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Last night I watched Netflick's The Most Hated Woman in America. It's about the abduction and murder of Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son and her granddaughter, weaved in with the story of how she became an activist for atheistism. She is most (in)famous for making it illegal for teacher's or schools to lead prayer (I get annoyed when I see it reported that she banned prayer from public schools. No, she did not ban it. Students can pray as much as they want. What they can't do is force other students to pray).

Like a lot of atheists, I've never been comfortable with O'Hair. I really felt in a lot of ways she embodied the negative stereotypes about atheists, and I've never gotten on board with the whole religion is evil thing (it has done good things, and it has done bad things, intolerance is evil). After watching this I've pretty much come to the conclusion that she was ahead of her time, marching with black people to protest segregation, protesting Vietnam, fighting for women's rights, etc, and that overall her goals were good, but that she was simply not a pleasant person and her means were, well, oh boy. And while I think she started with good intentions, she fell into temptation regarding money.
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So Monday I was chatting with a coworker, E, when another one, J, came in with her minister. And the three of them started planning a Bible trivia group and talking about a Mormon couple they had to convert before they started bashing Muslims. Just a note, one of my dearest friends is Muslim, and she blows every single stereotype people have about Muslims out of the water. At this point I was seeing red and I walked out.

A. We receive state funding. This is a blatant church/state violation.

B. Ethically, this is wrong. Extremely wrong. Our clients are compulsory. If they don't come to treat they can lose their parental rights are go to jail. It is not our place to force a particular religious view down their throat. Not only is it not right, it backfires. Even if the counselor and client are in religious agreement, it's not a good idea to let them know because it still leads to problems.

more. )
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For whatever reason, I don't read a lot of fiction anymore. Strangely, Jodi Picoult novels are one of the few things I do read in that genre now. I find her books rather formulaic and the endings usually leave me yelling at the book, but their fast, absorbing and easy reads. Perfect in between all of the heavy, non-fiction stuff I tend to prefer.

Plot summary, may be a little spoilery below. )

I admired that she had a positive portrayal of not just a lesbian couple, but an atheist couple. And usually when I see atheistic portrayals in the media I think, "that's not me or the other atheists I know." I didn't this time.

Of course, though, there are Christians getting their panties in a knot over the portrayal of Christians as fundamentalist extremists without having a positive portrayal of Christians in the book.

Some people should try going around saying they are an atheist for a day. Then they will see what its like to be discriminated against. )
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Every so often I get overwhelmed by the Religious Right, conservative attitude in the area I live in. And this time is now. Though because of circumstances it's a bit worse for me this time around.

On being an atheist... )

On Not the Missus... )

Whew! Okay, off to read An Atheist's Guide to Christmas and listen to some angry feminist singer now.
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Like most people, I had some weird ideas as a kid. I recently started thinking about some of the weird ideas I used to have with regards to Christianity growing up. Both of my parents are atheists, so I was raised atheist. However, since Christians are the majority here, I ran into it a lot growing up. Some of these encounters and misunderstandings are rather funny, so I thought I'd share.

I bet someone, somewhere out there has named their son Amen. )
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Like most people, I had some weird ideas as a kid. I recently started thinking about some of the weird ideas I used to have with regards to Christianity growing up. Both of my parents are atheists, so I was raised atheist. However, since Christians are the majority here, I ran into it a lot growing up. Some of these encounters and misunderstandings are rather funny, so I thought I'd share.

I bet someone, somewhere out there has named their son Amen. )
alexeia_drae: (by my side)
I swear, it's okay to be any belief system but atheist. Last year a Turkish tv show was launched where a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, and a Buddhist were tasked with the task of converting the lowly atheist. I will never lie and say that I'm a Christian, but some people in my area are so intolerant that I will lie and say I'm a Buddhist or Wiccan, because I'm scared that if I say the truth about being an atheist I will get beaten up.

When I die I want The Happy Phantom by Tori Amos played at my funeral. )
alexeia_drae: (by my side)
I swear, it's okay to be any belief system but atheist. Last year a Turkish tv show was launched where a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, and a Buddhist were tasked with the task of converting the lowly atheist. I will never lie and say that I'm a Christian, but some people in my area are so intolerant that I will lie and say I'm a Buddhist or Wiccan, because I'm scared that if I say the truth about being an atheist I will get beaten up.

When I die I want The Happy Phantom by Tori Amos played at my funeral. )

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