Hey there, this is my first time in a forum like this (I have experience with one other forum, but it had a different format), so please give me time to get used to this. Moving on...
Just thought that before I started participating I'd introduce myself. Let's see, since this site is primarily concerned with Atheism and topics dealing with everything thereof, I shall begin with describing what I believe (or disbelieve). I'm an ex-Christian. I turned away from my religion when I realized I had no real reason to believe in God and that He served no practical purpose in my life anyway. From there on, in the forum I mentioned earlier, I made a huge reputation as the an Atheist apologetic. Upon quitting that past forum, I remembered joining one past discussion here and now I've decided to start contributing fully to the community.
Just a few words about my atheism: I'm a real stickler when it comes to bad atheist arguments. If there's one thing I dislike is a bad argument, and this applies to both Theist and Atheist sides. I see no purpose in condoning a bad argument if a good Theist Apologetic can destroy it within a matter of seconds. As an ex-Christian apologetic, I know what a bad argument is (believe me, I've dealt with them) and I will immediately dismantle it. From what I see, most atheists are Euro-centric, so I hope that we can start discussing other religions other than Christianity and Islam (to which, more or less, the same objections can be raised).
Now for a more broader description of who I am and what I do believe in. I'm an anarchist. I believe that human beings are selfish and that selfishness is the foundation of all society--but also what can cause its collapse. Think of me as a liberal Ayn Rand. I'm also 16 years old and I live in California. I hope my age wont be much of a problem (too many theists say that I when I grow up, God will reveal himself to me...Yeah right). I enjoy music, my favorite band is Napalm Death but I listen to anything from Country-Rock to Death Metal. And, uh...I'm currently a Junior...That's about all that I can think of that will be of any interest. So...uh...nice to see you guys?
"The Chaplain had mastered, in a moment of divine intuition, the handy technique of protective rationalization and he was exhilarated by his discovery. It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. Just no Character."
"He...had gone down in flames...on the seventh day, while God was resting"
"You have no respect for excessive authority or obsolete traditions. You should be taken outside and shot!"