Losing Or Gaining faith – Losing My Religion

Having grow up in a Hindu family I blindly accepted the gods of Hinduism as a kid because…well of indoctrination. Hindu families will start indoctrinating their kids or grandkids fairly early on, even before said kids can start talking proper sentences. Having the mother or grandmother taking the toddler to the pooja room and making them fold their hands in front of Krishna and making the kid try to say “protect me, oh Krishna” (in Malayalam) is a common sight in the morning after said toddler has had a bath or just as the lamp is lit.

So yes I was a believer until, I reached the age of 13. I can’t say that I became an atheist at the age of 13 but that age is when I started my questioning and the stories of the gods weren’t enough to make me blindly believe. I remember thinking about certain things and asking a few questions and even though I got some answers, none of them were convincing in the least. I stopped going to temples by the age of 14 but did attend a couple of religious poojas because I was still a teen. But my parents never pushed me to do anything religious against my wishes.

Soon most of my extended family understood that I didn’t like going to temples and wasn’t a believer. I went if weddings were held in a temple but that’s about it. By the age of 19 I understood that I was an atheist and what that label meant and I was comfortable in telling people that’s what I was/am. I haven’t been in a temple since then except for weddings. A lot of people on learning that I am an atheist, will start talking some silly stuff about why I should believe and that really irritates me and sometimes I say things back but without proper scientific evidence, you have no chance of converting this one. Also, most of your gods sound like assholes who I would never worship even if in the unlikely event that they were real, anyways!

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Atheist Footballer : Riccardo Montolivia

I always find it funny and odd and even a bit arrogant when a sports person  or persons thank god for their achievement. I mean, sometimes it’s because the winning athlete or team is better prepares or skilled and sometimes it could that luck favoured them. But to think that this almighty creator, all powerful being who can do anything and sees everything chose to help you win a trophy yet cannot save starving kid or someone from being raped or murdered – why? Because you are so special?

Sports & religiousness seemed to go hand it hand. Just as some athletes have noteworthy celebration dances or pre-game rituals, many athletes give thanks to God or whatever religious entity they believe in, either to bring their focus to the task at hand or to show gratitude for a goal or point. What happens when both teams pray – is it always a draw? No, we usually have a winner. Anyways my post, and soon to be series is to highlight athletes who are also atheists.

The Italian Riccardo Montolivia, who played as a midfielder,  was captain of AC Milan, one of the largest clubs in Italy, and he played for the Azzurri 66 times, including at the 2010 World Cup. He has a German mother and an Italian father. While his country is predominantly Catholic, Riccardo is decidedly not. Riccard Montolivo has publicly confirmed that he is an atheist. A versatile and creative player, Montolivo began his career with Atalanta in 2003 before joining Fiorentina in 2005.

He went on to make more than 250 appearances for the club in seven years. In 2012, he signed for Milan on a free transfer and, following the departure of Massimo Ambrosini, served as the team’s captain from 2013 until 2017, winning the 2016 Supercoppa Italiana. He left the club in the summer of 2019, before retiring later that year. On 22 May 2014, Montolivo married the Florentine model and presenter Cristina De Pin, with whom he had been engaged since 2007. The couple has two children, Mariam, born on 12 May 2016, and Mathias, born 20 October 2018.

Worship Not These False Gods

2000 years from now or maybe 4000 to 5000 years from now, your gods will probably no longer be worshiped. Rama, Krishna, Allah, Jesus & Yahweh – will become forgotten memories or chapters in history books. At best they will be shown in movies of that time.

Or perhaps Marvel will make them superheroes or villains. Humanity may invent new gods to take their place at this time or perhaps humanity may have finally let go of these ghosts and moved on for the better. Whether or not there are still these holy ghosts – we don’t know.

But there will always be skeptics & atheists!

Rowing Across The Lake

A Jew, A Catholic, and an atheist are rowing in Lake Erie when their boat springs a huge leak.

The Jew looks skyward, and says “Oh, Adonai, if you save me, I promise I’ll sail to Israel and spend the rest of my days trying to reclaim the land you gave us”.

The Catholic looks skyward, and says, “Oh, Jesus, if you save me, I promise I’ll fly to the Vatican and spend the rest of my days singing your praises”.

The atheist says, “Oh, guys, if you pass me that one life preserver, I promise I’ll swim to Cleveland”.

“And how will you spend the rest of your days?” the Jew and the Catholic ask.

“Well,” says the atheist, “I’m not sure, but I can tell you one thing: I’ll never go rowing with other atheists”…

The 7 Tenets Of The Satanic Temple

The Satanic Temple has seven fundamental tenets:

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.
  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.
  3. One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.
  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.
  5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.
  6. People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.
  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

3 More Atheist Jokes

As the storm raged,the captain realized his ship was sinking fast.

So he shouted out, “Anyone here know how to pray?”

Just one guy stepped forward and said, “Aye, captain,I know how to pray.”

“Good,” said the captain, “You pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”

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An atheist commits suicide and is surprised to find himself in heaven.

“Wow,” he says to God, “you know I didn’t expect to be here. I’m an atheist and on top of that I thought you’re not supposed to go to heaven if you kill yourself.”

“No, it’s okay,” says God. “I’ve thought about suicide myself.”

“Really?” asks the man. “Why?”

“Well,” God says, “What if this is all there is?”

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God said, “Thou shall not kill.”

And then he wiped out the entire human race with a global flood just because people didn’t take it seriously.

3 Atheists Jokes

Q: How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it.

Q: What do you get if you cross an atheist with a Jehovah’s witness?
A: Someone who knocks on your door for no reason at all.

A young teacher explains to her class of third graders that she is a born-again Christian. She asks the class if any of them are born-again Christians too. Not really knowing what it means to be born-again, but wanting to please and impress their teacher, many little hands suddenly shot up into the air.

There’s just one girl who doesn’t raise her hand. So the teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.

The girl says, “Because I’m not a Christian.”
The teacher asks, “So what are you then? ”
The girl replies, “I’m an atheist.”
The teacher’s a little perturbed now, her face slightly red.

She asks the girl why she’s an atheist.
The girl says, “It’s just that my family isn’t religious. My Mom’s atheist, and my Dad’s atheist, so I’m atheist.” The teacher is now angry.
“That’s no reason.” she says loudly. “What if your Mom was a moron, and your Dad was a moron. What would you be then?”
“Then,” says the girl, “I’d be a born-again Christian.”

Some Atheist Jokes

Q: How many atheists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They’re already enlightened.

Q: What is the biggest problem for an atheist?
A: No one to talk to during orgasm.

Q: Why did the Atheist cross the road?
A: He thought there might be a street on the other side, but he wouldn’t believe it until he tested his hypothesis.

Q: What do you call an intelligent American?
A: Atheist Atheism and Religion are but two sides of the same coin. One prefers to use its head, while the other relies on tales.

Q: How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it.

5 Reasons Why Atheists Are Good For The World

As you probably know, I am an atheist. Quite frankly, though, I couldn’t care less whether you are an atheist or religious. There’s no reason why a contrast in belief systems should ever stop two people from getting along.

One thing I will say, though, is that atheists are good for the world. And I don’t think you can argue that even if you are deeply religious. Here are just five reasons that prove the world is a better place for having people that do not believe in a higher being.

#1. Scientific & technological advancements

Science and technology are two key components in human evolution. Our species would have still progressed without atheism, but there is no doubt that atheists have played a major role in the developments.

Atheists don’t merely accept the hand that is dealt by nature. Experts explain here how genetically modified humans are possible thanks to tech and science. Meanwhile, there are many other aspects of medical science and discovery that may not have occurred without atheists.

#2. Intelligence

There are several studies that show a positive correlation between atheism and intelligence. While I’m probably not the greatest example of that, I assure you it does exist.

That’s not to suggest atheists are actually smarter. However, atheists are perhaps more inquisitive as they pose existential questions. Contesting the notion that “God just made it happen” certainly has an impact.

#3. Peacekeeping and integration

It would be far too simplistic to state that all wars are caused by religion. Still, it’s impossible to ignore that it is a common factor. Atheists are more likely to integrate with people from other walks of life. Marxist views show that atheists have been guilty of atrocities too. Atheists tend no to kill others in the name of atheism. The fact that terrorism is very rare in Scandinavia and non-religious regions gives further credence to the argument.

#4. Belief system makeup

Many people view the failure to believe in a higher power as an unnatural perspective. On the contrary, this study shows that it is just as natural as religious beliefs. After all, they are all (including atheism) ideologies that have been passed down.

If a society can exist with different cultures that believe in varying gods, there’s no reason non-believers can’t be involved too.

#5. Human choice

While I don’t believe in any religious script, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that I could be wrong. Still, the scripts were all produced many years ago. As such, many of the teachings simply don’t match up with modern life.

Atheists are often behind the fight for equality relating to sexuality, race, and other key human issues. Without them, there’s a strong chance that religion would still be playing catch up. The fact that people are able to live more freely can only be a positive – even if you disagree with their decisions.

One last note – I do believe that the world is a better place thanks to religion too.

FAQ To Atheists – Part 1

I came across this site that publishes answers to frequently asked questions to atheists or about atheism or about atheists. I decided to see if I can provide my own answers, so these are just my personal answers.

1. Can you prove that God doesn’t exist?

A. How can anyone prove something doesn’t exist when it hasn’t been proven to exist in the first place? And it doesn’t work like that. Prove your god or gods exist.

2. What would it take to prove to you that a god exists?

A. Proof. Solid proof. Not some quotes from a book or how many people believe in it or “look at the trees/baby’s smile”. And no amounts of threats will do the job either.

3. How do you know you are right?

A. I don’t. That’s why I say I do not believe in your god. How can that be right or wrong? You say that a god exists and I don’t say that no gods exists, just that I do not believe because of a lack of evidence.

4. Why do atheists support gays so much?

A. I don’t. I support every human who wants to his or her life without harming themselves or anyone else. Gays, LGBT, Transgenders – they deserve to be happy (same as you) and live their own lives (same as you) without you hindering/hurting/killing them. If they don’t harm you, how on earth does it affect you?

5. Have you tried to believe in God?

A. Yes, my parents tried to indoctrinate me into their religion, same as yours probably did and for a while it worked. Then I turned 13 and started questioning. At the age of 19 I became an atheist. I still don’t believe that any god exists.

Documentary On Indian Atheists

Write about a TV show or documentary you’d love to see get made.

I’d like to see a big production documentary or a large scale tv show about a minority in India, a minority of which I am a part of. I am talking about atheists in India. Yes, in the land of 8000 gods plus Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism and a few others – we exist!

So how about a documentary about the history of atheism in India, from the time and possibly before the Vedas and onto modern days. Interview prominent atheists, public figures who happen to be atheists, meet and talk with atheists groups and see what their views on life are and how they go about their daily lives in India.

That is what I would want to see get made.

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Are You Less Religious Than Your Parents?

Are You Less Religious Than Your Parents?

I’m an atheist. My parents are religious hindus. So I’d say that I’m definitely a heck of a lot less religious than them. By far. Here is the deal – if I ask them questions about their religion and what the gods have done and why they have done it, after a few minutes they admit that they have no clue as to why or how and they readily admit that they do not understand most of it but that they don’t question it.

I have also noted that as they have grown older they have become more religious to the point where they feel like it is expected of them. Mum started reading scriptures every morning at sunrise and at sunset – because that is what she feels she is expected to do. She didn’t do that a few years ago. She reads then aloud (not too loud) and she cries in between. She used to only light the lamps at the pooja section of the house (and now apartment) in the morning and the evening and that was it.

Dad too will watch any shitty tv program as long as there is a hindu god element to it. It doesn’t matter if it’s really, really bad. He will watch that shit. He goes for readings of Ramayana or Gita and listen to them many times – but if you ask him a few questions he won’t really know what to say. And that’s ok! Just not enough to convince anyone else. Or me.

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Fear The Fundies

You’re locked in a room with your greatest fear. Describe what’s in the room.

Religious fanatics! That’s right, fundies who will want to slit your throat if you do not believe in the same god as they, follow the same religion as they do and they way that they do and also do not do all the stuff that they do. Or they want to kill you just because you do not believe in any sort of imaginary beings unlike them. Those kind of fundies who are the scum of the earth and the worst beings on this planet.

Those kind of people who won’t listen to reason, won’t try and see anything but their narrow view of the world and will not even contemplate that they could be wrong. And that they are wrong. And that the religion that they claim to be following and which is supposed to be peaceful and loving, isn’t really stopping them from doing bad & downright evil things. And that they should really stop only wanting to follow a religion when they should be more considerate and caring about their fellow humans.

Those people scare me the most. They aren’t really human in the proper term. You can reason with humans. These folks, you can’t.

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