"Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
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03-09-2015, 01:22 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
I sit quietly when others pray around me, typically when I am out to eat with either my family or my in-laws, but I never close my eyes, never bow my head, and make it clear that I am being respectful of their practice but not participating in any way.

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03-09-2015, 01:25 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
Thank Gwynnies all my peeps are atheist.

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03-09-2015, 02:03 PM
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(03-09-2015 03:29 AM)julep Wrote:  I don't think I could. I would be quiet and respectful while someone else was praying, I would hold the sick person's hand and comfort with other words. I wouldn't attack the other person's faith, but I can't see participating or leading a prayer.

In some ways it's like asking a Christian to set aside their beliefs and lead a Wiccan ritual at their loved one's deathbed, right? Equally meaningless cosmically, but also very wrong-feeling.

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(03-09-2015 07:21 AM)Thinkerbelle Wrote:  I refuse to be guilted into praying. "I'm dying and if you don't pray with me, I'll never have peace (and you will go to hell)."

My mother helped make me who I am today - and now she wants me to be someone else? Sorry, no way, Jose.

In reality, my mother put me in charge of seeing that nobody prayed over her. LOL

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(03-09-2015 11:12 AM)ohio_drg Wrote:  No!

As much crap as I have received over the years because of my atheism this request would be insulting.

I might sit silently but I will not pray, nor will I give the impression that I am praying.

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(03-09-2015 01:22 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  I sit quietly when others pray around me, typically when I am out to eat with either my family or my in-laws, but I never close my eyes, never bow my head, and make it clear that I am being respectful of their practice but not participating in any way.

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03-09-2015, 02:19 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
I love the answers of all atheists who said that they would pray. It shows what kind and companionate human beings they are.
it is the same when Cristian serves gays. It is not betraying your own believes. It is being good person

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03-09-2015, 02:25 PM
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(03-09-2015 02:19 PM)Alla Wrote:  it is the same when Cristian serves gays.

WTF?

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03-09-2015, 02:39 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
(03-09-2015 02:25 PM)houseofcantor Wrote:  
(03-09-2015 02:19 PM)Alla Wrote:  it is the same when Cristian serves gays.

WTF?

I heard Cristain is gay, so why shouldn't he service them?

On your feet grabbing ankles or on your knees to receive the holy goodness.

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03-09-2015, 07:29 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
(03-09-2015 03:29 AM)julep Wrote:  I don't think I could. I would be quiet and respectful while someone else was praying, I would hold the sick person's hand and comfort with other words. I wouldn't attack the other person's faith, but I can't see participating or leading a prayer.

In some ways it's like asking a Christian to set aside their beliefs and lead a Wiccan ritual at their loved one's deathbed, right? Equally meaningless cosmically, but also very wrong-feeling.


Personally if asked I'd say a Wicca, Islamic, Hindu or Christian prayer or none at all if asked. The prayer may have no meaning to me but at that point it isn't about me and I really don't care what others thought at that time. If any theist or atheist didn't like it I'd tell them to F.O. Simple.
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03-09-2015, 08:06 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
You do you, Matt.

I think that's one of those "atheist credos" that we all understand yet never document.

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03-09-2015, 08:08 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
(03-09-2015 12:27 PM)Reducetarian Wrote:  For me, it's a no-brainer: hell, I continue to attend church weekly to save my mom the pain of learning that her daughter is an atheist. There's very little I wouldn't do to help my mother in her dying moments.

Mind you, once her funeral is over, you won't see me darken any church's doors (except for weddings or family funerals perhaps?) Whatev

My attitude towards the religious people in my life is: love the person, ignore the religion. In my experience, yawning indifference to religion, coupled with razor-sharp questions, is more effective in refuting the religious than a strident atheist position (i.e. don't feed the beast)

I've found the need to ignore religious beliefs and politics.
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03-09-2015, 08:16 PM
RE: "Should you push aside your atheism for a few moments?"
(03-09-2015 08:06 PM)houseofcantor Wrote:  You do you, Matt.

Interesting comment. Not sure what it means though. First thing that came to mind well.... not that flexible. :=))))
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