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Where all roads lead (2)

Posted in The Atheist's Way by Skepdude on August 20, 2008

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We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.

“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.

She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and sobbed:

“I don’t want to die.”

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Why Are They “Praying For You”?

Posted in The Atheist's Way by Skepdude on August 20, 2008

In much of my work, emails come asking about the correct way to respond when someone says something directly attacking, or passively disparaging to Atheists. A majority of this is regarding the phrase, “I’m praying for you”. The comment, often supposed to imply that you are in someone’s thoughts, is remarkably thoughtless. It’s as if someone said to a woman without arms, “Why can’t you hug me?” It just doesn’t make sense to Atheists, and it certainly doesn’t mean anything to us. Yet, we don’t always have any visual clues during everyday interaction with most people as to beliefs, or lack of beliefs.

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Where all roads lead (1)

Posted in Religion, The Atheist's Way by Skepdude on August 18, 2008

I have 22 posts jostling for attention at the moment, but a Saturday night conversation with my girls has sent all other topics back to the green room for a smoke.

The three of us were lying on my bed, looking at the ceiling and talking about the day. “Dad, I have to tell you a thing. Promise you won’t get mad,” said Delaney (6), giving me the blinky doe eyes. “Promise?”

“Oh jeez, Laney, so dramatic,” said Erin, pot-to-kettlishly.

“I plan to be furious,” I said. “Out with it.”

“Okay, fine. I…I kind of got into a God fight in the cafeteria yesterday.”

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