According to theweek.com, Atheism is growing amongst the American population, however it is still the least trusted minority in our society. Why is this?
My boyfriend happens to be an Atheist. I trust him more than I trust anyone in this world. He doesn't believe in a higher power, but he'll show anyone how it's morally done. My boyfriend is a wonderful person with a good head on his shoulders. I happen to be an Atheist, myself. For the longest time I was confused and would label myself an Agnostic. I think the guilt is what got me the most. I am a God Mother to a beautiful three year old girl who is also my niece. At the time of her Baptism, I was not an outed Atheist and was actually quite confused at the time about everything. Needless to say, I would not change being a God Mother for the world. I love being a God Mother to her and I don't think that I need religion to morally guide someone.
Yet, people attach such a stigma to Atheism... I've heard quite a few things. "Devil Worshiper", "A person with nothing to lose", "A lost soul", "This person must not have morality". I have heard it all.
To me, being an Atheist is none of those things. I don't believe in the devil just like I don't believe in God. I don't believe in angels, ghosts, or any supernatural powers what so ever. I simply believe that this is the one life that we are given, and once it is over, it's over. Give me discrete proof otherwise and I will believe in God, most definitely. Trust me, the thought of going somewhere after you die to be with loved ones sounds fabulous and I am all about it. I just don't think it's true due to all of the conflicting evidence I've been given. Scientifically speaking, atoms and molecules don't die or exterminate... so we do technically go on to be something else. But it's not us, because we are basically just our brains hosting a body. Our brains is what makes us... us.
I am a good student, with a huge passion with helping other people. I am going to school to be a nurse. I have a loving family and boyfriend. I don't feel lost at all. In fact, I know exactly who I am. And I intend to make the most out of my life while I am here. I don't see whats so wrong with that. I don't seem to know how this could make someone a bad person.
So here is a small list of famous Atheists that I have gathered. You may be surprised by what you see. Atheist are just like anyone else. In fact, many of them are pretty intelligent and successful people. And if there was a Heaven, each and every one of these people would make it there because they are that awesome. :-)
|Ok, so maybe this was a bad first example! Just kidding, it's an awesome first example! Especially for anyone knows who this funny man is!|
|John Lennon was a musician, an activist for peace and an Atheist.|
|I just found out today that Jack Nickelson is an Atheist and it actually doesn't surprise me at all!|
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
|Let's be real. You don't adopt this many kids if you don't have a heart of gold. Or a pocket full of gold (haha). Famous couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are both Atheist and are raising a big family including both biological and adopted children.|
|WHAT?! Harry Potter is an Atheist?!?!?! Actually, no. Harry Potter is a Wizard. Daniel Radcliffe on the other hand is an Atheist!|
|Finally, a pretty girl who is an Atheist! They do exist!|
|You think all those years of AA and rehab would teach this man some spiritual direction, gosh darnit! However, Billy Joel sticks to his gut and is much appreciated and recognized for that.|
|Oh, but she's old! Old people aren't Atheists! Well, this one is!!!! & what a good example...|
|Funny girl Sarah Silverman is the last on my list of famous Atheist, once quoting that she was "almost positive that there is no God".|