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Jill

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[COLOR=red]This [COLOR=teal]is[/COLOR] the [COLOR=teal]Christmas[/COLOR] Season [COLOR=teal]and[/COLOR] below [COLOR=teal]is[/COLOR] a [COLOR=teal]survey[/COLOR] to [COLOR=teal]see [/COLOR]how [COLOR=teal]religious[/COLOR] are [/COLOR][COLOR=teal]you?[/COLOR] 1. How would you describe your religious beliefs? A. Very religious B. Somewhat religious C. Spritual but not religious D. Are you kidding me? 2. Which religion to you closest identify with? A. Christian B. Catholic C. Protestant D. Atheist E. Agnostic F. Buddhist G. Jewish H. Mormon I. Scientology like our buddy Tom Cruise J. I believe in Odin, God of thunder and war!!!! K. Other 3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? A. Eliminate corruption in government B. Send everyone to HELL that has killed in my name. C. Get everyone to stop in relying in me and take responsibility for their own lives. D. That's impossible....I would not exist if I was God. E. Other (Explain) 4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? A. Yes B. No C. Don't play with my head! 5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? A. yes B. No C. Unsure D. Does drinking a case of beer and acting like a madman and wake-up unhurt count? 6. How often do you go to church? A. More than once a week B. Once a week C. Once a month D. On religious holidays E. Almost never F. Only when my mom makes me 7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? A. More B. Less C. Neither D. Are you kidding me? 8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? A. Yes B. Nope C. I can't answer than because I never had a boyfriend or girlfriend yet. 9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? A. It conforts me B. It irks me C. It gives me the creeps 10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? A. Heck ya it is..we all need a moral foundation especially when my kids hang around me. B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life. C. Heck, I'm not responsible for my kids salvation. Let them figure it out. D. Don't play with my head 11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? A. It irks me B. Ahh..it's okay C. Holy Jeez...it is such a stupid debate 12. How much influence should religion have on your government. A. More, they are all heathens B. Less, they are all bible thumpers C. It is fine as it is 13. Can religion help with todays problems? A. It is still useful B. It is out of touch C. Are you kidding me!!! Religion is part of the problem!! 14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? A. Grow like a freek B. Diminish as people become more educated C. Who gives a flying F 15. When you die you will go to: A. Heaven B. Hell C. Purgatory D. Back to earth as something else E. Nowhere. I will become worm food




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#2 10 years ago

1. How would you describe your religious beliefs?

D. Are you kidding me? 2. Which religion to you closest identify with? D. Atheist 3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? D. That's impossible....I would not exist if I was God.

4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? C. Don't play with my head! 5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? D. Does drinking a case of beer and acting like a madman and wake-up unhurt count? 6. How often do you go to church? E. Almost never

7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? B. Less

8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? B. Nope

9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? B. It irks me

10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life.

11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? C. Holy Jeez...it is such a stupid debate 12. How much influence should religion have on you government. B. Less, they are all bible thumpers

13. Can religion help with todays problems? B. It is out of touch

14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? C. Who gives a flying F 15. When you die you will go to: E. Nowhere. I will become worm food




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Jill;40860521. How would you describe your religious beliefs?[/quote] C.

Jill;40860522. Which religion to you closest identify with?[/quote] D.
Jill;40860523. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be?[/quote] D.

Jill;40860524. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith?[/quote] B. No, nor does it [entirely] -- 'God is dead', I should think, sums it up rather neatly.

Jill;40860525. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?[/quote] Please define 'miracle'.

Jill;40860526. How often do you go to church?[/quote] Never.

Jill;40860527. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious?[/quote] You already know that I'm an atheist, so this one's self-explanatory [and yet, I know, I've explained it...sue me]

Jill;40860528. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours?
B. [quote=Jill;4086052]9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that comfort you or freak you out?
I'm happy for, if a little pitying of, them. [quote=Jill;4086052]10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously?

B. My children, assuming I have any, will make their own choices in their own time.

[quote=Jill;4086052]11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this?

A. I think it's a sad indication of the ridiculous influence of 'political correctness' on modern society -- to define universal moral norms is not only negligent with regard to the historical development of ethics, but fairly ironic in that it is insensitive to the [alleged] insensitivity of those who wish to be politically incorrect for 'fun', out of ignorance, or because they simply disagree with certain aspects of political correctness as it is defined by modern society -- think conscientious objectors being condemned with the white flowers of the fervent nationalists [sorry, I mean 'patriots'...]

[quote=Jill;4086052]12. How much influence should religion have on your government.

It's all relative -- democratic governments, at least, should constitute a reflection of the needs of its people, and therefore any morally aware democratic government [yes, I realise the irony inherent in this statement...] should be influenced by the dominant religion in its country to a certain degree, even as public opinion influences government policy. [quote=Jill;4086052]13. Can religion help with todays problems?
A. For some people it is still useful, for others not so; ultimately it has served, historically, as a useful political tool for the manipulation of the masses and as a moral compass for society at large; but, arguably, for most people, God really is dead. [quote=Jill;4086052]14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish?
I'm not a sociologist by any means, nor a historian, so I wouldn't be able to answer adequately; all I know for certain is that religion will never become redundant, for so long as people exist, we live to fear death -- religion is, for me, a psychological self-defence mechanism preventing mass hysteria derived from existentialist paranoia. [quote=Jill;4086052]15. When you die you will go to:

Death is the end; there is no 'after-life'; the term in itself is paradoxical in that it is advocates a concept based on two mutually exclusive terms [life and death].




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#4 10 years ago

1. How would you describe your religious beliefs?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]D. Are you kidding me?[/COLOR]

2. Which religion to you closest identify with?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]D. Atheist[/COLOR]

3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. Send everyone to HELL that has killed in my name.[/COLOR]

4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. No[/COLOR]

5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. No[/COLOR]

6. How often do you go to church?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]E. Almost never[/COLOR] I have been exactly twice in church attending service. Both times, it was due to the deaths of my grandfathers.

7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]C. Neither[/COLOR]

8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. Nope[/COLOR]

9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. It irks me[/COLOR]

10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life. C. Heck, I'm not responsible for my kids salvation. Let them figure it out.[/COLOR] Yes I selected two.

11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]B. Ahh..it's okay[/COLOR]

12. How much influence should religion have on your government.

[COLOR="DarkRed"]I can't answer this question, since it's clearly directed at the US government.[/COLOR]

13. Can religion help with todays problems?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]C. Are you kidding me!!! Religion is part of the problem!![/COLOR]

14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish?

[COLOR="DarkRed"]A. Grow like a freek[/COLOR]

15. When you die you will go to:

[COLOR="DarkRed"]E. Nowhere. I will become worm food[/COLOR] __________________




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1. How would you describe your religious beliefs? B. Somewhat religious Define "religion",... 2. Which religion to you closest identify with? A. Christian

3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? E. Other (Explain) If it was for a Man's day, that would not be enough time for anything. If it was for a thousand years, then perhaps,... I would focus on education.

More people need understanding. More people need to care... 4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? B. No Morality comes from within. Each person has their own rules, their own morals. They must first hold themselves accountable to their own morals, before they judge others.

5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? C. Unsure 6. How often do you go to church? C. Once a month 7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? C. Neither

8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? B. Nope or C. I can't answer that. I "sort of" have a girlfriend, though. Its not serious yet. 9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? A. It conforts me B. It irks me

It might be A., it might be B. Depends on who, and why. Its a touching sentiment, but does America need to be blessed? Does the Queen need saving?

10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? D. Don't play with my head

Kids need a good moral foundation, and consistency. They need to be taught. There are a lot of rituals that can be beneficial. Such as Washing hands before every meal. Or praying before every meal (giving thanks). That said, so many religions are becoming Cult-ish... 11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? C.*** it is such a stupid debate Watch your language. 12. How much influence should religion have on your government. A. More, they are all heathens Once again, define religion. Regardless, the government is corrupt. More "Christ-Like" representation is preferable.

13. Can religion help with todays problems? A. It is still useful 14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? Good question. Either way, it will not be a good thing...




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1. How would you describe your religious beliefs?

D. Are you kidding me?

2. Which religion to you closest identify with?

K. Other

None. Atheism is not a religion.

3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be?

E. Other (Explain)

Create a paradise on Earth made up of love, compassion and peace.

4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith?

B. No

5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?

B. No

6. How often do you go to church?

Never.

7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious?

B. Less

And now I'm not religious at all anymore. ;)

8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours?

If one really loves a person, this should hardly get in the way. So no.

9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out?

B. It irks me

Especially if people bless royalty. :n0e:

10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously?

B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life.

Each to their own really. If they decide for themselves that they want to believe, then that's fine. But to answer the question, to the contrary it's important to teach them critical thinking, so no.

11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this?

B. Ahh..it's okay

12. How much influence should religion have on your government.

Less, none at best. Though there aren't really those bible thumpers we may know from the U.S. :lol:

13. Can religion help with todays problems?

C. Are you kidding me!!! Religion is part of the problem!!

14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish?

I'm not sure, I think it'll stay the same pretty much. One cannot educate people to stop believing. If they want to believe, they will believe - whatever you tell them.

15. When you die you will go to:

E. Nowhere. I will become worm food

And I'm happy about that. :) :cheer:




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#7 10 years ago

Jill;4086052[COLOR=red]This [COLOR=teal]is[/COLOR] the [COLOR=teal]Christmas[/COLOR] Season [COLOR=teal]and[/COLOR] below [COLOR=teal]is[/COLOR] a [COLOR=teal]survey[/COLOR] to [COLOR=teal]see [/COLOR]how [COLOR=teal]religious[/COLOR] are [/COLOR][COLOR=teal]you?[/COLOR] 1. How would you describe your religious beliefs? A. Very religious B. Somewhat religious C. Spritual but not religious D. Are you kidding me?[/quote]

A confusing mix of everything.

Jill;40860522. Which religion to you closest identify with? A. Christian B. Catholic C. Protestant D. Atheist E. Agnostic F. Buddhist G. Jewish H. Mormon I. Scientology like our buddy Tom Cruise J. I believe in Odin, God of thunder and war!!!! K. Other[/quote]

I don't know what to believe to be honest.

Jill;40860523. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? A. Eliminate corruption in government B. Send everyone to HELL that has killed in my name. C. Get everyone to stop in relying in me and take responsibility for their own lives. D. That's impossible....I would not exist if I was God. E. Other (Explain)[/quote]

I honestly wouldn't know where to begin.

Jill;40860524. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? A. Yes B. No C. Don't play with my head![/quote]

Nope. Not to sound like an ass or anything but I have more morals than many religious people. My uber Catholic friend gets drunk, smokes, and does petty crime on a regular basis.

Jill;40860525. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? A. yes B. No C. Unsure D. Does drinking a case of beer and acting like a madman and wake-up unhurt count?[/quote]

I have come pretty close to getting killed many times. One time we were driving down the street in Oklahoma so I could have surgery done (I would prefer not to say what for) when the road 10 feet away from us just lit up because it was hit by lightening.

Another time we were very close to going to a park in Hawaii that was really great, but then my brother got sick and we had to stay home. I was quite the asshole to him for the rest of the day because I really wanted to go and didn't want to wait a week longer. But I sure was glad as hell when it turned out that a landslide happened at the park that killed 20 people.

I wouldn't say miracle really, but I would say luck.

Jill;40860526. How often do you go to church? A. More than once a week B. Once a week C. Once a month D. On religious holidays E. Almost never F. Only when my mom makes me[/quote]

I honestly can't even tell you the last time.

Jill;40860527. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? A. More B. Less C. Neither D. Are you kidding me?[/quote]

I've been getting pretty interested in religion and philosophy, but I don't really identify with any one group.

Jill;40860528. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? A. Yes B. Nope C. I can't answer than because I never had a boyfriend or girlfriend yet.

Sadly, I've never had a GF so I can't say how that would go down. [quote=Jill;4086052]9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? A. It conforts me B. It irks me C. It gives me the creeps

I honestly don't care. [quote=Jill;4086052]10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? A. Heck ya it is..we all need a moral foundation especially when my kids hang around me. B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life. C. Heck, I'm not responsible for my kids salvation. Let them figure it out. D. Don't play with my head

They should be free to choose their own religion, or choose not to practice one. I feel that introducing a kid to religion too early causes dogmatic thinking. [quote=Jill;4086052]11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? A. It irks me B. Ahh..it's okay C. Holy Jeez...it is such a stupid debate

I don't really mind. Holidays is vague enough to make everyone happy. It puts Christmas, Hannakuh, New Years, Kwanzaa, and all of the holidays around this time into one concise package. I am honestly surprised it took them so long to start it. [quote=Jill;4086052]12. How much influence should religion have on your government. A. More, they are all heathens B. Less, they are all bible thumpers C. It is fine as it is

Far less. The leader of the free world, President Bush, said that God said he wanted him to become president. Instead of being checked into the nearest insane asylum he was congratulated by the Republicans. I have no problem with our elected leaders being religious, but they shouldn't use God or the Bible as their justification for everything. [quote=Jill;4086052]13. Can religion help with todays problems? A. It is still useful B. It is out of touch C. Are you kidding me!!! Religion is part of the problem!!

Certainly. It's worked for thousands of years. It teaches basic morality to people. [quote=Jill;4086052]14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? A. Grow like a freek B. Diminish as people become more educated C. Who gives a flying F

Sadly I see it slowly fading away in much of the world, and with it morals. You can have morals without religion, but that is pretty much all philosophical and logic based rather than the fear of hell variety (Which is much more effective for most people). [quote=Jill;4086052]15. When you die you will go to: A. Heaven B. Hell C. Purgatory D. Back to earth as something else E. Nowhere. I will become worm food

I would really like to be reincarnated, but I feel that being dead will be an awful lot like how everything was before I was born.




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#8 10 years ago

1. How would you describe your religious beliefs? Somewhere between spiritual and slightly religious. To what measure, let me tell you, I'm not fanatical, I'm not even mildly enthusiastic.

2. Which religion to you closest identify with? Christianity, I suppose.

3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? Sever my ties to the world, partially. Like cutting only a single artery in your heart if your some kind of weird surgeon murderer. I'm still there, but don't fuckin' rely on me, you asshole.

4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? Hell naw, foo'.

5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? See above. Unless you count slamming my fingers on a door and them being a miracle, or my dog getting slammed by a truck and walking fine again.

6. How often do you go to church? Generally on a religious holidays or when there's a death in the family.

7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? Less.

8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? No, but if I did, it would simply because they annoy me. Nothing would offend me.

9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? Doesn't bother me. It's tradition.

10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? I'll let them make their own choices and decisions spiritually, though I do plan to give them a fist full of my philosophy.

11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? I don't care.

12. How much influence should religion have on your government. Less. Let the people think for themselves! Politicians included.

13. Can religion help with todays problems? Still useful.

14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? Depends where you are. Middle East, I think all this fundamentalism will help fuel religious fanaticism, but in the west, Europe and the Northern US especially, it's sphere on influence will slowly diminish. Africa and Asia, I predict, will stay about the same.

15. When you die you will go to: My God would probably send me to a more . . positive place, if he's aligned with nature and has a greater sense of neutrality, a fair god who will not punish us for who we are. That's my beef with Christianity and Catholicism especially. If it's Christianity's slightly more opinionated God, I'm going down, down, down. Or I'm wormfood. Total Annihilation doesn't bother me as much as it used to.




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#9 10 years ago

Jill;4086052This is the Christmas Season and below is a survey to see how religious are you? [/quote]

This is winter, nothing more nothing less.

Jill;40860521. How would you describe your religious beliefs? A. Very religious B. Somewhat religious C. Spritual but not religious D. Are you kidding me? [/quote] See (D)

Jill;40860522. Which religion to you closest identify with?

A. Christian B. Catholic C. Protestant D. Atheist E. Agnostic F. Buddhist G. Jewish H. Mormon I. Scientology like our buddy Tom Cruise J. I believe in Odin, God of thunder and war!!!! K. Other [/quote]

Educate yourself and read the content of this spoiler below, and perhaps in the future you wont make the embarrassing mistake of calling atheism a religion.

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Atheism is Not a Religion: Many believe that atheism is a religion, but no one with an accurate understanding of both concepts would make such a mistake. Atheism lacks every one of the characteristics of religion. At most, atheism doesn’t explicitly exclude most of them, but the same can be said for almost anything. Thus, it’s not possible to call atheism a religion. It can be part of a religion, but it can’t be a religion by itself. They are completely different categories: atheism is the absence of one particular belief while religion is a complex web of traditions and beliefs. Atheism is Not an Ideology: An ideology is any "body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group." There are two key elements necessary for an ideology: it must be a group of ideas or beliefs and this group must provide guidance. Neither is true of atheism. First, atheism is by itself just the absence of belief in gods; it's not even a single belief, much less a body of beliefs. Second, atheism by itself offers no guidance on moral, social, or political matters. Atheism, like theism, can be part of an ideology, but neither can be an ideology by themselves. Atheism is Not a Philosophy: A person's philosophy is their "system of principles for guidance in practical affairs." Like ideology, a philosophy comprises of two key elements: it must be a group of beliefs and it must provide guidance. Atheism is not a philosophy for the same reason that it is not an ideology: it's not even a single belief, much less a system of interconnected beliefs, and by itself atheism does not guide anyone anywhere. The same would be true if we defined atheism narrowly as denial of the existence of gods: that single belief is not a system of principles. As with ideology, atheism can be part of a philosophy. Atheism is Not a Belief System: A belief system is a "faith based on a series of beliefs but not formalized into a religion; also, a fixed coherent set of beliefs prevalent in a community or society." This is simpler than an ideology or philosophy because it's just a group of beliefs; they don't have to be interconnected and they don't have to provide guidance. This still doesn't describe atheism; even if we narrowed atheism to denying the existence of gods, that's still just one belief and a single belief is not a set of beliefs. Theism is also a single belief that is not a belief system. Both theism and atheism are part of belief systems, though.

Atheism is Not a Creed: A creed is a "system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination" or "any system or codification of belief or of opinion." Atheism is not a creed in the first sense for the same reasons it's not an ideology or philosophy, with the additional factor that that it has nothing inherently to do with religious belief. There are no atheist "denominations" and even narrowly defined it is not a religious formula. Atheism might appear as part of someone's creed in the second sense because a person might codify their positions, including atheism. Otherwise, though, atheism has nothing to do with creeds.

Atheism is Not a World View: A world view is a "a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity's relation to it." This comes a little bit closer to atheism than anything thus far. Although atheism by itself does not offer any guidance on how to conceive of the universe and humanity's relation to it, it does exclude certain options — namely, those centered around some god. Excluding certain types of world views as options does not, however, qualify as a world view itself; at most, it might be part of a world view. Atheism is certainly not comprehensive in anything it might have to say, not even if defined narrowly.

Presented below are the characteristics which best define religions, distinguishing them from other types of belief systems, and how atheism utterly fails to even remotely match any of them.

Belief in Supernatural Beings: Perhaps the most common and fundamental characteristic of religion is a belief in supernatural beings — usually, but not always, including gods. Few religions lack this characteristic and most religions are founded upon it. Atheism is the absence of belief in gods and thus excludes belief in gods, but it does not exclude belief in other supernatural beings. More important, however, is that atheism does not teach the existence of such beings and most atheists in the West do not believe in them. Sacred vs Profane Objects, Places, Times: Differentiating between sacred and profane objects, places, and times helps religious believers focus on transcendental values and/or the existence of a supernatural realm. Atheism excludes believing in things that are “sacred” for the purpose of worshiping gods, but otherwise has nothing to say on the matter — neither promoting nor rejecting the distinction. Many atheists probably have things, places, or times which they consider “sacred” in that they are venerated or esteemed highly.

Ritual Acts Focused on Sacred Objects, Places, Times: If people believe in something sacred, they probably have associated rituals. As with the very existence of a category of “sacred” things, however, there is nothing about atheism which either mandates such a belief or necessarily excludes it — it’s simply an irrelevant issue. An atheist who holds something as “sacred” may engage in some sort of associated ritual or ceremony, but there is no such thing as an “atheist ritual.”

Moral Code With Supernatural Origins: Most religions preach some sort of moral code which is typically based upon its transcendental and supernatural beliefs. Thus, for example, theistic religions typically claim that morality is derived from the commands of their gods. Atheists have moral codes, but they don’t believe that those codes are derived from any gods and it would be unusual for them to believe that their morals have a supernatural origin. More importantly, atheism doesn’t teach any particular moral code.

Characteristically Religious Feelings: Perhaps the vaguest characteristic of religion is the experience of “religious feelings” like awe, a sense of mystery, adoration, and even guilt. Religions encourage these sorts of feelings, especially in the presence of sacred objects and places, and the feelings are typically connected to the presence of the supernatural. Atheists may experience some of these feelings, like awe at the universe itself, but they are neither promoted nor discouraged by atheism itself.

Prayer and Other Forms of Communication: Belief in supernatural beings like gods doesn’t get you very far if you can’t communicate with them, so religions which include such beliefs naturally also teach how to talk to them — usually with some form of prayer or other ritual. Atheists don’t believe in gods so obviously don’t try to communicate with any; an atheist who believes in some other type of supernatural being might try to communicate with it, but such communication is completely incidental to atheism itself.

A Worldview & Organization of One’s Life Based on the Worldview: Religions are never just a collection of isolated and unrelated beliefs; instead, they constitute entire worldviews based upon these beliefs and around which people organize their lives. Atheists naturally have worldviews, but atheism itself isn’t a worldview and doesn’t promote any one worldview. Atheists have different ideas about how to live because they have different philosophies on life. Atheism is not a philosophy or ideology, but it can be part of a philosophy, ideology, or worldview.

A Social Group Bound Together by the Above: A few religious people follow their religion in isolated ways, but usually religions involve complex social organizations of believers who join each other for worship, rituals, prayer, etc. Many atheists belong to a variety of groups, but relatively few atheists belong to specifically atheistic groups — atheists are notorious for not being joiners. When they do belong to atheist groups, though, those groups aren’t bound together by any of the above.

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Jill;40860523. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be?

A. Eliminate corruption in government B. Send everyone to HELL that has killed in my name. C. Get everyone to stop in relying in me and take responsibility for their own lives. D. That's impossible....I would not exist if I was God. E. Other (Explain) [/quote] I won’t dignify this question with any seriousness, and for that matter, any humor. It’s simply that ridiculous.

Jill;40860524. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith?

A. Yes B. No C. Don't play with my head! [/quote] See the above spoiler.

Jill;40860525. Have you ever witnessed a miracle?

A. yes B. No C. Unsure D. Does drinking a case of beer and acting like a madman and wake-up unhurt count? [/quote] Like keebler elves baking cookies in tree’s, I’ve yet to see any.

Jill;40860526. How often do you go to church?

A. More than once a week B. Once a week C. Once a month D. On religious holidays E. Almost never F. Only when my mom makes me [/quote] N/A

Jill;40860527. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious?

A. More B. Less C. Neither D. Are you kidding me? [/quote] See (D)

[quote=Jill;4086052]8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours?

A. Yes B. Nope C. I can't answer than because I never had a boyfriend or girlfriend yet.

I pass judgment on all religious people of any gender in such a manor as to place them in the same category as the mentally disabled and or deficient, so does that count? Oh, and I do so with out regret or remorse.

[quote=Jill;4086052]9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out?

A. It conforts me B. It irks me C. It gives me the creeps

The first thought to come to mind would be “lemmings”

[quote=Jill;4086052]10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously?

A. Heck ya it is..we all need a moral foundation especially when my kids hang around me. B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life. C. Heck, I'm not responsible for my kids salvation. Let them figure it out. D. Don't play with my head

I do my best too peacefully dismantle and abolish religiosity, in every regard. Would that answer your inquiry?

[quote=Jill;4086052]11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this?

A. It irks me B. Ahh..it's okay C. Holy Jeez...it is such a stupid debate

I respond the same as always; “What holiday? This is just another day of the week.”

[quote=Jill;4086052]12. How much influence should religion have on your government.

A. More, they are all heathens B. Less, they are all bible thumpers C. It is fine as it is

None whatsoever. Not a spec, not an iota.

[quote=Jill;4086052]13. Can religion help with todays problems?

A. It is still useful B. It is out of touch C. Are you kidding me!!! Religion is part of the problem!!

The answer is C.

[quote=Jill;4086052]14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish?

A. Grow like a freek B. Diminish as people become more educated C. Who gives a flying F

Statistically it’s declining, in every regard, with islam and wicca being the exceptions to that rule as they increase every year. Yet traditional beliefs like christianity and catholicism are declining steadily every year and have been for the last 20 years and that puts a big fucking smile on my face. There is hope that biblical myths which support beliefs held by primitive and illiterate people throughout history, will fade away. The investigation of Nature in the unbiased light of reason and logic is our only guide to truth.

[quote=Jill;4086052]15. When you die you will go to:

A. Heaven B. Hell C. Purgatory D. Back to earth as something else E. Nowhere. I will become worm food

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1. How would you describe your religious beliefs? C. Spritual but not religious

2. Which religion to you closest identify with? K. Other 3. If you could be God for the day, what would your first order of business be? E. Other (Explain) Ask as much people as I can what they would like to be changed... and I'll do my best to make most of them happy.

4. Do you believe that morality can come only from faith? B. No 5. Have you ever witnessed a miracle? D. Does drinking a case of beer and acting like a madman and wake-up unhurt count? 6. How often do you go to church? G. Never 7. As you have been getting older, are you more or less religious? C. Neither 8. Have you ever broke up with a guy or girl because her religion was different from yours? B. Nope 9. When you hear people say things like " God Bless America or God Save the Queen...etc". Does that confort you or freak you out? C. It gives me the creeps 10. Is it important to now or in the future to raise your kids religiously? B. Nah...what is more important is that they are happy and fulfilled in life. 11. Lately in the USA when you Christmas shop, the clerk greets you with "Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas." What is your reaction to this? C. Holy Jeez...it is such a stupid debate 12. How much influence should religion have on your government. B. Less, they are all bible thumpers 13. Can religion help with todays problems? D. Sometime 14. In the next 100 years, will religion grow or diminish? D. I don't know 15. When you die you will go to: Some kind of heaven.. Hopefully.

Interesting poll. As you can see Religion is really not important for me.. The only think I hope (not believe) is that there's a kind of heaven when you can have fun and watch what's going on on earth.