Easter, Professional Atheism, Quiet Agnosticism, & The True Injustices

Happy Easter! Even though I celebrate the holiday, I’m not a religious person. Although, I have found myself shift away from atheism into agnosticism over the last year or so. I’m not sure why that is, although it might have something to do with the cringe I see from professional atheists. I’m not calling anyone out by name, and in fact, I enjoy some of the pro atheist crowd. Still, there’s a lot of it I don’t enjoy.

I guess I just don’t really see the need to signal my status all the time. I know lots of people who derive pleasure from trolling Christians on Facebook and the like. I’ll admit, I might have laughed at it back in the day. But really, what’s the point? It’s not like you’re gonna convince anyone that they’re wrong and you’re right, especially about something as deep as religion. Hell, it’s almost useless with politics as well, but at least you might have a slim chance of getting through to someone.

The need for me to make videos about religion is also nil. As I just admitted, my position has softened into agnosticism, but even when I was a full-on atheist, I didn’t see much need to make long posts or videos about it. I mean, if it makes money and that’s how you eat, I get it. But I just don’t see any grand service in doing these kinds of things. I do know that at one point in time. being a public atheist and proclaiming that for all to see could be a valuable thing. However, I just don’t think times are the same, at least in The West.

This conversation is completely different if we’re talking about a place like Pakistan. A student was just beaten to death over there for his alleged atheist views and highlighting atrocities like that is something that’s very worthwhile. Everyone should be talking about that, actually, whether you are a believer or nonbeliever. Why? Because it goes to the heart of free speech and free expression.

The murdered student has been identified as Mashal Khan, who studied journalism. Some reports say he was shot, while others say he was beaten to death with planks.

“He was badly tortured after being shot at a close range… He was beaten with sticks, bricks and hands,” senior police official Niaz Saeed told the AFP news agency.

Hundreds of people were involved, the officer said. Graphic video footage of the incident has emerged online…

Last month Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif voiced his support for a wide-ranging crackdown on blasphemous content on social media.

In a statement on his party’s official Twitter account, he described blasphemy as an “unpardonable offence”.

Gee, I wonder what could have caused that vicious mob to think they would be able to get away with such a crime?

Anyway, on this Easter Sunday, I think my advice for the public advocates of atheism and other nonbelieving schools of thought would be to shift the spotlight to those who are truly oppressed instead of the YouTube and social media pablum that we oftentimes see.

Oh, and eat a big ass meal today! My roast is cooking and I plan on enjoying it immensely when I get back from visiting my mother this evening.

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Ethan Ralph

Founder, Owner, & Editor-in-Chief of TheRalphRetort.com. Political fiend, gamer, & anti-bullshit.

  • GuitarAnthony

    Happy Jesus Zombie Day, brudda

  • rotekz
    • I just came to the conclusion that agnosticism seems to be more logical, when I thought about it. I’m gonna check this book out anyway, though. Good looking out!

  • tz1

    Stefan Molyneux is still an Atheist, but he noticed a lot of Atheists are statists, totally anti-liberty, and assholes, even when they don’t go Atheism-Plus and add SJWism. Meanwhile his derision Christians was met with “We’ll pray for you”. He is honest about it, and has become pragmatic. Creationism hasn’t killed anyone (Pasteur was a Catholic), Socialism/Statism has killed hundreds of millions. And he asks Atheists “the State is as much an illusion or delusion as God – doesn’t exist, so why do you believe in the state?”. His most often comeback to their response is “Not an Argument”. Checkout freedomainradio.com. He also hosts a call-in show, and has guests.

  • Mr0303

    I too am an atheist, but this doesn’t prevent me from enjoying Easter or Christmas. You don’t have to be religious to have some quality time with your family and eat a fancy meal.

  • Danlantic

    God is your Sky-Daddy. LOL!

    Sky-Daddy. Ha ha.

    Did you hear me? Sky-Daddy. Sky-Daddy. Sky-Daddy.

    Ha ha. That cracks me up.

    Bet that made you stop believing.

    • teapartydoc

      Almost brilliant.

  • Typical

    Atheists and religious people both have the problem of not being happy minding their own business. It’s not enough that they believe, they must force their views on everyone else through force of law in a lot of cases. You tell both sides you’re agnostic and you’re usually left alone.

  • RevDr. Robert Foster, AbC, EfG

    I’m curious: How do you go from “I don’t believe in gods” to “Maybe gods are real?”