So I going to reboot my blog and start from the beginning. I have let some things that have been troubling me personally onto my blog and I'd like to start over. I am still going to post personal topics and thoughts, but I am hoping a majority of my posts will be about atheism.
I have some topics that are currently in development. They are typed on a notepad on my computer and I will post them when the time feels right.
Some topics that I am going to discuss are: what life is like without a religion; pros and cons of religion; are you a blind follower and I also plan on getting into scientific details about the world and how they go against what the bible says.
Check back often.
Emily The Great
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Protest One Clarance Center Rd, Clarance 10:00a
I woke up this morning at 8:30 and drove to Clarence where the Westboro Basptist Church was holding a protest while a memorial service was being held at Zion Lutheran Church for those involved in the Flight 3407 crash. Upon arriving I broke down in tears for a minute or two at the appalling sight I saw, then I regrouped and got out of the car.
What a beautiful sight of Western New Yorkers. In front of the Clarence Center Coffee Shop, about a mile or so from whatever is left of Flight 3407 on Long Street and a half mile from the Zion Lutheran Church where a memorial service was being held, about 75 people stood in the 20 degree weather with the snow lighting coming down, in support of the crash victims of the tragedy that happened Feb, 12, all the while the WBC stood on the opposite corner 20 feet away, protesting their religious lie that God Hates Fags. Three members of the WBC were there, holding up signs that said “Planes Crash, God Laughs” and other offensive slogans. Seventy-five people came out to support the community of Buffalo, NY with one message: DON’T COME TO BUFFALO WITHOUT EXPECTING TO BE STOOD UP TO. Some of the protestors were dressed in white, and held up large white cloth to represent love and peace. Others were Vets from various wars waving the American flag with pride. It was a beautiful sight.
It was just us against them. A community standing with pride against a group of misled individuals. NO NEWPAPERS, NO NEWS CHANNELS. The publicity that the WBC wanted didn’t come. In fact I over heard a conversation where someone actually said the local media REFUSED to come. It was just us against them, with seven or eight cops to keep peace. And you know what, it was peaceful. Very few people shouted at the WBC; most people stood talking amongst themselves about how much of a disgrace these people are. At 10:37 we said the pledge of allegiance, at 10:40 the WBC began packing their signs and while walking to their car we sang, “Na Na Na Hey Hey Good Bye”.
We got the victory. We stood our ground. We spoke our peace. It was a beautiful sight indeed. Welcome to Buffalo New York Westboro Baptist Church now go back to Kansas.
Protest Two Main Street, Buffalo 1:45p
I arrived at 1:00. There were hundreds of people to welcome the WBC, Buffalo style! Well, not really welcome them; it was more like a “get out!” Hundreds of people dolled in white flags and signs of peace. Outside the University of Buffalo South Campus on both sides of Main Street hundreds of people stood to welcome the WBC. The weather was about 20 degrees but the wind made it feel a lot colder. People were showing up by the dozen after I arrived. All the while cars drove by peacefully hooking.
At about 1:30 the organizer of the event informed everyone that they had arrived and were getting out of their cars. We were waiting patiently for them to come to the street, but then a cop walks up to the corner I was standing on and shouts, “This is where they are supposed to be, but you guys can stay.” Haha, I love the Buffalo police. Then someone spotted this car with Kansas plates drive down the road and turn into a lot about two blocks down. They get out and about 1:45 and we notice their “God Hates Fags” signs and someone shouted, “That Way!” (The funny thing is, the cops didn’t stop anyone).
We peacefully surround these people with our flags and signs. The WBC group had five people with them, four looked petrified! Only two clowns had the balls to hold their signs. I was face-to-face with this one clown and he said, “Miss, please get out of the way”, I said, “See you in hell, asshole”. (Always wanted to say that to one of them!)
Their protest went on for about 5 minutes, Two minutes into their protest we surrounded the guy who told me to get of the way so tight no one from the road could see his sign. Three people had very large white flags and decided to stand on both sides of him and in front. Thanks to the wind the flags fluttered and completely covered this guy. Minutes later the cop declares an end to their protest, he escorts the group to their car, the whole time we shout “Let’s go Buffalo!” (if you watch Sabres hockey, you’ve heard that before) and other chants, and we see them drive away. They were scheduled for a 45 minute protest, and we chased them out in the first 5 minutes!
WBC, remember this next time you want to mess with Buffalo: Don’t mess with Buffalo.
If god exists, I’ll see you guys in hell.
Below are some photos.
Buffalo, NY's Welcoming Committee
Another shot from the same location, different direction.
This is the corner where they were originally supposed to set up. They called the cops on us, but the cops ignored them :)
This clown about two minutes into their protest
And about 15 seconds after the last photo.
(you can barely see his orange coat, thats how many people surrounded him)
Friday, February 13, 2009
I am deeply saddened by the tragedy that happened yesterday (2/12/2009) in Buffalo, NY concerning the plane crash the happened in Clearance. I have lived in Buffalo for most of my life and I will tell you that when something like this happened everyone in the community is affected. We will hold hand together and try our best to provide comfort for our friends. Buffalo is a city that has a small town feel. Nobody wants to move to Buffalo, yet Buffaloians love it here.
I never thought that something like this would happen in literally my own back yard. I am deeply humbled as I write this because it is always a horrible event when something like this happens, but the blow is 10x harder when it's in your own city. Watching the news, and experiencing the events that happened, today I just embraced my fiance and wouldn't let go. Everyone one that plane had someone who loved them and there are no words that can heal the pain that the lost ones families are faced with.
Today I found a prayer circle and joined in. I don't believe in God, but if God is real I want him to embrace the victims' families. I put aside my petty differences and joined hand-in-hand with Christians who were asking their God for support and healing.
We are human after all, and sometimes as humans we need to humble ourselves. Do I believe in God now? No. Am I a false atheist because I prayed for a group of people who were lost in a tragic accident? No. Do I believe that God is going to comfort the victims' families? All I can say to that is if there is a God I certainly hope so, and if there is a God, the answer it yes. Really, do I need to prove myself to anyone? Right now, no.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Here is the problem with the idea of creationism and religion in general.
Disclaimer: What I'm about to say has been argued many times before.
There is no proof that god, allah or any other religious deity exists, period. The only argument that those who belong to the above religions have is what's written down in a book.
The bible states that god created the heavens. Well, really, that's just too simple of a statement to make about such a complex thing as the heavens (in my case, the universe). Science has very conclusive evidence to support the idea of the big bang, and dates the universe to be 13.7 billion years old. Background radiation left over from the big bang is the biggest find since trying to understand how the universe was created. Though rigours tests and computer simulation, etc, science has, in my opinion, closed the book on creationism. (Google search WMAP for more information)
The bible also states that god created the earth. Science has given the earth an age of 4 billion years, and they (scientists) have come to that conclusion through radioactive carbon dating. Creationists age the earth to be 6,000 years old. To me that is just ridiculous, because 1) there have been discoveries of ancient civilizations dating to about 25,000 BCE in Mesoamerica, 2) that completely negates dinosaurs and 3) again, that is just too simple of a statement to make and there is no proof. Scientist's that promote this school of thought argue that radioactive carbon dating is flawed. Well, if it is flawed those same scientists should come up with a system that isn't flawed. The reason they haven't is this: It's not flawed.
Physics aside, there are other schools of thought that are completely independent of each other that seems to go against creationism. Those schools include geology, glaciology and biology.
In geology, consider the continents. Is it not surprising that South America and Africa look like they could fit together like a nice puzzle. The other continents as well. Well, that 'puzzle' is called a super continent, and there have been many over the billions of years of earths existence. The most familiar that comes to mind is Pangea.
...I am off to bed right now, and I have a lot more that I wish to add, so check back later.
I always screw up the moment. I am now engaged!!! However, when my boyfriend proposed, before he even said anything I told him "It's about time!" I had a feeling of what he was about to do and I didn't give him a chance to ask!!! ARG!!!! After about five minutes I gave him a second chance, and we did it right!
See, I'm 28, and I've known him since I was 14 and we've been dating since I was 18. TEN YEARS!!! It took him ten years the pop the question!!!! ARG!!!
OK, I gotta run!!!