A great deal of good has been done in the name of religion, but we don’t need the dogma in order to give to donations. We don’t need to lie to every cold person before we give them a blanket. Give generously, but choose a secular charity instead.
The legendary magician and skeptic, James the Amazing Randi, talks about the importance of scientific skepticism in an age of charlatans touting paranormal claims.
What is the meaning of life? What is the purpose of life? The problem with these questions is the word “the.” As if there’s only one. Pastors often ask how you can have meaning without God. But to quote Dan Barker, this is like asking, “without a master, whose slave will I be?” The beauty of life is that as an atheist you’re free to find your own meaning – finding beauty, purpose, and happiness in the things that mean something to you.
This is the tale of how a missionary kid raised in a former Soviet, Muslim country became a pro-science atheist, skeptic, and human-rights activist.
Everyone deflects focus from their religion the moment it’s criticized. I call this diversion apologetics. “What about Islam?” “What about Christianity?” Enough whataboutery! I’m an atheist! I’m not going to argue about which turd is shinier. They’re both shit!