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Christian Pastor: Rape Is Your Fault

Posted on 24 May 2014 (0)

So I am a 24 year-old Filipina female who spent her college years being active in Christian ministry. The kind of church I was in was focused on the supernatural stuff going on, like angels and speaking weird out-of-this-world tongues. We also liked praying over the sick and there were, admittedly, countless times I’ve been laid hands on and fell backwards straight to the floor.

That was 2 years ago. On November 2012, I decided to join the student organization branch of The Filipino Freethinkers in our campus. This decision radically changed my belief and my life, but it was not abrupt. Let me tell you my story.

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Vices and Cheating Not as Bad as Atheism?

Posted on 22 May 2014 (0)

A study on political leanings conducted by Pew Research offers some curious findings. Released in the 19th of May 2014, the study was aimed at gauging the public pulse on the possible characteristics or “character defects” of candidates in the 2016 Elections. Interestingly, based on the response of those surveyed, being an atheist is a top negative while military service is regarded as the top positive. Also, the respondents, apparently, would prefer someone who smokes pot or someone who has cheated on a spouse instead of voting for someone who is an atheist.

As the Pew Research numbers indicate, around 60% say that it would not matter to them if a candidate was involved in an extramarital affair. Approximately 70%, on the other hand, believe that a history of marijuana use does not matter when choosing a candidate. However, when it comes to faith or religion, the responses are somewhat unexpected. More than half of the respondents or 53% said that the would less likely vote for someone who is an atheist. Only 5% said that they would more likely vote for someone who espouses atheism and 41% said that being an atheist does not matter. Moreover, around 21% said that they will more likely vote for someone who is an Evangelical Christian while 58% said that being an Evangelical Christian does not matter.

For those who might be interested to know if political leaning has any influence on this preference, it would be worth noting that 70% of the Republicans surveyed said that they would less likely support an atheist candidate while only 42% of the Democrat respondents expressed less likelihood in electing an atheist into office. This is rather expected although it does not necessarily mean that Republicans will certainly not field someone who does not totally repudiate atheism.

It is also interesting to find out that atheism, based on the research findings, is being treated as something comparable than the lack of experience in holding public office. Around 52% (against 53% on atheism) of the respondents said that they will less likely vote for someone who does not have public office experience.

Nevertheless, atheists and atheism supporters should not consider these findings despairing. While it is true that many people are still strongly against atheism, the numbers have greatly improved over the years. As pointed out by Cathy Lynn Grossman in her article on Religious News Service, the number of Americans who are against atheism has decreased. Of note, the 52% now used to be 63% in 2007. An 11% decrease is not big but is already a considerable development, especially considering the fact there are more Republican leaders in the United States compared to Democrats.

Still, this does not take away the disappointing number of people who consider someone who had cheated on a spouse or used marijuana as options not as less likely to have compared to an atheist. It’s even more befuddling that 6% of the respondents in the survey would more likely vote for someone who had used marijuana in the past. That’s 1% higher than those who would more likely vote for an atheist.

It certainly is about time for “closeted atheists” to come out in the open to address misinformed or stigma-filled public opinions about atheists and atheism. It would have been understandable if people showed greater tendency to vote based on their religion. What’s very difficult to acknowledge is the apparent preference for vices or extramarital affair to show the rejection of atheism.

Medical Cannabis for Atheists

Posted on 10 September 2014 (0)

The use of marijuana for recreational purposes is illegal in most countries, although this is still one of the most used recreational drugs. Some people believe that more atheists use this illegal drug over religious believers. However, the fact is, there are also many non-atheists that are into this drugs. While there are religious individuals that don’t smoke, there are also atheists who have this preference.

When it comes to the use of medical cannabis, everyone is equal no matter what the religion is. If you live in any of the states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana and you have a health condition that’s accepted to be treated by this method, then you may apply for a medical marijuana ID. The approval of your ID application does not depend on your religion as this is not a basis.

Getting a Medical Marijuana ID

If your doctor suggested the use of cannabis to treat your condition or the symptoms of your health problem, then you may consider getting a marijuana card so you can purchase this legally. This would prevent you from being jailed or fined over its possession. As mentioned, there are only certain conditions that would qualify you for the ID and the list is different from one state to another.

In Oregon, the qualifying medical conditions are cancer, HIV/AIDS, agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease and Glaucoma. Other conditions and symptoms include muscle spasm, seizures, severe nausea, severe pain and cachexia. If you have any of these conditions or symptoms then you qualify for the medical marijuana ID.

You may download and print the application form and the attending physician’s statement form from the state’s health website. There is an application fee, which costs $200 in Oregon.  You must send in the money or check for the fee, your ID copies and the two filled out forms to the address printed on the application form. Wait for the ID to be sent to you so you can use it in purchasing medical cannabis.

You can use this on a dispensary in different parts of the state like Portland. You may visit a Portland dispensary or call them to give your order in advance to avoid waiting as it will be ready upon your pickup.

Achieving Real Paradise with Weed

Posted on 01 September 2014 (0)

The idea of being in paradise with god as written in the scriptures is crap. Such a thing does not exist. It is meant to fool people and make them stop making the most out of their lives. The real paradise is here on earth. Making the most out of your every experience in life is what will make you totally happy. The idea of being in paradise someday will just make you nothing but a lazy person who leaves everything on fate. If you want to experience paradise, then make the most out of the best things on earth. One of them is marijuana.

Experiencing a Piece of Heaven on Earth

Weed is not necessarily as dangerous as you think it is. However, it can provide a sense of satisfaction and happiness beyond compare. When you feel down and you have lots of problems on your mind, this substance will make you feel better. You will forget that you are actually facing these problems. It feels great that for once in your life, you don’t have any burden to bear. If you can have this chance for a few minutes a day, this will make life more meaningful.

Misconceptions about Marijuana

Some people have very negative notions regarding marijuana intake. However, the truth is that it is safe. It is in fact considered a medical substance especially for those who are suffering from certain diseases. There is no point in branding it as illegal while there is an open sale of alcohol everywhere, which is in fact more dangerous.
It is also not true that marijuana will make you feel down all the time. Sometimes, it can make you feel down for a while, and give you back the energy that you have lost. It will feel like you have been reborn. This is why you should give it a try.

If you want to get legal marijuana, you can check out the best Washington dispensary here. Hopefully, you will change your mind regarding the use of weed and give it a try. If this substance made me experienced paradise, it will do the same for you too.

How to Convince an Atheist with the Power of Faith Healing

Posted on 20 August 2014 (0)

Atheists are famous for one attribute, they need logic and a clear explanation for everything and everyone around them. Faith healing, although a very powerful concept that has been used widely across the globe from hundreds of years, is not acceptable by the group. One of the basic reasons is, the foundation of Faith healing is there is a Supreme Being that has the Powers to heal and rectify things that have gone wrong. Here are a few tried and tested ways of convincing atheists with the power of faith healing.

Objective Outcomes
For explaining the real outcome of faith healing. never use subjective terms and examples. These would only increase the argument or discussion without any fruitful result. By conducting a better research and doing good homework, objective outcomes can be gathered that are easy to understand through logic. Psychology and science have all the answers of how a particular place, herb or aura can help in the healing process of a human being. Portland dispensaries such asUrban Farmacy store some of the best marijuana medicines that were used in ancient times as well. Reason with such examples and alternative medicines that have a number of success stories. The objectivity of breaking through conventional treatments and showing examples of alternative treatments can definitely spark some sense and logic on how faith healing is about bringing together different natural, environmental and psychological powers to heal a person.

Measurable and Rational Evidence
Atheists are curious people by nature, they tend to seek answers by their inquisitive nature. Not only are they extra ordinarily curious, but they are brave and prudent too with their observation and judgement. By providing a measurable and rational experience of people who have undergone the process of faith healing and are now 100% healthy and active, there is a way of convincing them that belief system has real powers. Often people go for conventional treatments first, getting all the medical tests and records done for proving their disease. Since most do not want to go through the tiring and taxing treatments of alopathy, they look for alternative treatments, from which one of the famous ones is faith healing. After successful sessions, their reports prove complete recovery. By collecting such reports, a measurable and rational evidence can be gathered that would have all the answers that an atheist would be looking for convincing them on the power of faith healing.

Atheism and Addiction Recovery

Posted on 16 August 2014 (0)

By definition, an atheist is a person who rejects the existence of deities and believes only on what is supported by science and logical reasoning. Because atheists do not practice any form of religion, they are often misconstrued by many people as immoral. However, statistics prove how inaccurate this negative public perception is. Atheists are better educated than most believers, earn higher incomes, have lower divorce rates than theists, and live in close-knit families.

Morality, as well as faith, hope and charity, are not exclusive rights that belong only to those who believe in God. Atheism puts its faith in humanity’s ability to abide by a moral code. It hopes that every person will be able to attain his fullest potential. Just like any theist member of society, an atheist strives to make the world a better place to live in. The only difference is that he does so by relying on science rather than a supernatural being.

Societal ills such as addiction and substance abuse are challenges that atheists confront just like average persons do. The absence of a religious belief does not signify that an atheist is less moral and therefore more inclined to be addicted to drugs. Substance abuse is a disease does not discriminate. It can afflict anyone regardless of financial status, age, gender, or belief system.

Most people think that atheists will have a more difficult time in dealing with an addiction because they believe religion and faith are important aspects of the recovery process. While it is true that these can indeed provide support, successful treatments need not be based solely on religion. There are several existing therapies that employ techniques on the basis of science and psychology such as motivational enhancement therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. These treatments aim to motivate addicts to have better opinion of themselves and in their skills and abilities, which aid in recovery.

Aside from popular recovery therapies, there are also unconventional ones like acupuncture and emotional freedom technique or EFT. Medical specialists may find that atheists are more receptive to non-traditional treatments because they are not bound by any religious beliefs. For this reason, atheists can have better treatment options than those who may refuse a treatment because it is considered taboo by a religion. A good illustration of this issue is medical marijuana. Although this is not a treatment for addiction recovery, it drives home the point that many sick people choose to forgo a substance’s medical benefits because churches frown upon its use. An atheist, on the other hand, would have no qualms about availing of the treatment. Despite the controversy surrounding medical marijuana, there are now several clinics that legally dispense it. Additional information on these types of clinics can be found on this site, including how to open a dispensary.

The path to recovery from an addiction is a long and winding one. The degree of difficulty may differ from person to person but this will not be because one is a theist and the other an atheist. The theist may rely on God but the atheist will have take comfort in the scientific knowledge that the human body is psychologically and physiologically capable of recovering from addiction.

Misconceptions About Atheism

Posted on 14 August 2014 (0)

As far as societal perception is concerned, being labeled as an “atheist” carries with it a certain stigma. People regard atheists as immoral, intolerant and blasphemous. Even in the past, as proven by historical records, atheism was cast in a negative light. Famous philosophers like Plato and Thomas Aquinas believed that atheists should be punished or put to death. These centuries-old opinion on atheism is not different than what people have today. According to a survey conducted by an American news magazine, only one-third of the population would vote for an atheist running for president even if he was qualified. Additionally, a mere ten percent of the respondents identified themselves as atheists, while an overwhelming eighty-seven percent said that they believed in the existence of God.

Unknown to many, atheists are among the most intelligent members of society and majority of them are very literate in the sciences. However, the belief in atheism has prevented some from being given the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and skills to society. This is mainly due to several misconceptions about atheism and the people who practice them.

People say that atheists are immoral people because they do not practice religion. Contrary to popular belief, atheists are just as decent as those who believe in God. They desire the same things in life as any average person does except for the belief in an afterlife. Because they are bound by the same moral rules as any member of society is, they are fully aware that nothing can be gained by stealing, killing or committing a crime. Belonging to a religion should not be equated with morality. As a matter of fact, majority of prison convicts practice some form of religion. Sometimes, being religious becomes the basis of hypocrisy. There have already been several instances where a church’s seemingly outward piety belied the malice and sincerity of its officials and members. This has been demonstrated time and again by the many public scandals involving ministers and priests. Being moral is not an exclusive right for those practicing a religion.

Atheists have been labeled as intolerant to religious people. Although atheists does not support certain causes such as mandatory praying in schools or spending government funds to promote religion, they do not go up to people on streets to hand out tracts or ask for charitable donations. Instead, these are done by those belonging to churches. As for the issue on intolerance, it can be exemplified in the way several churches are showing their disapproval to the government’s stance on same-sex marriage.  Further, there have been instances where churches are more concerned over legalism than doing what is right. As a case in point, a member suffering from cancer and who is ingesting medical marijuana as part of his treatment is deemed to be doing wrong. Even if the patient was using a Vaporfection vaporizer and vapor accessories to consume the marijuana and not smoking it, as most drug addicts do, the church still perceived it as a deed in error because they chose to consider it as a drug and not as medicine.

Another misconception about atheism is that it is a religion. It is not. Atheists do not hold worship services simply because they do not believe in a god or gods. Neither is there any existing structure that boasts of being an atheist church. Atheism, instead, is a doctrine that makes use of logic and science to explain things about the world and the universe.

For atheists, going through life without worshiping a god is possible, a matter which theists find very difficult to comprehend and which leads to several misconceptions. Hopefully in the future, people can learn to appreciate it as it really is and understand that like any other form of religion or belief, it is just another person’s way of going through life’s journey.

Atheist Forced to Attend Religious Rehab Program

Posted on 14 August 2014 (0)

An interesting news snippet came to our attention a while back, a story about an atheist who was arrested for possession of marijuana.  His arrest came despite the fact that he lives in a State where marijuana is legal, he was carrying a medical marijuana card and had made his purchase from Portland Dispensary, which happens to be a well-known business.

Rehab

He was released on parole after serving a short prison sentence but one of the conditions of his release was that he attended a 12-step drug rehabilitation program. Now, he wasn’t really given the option, he was forced into attending.

What’s the problem with that?  I can hear some people saying. The man is an atheist; he has no religious beliefs and does not believe that there is a God.  The 12-step program contains six steps that require the attendee to believe in God.

He did request non-religious rehab but was refused, as, he was told, there weren’t any other options available.  As a result, he had no choice but to enter the program or risk being sent back to prison. He did not go quietly and continued objecting that the First Amendment, the right not to have to take up any religion mandated by the government, was being violated.

Because of his objections, he was arrested again and ordered to serve a further 100 days in prison. As a result, he sued, using precedents that have long been in place against forcing both prisoners and those on parole into religious activities and services.

Victory

The Court ruled in his favor, as they should have done but the jury refused to award compensation.  However, the Ninth Circuit has reversed that decision, stating that the jury were wrong to rule that way.

As it stands, we are all waiting with bated breath, as the Court retires to make its decision on how much to award the defendant in damages for loss of liberty.  They are also requesting that State Officials be prevented from forcing parolees into religious programs in the future.

The question of why he was also arrested in the first place also needs to be answered as he was legally carrying marijuana for his own personal medical use.

How Not To Convert Others to Atheism

Posted on 12 August 2014 (0)

We got a question asked a little back from a young atheist who has many religious friends. She wanted to know whom she could get them to convert to atheism.  This article is for any atheist who thinks that they can convert others.

Atheism is not classed as a religionand atheists do not, unlike some religious groups, attempt to convert any person.  Most atheists are quite content to challenge other people’s beliefs by the way of good-natured conversation.  As per the teachings of Socrates, the best way to talk and to make inquiries is to ask good questions.

Where those who are members of an organized religious group may think about converting to another, the atheist simply wants to explore new things and to talk about them.  Critical thinking and heling others to see the evidence for themselves, without forcing it down their throats is the way we want to work.

You see, if you ask the right kind of questions you tend to plant seeds in people’s minds. Seeds that grow and make them want to explore. Those seeds may not come to anything but, on the other hand, they may grow into something that is truly different. If a person decides to convert to atheism, it won’t be because you have made them, it will be because they have seen things in a different light, through your questions and discussions.

Right Questions, Right Attitude

Asking the right questions is all well and good but if you don’t have the right, open and friendly attitude, you will just put people on the defensive.  You also have to understand both sides, not just the way you see things. Aggressive behavior gets you nowhere whereas thoughtful, insightful questions do.

The Use of Marijuana

Many atheists are ex marijuana users, some still do use it. Now that marijuana has been legalized for medical use and can be obtained from places like this Portland Dispensary, we are beginning to see more and more use and, believe it or not, a lot more deep and meaningful discussions with non-atheists.

Marijuana relaxes the mind, takes the aggression away and provides insights that you perhaps might not have thought about before. So, while it is still a drug, overall atheists do tend to advocate the use of it.

How I Live a Peaceful Life as an Atheist

Posted on 24 May 2014 (0)

With the majority of the world’s population being affiliated to a certain type of religion, being an atheist is still a taboo until now. Therefore, converting to atheism is something many people are afraid of doing. However, despite such a negative perception about atheism, it did not stop me from coming out and profess my belief (or lack of it). Before I have arrived with this decision, I first ensured that this is something that will make me happy at the end of the day.

I started out by consulting my friends about their personal beliefs in regards to religion. I felt that for many of them, religion is a mere affiliation. Others became followers since their parents told them to do so. It made me become even more certain of my decision to be an atheist. Though it may not be viewed positively by the people around me, at least it is something that I am doing out of my strong belief. I would rather stay this way than be affiliated with a religion out of coercion.

Now that I have finally made up my mind, I see to it that my values are intact. Just because I have converted to atheism does not mean all the positive values I have learned before have all gone to waste. The disbelief in the existence of a god does not necessarily mean belief in the value of evil. I still believe in the value of love and care for mankind and other creatures in general. I learned to continue loving and appreciating the world as it is without necessarily believing that everything was created by a superior being.

There is also a common notion that atheists have to go out and debate with people about religion. However, this is not something that I believe in. Being an atheist is something that I have decided to do out of my personal realizations and learning. Therefore, I don’t believe in the idea of forcing others to change their beliefs if it is something that they have not yet decided upon.

The most difficult part in being an atheist is the social stigma that comes with it. From my family to my friends (who all grew up in a religious environment), came to hate me and my decision. However, I constantly prove to them that just because I have decided not to believe in a god does not mean all my morals are gone. I want to prove to them that we are not what they think we are.

Standing by this decision has always been a constant battle. At some point, I wanted to give in. However, I just hold on to the idea that with this belief, I hurt no one. Compared with those who have strong religious beliefs, but have committed crimes, I believe I am a better person. Hopefully, people will realize that atheists are not here to make war. Instead, atheism is simply a way of life and a choice of people who think in a different way.