Rachel Johnson

Atheist Blogger- the godlessvagina / Podcaster the pink atheist


A Unified Atheist Nation. What Are We So Afraid Of?

The idea of unity in the atheist arena seems to scare the wits out of some atheists. I would have thought unity was a great thing, and just a few years ago came into being an atheist all wide eyed and happy like a child. I have never changed my stance on what I think we are and who we should be, but I have noticed the hesitancy on the part of many agnostics/atheists to unite for anything and everything. So I thought it was time to beg the question. Why are we so afraid?

Some people seem to think that unification means we all have to think alike and act like zombie drones of the hive. The old one mind, one behavior notion. That is far from the case here. One thing atheism has in spades is the colorful decent of various minds at work. We come in every race, color, creed, gender, and idea. We are as hard to get together under one umbrella as two people who don’t speak the same language. This seems to be the product of religion, and its influences. People became disillusioned with religion and looked for answers. The ones they got led them to being atheists, and they left the hive mind to never return. So when someone suggests a lead and follow idea, people are quick to run the opposite direction.

The ideology here is not a dogma, though, and I want to assure you of this. Look at how many people want a community. Not a leadership which directs us. We all want to be part of something good, but never return to those days when someone told us how to think. I can assure you there are people who have tried, and failed in our crowd. What we are asking though is a different kind of unity. The kind where you gather, enjoy the fact you are not alone. Share some common ground and return to where you were unaffected, and unchanged. That kind of unity continues to paint the rainbow that is atheism, and allows all of us room to grow.

“But what you really want is for us all to think and act alike.”

No, what we all want is just strength in numbers. We are outnumbered by theists, and their strategy which is fully being unveiled during this election is unity for the cause, no matter what they have to unite under. As long as they can be the tsunami which crushes atheism and our need for the wall which separates church and state. No one wants us all to act alike. No one wants a conformist mentality, and no one wants you to be something you are not just to count among the ranks. In fact your diversity, your individuality, and most of all you inner you are what make being an atheist so great. The fact is that we don’t have to see eye to eye, but united people are often more hard to oppress.

Atheists never need to be conformists, nor do we need to create and play by each others rules. What sets the tone for one atheist might be far from the perfect idea of another, but one thing we all have in common is the lack of beliefs in gods. It may not seem like much, and in fact is not, but it is a start. The rest is up to the person themselves. But we don’t need to tell each other how to think, act behave, react, or be atheists. All we need to do is stand up for the most important thing we have and that is the desire to share our voices, and have our place in this world. We should be able to live free of fear. We should be able to say who we are and walk down the street with our heads held high. No child should ever be ostracized for what their parent doesn’t believe, or the lack of a church to guide them. Instead we should all share a united equality. That will take a lot of hard work and strong effort ont he part of all of us. Silence can never be the method we use for that. Nor can denial, or bowing to dogmatic ideas. One thing is certain, every chance religion has been given in the past it has used to corrupt and control all of society. It was the reason for the dark ages, and reason brought us out of them. We must never return to that place again.



The Eternal Debate

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It seemed to be the case that America was willing to forgive every horrible thing Romney had done up until the debate. What a tragedy that we live in a country so desperate to believe what they are told that they will buy anything a politician has to say. That is why it is so frustrating to deal with the political arena. The apathy and appeal to savior-hood on the part of politicians is astounding. The reliance on government is the problem here in America, not just what they are doing. We think the solution lies in their hands, even though they have repeatedly shown their inability to relate to the common hard working man.

That is the essence of the eternal debate. When you lack the education that they are all a cluster of people with the same mindset and background then you might be prone to believe that they really have your best interest at heart. The truth is that they don’t. They are life long politicians and for them the office is a job. Some of them have law degrees and have held other positions but once they make their way into the political arena they are just like the rest. That goes for the standing president. He has tried to assert a bit more of humanity into the cause, which voters readily forget. But the president is the basic figurehead for the political structure. One that was set up to give power to a source outside of the Senate and Congress. His powers are limited, by laws governing what the president can do. While congress holds all the power we often tend to hand the blame over to the president because he is in the highest office.

The whole process is flawed, but better than many other  countries. We, the people, do not lack the capacity to hold a bigger choice in who enters office, but in our modern world the over stressed, and worked American does not have time to investigate all of the past of a candidate. So we rely on news. The problem with this is actually that most news is owned by only two individuals who are best served by their own interests and do have the ability to censor what is posted on their networks. This has become the modern day dictation to the under educated public of what they should want and how they should want it, and has been highly effective. Most people don’t know that they will be voting against their own personal interest in November.

Romney has been clear and concise about his intent to eliminate social programs, give tax breaks to the rich and continue the devastating trickle down economics. Obama however has been fighting to end this form of piracy on the part of the elitist in America. So how does that even work? Well looking at the basis for good business and economy you can see that it is not the rich who drive this nation, and never has been. When you have limited competition in the market then prices can be driven up to eliminate small business and corner the market. Wal-mart is a prime example of monopolizing the market and eliminating competition while providing clearer and less quality products. When there is competition then stores/businesses have to compete for customers driving up quality and down prices. This goes the same in every venue of business. So taxing the rich makes it easier for small business to be created. When companies like Pepsi have the market flooded with their product, they not only don’t need to hire more workers, but have to look for new markets in other countries to expand in. So they will not be spending more money here in this economy. They can use their profits to open companies in other countries and then monopolize the market there, while not creating any jobs. Taxes that are paid into this economy help fund the forward movement in America.

When rich companies pay taxes it pays for schooling, and roads, fire men, and much more. It also gives the poorer of our country an ability to pay less taxes making it easier for them to have surplus funds to spend on merchandise and other necessities. We are the consumer class, and we drive this nation forward. With our purchases we give revenue to business, but if we are taxed too hard or to much our surplus of funds are gone, and we have nothing to rely on for spending. So then the people begin to suffer with basic necessities not being met. And having a home and  car are necessities. So it is the spending class in America which is the most vital to our economy. It is healthy when we have jobs that provide for our necessities and give us surplus funds to spend. Then we can purchase more and drive companies forward. that is good business. The rich however; want you to believe it is the reverse. It has been shown that when companies succeed then the small guy often doesn’t.

This was the cause for the establishment of the union. It was to provide a fair wage for people who worked in companies where they were making millions in profit while giving people barely enough to survive on. Once established the Union made the eight hour work day and vacation. Instead of people working twelve hours a day while barely surviving, they started to make a fair wage. This drove the economy forward and made goods and services available to everyone instead of just the rich. It put the hard workers in America on the same playing field as those with money. During this time it became easier for people to buy homes, cars and other goods. The economy took off, and by the eighties we were doing good. The Reaganomics began and the structure of the economy drifted to a one sided free for all on the part of the rich.

Now when we talk about the other problems in our nation that is complex. War is business. Bad business, but it makes a profit for companies who survive by producing and selling war material. This is only good business for those companies who sell this kind of materials, but it does not drive the economy forward. When the spending power of the people is increased the economy is stimulated. That is why  the Republican view of the economy is flawed. People grasping for necessities does nothing for all of us. In fact it causes a regression to the state of poverty.

If you think that voting in the two party system will fix anything then you have been mislead by the media forces. However; we lack an educated voting base which can self determine what is in their best interests. While it would be great if there was an upset in this format it has only happened once in the history of the United States. Until such time as America gets involved in the economic affairs of the country and their best social interests this trend will continue. We have to begin asking the questions that drive the rhetoric and lies from the mouths of the politicians. We have to ask the hard questions and face the reality, and that is hard to do when most people are poorly educated, and lack interest in social issues. It is also hard when people are struggling for survival and abiding by promises of security.

There are many structural and social issues which need to be addressed in this country, and that will not happen as long as politicians can feed on fear and insecurity. What needs to happen is people have to set aside their best interest and ask what would be int he best interest of the nation moving forward. We can not base our vote on self interest alone. If you are surviving well but those around you are not surviving or are struggling the end is the same. unfortunately we are all tied to the society in which we live. So when the majority of people are unable to survive it limits our capacity as well. It is only when we invest our interest in the future of our nation and those around us that we can advance. This has been the case over and over again. The lies that you are being told about hard work making you get ahead while others will fall behind is nothing more than self serving rhetoric. As long as there is an ability for most people to fail they will. The Unions established an ability for all of the workers to acchieve the same status. This led to a fair based pay system and productivity. If you are rich while others struggle to survive they are not likely to buy your goods or require your services. That will ultimately effect the outcome of your business and will make it more likely for them to search out cheaper products and services, which only the richest can provide.

So when you vote this November you must remember that the struggle which faces the few of us will ultimately face us all at some future point. We must remember those who have lost their jobs, homes and are currently struggling to survive. This nation must become dedicated to all of its members and seek to advance us forward. This is not the intent of the Republican party, so while men like Romney can sound good in a debate the outcome of voting for them is giving them permission to impoverish this nation and create a welfare state that is at the mercy of big corporations. This is something you have to seriously consider when you vote.


The Dark Side Of Feminism


I am not a fan of bashing feminism. I am a feminist at heart, and always will be. I know what people think of me and assume. I am not blinded by a self delusion. It has come to my attention, however, that there is a part of feminism that needs addressed. I saw a clip of The Talk in which Sharon Osborne talked about the humor in a man having his penis cut off by his wife, while sleeping, and how funny she thought it was. While I support comedy and joking, the clarity was evident that most of the women on the panel thought it was fine and funny to do this horrible thing to a man.

The fact is that domestic violence is serious, be it on the part of the man or the woman, and men face it too. I don’t find that humorous. Men often don’t speak out about these things because society sets unreal standards for men. They are told they are stronger and can handle women. When a woman is committing violent acts against you to only way to “handle” that is to call the police or get violent. Since it is the police telling men to not be weak, the only thing you are really telling a man is that he should be hitting the woman. Does that make any sense? There are men out there in this world who believe that abusing a woman is a horrible thing and won’t commit the act. Why should we be telling them we hold a lesser standard for them than woman, or their value is less than a woman. It is absurd at best, and horrendous at worst.

There is a faction of women out there who seriously believe that causing harm to a man is a payback for the harm that has been done to women over the years. But we are talking about people, individuals. In other words, men. I realize there has been a sever amount of tolerance on the part of society for men abusing women for hundreds of years. Religious doctrines in fact allow the perverse behavior and even condone it. Men who abuse women are a lowsome faction of the male population, and so are women. I know of several cases of men being abused by their counterparts and helplessly enduring the agony of being an abused husband.

We need to regard this behavior with disdain, and utter contempt, as we would for any woman suffering the abuse. Regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, and what society expects, we need to expect better. I can’t imagine how women would have reacted had this been a man cutting off a woman’s clitoris and throwing it into the garbage disposal. Would the laughs ensue? Likely the man would face a whole society filled with rage at the horrible act, and he would have gotten the most severe punishment allowed by law. This woman took the time to drug, tie up, mutilate her husband and then call the cops. This was obviously premeditated and a deplorable act on the part of a human being. She should face the highest punishment as allowed by law. No man should suffer such a trauma. No woman who calls herself a true feminist should condone such a horribly violent act.

This idea of oppressing men and their true nature, of dominating them and disregarding their humanity is lowsome. I have nothing good to say about a woman who thinks violence is the solution. When domestic violence occurs everyone suffers. There is no difference in the act, but possibly in the severity. I say possibly because just as men can use other methods of violence, such as tools or household items to abuse, so can women. The difference in emotional abuse and mental does not exist. The fact is a person who is violent can also be a very loving and kind person when they are not violent. It is all part of the cycle. Children in this situation don’t always differentiate between whom is doing the violent act. All they know is there is violence in the home and they often become victims of the violence as well. The trauma to all of the members of a family can be life long and devastating.

I am an advocate for equality. In all areas of life I hold all things with the same regard. What I will not allow to happen to women, I would obviously not allow for men. It behooves me to believe that so many women justified this behavior. At the end of the clip the show was back on and the women were explaining their position and they meant no harm. But by that time they had sent a message to women around the country and possibly the world that men deserve this kind of violence. What a message to send. Somehow for being born with male genitalia they should be punished. For being born to privilege they should suffer. Not in my mind, or my actions.

The equality us women have fought so hard for can not come at the expense of men. Harming, and damaging them will not teach them to respect us, and degrading them for their biological nature will only add to the resistance men have to change. If you don’t like the behavior of the men around you, then set the standards higher. You are in control of your actions, and I have no respect for women who hit, and hurt men. Just as I have none for men who do the same. Mutilating a person is a crime, and equal to other crimes. I can understand how a rape victim would want to cut off the genitalia of a man who violently violated her, but the moment you commit that act you become as bad as the person who did the horrible act yourself. We are not a society who feeds into the degradation of other humans and nor should we be. We do not abide by the religious ideology of eye for an eye. It simply does not work.

Men are feeling, thinking, caring humans too. I realize there are exceptions to that. There are men who feel no remorse for the abuse they put upon women, and with denial and delusion completely justify it. Just as their women counterparts do. What I have heard from men who have faced this abuse is how it hurt and broke them, just the way a woman is broken by facing violence. It is time to eliminate the stereotyping of males as perpetrators and not victims. Just because men have a bigger size and more strength does not mean they are capable of violent acts.

Abuse does not begin over night. There is a lot of grooming and conditioning which goes into domestic violence, and by the time it first occurs the conditions have been set for it to happen. People who are violent are often out of control in their lives, and seek to gain control by what ever method is available. This can lead to severe acts of abuse. Often times the victim is in love with the person, and hoping to fix the situation or appease the abuser. What they don’t know is that this is not their fault and a problem with the abuser. Victims face blame, shaming, emotional, mental abuse to the point they have little to no self esteem. If you think men are not capable of facing this, then you need to observe men further.

I find it deplorable, horrendous and rancid on the part of feminists who support acts of violence against men. For violence to end in our society we have to face it as a society. Laws need to be eliminated which punish males only and defend women who are abusers. Women who commit violent acts should be arrested and face time in jail. They should be sent to counseling and treated as their male counter parts in the abuse situation and we need to be fair and just with men who want to speak out about their abuse. A man is not a better person because he can “handle” his wife, no more than a woman with a knife is for “handling” her husband.

I support fairness and equality. Most of all I stand by the men out there who lack the social and legal respect we afford to women. It is not correct for anyone to face violence against them in any form or manner. Instead we should be working to eliminate abuse at its core, and face it as a united front. We should be ready to step in and shelter, comfort, and aid men in their struggle to not face abuse as we are with women. It is simply not a weakness on the part of men, it is their strength that they can face the horrors of abuse and survive as women have done, and I applaud them for not stooping to the low and ignorant ways of being an abuser. While I recognize that abuse is a two way street, it needs to be eliminated. So for the guys out there, I got your backs too and will fight for you, beside you and with you for equality. That is what a feminist does. Or maybe I am just a humanist who sees equality as being equal in entity. Perhaps when women start rationalizing what they are doing more men will join, until then we have a lot of work to do, and this is my beginning.