My answer to all of you before anyone decides to say something uneducated and ignorant like, "No!! Science doesn't have the facts! Science runs on faith! Atheism is a religion!":
Introduce me to this god first, and then we may discuss whether or not i like him, or am at the very least convinced of his or her godhood.
It's as simple as that.
That's the only way i will ever be capable of becoming a believer.
Science shows us the things it tells us. Religion always finds excuses as to why we can't be shown, but only told.
How can i make an informed decision about the gods if i don't have anything to decide on besides conflicting RUMORS
As long as it's only (ever) humans holding the god conversation, all i can conclude is that god is yet another unconvincing human fantasy, a blatantly obvious one at that, He's invisible, invincible, immortal, all-knowing, all-powerful, can do anything he wants, be anywhere he wants, runs an entire friggin' universe - God is the ultimate human masturbation of what we all wish we could be, and there are people who still don't get that!)
And i am not capable of believing, nor am i willing to be that dishonest with myself or others, until this god finally shows up and decides to tell more than 2 or 3 people who only end up sounding crazier than the regular believers because either god isn't really that interested in being well-known, or he's just not there.
This is all based on a recent comment conversation in one of my recent atheist cartoons.
Theists can be so transparent.
(DISCLAIMER: "can be" - i recognize theists come in all shapes and sizes, and they don't all believe in the same things, because within the specific theism that is causing north american life such problems, they all pick and choose to ignore different parts of the "100% perfect unchangeable word of god" from each other because they have no choice when the bible gives 2 clearly opposite answers to many of the same questions, and so some aren't as bigoted as the bible orders them to be. But that same Bible they all claim to follow IS what they ALL have in common, and that bible is what i aim to criticize and expose. I aim to show the intelligent, kind-hearted christians how their belief serves more to help people cause pain and suffering, by giving credit to a book that orders us to cause pain and suffering to certain types of people for no other reason than an invisible god's prejudices. I also aim to display why any kind-hearted, intelligent person should stand firmly against the crimes of religion, religious programming, and religious thinking)
This particular brand of theist only seems capable of talking as if it's opposite day when it comes to the facts of reality, the definitions of words like "atheism" and "relationship", the validity of their source-book, and the leadership skills of their deity...
To continue to promote the bible after reading it fully, one must either be intentionally dishonest, or honestly ignorant of the suffering that the popular religions are responsible for, under the bible's encouragement of various forms of discrimination.
That is not an insult, but a flat statement of fact.
But theists tend to choose to be offended by facts, so i'm gonna get shit comments no matter what.
Alternate title, "Who's the troll?"
What seems more like trollish behaviour: trying to sell an invisible magic man in the sky who hates gay people and women, but providing only excuses after excuses as to why we can't meet this magic man, or why he doesn't affect reality, and yet we're supposed to still detect him and love him and worship him?
Or does presenting the facts of reality, that show no indication beyond the suggestion of other humans who also have no proof, that there are any gods anywhere, sound more trollish?
Informing people that religion hurts people is not trolling. Theists ignoring the pain of people just because they are not religious, is trolling. Discriminating against people, who are genetically born to have harmless character traits that rub the still-no-where-to-be-found deity the wrong way, is trolling. Spreading these kinds of stories on faith, which encourage humans to order other humans to treat the "different" humans like a parent treats a child molester, is also trolling.
But fighting the unfair discrimination against innocent people encouraged by the laws of a god that, by all accounts and purposes does not yet exist, is NOT trolling. That's what's called fighting the trolls, and ignoring these ones won't make them go away!.