Countless times I have been told by religious people (friends included) that I have no moral structure, don’t know love, don’t have a purpose, and more. The absolute worst is when a religious friend makes a remark that is condescending when they don’t even realize what just came out of their mouth. There have been times where a religious female friend of mine finds out I’m dating a new woman and I get an unintentional passive-aggressive grilling as to how I’m treating said woman I’m dating. It’s almost like my religious friends are assuming that because I don’t believe in their religion, I lack the care and integrity of others, including the people of whom I’m dating. This stuff comes out of the mouths of friends of 4+ years, and it still astonishes me. It makes me question why I’m friends with them (or why they’re friends with me)… but then I realize that without that delusion, they are great people and fun to be around.
“No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as Patriots. This is one nation under God”.
- George Bush
I am an agnostic-atheist. Agnosticism, is often mistaken for a belief… but nobody can be only agnostic. You are either an agnostic-theist, agnostic-atheist, gnostic-theist, or gnostic-atheist. Realize that there are very few “true” atheists… someone who claims to know that a god does not exist. Most people who claim to be “atheist”, are of the form agnostic-atheist. I, therefore, believe we will never answer the question as to whether a higher power exists or not but that the answer is most probably that one does not exist. This is a form of “Freethought”, which is more fundamental to my beliefs:
Freethought holds that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. Thus, freethinkers strive to build their opinions on the basis of facts, scientific inquiry, and logical principles, independent of any logical fallacies or the intellectually limiting effects of authority, confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, sectarianism, tradition, urban legend, and all other dogmas. Regarding religion, freethinkers hold that there is insufficient evidence to support the existence of supernatural phenomena. – Wikipedia
Here is a list of famous atheists:
Woody Allen, John Lennon, Robert Altman, Daniel Radcliffe, Abe Lincoln, Isaac Asimov, Bill Nye, Barry Manilow, Peter Atkins, Kevin Bacon, Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, William Shatner, Penn & Teller, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Mark Twain, John Adams, Douglas Adams, Seth Green, Jodie Foster, Bruce Lee, Rafael Nadal, Bertrand Russel, Ivan Pavlov, Mark Zuckerberg, Olivia Wilde, Natalie Portman, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Marie Curie, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, Sam Harris, Thomas Edison, Stephen Gould, Steven Pinker, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, Dave Mathews, Sir Ian McKellen, Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Reeve, Gene Roddenberry, Susan B. Anthony, Lance Armstrong, Ricky Gervais, Warren Buffet & Bill Gates (have donated over $70 billion to charity), Ernest Hemingway, Charles Schulz, Richard Branson, Keanu Reeves, James Cameron, Arthur C. Clark, Stephen Hawking, Sigmund Freud, Kathy Griffin, Seth MacFarlane, Friedrich Nietzsche, George Orwell, Charles Darwin (later life), Brad Pitt, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ayn Rand, George Carlin, Matt Stone, Pat Tillman, Kurt Vonnegut, Roger Waters, Gene Wilder (yes, Charlie Chocolate), Steve Wozniak, Rodney Dangerfield, Marlon Brando, Hugh Hefner, Billy Joel, Sarah Silverman, Ted Turner, Ted Williams, Charlie Chaplin, Larry King, Helen Mirren, Katherine Hepburn, Ray Romano, Joe Rogan, Edgar Allan Poe, Hellen Keller, Ben Franklin, Frank Zappa, Robert Frost, Voltaire, Thomas Paine, Pierre Laplace, Napoleon, Walt Whitman, Thomas Huxley, Andrew Carnegie, H G Wells, Frank Lloyd Wright, James Joyce, Howard Hughes, Confucius…
… and many many more. Feel Free to comment and/or share below.
- Ask Richard: Atheist’s Boyfriend Doesn’t Take Her Views Seriously (patheos.com)
- The Top 50 Atheists (sandwalk.blogspot.com)
- 12 Hottest Celebrity Atheists and Agnostics (skepticalteacher.wordpress.com)
- Agnostic? Gnostic. (thesecretatheist.wordpress.com)