10 Questions No Atheist Can Answer Honestly ?


I found this little gem in my inbox this morning,
“Dear godless Mom,
You are going to land your kids in hell, bitch mom. Just try to answer these questions, you can’t…………………….”Of course, there followed a link to this page.
After I read this note, I’m not gonna lie to you, I had to stop and focus on my breathing for I was far too intimidated to do anything else. Not only did this guy’s intellectual prowess leapout of that email and smack me in the brow, but there was that elongated ellipsis… damn…I caught my breath and focused. Unsure of what I was to find after the jump, I clicked the link. My heart leaped when I read,Some Questions Atheist Cannot Truly and Honestly REALLY Answer! Which leads to some interesting conclusions…Would I be able to answer these questions? It must have been the way the asker capitalizedall the words in the first sentence but not the second, or perhaps the failure to pluralize “atheist” or punctuate the sentence. Maybe it was the promise of interesting conclusions or the haunting similarity the language held to the email I’d received with the link… whatever it was, it had my stomach in knots as my eyes drifted to the first question!

1. How did you become an atheist?

Phew. Okay. I can answer this one. I became an atheist when I was born.

2. What happens when we die?

Huh. Another gimme. Well, we decompose andbreak down into smaller forms of matter which eventually become part of other more complex animals, plants or minerals. Usually, there is a funeral. In New Orleans, they are way more fun than anywhereelse. Sometimes we’re shoved in a box and buried, others we get put in a pizza oven until we turn to dust. If we’re lucky, we leave behind a legacy and fond memories in the minds of our loved ones. Perhaps a memorial is erected in our name somewhere, maybe at our grave, or if we’re Obama or some other important historical figure, we could find ourselves memorialized next to Lincoln in the shadow of the Washington Monument. Most people leave behind a will, which determines where our shit oughtta go. Over time, the wound your departure left starts to close over and then in a billion years or so, whenPlutonians rule the Universe and humans are extinct, you’re nothing to no one and no trace of you, outside of particles of stardust that once made up you, exists to be found.

3. What if you’re wrong? And there is a Heaven? And there is a HELL!

Well, if I am wrong and there is a Heaven and a Hell, well, then the entire lot of us will spending eternity in Heaven or suffering.There are only two ways that Heaven can truly beblissful. One, is that there is no Hell, and the other is that the loved ones in your life who go to Hell are erased from your memory once you arrive in Heaven, so you feel no pain in their torment or in their absence. Being as most mothers and fathers would admit that without their children, they would be lost, you are changing the core of who that person is by removing memories of acherished child. Some people would say the same about their significant other, brother, sister, mother or father. So, either Hellis not real, or everyone in Heaven is but a shell of their former selves.Either there is no eternal punishment, or both Heaven- and Hell-bound folk are punished for all eternity.Sounds fucking silly to me. I thought Heaven was supposed to be a reward, not a lobotomy.

4. Without God, where do you get your morality from ?

Um. Learning, adaptation, observation of the world around me?Lessons I was taught as achild by my parents, my teachers and other significant people in my life? The same place youget your morality from, I’m afraid. You want me to believe that deep inside you’re an awful human being just waitingfor any excuse to murder and torture people and the only thing stopping you is that there might be a God up there somewhere? I mean, maybe that’s the case. Maybe you are a raging psychopath held in checkby your beliefs… maybe that’s true for you, but you have to understand, it’s not true for the vast majority of us. Most of us, believe it or not, are innately good, kind, compassionate and courteous.

5. If there is no God, canwe do what we want? Are we free to murder and rape ? While good deeds are unrewarded?

We can do what we want whether there is a God or not. All actions have natural consequences. Some have legal consequences. You believe many have eternal consequences. Most people assess the natural, very real consequences of their actions before anything else. For instance, most people don’t kill other people, not because they are afraid of Hell, not because they are afraid of prison, but because the idea of taking a human life makes them sick. They know they could not takethe life out of a body and have their lives continue on as normal asthey were the day before. They know that drawing another man’s blood until he died would bring about a sadness more intense than anything else they’ve ever felt. They understand that they would be emotionally crippled, and unable to live with themselves. They get that life from that moment forward would be infinitely moredifficult. Most people feel no desire to kill other people, because most people feel no desire to destroy themselves with self-loathing, desperation and despair.If you’re saying that the sole reason you don’t killis because you don’t want to burn in hell, wellhun, please know, you need help and probably should not be roaming the streets unmonitored.There are two things that stop us from being “free to murder and rape”. One, as mentioned above, is ourown conscience. Two, is the law. I guarantee thateven the most devout Christians are stopped from raping and killing because of their conscience and/or the law, and not the threat of Hell. Ask yourself, if tomorrow there was irrefutable proof that there was no Hell, wouldyou go out and suddenly want to murder and rape people? No. Probably not.Likewise, if you’re only committing good deeds for the promise of reward, well then they’re not really good deeds, are they?6. If there is no god, how does your life have any meaning?What? Like, I don’t even get this question. I reallydon’t. Let’s say tomorrowwe find out definitively there is no God. It’s been proven beyond anydoubt. Would that suddenly erase the meaning of Plato’s life? Hippocrates ? Shakespeare ? Galileo ? DaVinci ? Einstein ? Rosa Parks ?
Suddenly, their lives meant nothing ? What ? Your question doesn’t add up logically.I make my own meaning. I will leave a legacy. I don’t need God for that.

7. Where did the universe come from ?

This is something we don’t fully understand yet. It’s sort of like back when we thought the Earth was the centre of the Universe – we didn’t understand yet that we revolved, along with other planets, around the sun. There was a time when we didn’t understand that the bestdefense against disease and illness is sanitation. Not so long ago, we didn’t know how to fly across the Atlantic, send electronic e-mail or what the surface of Marslooked like. But just because we couldn’t explain it then, didn’t mean it was inexplicable, did it ? We figured it out; we found out the truth. Not being able explain something today does not mean it’s inexplicable. It just means we have not found the answers yet. Rest assured, we will.

8. What about miracles? What all the people who claim to have a connection with Jesus? What about those who claim to have seen saints or angels?

What about them?
Provide evidence of these things, and I will surely believe. You needto familiarize yourself with the difference between hearsay, and empirical evidence.
Also, going back to question 7, some things are not easily explained.Making up a story to explain them, isn’t the answer. Studying the phenomena in controlled environments will likely yield the true answers and more often than not, when “miracles” are studied closely in this way, they are found to be easily explained.I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, just because you can’t explain something that happened in your own life while you were alone, doesn’t mean it can’t easily be explained by someone with more qualifications and education to study such things closely.

9. What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?

Fallible men who do or did put their pants on one leg at a time, have agorgeous way with words and whose minds are full of the very same knowledge we have access to if we seek it out.Plus, Sam’s kinda cute.

10. If there is no God, then why does every society have a religion?

Because human beings seek explanations for the world around them. God fills the gaps in our knowledge, but those gaps are shrinking and he’s being squeezed out like a zit on your prepubescent forehead.Oddly, when I came to the end of this set of questions, which we’ve all heard before, there were no “interesting conclusions”. I was kind of looking forward to those, but I guess the author of these questions also promised 10 questions we cannot answer honestly, and then made one of them,“What’s your view of Dawkins, Hitchens and Harris?”.

How easily can you answer these questions?
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First Indian lesbian wedding: It was love at first sight for Shannon and Seema


It was love at first sight for Shannon and Seema who meteach other for the first time at a fitness class six years ago in the US. Now, they have decided to tie the knot in a spectacular wedding.

This was the first Indian lesbian wedding to have taken place in America. The vibrant and intimate pictures of the wedding show they both are in deeply love.

Shannon said that, for her at least, it was love at first sight when they first met at a boot camp fitness class which she was teaching.


“I turned to another instructorand said ‘I’m going to marry her’,” the metro.co.uk quoted Shannon as saying. And, six years later, Shannon’s predication came true in a spectacular style.

Shannon and Seema’s wedding was captured on camera by photographer Steph Grant, who specialises in LGBT weddings.

On her website Steph explains: “I have been anticipating this wedding for years now. Shannon and Seema are special to me and I am honored that they chose me to be their wedding photographer.

She went on: “There was so much love that… evening. Friends and family came pouring in with smiles, hugs and tears… these two are clearly loved and in love.


In keeping with Hindu tradition, Seema was carried into her wedding on a Doli by her family.

Their traditional Indian ceremony featured many ancient traditions, including a traditional interpretation of ‘tying the knot’. Shannon and Seema also exchanged rings.


And although there’s no ‘first kiss’ in an Indian ceremony, Shannon and Seema found time for that later.

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Countries Where Atheism Is Punishable by Death

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Atheists living in 13 countries risk being condemned to death, just for their beliefs (or non-belief) according to a new, comprehensive report from the International Humanist and Ethical Union out on Tuesday. All 13 countries identified by the study are Muslim majority.

The countries that impose these penalties are :
Saudi Arabia,
United Arab Emirates and ;
With the exception of Pakistan, those countries all allow for capital punishment against apostasy, i.e., the renunciation of a particular religion. Pakistan, meanwhile, imposes the death penalty for blasphemy, which can obviously include disbelief in God.

The study’s interactive map gives a good, broad, overview of which countries punish apostasy and blasphemy by death (black), with prison time (red), or place legal restrictions on (non-)religious speech and thought (yellow):

The report is a more comprehensive version of a similar study released last year that identified just seven countries where atheists faced capital punishment, only half of this year’s total. It also found much more widespread discrimination against atheists around the world. “Our results show that the over whelming majority of countries fail to respect the rights of atheists and freethinkers,” the study explains, noting that laws in some countries prevent atheists from marrying, attending public school, participating as a citizen, holding public office, or just existing at all.
The authors,citing a Gallup study , estimate that about 13 percent of the world’s population is atheist, while 23 percent identify as simply”not religious.”

Although not on the list of 13, Bangladesh receives some special attention in the report as a particular low-light. Several non-religious and atheist bloggers and journalists in the country have faced death threats and harassment this year in the wake of a series of government prosecutions for blasphemy. One blogger,Ahmed Rajib Haider, was murdered with the machete outside of his home. The report also incorporates assessment of general free speech protections in each country. Russia earned significant criticism in part because of its anti-LGBT”propaganda” laws. And North Korea, an aggressively secular state,received the report’s lowest rating of “Grave Violations.”

Because of the U.S.’s strong constitutional free speech protections and lack of an official state religion, the country fared moderately well in the report, earning a “mostly satisfactory” rating. But the IHEU had some cautionary notes on how atheists are actually treated in the U.S., criticizing “a range of laws that limit the role of atheists in regards to public duties, or else entangle the government with religion to the degree that being religious is equated with being an American, and vice versa.” Those laws include constitutional provisions still on the books in seven states (Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas) barring atheists from holding public office. The authors add:

While there is some legal remedy for clear religious discrimination by the government, it can often go unchallenged in situations where it is difficult, or personally disadvantageous or hazardous, to take a stand against authority, for example in prisons, the military, and even some administrative contexts.

So, which countries earned a somewhat elusive “free and equal” rating from the IHEU ? The best-ranked countries included Jamaica, Uruguay, Japan, Taiwan, and Belgium

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