I can't believe this is my 10,000+ post. When I joined RRS back in 2007 I wouldn't have believed I would hang around here as long as I have; but here it is.
I never took the blasphmey challenge because I had done it so many times within my circle of family and friends. Even on private occasions I did it in many different forms. I didn't see a need for it again publically, though I am sure located in one of my 10,000 posts there is a comment or two saying the same thing.
As I look at the RRS extras, I see Brian sitting up there all alone with over 50,000+ posts. I'll just leave that item alone. I've said enough, but kudos to him for contributing so much to this site.
Atheism has grown so much since I first rejected all gods and creators, from all religions. I remember back in the 90's when I was in college. I was taking several classes which really focused on the history of religions. I think I told this story previously, but back then I defended my fellow students against a militiant professor who turned out to be a complete tool.
In the end, even though I ACED the final exam he gave me a C. I should have had an A, but the fucker wanted to try and put me in my place. I tracked him down after one of my classes and he threatened me. I wish I knew the fuckers name today. I think it would be interesting to see what happened to him.
Anyway, I'm off the subject.
I've grown over the years, since those days, but I would still defend a person's right to believe in their faith provided that they don't trample my rights as a person. I deserve my space and opinions. No laws of any government or community should discriminate against any others. (shudders) I can hear Brian wanting to reply...
Over all I only have one problem with religion and those followers. I dislike that they don't question stuff. They don't challenge their religion or their belief. This is why they have faith and this is why there is so much conflict when people discuss these subjects (just see Religulous).
Faith = Ignorance
Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.