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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    Speak for yourself. I'm a teapot agnostic.

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    I was lucky enough to find a fellow atheist to marry, but my employer, coworkers, and my wife's family would make life difficult if they found out. My wife's family has already outcast one girl, my wifes cousin, for marrying an atheist, though that's not her main fault for them outcasting her, but it's certainly something that thy bring up often to rag her on. My bosses and co-workers are a mix of Christian from you'd never know unless you asked them to full fledged Jesus emails being sent around the office daily. I'm sure a few of them could probably live with it but I'm no where near comfortable enough to not fear losing my job should we ever have a round of layoffs because I'm an atheist. As it is right now I'd be one of the last people to be laid off, but I wouldn't want to risk being dropped on the totem poll. Plus my direct boss, though he doesn't own the company or anything, has told me before that the county would be better off going back to the old days of hanging any atheists, gays or blacks.

    Really my wife and I keep it between ourselves and a handful of close friends. Other than that no one really needs to know and even if I wasn't scared of repercussions I'm not one to go screaming from the rooftops about anything anyways.
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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    There are a few friends and family I have told. The family took it pretty hard. I have had Catholic neighbors come over to have "The Talk".

    Deep in the heart of TX, it is best I keep my atheism to myself. Especially around the workplace.

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    You aren't born being directed by your conscience to worship God. You are taught over time and make a decision regarding what is taught to you. Hence, choice.

    Sexual preference is inherent, it isn't taught. Hence, not a choice.
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    Once again you demonstrate your naivete and ignorance with your foolish arguments. Religion is a matter of conscience, not rational thought. It is no more a choice than sexual preference. This is not a nature vs. nurture argument.

    You argue, basically, that sexual preference is only a choice if it is biological, but you are wrong, wrong, wrong. Sexual preference is not a choice, whether or not it is a biological function (there is no clear evidence of a "gay gene" for example, but even if sexual preference is the result of environmental factors it is not a choice by any means).

    Likewise, religion may or may not be inborn. You don't really know, do you? You certainly haven't got any evidence one way or the other. People may be genetically predisposed to religion belief or atheism for all you know. I recall a book called "The True Believer" makes this argument.

    But that isn't really the point. I am sick to death of this idiotic right-wing canard that a behavior must be strictly biological to be considered "not a choice." It isn't true of homosexuality, and it isn't true of matters of conscience.

    It's despicable and inhuman.

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Speak for yourself. I'm a teapot agnostic.
    You wouldn't know, you're an agnostic.

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    Quote Originally Posted by Djoop View Post
    You wouldn't know, you're an agnostic.
    No, I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm also a staunch teapot agnostic.

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    No, I'm a Roman Catholic. I'm also a staunch teapot agnostic.
    Face it, they're two of a kind.

    I'm a Roman Catholic and a narcist...

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    Re: Anything but an Atheist

    I have no idea who is or is not religious where I work. Religion or lack thereof is not something anyone ever talks about. I don't care what god my coworkers believe in nor do I want to know and it's pretty obvious everyone feels the same way. As for friends and family, most are either agnostic or atheist or non-practicing Christians, Jews, Muslims and a few Hindus. Everyone gets along great.
    "Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke

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