Hey there, David.
I am commenting here, not because I responding to your article or any of the ensuing comments, but because I stumbled upon it on Google while looking for reasons to be atheist (hence your title name "Top 10 Reasons I'm Atheist") to deflect judgmentimposed inferiority of two buddies of mine that are adamantly Christian.
The two recently discovered that I am atheist (mostly because I keep quiet about it to avoid conflict and because of me not being able to back my belief up, but I'll get into that in just a bit), and they are now beating it into my head. Quite frankly, I don't give a (and excuse me for being vulgar) fuck! It's so irritating having to eat lunch with that non-stop that I dread going to lunch now. Can I just enjoy my lunch, please? Damn!
The only reason I opened my mouth up was because they were discussing how gays shouldn't get married, and I adamantly disagree with homosexuality inequality (mind you, I am a straight man, and I am in love with this girl to the point where it is consuming my life).
And also, if you haven't noticed yet, I am still in school, so I (and the two friends) are young (I am 17, and the other two are 16).
Because of my repugnance over this, I reacted on impulse and said that I hated religion, and that just made things worse.
Now, the two were advocating religious indoctrination (i.e. force religion to be taught at school) because it teaches morals (I personally believe that it REINFORCES them, as morals exist without religion, and even if they did 'come from' religion, man made it, so the morals it teaches comes from the writers' own thought and reason) and that it makes people happy -- gives them comfort, and I couldn't come up with anything to refute the last point and I was wondering if maybe you could answer that because I disagree with anything that represses personal freedom. Basically, he's saying that having beliefs on something hopeful and possible is better than not having them at all.
I mean, I have never really sat down and thought why I'm an atheist (or why theism is a man-made theory, rather) -- I just am -- and why I oppose religion for its intolerance -- I just do. I do not deliberately set out to attack religion or berate it in any way, but I do get offended when I am judged and criticized for my beliefs (which is hypocritical that they do that, but they continue to persist).
I'm sorry, but I have better things to do with my time than to listen to mumbo-jumbo about how there is historical evidence to prove Biblical stories and that "there's better odds to worship" (i.e. when you worship, you either go to Heaven or nothing happens, whereas when you don't worship, you either perish in Hell or nothing happens).
But what makes it even worse for me is that even though I grew up into a Christian family, my dad was always (and still is) too busy to take me to church, so I never went much and I never had the interest to look into the Bible. Thus, I have a very limited knowledge of it and thus my beliefs are considered to be questionable at best(which is fair, I admit).
So I reach out to you so that you can please help me counter this beleaguerment! Help me stop this nonsense! Basically, can you please explain why his rationale that religion is good and should be forced is faulty.