"About belief or lack of belief in an afterlife: Some of you may know that I am neither Christian nor Jewish nor Buddhist, nor a conventionally religious person of any sort.
I am a humanist, which mean, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead. My German-American ancestors, the earliest of whom settled in our Middle West about the time of our Civil War, called themselves “Freethinkers,” which is the same sort of thing. My great grandfather Clemens Vonnegut wrote, for example, “If what Jesus said was good, what can it matter whether he was God or not?”
I myself have written, “If it weren’t for the message of mercy and pity in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I wouldn’t want to be a human being. I would just as soon be a rattlesnake.”"

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"I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead."

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"Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead."

— Kurt Vonnegut

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I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I am dead ~ Kurt Vonnegut

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I am dead ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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Anonymous said: what are your relegious beliefs?

I’m a humanist! Kurt Vonnegut has an awesome quote (which, incidentally, I just posted) that describes it well.

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I am dead.

shaystadaisy:

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I am dead ~ Kurt Vonnegut

shaystadaisy:

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I am dead ~ Kurt Vonnegut

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ivyblossom:

Yeah, here’s the thing about this. If you say it’s okay to be all “against gay marriage” because of your religion, here’s what I have to ask you: are you advocating against the legality of other things your religion says is a bad? Like, say, graven images? Do you protest against Supernatural because it has angels in it? Do you call your local political representative to request the repeal of laws that allow divorce? Do you fight to shut down all shops and services on the Sabbath? Are you fighting to put laws in place against adultery? Birth control? (LOL: MAYBE!) Maybe cheating on your spouse should have a jail term attached to it, what do you think about that? While we’re at it, dissing your parents on the internet should be illegal too. Because there’s a commandment about that. Should come with at least a fine, right? Good idea? No?
From what I can tell, you folks are fine with some rules from the bible being personal ethical guidelines for your community rather than national laws. You think adultery is wrong, so you don’t do it. Swearing is bad, so you avoid it and ask for forgiveness when you fail. But you don’t insist that these things become illegal, because that would totally cramp your style. But when it comes to gays getting equal rights, suddenly it’s important that there’s an actual law against it. Suddenly the definition of marriage is really important. It’s not enough to be a guiding principle for a community of believers anymore, oh no. Now it has to be law for everyone, including people who don’t see the world the way you do, and don’t share your religious views.
Your religion has no place in the laws that govern me. If you think being gay is a bad thing, you shouldn’t find your ethical high ground in standing in the way of laws that allow equal rights for all. Because it’s not your place, and not your religion’s place, to punish me for something you think your god doesn’t like. And you know what, your Jesus said the same fucking thing. IRONICALLY.
And that, my friend, is why you really are a bad person if you don’t support gay marriage.

ivyblossom:

Yeah, here’s the thing about this. If you say it’s okay to be all “against gay marriage” because of your religion, here’s what I have to ask you: are you advocating against the legality of other things your religion says is a bad? Like, say, graven images? Do you protest against Supernatural because it has angels in it? Do you call your local political representative to request the repeal of laws that allow divorce? Do you fight to shut down all shops and services on the Sabbath? Are you fighting to put laws in place against adultery? Birth control? (LOL: MAYBE!) Maybe cheating on your spouse should have a jail term attached to it, what do you think about that? While we’re at it, dissing your parents on the internet should be illegal too. Because there’s a commandment about that. Should come with at least a fine, right? Good idea? No?

From what I can tell, you folks are fine with some rules from the bible being personal ethical guidelines for your community rather than national laws. You think adultery is wrong, so you don’t do it. Swearing is bad, so you avoid it and ask for forgiveness when you fail. But you don’t insist that these things become illegal, because that would totally cramp your style. But when it comes to gays getting equal rights, suddenly it’s important that there’s an actual law against it. Suddenly the definition of marriage is really important. It’s not enough to be a guiding principle for a community of believers anymore, oh no. Now it has to be law for everyone, including people who don’t see the world the way you do, and don’t share your religious views.

Your religion has no place in the laws that govern me. If you think being gay is a bad thing, you shouldn’t find your ethical high ground in standing in the way of laws that allow equal rights for all. Because it’s not your place, and not your religion’s place, to punish me for something you think your god doesn’t like. And you know what, your Jesus said the same fucking thing. IRONICALLY.

And that, my friend, is why you really are a bad person if you don’t support gay marriage.

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Anonymous said: Are you lgbt friendly?

I’m human friendly; I don’t believe that anyone should be discriminated against for any reason at all.

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