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I  am an atheist.

 

I hereby renounce all the trappings of religion.

 

I renounce all blessings, benefits, graces, sanctifications, and advantages

supposedly conferred on me by any religion or by any religious act done by me

or on my behalf in the past, present or future.

 

I condemn as monstrous the idea of original sin, and renounce any baptism

done on my behalf to wash it away.

 

I reject as ridiculous the idea of an atoning sacrifice and spurn its presumed

benefits.

 

I do not believe that any god, supernatural realm or afterlife exists, and

will not act as if they did.

 

I do not believe that any book, building, place, person, thing or action is

holy and will not pretend that they are.

 

I do not think that praying is anything more than talking to oneself and will

not make believe that it is.

 

I do not believe that any person is more sanctified than any other, or that

any human being should be elevated above another in any way, due to ancestry,

race, gender, occupation, belief or for any other reason and will not feign

that I do.

 

As a principled and rational person, it pains me that someone, somewhere may

be counting me as an adherent of an irrational superstition which has done and

is doing irreparable harm to humanity and with which I profoundly disagree.

Please remove my name from the records of the church, and record that I am no

longer a Roman Catholic. Please send me confirmation of this action. Please do

this as soon as possible.

 

 

Signature___________________________

 

 

Suggestions for getting in the mood (optional)

Remember: BLASPHEMY IS A VICTIMLESS CRIME indulge extra during lent.

Attend blasphemous plays and movies buy The Satanic Verses

Write to a Bangladeshi embassy supporting Taslima Nasrin laugh at sacred things. Unsettle the faith of anyone you can. Foster reason, critical thinking and self-esteem in children.

Promote the taxation of churches.

Promote feminism and access to abortion and contraception.

Promote separation of church and state.

Fight creationism and coercive religion in public life.

Public Prayer—Don’t Stand for it!

Promote human rights for all.

Eliminate blasphemy from the criminal code.

Avoid charities that waste money on religious indoctrination

Study real biblical criticism and actual ancient history. Study clear

thinking.

 

   Read books by Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Sam Harris, Carl Sagan,

   Bertrand Russell, Taslima Nasrin, Daniel Dennett, Paul Kurtz and many, many

   more.

 

   Subscribe to your local atheist/rationalist/freethinker/humanist organisation

 
 
 

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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