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      I am an atheist. Atheism is not a religion. There is no assigned moral code; each atheist has his or her own personal morals. There are no written texts giving guidelines to life for atheists. Some acclaimed atheists might just be lazy and want to escape from the responsibility that comes with believing in a god and feeling guilty for blasphemy committed. In that case, I think that this person is not atheist, but just a pathetic human being who doesn’t like to take responsibility for their actions. Sure, atheists do not believe in the existence of a god, but does this mean that they lack morals because they do not follow teachings of a religion?
      I say, of course not. It is simply not fair for anyone to judge anyone else for anything, and atheism is a great example. I would like to give viewpoints from many religions, but my general knowledge doesn’t go past the conflict between Christianity (specifically Catholicism) and atheism. My idea of a model Christian is a follower of Christianity, no matter what branch, that lives his or her life by what the Bible says. They might have just converted from another religion, or they might have been raised under their religion. They grew up with their values, taught by their parent figures that were probably influenced by their Christian teachings and what the Bible says. I was raised Catholic, but my family never took me to church a lot. I spent my sixth grade year in a Catholic private school and it was after that year that I decided that Mass was extremely boring and the whole thing started to sound like regurgitated garble after some time. Last year, I decided that I was atheist.
      To me, atheism only makes sense and religion doesn’t. Science explains what religion can’t and what science can’t explain, and religion does… doesn’t cut it for me. This might be the attitude for a good amount of atheists around the country, so does this make them immoral people? Sure they are “faithless” when it comes to having faith in a god, but this doesn’t mean that they can’t have faith in another person or have hope for a bad situation. A lot of people look to their god when they are in some sort of slouch. This does not mean that an atheist has nothing to help them get through the harder parts of life. Their disbelief in a deity does not mean that they lack emotion.
      Discrimination against atheists is not non-existent. Just because it is not brought up often doesn’t mean it’s not there. To a lot of Americans, for another citizen to be a real American, they need to have some sort of faith, preferably Christianity. Some people do good things because it is something they think that their god would want them to do. Atheists can do plenty of good things as well. Atheists do not do good actions for a god; they do it because in their book, it is what makes a human being a good person.
      Christianity teaches that promiscuity is wrong. Does that mean that someone who does not practice Christianity is going to engage in sexual activities left and right? Christianity teaches that humility is commendable. Does this mean that someone who does not practice Christianity is a complete megalomaniac? Fidel Castro is an atheist, but Adolf Hitler was not. Like any large group of people on the world, atheists cannot be judged as an umbrella term.
About time I posted this up.

Peace.

**EDIT: December Tenth, Two-Thousand and Seven

Wow, so comments about my essay. What people have been saying about it just blows me away everytime. I really appreciate the fact that everyone seems to like it and that fellow atheists can identify with it, so you guys rock. However...

I was just reading over it and it doesn't cut it for me. Not the viewpoints, but.... it's pretty poorly written. I expect better from myself. So, I won't discard all the awesome comments by taking it off of deviantART, but I will rewrite it. So yeah....

Cool? Cool. (and Bill O'Reilly offended me mucho big time a few nights ago)

:new: **EDIT: August 8, 2012

Wow, so I wrote this bit back in '07. I was... 15 at the time? Hold on while I do some math... yup, fifteen. Jeeeeez, I was young. (Yeah, I realize I'm only 20 now.)

Yes, though, this is still in total need of a reboot. Has been for forever but I feel like I finally have the motivation to do it. It's still gonna be a quick read but it will likely be a bit longer. And it's still meant to give a quick description of what atheism, at its core, really is.

Guys! I'm all tingly and excited for this. :3
Get ready...

(Oh, and one of the reasons it's so loosely put together is that this was originally a typical 5-paragraph essay for my English class in the 10th grade. So I definitely put effort into it, but, you know, sophomore trying to finish the quarter with a C effort.)
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I read this lousy tract about the last words of many atheists, and while some were famous (Voltaire, Mirabeau, Tallyrand) others were unidentifiable. Also how many of these were genuine, and not inventions of enemies who sought to defame the person ?

Voltaire never screamed about Hell as he died -an invention of some Jesuit.

As for dying words of Christians, I recall reading something by a guy named Shoeshine Jim. Probably a black man held down by white race discrimination and had no gumption to fight back, even if it meant killing a white man.
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10binary Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The trouble I found is that someone thinks that believing in any god automatically means that you believe THEIR idea of God. It is like assuming that someone is gay just because they wear pink. No relevance whatsoever.
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CutlassPrincessX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although I am an apatheist, and things like this don't usually interest me, I found this intriguing. You're a good writer. You really are.
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Jh5kRadio Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Artist
This was so true...to the point that, for some odd reason, I'm actually crying.

Growing up with Jehovah's Witness parents, it is INCREDIBLY difficult to convince my parents that I just don't believe in a higher power of any kind. Trying to convince the weekly Bible Study that I'm more or less forced to attend is no less easy.

One of my biggest gripe I have is that they honestly cannot tell the difference between a satisfying answer and simply unable to argue against them because of the sheer insanity religion has. Here is an example:

Satisfying answer:
"The sky is blue because the light from the sun reflects off of the sea."

Unsatisfying answer:
"The sky is blue because God made it blue. If there is no God, then there would be no sky. But there is a sky, therefore there is a God. God made everything. A book said so, and it mentions Israel, which exists, therefore it's true."

I get a lot of the latter, leaving me not satisfied with the answer given, but rather completely frustrated. This frustration somehow translates to "I am now a theist" to Jehovah's Witnesses.

Not only that, but trying to disprove anything is considered "biased", therefore is completely invalid.

Perhaps the worst part of all is how many religions seem to create an incredibly sharp divide between "we" and "they", reducing anyone different, Atheist and otherwise, into a single stereotype. EVERY TIME non Witnesses are brought up, they're always portrayed as people who lack self control, greedy, rapist, and complete douchebags.

This was an incredibly long comment but I am utterly frustrated with religion as a whole, with special mention to Scientology, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons.
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CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even rough, it's still worth a read.
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TheCommentMonthly Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Hi, I enjoyed this essay. Can I use this in my newsletter (available in my gallery) to conflict with [link] if the author gives permission for it to be used?
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ShojiAmasawa Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
One of my favourite things about being an atheist is that I can still practice my Bhuddist beliefs! Buddhism thankfully does not require a belief in a higher power. Admittedly I do not know how much of Bhudda himself is myth, but I can follow his example and live my life for the better because being moral makes me feel at peace with myself. The Dahli Lama recently said something like "if sience proves Bhuddism wrong in any aspect then Bhuddism will need to change."

Sorry if this is rambling I just wanted to say that and that I love your article!
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WillTheLombax Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure Hitler wasn't an Atheist?(I'm a Baptist,but I just want to be sure.)
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RosesArePizza Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Student Writer
Yup. Regardless of any (legitimate) source you check, there's a consensus that Hitler was not an atheist. He actually was his own kind of Christian (though he was reported to be skeptic about Christianity). He wanted a version that tried to get rid of all Jewish elements of it. (Impossible much?)
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WillTheLombax Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. I usually thought that Hitler was atheist. Guess I was wrong.But you still think what he did is wrong, right? Not every Christian is evil. But since you told me why Hitler wasn't an atheist(with good evidence),I guess I'll have to wonder if there were any atheistic dictators. Thanks for the facts. I was confused. O-o
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