Not necessarily willing to deny the first two parts. But what kind of “weekly gatherings” do atheists have?
Also, I’d say there’s no way to prove God doesn’t exist, and I’m pretty sure that most atheists would agree with me. That being said, is the most probable thought process to believe in a magical, all-knowing all-powerful being? Of course not, if you can’t prove something is true you shouldn’t claim that it’s true. In the case of atheism, it is a claim that God is improbable and thus we don’t believe in it. Anyone with any logical train of thought knows that the existence of any God is an improbable event with next to evidence for it. There is no faith involved in not believing in God.
We don’t claim to know there is no God. However, if there is no proof to prove something is true, then you assume it is false until proof is found. That is the scientific method.
No, I really don’t.
I’ve never needed “God” to make me be okay with myself and who I am.
I’ve never needed “God” to give me the strength to do the things I do to provide for my family and take care of others.
I’ve never taken “God” into account for my decisions when I stand up for, defend, and give to those that need it. The bullied. The LGBTQIA that too many still don’t accept as people. Women’s rights. The poor. The homeless.
I’ve never needed “God” for any of that because I stand up and do it all myself. If you need God because you can’t handle the trials of life all by yourself, then so be it.
Don’t you dare condescend to me in saying I need your imaginary friend simply because I said I don’t believe in the guy. Especially when you already know who I am and what I do.
Questioning the Almighty of the Day : Stop Intolerance Towards Atheists
I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life — the only thing I know to exist — to be wasted.
I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
Remember this: You are not a depraved human being.
You have no sins to atone for.
There is no need for fear.
There are no ghosts—holy or otherwise.
Stop making yourself miserable for “the love of God.”
Drive this monster of tyrannic fear from your mind, and enjoy the inestimable freedom of an emancipated human being.
The only duty you owe is to yourself and to your family.
The duty you owe to yourself is to do the best you can, and the duty you owe to your family is to endeavor to make them happy.
Emancipate yourself from these stultifying creeds, and protect your children from the contamination of religion.
Get off your knees, stand erect, and look the whole world in the face.
Get all the joy and happiness you can out of life.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor and waste it not upon the myth of heaven; support not the parasites of God.
Do not knowingly harm another human being; do not knowingly injure your fellow man.
All forms of life have feeling, do not make them suffer.
Joseph Lewis - An Atheist Manifesto - 1954
This book is a short read and even though it is over 50 years old it has just as much passion as any modern Atheist writer. I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the book but have enjoyed reading it and agree with a lot of what it says. If you want to check it out it’s available as a free download here.