This isn't, of course, news to those of you who know me. So why do I have to point it out?
I just took a random trip through the world of Blogspot, using the Next Blog>> feature at the top of the page. And I kept coming across a seemingly endless series of people intent on rubbing their Christian status in my face.
One even stated not only that she was a Fundamentalist Baptist but that anyone who disagreed with her would have his or her responses removed. Apparently that's being "disrespectful" of her views.
Well, then, let me state it again, for everyone: I am an atheist.
This does not mean I am necessarily a vile, evil servant of Satan. All it means is that I do not believe in the existence of a god - any god. I may write about them sometimes, but I don't believe in them.
I get up in the morning just like anyone else, I go to work like anyone else, I laugh and cry and love and live like anyone else. You know that Shakespeare monologue from The Merchant Of Venice:
" Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die?"
I remember, a few years ago, on a friend's page on Multiply, I happened to mention I was an atheist and at once one of her contacts (someone I'd never even encountered before) jumped in and said how sorry she felt for me. Well, I didn't need her pity then, and I don't need it now.
We atheists are human, just like anyone else. We just don't believe in the existence of some extrahuman deity.
And that's all it means.
OK? Everything clear now?
I didn't think so.