Sunday Roast: 15 things atheists are tired of hearing

I’ve heard every single one of these obnoxious questions/observations — most of them from certain family members.

Being an admitted atheist is a fairly recent development in my life — the last 10 years, or so — mostly because religion, for many years of my life, was simply a non-thing.  I just didn’t care either way.  *shrug*

My family attended church and Sunday school when I was a child; it was just something we did.  I tried to believe in God and Jesus, but even as a young child, I just couldn’t make myself believe it.  I mean, come on, the whole concept was just so unlikely.

One Sunday, while I was enjoying the most interesting part of church — juice and cookies afterwards — I heard an older man was talking about the joy of feeling the presence of Jesus in every part of his daily life, and I remember thinking that he looked kind of dazed and sounded so child-like.  It felt really uncomfortable, since I was about 10 years old at the time.

Religion has begun to worm its way into our everyday lives, whether we want it or not, and it’s just not okay.  In fact, it’s destructive to the secular world, as well as to religion.  It’s not the American way, and openly saying that I am an atheist (feminist/Liberal/Socialist, etc) is a way of saying “NO, this has gone too far.  Get a fucking grip, people.”

This is our daily open thread — Discuss this topic or whatever.

Sunday Roast: No…just no.

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I’m with the guy on the right.

I have Christmas soaps on my kitchen table right now, but no one will see a single one of them before Thanksgiving.  I don’t even get all that excited about the holidays anymore, so it really shouldn’t matter, but I’m stubborn like that.

This is our daily open thread — What’s your holiday pet peeve?

Watering Hole: Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Your Brain and Sleep

Ah, sleep.  It’s something that most people will agree that they enjoy.  A good night’s sleep is so refreshing.

While we are sleeping, our brains are busy doing things such as:

  • Making creative connections,
  • Clearing out toxins,
  • Learning and remembering how to perform physical tasks,
  • Creating and consolidating memories,
  • And making decisions.

So when someone says, “Let me sleep on it”, then that it is a good thing.

Read more about this at HuffPo.

Here’s a picture of our Homer, sleeping.  I wonder if he has similar brain activity while sleeping.

Sleeping Homer

This is our Open Thread.  I said my piece, now it’s your turn to Speak Up!