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Pretending You’re An Atheist


At a restaurant back in 2007, a friend who I’d long known and only known as a Christian, regaled us all at the table with his secret confession: He was once a devout atheist. Atheism was his former belief and science was his faith and article of worship.

Being the only other person at the table who was openly known to all as an atheist, I scoffed.

“You were never an atheist, then.” I said.

He gave me a silent “How dare you?” glare, but our other friends rushed into the void to change the subject.

Later on at a group interest forum we belonged to, I discovered that he was airing his grievances with me and mentioning me by name.

HIM: “All I can think is how ironic it is that someone would tell me I wasn’t atheist when I most certainly was and how Christians tell me I’m not Christian because I’m different.”

My response –

Me: What I said wasn’t ironic, it was a contradiction.

  1. to assert the contrary or opposite of; deny directly and categorically.

I’m basing my disbelief in your claim to have been an atheist, based entirely on what you say atheism is. You use words like “devout” and “faith” to describe your former atheism. You mistakenly misrepresent science a number of times. Atheism is the disbelief in a deity, period.

It doesn’t mean that I have faith that there is a substitute supreme being that created the universe, I just have no faith that there is such a supreme creature, or even a well-intentioned tricycle for that matter. Since, according to you, you were a devout atheist, and put your faith in science, you were not an atheist, which, by dictionary definition means:
“An atheist is one who denies the existence of a deity or of divine beings.”

And that’s all.

Scientists don’t go around claiming Newton, Carver, Curie, Einstein, or Hawking were/are supreme or divine beings. And it doesn’t matter if any of those scientists were religious or not.

*Salma Hayek may have been a supreme being once, but we all get old. Dolly Parton is old but still divine.

So since you are unable to separate belief from faith, and since your entire argument against atheism is to repeatedly attack science (???) and attack it with a huge misunderstanding of what science is, you weren’t an atheist. In your own words, you define an atheist as someone who is devout and has traded faith in god for faith in science. So you weren’t the dictionary definition of an Atheist and you don’t know the definition of Science.

Some people call themselves Christians even though they aren’t. Using your logic, I can claim to be god.+ And I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, you just have to believe me because I said so and you cannot prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am not god.

Like this guy:
Pastor with 666 tattoo claims to be divine
And boy does he really work that whole “Can you prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m NOT god?” routine.

Now you attack science as a counter-weight god of faith for an atheist. At some point you felt science was a false god: You had a crisis of faith! Your answer was to embrace a a different faith. It’s an entirely normal part of human behavior for someone to trade one addiction for another without fully coming to terms with either.

Like an alcoholic abandoning Rum for Whisky, faith remains your addiction. An alcoholic who insists that people who don’t drink to inebriation or loss of control must be addicted to SOMETHING, is a clouded perception.

You’ve created, or made personal, a definition of atheism that doesn’t exist, but because you really want it to, you demand that it be accepted as fact – just because you say so – and further, be used as a cudgel against those with atheist views. From what you say, “Christians tell me I’m not Christian” as well. You could be at a juncture in your life.

Him: “Reading books that tell me chaos organizes itself does not lead to proof or even evidence that God does not exist. Your atheism is Faith in the fact that all of what we see is just here by random chance, of which there is no logical PROOF.”

Me: No, my atheism is a personal view without faith: one where I will not believe what people say merely on their say so. I don’t care how many people believe the devil lives in children or that drinking radioactive water will cure all human ails.

Him: “So are you saying because something is not known it does not exist? None of us can PROVE beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is or isn’t a God. I’ve been saying all along that neither of us can give enough evidence to PROVE either belief.”

Me: My answer is, and will always be: Without evidence to support your claim, I won’t believe it. Further, I’m not required to expend any energy or time in regards to your “magical basement” at all.
The burden of proof is on the person who wants to change my point of view.

Him: “The flaw you made is saying that I demand inarguable proof of what you believe. I asked no such thing because your beliefs are just as illogical as mine.”

Me: Refusing to believe without evidence isn’t illogical. Also, as everyone can see, you just said,
“I’ve been saying all along that neither of us can give enough evidence to PROVE either belief.”

You obviously demand proof, yet insist that you will disregard anything that contradicts you.

I’m not out to change your beliefs, but I am correcting what you are telling people that I believe.

I’m also not here to persuade you toward atheism. I have no problem with your belief in god (some atheists might, but people are people, not rubber stamps). This discussion with you is one of my repeatedly correcting your mistaken beliefs in who I am and what you tell others I believe.

You are the one bearing false witness against me.

Your idea of atheism is not the dictionary definition. Nor does it apply to any atheist I’ve ever known. Just because someone calls themselves an atheist doesn’t make them one.

Some people think they’re Jesus.

With this current post of yours, you contradicted yourself in front of everyone and misrepresented what I said – even though all of our previous posts are there for all to see.

This is the third time I’ve corrected your repeated misrepresentations of what I believe. I’m done.*

*Sometime later, mutual friends told me this guy was still trying to poison the waters with me at every available opportunity. He was just doing it in other places outside of my attention. Our friendship ended.

Inconvenience Store


r/AskReddit asked a question –

Ask Reddit asks a question
You run an inconvenience store, what do you sell?

My answer –

Welcome to Feo Amante’s NO HANDLES!

Hi! I’m Feo Amante! I won the lottery and can afford to run a store that never makes a cent. This will be a tax write off for the next five years, saving me a small fortune compared to my already much larger fortune!

So at Feo Amante’s NO HANDLES! We serve all of your No Handle needs!

We have buckets, pots, pans, hammers, screwdrivers, sinks, toilets, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and more! Not a handle on any of them.

In the market for a used car? We have used vehicles with no door handles, parking brakes, or steering wheels! Want to shift your vehicle into drive? Don’t we all? Want to look under the hood? Good luck with that!

Do you hope to get a handle on food preparation? We do not sell cookbooks!

Do you hope to get a handle on your health? We sell only Homeopathic medicine and Holistic nutrition!

Do you hope to get a handle on your life? We sell books by the leading Evangelists of all religions.

Come in for our weekly Seances where we talk to the dead! They never reply, but what do you expect? They’re dead.

We’re open from whenever to whenever. That’s right, you can’t even get a handle on our store hours. So come on down to Feo Amante’s NO HANDLES! Our store is inconveniently located at a place you’d probably rather not go.

That’s Feo Amante’s NO HANDLES!

We won’t be waiting for you.

Unknown thousands dead thanks to fraudulent research and the MSM


How many are Dead because the D-Party propaganda sheets colluded to terrify people with their false narrative?
 
“Hydroxychloroquine rated ‘most effective’ coronavirus treatment, poll of doctors finds”
– By Natalie O’Neill, April 2 NYPost
 
“Why today’s WH briefing was disturbing: presidential misinformation from the podium; dangerous and unconfirmed claims about hydroxychloroquine; gratuitous shots at rival politicians.”
– Brian Steltzer, April 4, CNN
 
“Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community”
– Peter Baker, Katie Rogers, David Enrich and Maggie Haberman, April 6, NYT
 
“Study finds no benefit, higher death rate in patients taking hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19”
– By Elizabeth Cohen and Dr. Minali Nigam, April 21, CNN
 
“Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine though health experts question its effectiveness”
– Nikki Carvajal and Kevin Liptak, May 19, CNN
 
“Large study finds drug Trump touted for Covid-19 is linked to greater risk of death and heart arrhythmia”
– By Jamie Gumbrecht and Elizabeth Cohen, May 22, CNN
 
“Authors retract hydroxychloroquine study that raised global concern about drug’s use for coronavirus”
– Jason Silverstein, June 4, CBS
 
“Some authors retract articles that said hydroxychloroquine was dangerous”
– By Meg Farris, June 5, MSN
 
“Who’s to blame? These three scientists are at the heart of the Surgisphere COVID-19 scandal”
– Charles Piller, June 8, Science Mag
 
CNN Today

How Spider-Man Always Gets Away


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Kingpin: “Nothing can save you Now!”
Spider-Man: “Well, DUH!  The totality of oblivion can’t save anything at any point in time!”
Kingpin: “Oh no you don’t! You! Damn it! You… you KNOW  what I meant!”
Spider-Man: “Obviously! I just defined it! But do you? Your threat is nebulous and YOU know it. You call yourself a Mastermind?”
Kingpin (gasping in frustrated anger): “Let… DAMN! Let him go.”
Schemer: “What? But we have him! Spider-man is literally in the bag!”
Kingpin: “No, no… he beat me with his rhetorical cleverness.”
Schemer: “The Hell?”
Kingpin: (releasing Spider-Man) “Look! I have a gambling problem, okay? I risk everything! Win it all! But years ago I made a… a Foolish bet with Spider-man and he… oh damn it! He’s been besting me out of tight spots ever since!”
Schemer: “Is that so? Well Spider-Man has nothing on me! I can kill him right now!”
Spider-Man: “Hey Schemer, did you know that you’re the Kingpin’s son?” (jumps through a window and disappears into the night)

Kingpin & Schemer stare at each other: “WHAT?!?” *

*true story. Schemer aka Richard Fisk, was the Kingpin’s long lost son.

– Cover Art by John Romita, Script by Stan Lee

Not For The First Time I Realize…


Children Filter Religion … Differently

My pre-school niece tells me that Jesus is taller than everyone else. He’s the tallest person in the world, bigger than the house we’re in, even though he’s invisibly sitting on the couch next to us.

Me: “How does he do that?”
Niece: “I don’t know, but he can do all kinds of weird stuff.”
Me: “Oh.”
My Niece looks at me.
I look at her.
Niece: “It’s true.”
Me: “Okay.”
Niece: He even has a weird head.”

(and just like that, I’ve entered the Undiscovered Country)

Me: “Weird how?”
Niece: “He looks… his head looks… he’s got a head like a squirrel head.”
Me: “Really?!?”
Niece: (with as much gravitas as a 5 year old can muster): “Really, Uncle Eddie.”
Me (clearly impressed by this wondrous new world): “I’ve never seen those pictures.”
Niece: “Not for everybody, just me.”
Me (floating back to earth) “Ahh…”
Niece: “He knows I love squirrels.”
Me: “I get it.”

END


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PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
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Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
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Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Don’t stop yet, there is still,

WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Hey, you’re on a roll, now!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Make the circle complete!

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.

Dealing With Depression When You’re Not An Expert


Depressed Friend: “I don’t know what to do.”

Me: “Me neither, but here’s a puppy.”

Depressed Friend: “Wow. …Aw, Thanks, man!”

Friend: “Hey, can I have a puppy too?”

Me: “Are you depressed?”

Friend: “No.”

Me: “Then Fuck You.”

THE END


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As for me, I already have a puppy, but you can buy my book,
PERPETUAL BULLET: A Science Fiction Collection
It’s a veritable trove of previously published Science Fiction Horror Thriller tales – plus bonus stories
Featuring: Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem!
Now on sale for $9.00 in Trade Paperback and in eBook for $1.99 and available for your Android Tablet, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and every other “E”!
Find it at (AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes,
KoboBooksSmashwordsWHSmith, and more).
Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free!

Make me even happier when you buy both of my collections!

WILLOW BLUE. It’s my second collection of critically acclaimed Supernatural and Drama Thriller short stories with all of the Weird Sex, True Love, Monsters and Mayhem, you’ve come to expect (or should by now). Available in paperback for $8.00 or in Kindle for only $1.99. Buy the paperback at Amazon and the Kindle eBook is free! The tales will last you longer than latte!

Make me ecstatic!

Look for my story Cedo Looked Like People, in the anthology, FEAR THE REAPER, edited by Joe Mynhardt. Available from Crystal Lake Publishing and available in Print for $12.99 or eBook for $2.99.

Now you’re just trying to turn me on! Don’t stop! It’s working!

Also available from Crystal Lake Publishing, the film making guidebook, HORROR 201: The Silver Scream. Reap the rewards of movie making experience from the likes of Myself, as well as  John Carpenter, Tom Holland, Jeffrey Reddick, George A. Romero, Keith Arem, Richard Gray,  the late  Ray Bradbury and Wes Craven, plus many more. $19.99 in Print or $3.99 in eBook.