe, she speaks freely about Islam.

It’s a far-reaching conversation, and will of course not only be deemed “Islamophobic”, even though it’s about the religion and not the people, but will also make Ahmed an endangered person. For nearly all ex-Muslims in America, or at least those who are vocal about the problems with the faith, are endangered. Some, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, need bodyguards. Remember when you hear that “all religions are the same” or “Islam is no more dangerous than any other faith,” that apostate Christians, Jews, or Hindus don’t risk murder when they declare their atheism and begin criticizing their former religion. Only Islam motivates people to become fatwa-following killers.



  1. Great post. I really want to comment but I’m so freaking exhausted. Do me a favor. Write a witty response and then put my name and the bottom, then reply back to it and like it, will ya? Thanks. Hugs. (Wait that’s you.)

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    Comment by Rudeboyrg — February 21, 2018 @ 16:04

  2. Superb post. Keep up writing what you do about theocracy!

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    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — February 21, 2018 @ 17:59

  3. It particularly angers me that the Christian model is “force those who don’t want a child to carry to term, then prohibit many of those who are loving, able, and willing to raise that child, from doing so.”

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    Comment by danicanallen — February 21, 2018 @ 23:00

  4. Really good stuff friend keep up the good work and fight the good fight

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    Comment by Cory Melancon — February 27, 2018 @ 10:53

    • Thank you Cory. I just made a video I will post in a while. I look forward to hearing what you think on the subject. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — February 27, 2018 @ 11:17

  5. The last witch process in Europe did take place at Scotland in 1944. No kidding, a quite absurd story. The respective ‘Witch Act’ was only cancelled by the UK parliament in the early 50s. Hmmmh, before blaming Muslims still a lot to do and enlighten in the Christian dominated societies for sure!

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    Comment by banactee — August 19, 2018 @ 16:39

    • I am just stunned. Wow. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 19, 2018 @ 16:50

    • Well there are two witches being interviewed on BBC woman’s hour it’s a new religious movement.

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      Comment by kersten — September 11, 2018 @ 04:17

      • Yes, I have Wicca friends, but it is not illegal and they wont be arrested for it. I think that was the point. Hugs


        Comment by Scottie — September 11, 2018 @ 05:28

      • I have spoken about the last legal trial, for sure you may find shamans everywhere in the world nowadays.

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        Comment by banactee — September 11, 2018 @ 12:41

        • Well I suppose it’s their choice many cling to something or other , life can be very boring and the supernatural makes it more exciting , perhaps it’s the reason science fiction is so popular — out of this world so to speak. Christians still make a big issue of these things , in the UK they keep warning the kids about Halloween . They find it impossible to accept that we humans are not all goodness and light , it’s strange really since there are many examples of evil among the Christian community. The problem in the UK is the practice of casting out spirits as it can be considered abuse especially when applied to children , but the the more sensible branches of Christianity avoid these practices.

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          Comment by kersten — September 11, 2018 @ 16:31

          • I like your comment about “…the more sensible branches… Hugs


            Comment by Scottie — September 11, 2018 @ 16:35

          • Very strange, I am happy to live in a city (Berlin) where the vast majority (ca. 45 %) is not member of any church, so in general all is quite secular, everybody to belief what he/she likes as long this is grounded on mutual respect and acceptance.

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            Comment by banactee — September 11, 2018 @ 17:33

  6. Great points. Thanks for sharing. I am not anti Christianity just anti ignorance and hate rhetoric. The churches are filled with good people but unfortunately there are many who are afraid the move beyond the teachings of “false prophets.”

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    Comment by Lindi Roze — March 1, 2019 @ 19:46

    • Hello Lindi. I feel towards church members who have abusive leaders as I do to tRump supporters. If you support the leader you support their words, actions, and demands. So if the leader of a church is anti-LGBTQ then everyone who supports that leader is anti_LGBTQ. Also if your church is anti-LGBTQ and you stay a member, you are also anti-LGBTQ. Same with women’s rights and other subjects. I am tired of people who claim they are republicans who do not support the policies of the republican party. The party is tRump, he leads the party. Well the same if a person claims to be a catholic or baptist or whatever, they are saying they support those hateful policies. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — March 1, 2019 @ 20:01

  7. I consider myself a “Christian”. I was a raised a believer in Christ and still pray and keep the traditions I was taught but I firmly believe in the separation of Church and State. There are good people in churches but each day we see more and more of the religious extremists gaining ground in our “democracy”, if we can still call it that. I can see us as a nation heading the way of the Taliban and that frightens me. It should frighten us all. Keep true to your message. Those who are seeking truth will find it. Those who are afraid will be swept away power hungry conservatives under the guise of Christianity. Heaven help us. 😉

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    Comment by Lindi Roze — May 16, 2019 @ 09:38

    • Hello Lindi. I can agree with you on most of your comment. However I must insist that anyone who stays in a church where there is sexual abuse rampant, where gender discrimination is practiced, where religion is used to deny science, and to promote hate those people are supporters of those acts. If they won’t leave and they still give money to support the organizations doing that, they are complicit in those actions. Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — May 16, 2019 @ 12:01

      • Absolutely agree. Although I sometimes miss the people, I can not bring myself to be an active participant in everything else. It’s sad. I grieved. I moved on. Keep on telling it like it is. All the best.

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        Comment by Lindi Roze — May 16, 2019 @ 13:03

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