Tuesday, August 24, 2010

To Jihad Or Not To Jihad

By now, you all have seen the firestorm of emotion around the proposed Islamic Community Center that is probably going to be built two blocks away from Ground Zero, the site of the 9?11 Terrorist attacks. Even though I am a non-believer, I am a staunch believer Constitution and I believe that as long as the Imam who is in charge of this project has the money to build the Center, NO ONE should come between it. But, that hasn't stopped the Islamophobes from perpetrating the display in the video below.

I don't expect my opinions to be that of everyone, but I expect better from people belonging to a faith that claims to be more peaceful than that of Islam, even though the historic number of deaths attributed t Christians dwarfs that of Muslims. and I don't like it when such hatred is seen as "concern". The REAL JIHADISTS are recruiting new members by using the "They hate you. Slaughter them" ideology and time after time, people prove them right. Islamophobia WILL ONLY RESULT IN MORE 9/11 type attacks on this country. This would be a HUGE step forward to patch that gaping wound that day left on our society and government.

If there is a God, is he/she really concerned with what the followers of other faith or non-believers do with their lives. Yet, the raw anger exuded in the below video shows that many people's minds are stuck in the Dark Ages or the Crusades, where jihad, or "holy war" was normal. I am saddened, yet emboldened by this display. It shows me that, indeed, faith leads toward hatred, destruction, racism, etc. In other words, everything we don't need.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Making Excuses For "God"

If you've ever frequented any social networking sites, you've probably ran across the boasting and bragging of Christians. They usually say "God is Good!" or "Jesus saves!" or "I am covered in the Holy Ghost". Many of these people, especially on Twitter, divulge personal information to prove that "God" worked for them. I have been following several different Christians on twitter and the most boastful and confrontational "Jesus tweets" have come from Black Christians. Some of these Black Christians say "God is the only perfect one. I'm only human". Which led me to a couple days ago. I was talking to a Black female Christian who had boasted about how great she was at "de-converting atheists" by turning them into Agnostics or back to Christianity. We started talking about her great space daddy and his "creations" I spoke to her and told her that "No one can ever know anything about the beginning DEFINITIVELY, since no one was alive then". I then asked her "If God was such an 'Intelligent Designer', why do diseases and genetic disorders exist?" She replied,

"Disease is a result of sin, which our parents, Adam & Eve, committed"

I still implored about the genetic disorders. She replied.

"God made the blueprint. Just because the creation is flawed, doesn't mean the creator isn't real. Like Steve Jobs and the iPhone and Toyota. Just because there is flaws in the creation, doesn't mean the 'designers' aren't intelligent"

I laughed out loud!! She just made my point without EVER REALIZING IT. She is basically comparing an "omniscient, omnipotent god to Steve Jobs, a HUMAN CEO of a multinational conglomerate and the CEO of Toyota, ANOTHER HUMAN. In essence, she told me that "God" makes mistakes. Meaning, he's not perfect. Meaning he's just like US!!! I told her what she just did and she then went on a rant about being "reprobate mind, wicked like your father" So, she called me the son of the "DEVIL" because she proved my point.

I use this as an example of certain Christians making excuses for "God"s blatant and obvious moral shortcomings. Either if stuff happens "because Adam & Eve screwed up" or because we refuse to "bow down' and acknowledge his presence, none of these reasons seem logically responsible for any modern issue. As my pal, Angie Jackson (@antitheistangie) said, "God is impotent" If this is the truth, this young lady has proved why creation is false and "God" isn't real. Will this change her mind? No. Will she start pondering? ABSOLUTELY.

Please leave comments about similar situations you guys have experienced and thanks for visiting : )

Friday, June 18, 2010

Losing My Religion

My name is Anthony C. Okafor. The "C" stands for "Chukwuebuka", which in the Igbo language of Nigeria, means "God Is Great". This is now very ironic to me, now that I'm atheist. But my journey towards atheism means more to me than some religious middle name. I was born on June 9th, 1989 in Awo-Omamma, Nigeria, in a Christian-run village hospital. I came over to the States when I was just a year old. I mention this because I highly doubt i would be who I am if I had grown up in Nigeria. Between the ages of 4 and 18, my education was achieved almost exclusively from Catholic schools. My beliefs were impacted greatly when my parents sent me back to Nigeria in Sept 2004 to complete my Sophomore year of High school. It was here where, in my mind, something was telling me "There can't be a god. It's impossible". This school took prayer seriously, since it was a "junior seminary" school. I constantly wouldn't see the purpose of praying multiple times a day. 'Why can't we just pray in our dorms", I said to myself. Those who wouldn't show up on a constant basiswere brought out and flogged by the seminarians in front of everyone.

After that ordeal, I returned to NJ in Sept 2005, where I met a self-proclaimed Agnostic, named Joey Montefusco. I asked him "What is agnosticism"? He told me "Basically, i believe in a higher power. Just not any that belong to any religion" I was relieved. This was a smart guy who seemingly had questioned his faith in Christianity. I assumed this because his mom was Puerto Rican and his dad was Italian. So, I started questioning my own faith and questioning the sisters who taught at my new school, the now shut-down Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Newark, NJ. I remember one of the Sisters discussing her weight in the class, saying "I've always been overweight. I guess God created me this way". I almost laughed out loud in class when she said this. I couldn't believe someone could attribute unhealthy behavior to a higher power. It also bugged me to see some of the most immoral students (by Christian standards) those dealing with pre-teen pregnancies as young as 10 years old, bringing weed to school to smoke afterwards, having sex in a room across from the Sister's office,dealing drugs, claiming gang "sets", mostly either Latin King, MS 13, or Bloods. Yet, these people 10 times out of 10 would say that I was going to hell for even questioning the existence of a God. Even though I never told anyone, I was sure that would be the reaction.

I realized that there was just too much hypocrisy among the "Christians" for any of their beliefs to be factual. So, I decided to try and make faith more personal. Around this time, I stopped attending church, mostly because the pastor, Fr. George Faour, seemed to preach all too much like the Westboro Baptist Church, than like a Lebanese former Wall Street hedge fund manager who "had a calling from God" to be a priest instead. As time went by and I started reading the Bible, i realized that God was a little too human to be almighty (resting after many days of work "Creation) and a little too petty (First 3 commandments deal with him) to be a higher power. How could his "infallible word" have so many huge holes in it, including him breaking his own commandment (the 6th) with his encounter with Noah)? So, I had the same thoughts I had in Nigeria "There's no god. You only have one life to live. Live your life for others." From this point on, I had become an Atheist. I no longer believe in anything without proof. Obviously, my parents have a problem with this. My mom has threatened to kick me out and disown me if I came out and admitted it to her face. These are supposed to be people filled with "God's Love"?!?! I have devoted my life for others, not to chalk up celestial points in preparation for "Rapture" as I once did. I do good things because it benefits society for us to be good and humane to each other and our animal brethren. This is me. This is why I'm Atheist.