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Sunday, April 4th, 2010
11:29 am

calebmoreland
Hi. My name is Caleb Aaron Moreland. I was Catholic until I was 16 years old and have been out of the church environment since one year today when I was seventeen. I am eighteen now and an Agnostic-Atheist as I like to say, but still more Atheist then Agnostic. I was raised Catholic and I never doubted nor did I fully ever get into the religion. My family attended church every week at St. Augustine and Gabriel church, a small Catholic church in Linden Ohio. I did this for seventeen years and the first sixteen years I guess I just never questioned it. I was a mindless droid praying to "God" to save the ones I loved from diseases and such and worshiping an unforgiving God. Church was always something I dreaded. The priests at my church always seemed to have the longest homilies. The best part was probably getting bread and wine. Oh and we used to have to hold other people's hands when in prayer, which was always extreme awkwardness for me. But overall I never enjoyed it. Around fifteen or sixteen, I started getting into science and the Discovery Channel helped along with this and really started to believe in reason. I soon came to the conclusion that just as George Bush was not a good president, that there was no God. It just doesn't make sense. The stories in the Bible are mostly just that. Stories, though they are important. They are stories of values and lessons. Possibly stories taken from real events, but exaggerated. I do believe that Jesus was a person, but not the son of God. I think he was just a leader of people, and that's it. He didn't feed 5,000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. It's just not possible. Anyway, here I was, a sixteen year old Atheist surrounded by Christians throughout my whole family who believed I was too young to have my own opinion toward this school of thought. My entire family is Catholic as well as having a Catholic deacon as a grandfather. Naturally, I kept quiet for a while, though I did not participate in anything at church any longer. I would not pray, sing the hymns, kneel, or take communion. I didn't read the scriptures and I zoned out during the homilies. I was physically there, but not mentally. When my family found out, I was still forced to go to church of course. They said that I could stop after Easter of last year, though they knew I was surely Atheist. They even wanted me to be confirmed in the religion and take classes so that I could learn about what i was walking away from as if I hadn't already learned on my own, and just randomly decided that God wasn't real without no thought. I refused. That would have been ridiculous. But now, I am officially one year out of church and an Atheist of two years. Oh and btw Agnostic- Atheist means that I do not believe in God, but I do not claim to know that I am 100% right unlike some ignorant Christians as I have no way of knowing what is out there and neither do they. I don't know if that's the correct definition of the term but its how I perceive it.

current mood: jk jk not right now at least

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Saturday, October 21st, 2006
11:11 pm

burningpumpkins
Hey guys. My name is Ching and I'm 15. I'm Chinese, and my mom is Buddhist, and most Chinese, you should know have a huge culture that holds huge principles of Taoism interspersed with Confucianism. THAT I don't mind. But when the "fairies" or "god" or "supreme beings" start getting thrown about, I've got problems. I'm very open about atheism, and hey, I'm NOT one of those who think that people should be able to believe in what they believe in religion -- because religion hurts people. What comes from believing in supreme powers, and getting obsessed about mythical characters that are invented in the first place? Violence. Every day on the news, there is at least ONE religious dispute/war/hassle/murder and people get killed because of something that isn't even REAL. If people get killed in something that is, apparently "good for the soul", then it isn't good. The bible states about a million things that are "sins" -- when these "sins" were decided by a bunch of males. Come on. Give me a break here. Just because you latch some good name onto the bible, and make up these crazy ass stories, you expect people to believe in it? I mean, if you replaced 'Jesus' with 'Jelly monster', I doubt you'd find many who believe in Christianity today. Back to the point. Religion hurts everyone. Hell, even Muslims have a word for 'holy war' - Jihad. Not that I'm a pacifist or anything. But religion is ridiculous, and we shouldn't kill someone over something ridiculous. Our world's knowledge is getting slowed down by some bullshit that is IN DENIAL, and it's absolute rubbish. I mean, COME ON, we're not CAVEMEN anymore. We've learned to collect evidence, and prove facts, and make intelligent theories according to proven facts -- so why the hell are so many people still rooting for information that was blown out of someone's ass? Now I'm stumped. Anyway.... back to my point. So I try to convert as many people as possible. Most Christians are stumped when I speak about Atheism to them. It's like they can't respond because I've got a point. THOUGH I know Jesus or the Prophet Muhammad or Siddartha wanted our world to be beautiful -- and hell, they've got nice principles.. yada yada... but the fantasy stories shouldn't be mixed into it. A civilised society dictates one witout religion, and a government that has "laws" or you could even say "principles". I mean, a law against stealing kind of says stealing is bad because it hurts the community right? Law is better than Moral. Culture is fine -- religion is not. So yeah. I won't sit around a complain about religion... I'll just laugh at anyone who believes in it... Forgive me for being harsh, but think about it. Would you take someone seriously they believed praying "hard enough" would help, even if the JEWS were all killed/raped/burned/smoked/tortured/starved during WWII (AND JEWS BELIEVE IN GOD! JESUS WAS A JEW)? Oh I bet those Jews were praying real hard, weren't they? Religion is false hope, and decit. What a bunch of nonsense.

Sorry this was long. I'd like to think of this community as somewhere where I could voice my thoughts without being flamed (too much).

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Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
9:40 pm - outside a local 7/11

kavieshana



Do you think shopowners ought to be allowed to post signs like this? Why or why not?

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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
6:13 pm

armoured_angel
Hello all
My names Harry, im 17, Atheist and I live in New Zealand.
I became an atheist after looking through various religions and realising how ridiculous they seemed to me.
We live in a day and age where religion is no longer needed to control the masses (well except in some countries) and power is no longer gained through religious positions(disregarding our little friend in the Vatacan).
Happy to shove my veiws down your throat if you ask for it..
Hahaha...

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Saturday, July 8th, 2006
12:10 pm

brucecarlotta8
Flipping through one of my old yearbooks, I remembered something that happened about a year ago. I was in PE and was talking to my friend, and this guy whose purpose in life that semester was to annoy us walks up. He pokes at my friend for a bit, we tell him to bug off, and somehow we ended up having this conversation:

Annoying Guy: What religion are you?
Me: I'm an atheist.
AG: What the @#$% is that? (this is one of those guys who think it's cool to swear after every other word)
Me: It means I don't believe in god.
AG: That's @#$%ed up.
Me: Whatever.
AG: Do you worship satan?
Me: No.
AG: Then how come you don't @#$% believe in god?
Me: I don't believe in god or satan. Now leave me alone.
AG: You're going to hell! Stay away from me!

Annoying Guy then procedes to follow me around telling me to stay away from him.

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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
4:58 pm - In which I introduce myself

brucecarlotta8

Hello, everybody. I'm 15, I live in the Bay Area, and of course I'm an atheist. My dad's side of the family is Jewish, my mom's is Christian, and the four of us that share this particular address are a happy little family of "heathens." I'm more open about it than my parents, and so far I haven't had anyone come to me personally and try to convert me (unless you count the guys in sixth grade who stood outside the parking lot and were waving bright orange mini-bibles around, which I mistook for free notebooks...)

I was surprised recently to find out that my community has a relatively large population of atheists, but soon after I was more surprised to find out that a significant chunk of my biology class doesn't believe in evolution.



current mood: complacent

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Sunday, June 4th, 2006
1:41 pm - Atheist Play!

knittingninja
I live in super crazy Jerry Falwell conservative town, and I wrote this play for my senior acting class!  Read it!  You'll like it!

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/32333175/

It was performed a few weeks ago, and last night won the prize for Best Original One Act against 12 other shows.  In the arts community, atheism can truly triumph.  Good news.

current mood: accomplished

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
7:04 pm - hi
bigbubacoconut Hi

My name is eric and i have been an atheist for about 6 months. Before that i was agnostic for about four years since i was 11. My family is fairly religious, Christian, but we hardly ever go to church or anything. There is no huge occurance in my life which led to my atheism. I was just lying in bed thinking about God, and then I realized how impossible it actually was to have a higher power ruling over anything and everything that ever happened in the universe, its too illogical,


Well thats about it


Eric

P.S add me to ur friends list if your not a stalker and you like to discuss religious views and stuff like that

current mood: okay

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Sunday, April 16th, 2006
12:48 am - hey...

kasobel
i don't believe in any religion...i personally believe some crazy person decided to make the 'bible' one day when they were bored.
but i do understand people with reglion..they need something to believe in.
all i believe in is money and science. =P

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006
12:04 pm - hey

greywashed
I've been an atheist for 3 years. I grew up in a Roman Catholic/Episcopalian but not overly religious household. I did, however, go to a purely fanatical Christian school for 4 years. I'm out now (yes!) but one day I came to the conclusion that there is no stability in our lives, so humans came up with the idea of religion to depend on something. that is the only reason why people believe and I know that there is nothing higher. no higher deity, no heaven, no hell, only here. and it should stay that way. i'd much rather be an atheist than be part of a system that kills millions of people in the name of religion.

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
10:27 pm

pplthinkimgay
Okay.
They passed out bibles outside of school a few days ago.
"SPREAD DA WORD OF JEBUSSS"
I'd rather not.
These people openly do this ten feet from a school?
Are you fucking kidding me?
That's so illegal it's not even funny.
So,naturally,being the assholes that I am.
I walked up to them and said "vacate,you're not wanted here,besides,what you're doing is illegal".
"BUT WE'RE SPREADING HAPPINESS!"
No.
You're not.
What you're doing is trying to recruit young kids to be just like you.
But,really,you need us.
Without us,where would you be?
You'd have nothing to complain about.
No one to preach to.
No one to "spread the word" to.
80% of my school is Agnostic/Atheist because of you.
Or it could be where I'm located.

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Monday, January 30th, 2006
10:29 pm

obscrewed
On Sunday I went to the library and, out of curiosity, checked out Buddha In Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism For Teens. This book is simply amazing. It covers common teen issues and doesn't try to be "cool" about it, but it is cool nonetheless. Being an atheist, I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I have. Buddhistic religions do exist; however, this book promotes a philosophical Buddhism instead. I highly recommend it.

Do not be led by rumor, or tradition, or hearsay. Do not be led by the authority of religious scripture, nor by simple logic or inference, nor by mere appearance, nor by the pleasure of speculation, nor by vague possibilities, nor by respect for "Our Teacher." When you've seen for yourself "these teachings are skillful, blameless, wise; when followed they lead to good and happiness," then stay with them.
- from the Anguttara Nikaya

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
10:06 pm

obscrewed
Today I happened upon the following:

Clay Pots: Is common sense allowed as we consider how our lives and this universe got here?
and
Science and origins testimony #18

Does anybody else notice fallacious (or non-existent) reasoning in these?

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Monday, December 12th, 2005
9:02 pm - Oxymoron: Athiest Church

eaten_by_you
No backstory here, simply an atheist living in California. The main reason that I decided to become athiest (hadn't really thought about it before this incident) is that one of my close friends turned out to be a lesbian, and explained how her christian father hated her because of this and I realized that I just couldn't be a religeon that was so biased and unaccepting. I know not all christians are like that, but enough of them are like that to create a stereotype for themselves. That's all, also I'd just like to post a snippet from a forumn that I visit often: (athiest related of course)

http://forums.jolt.co.uk/showthread.php?threadid=458936

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
9:20 pm - New Member.

froggehgirl
Alright, so I'm a new member.

I've been atheist for at least 3 years now. I was brought up in a household of Christian denomination and came to my own conclusion that there could be no higher deity. I was baptized when I was a baby and I regret not having the right to choose now. I do not say the pledge of allegiance, and I'm constantly on my teacher's case about how she should not play Christmas music.

It disturbs me to see a teacher wearing a cross, bringing forth her views into an unbiased learning environment. And I would argue with a theist on religion in a heartbeat. I'm glad to be a part of this community and I notice the last post was a while ago, let's get this active again. :D

Edit: Oh oh oh!
I'm friends with (mostly) atheists so it seems.
And I'm proud to live in the state with the highest percentage of the nonreligious. 24%.
Also the lowest church-going population. 12% of the state's population.
Woo hoo!
I'm one of those 1% of atheists in the US (that admit it.) Not only admit it, but flaunt it.

And no, I don't live in California the so-called liberal state. ;D


current mood: mellow

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
6:32 pm - Penn & Teller: Bullshit! The Bible

monday_monday
The Video

I think most people here will find this interesting. I love studying religion and history and thought this was fascinating. It doesn't disprove (or prove) the exist of god or gods.
(Watching this makes me wish I had Showtime. This looks like an awesome show.)

Also, what is everyone doing for Christmas? I haven't written out a Xmas list yet. I know I know. I don't believe in god or Jesus but I am all for free stuff and I have been eyeing a wacom tablet for sometime now.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2005
7:02 pm - funny funny

knittingninja
I tought the words of amazing grace to the cast of "The Laramie Project" today. It was HILARIOUS!!! I was the only one who knew three verses. :) :) :)
for reference, the second verse goes:

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
and grace my fear relieved
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed

I am a well-rounded atheist.

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
3:05 am - To the Falwellites of my Time

scribbonia
Hi, I'm Liz. I only just became an Atheist late last school year summertime period after being agnostic for a long time and researching other religions, and I'm a little more than open about what I believe. I go to school with the knittingninja down in Falwell town so I've gotten some heat from even my good friends about it, but I'm not about to change cus some brainwashed teens are scared for my immortal soul...my immortal soul, you can't have it. I'm joining this to have an outlet to scream and listen to other people. Anywho, I'm sickeningly openminded to the point I will fight against my friends for something I don't really believe just so that the person I'm arguing for has the right to believe what they want to. (Yeah I got that from Mr. P) I enjoy learning about religion and sharing mine. I'll never tell someone that they are stupid for what they believe, but I will probably tear open every hole in their belief if given the chance. I am Atheist, but I don't really let it rule my life because part of my reason for believing in the absense of a god is so that I can run my life on my terms. I'm not really sure as to why I'm Atheist other than the fact that the majority of religions drive me crazy with their man-made rituals, unprovable claims of the holy men,(yeah, men...I'm kinda a feminist too, but not the the extreme that I hate all men), and missions to save the hethans. Anywho, I love debating just about anything. I'm pro-almost everything, abortion, gay rights, freedom of speech and expression, and I will probably support your decision to walk around in public naked if you truly believe it is right - not just to be pervy. I'm a theater and writing geek (Techies rule). And of course an Atheist.
(I am liable for any offences in this statement. If you are offended by this, the door is that way, thank you and have a good day)

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
5:39 pm - theatre & god?

knittingninja
Made a wonderful discovery today! We were recording the sound effects for our one-act competition piece, and one of them is a bunch of overlapping voices saying the prayer that begins "Hail Mary, full of grace..." and it's going to be really cool and creepy in the show. Anyway, one girl messed up the words, and Biff (our director) says, "Shame! You don't know all of your prayers!"
He was just kidding, don't worry. And I said (also obviously kidding) "What is it, Biff? You have to know your prayers to be in acting II? That's wrong!"

And apparently someone thought I was serious and whispered to him, "She's an atheist!" So he came over, and told me that he is one, too! So now we have our own club- the left-handed-liberal-theatre-atheist club. Which means it's me and him. We have our own handshake. Ah, life is good! But consider the odds...1% of Americans are admitted atheists- a class with twelve people and the teacher and 2 of them pop up. If anyone says theatre people are heathens- it's true.

In other news, we're doing the Laramie Project. That's the show about the gay student, Matt Shepard, who was beaten and left to die in Laramie Wyoming. It's good stuff. While we are editing the language, the administration still has concerns about content, so I really hope it pisses our stupid conservative town off. How dare we recognize gays as people, too. My tenth grade english teacher (who was the most ignorant and clueless teacher I've ever had) told a girl in the show that she "doesn't approve" of it, without giving a reason. LAME! Anyway...sorry for the rant! peace.

current mood: pleased

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