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An American woman begs god to help her find a good parking space at the mall while, on the other side of the world, an African mother’s child dies of starvation in her arms. A man pleads with god that his team might vanquish its rival while, thousands of miles away, hundreds of impoverished peasants drown in a flash flood. Nothing fails quite like prayer, as evidenced especially by the prayers of the devout in third world countries which go cataclysmically unanswered, even as first world believers beg god for the most petty and trivial of requests.

I know full well what responses I will get from the faithful, lame excuses about  "the world being fallen" despite it being part of god's omniscient plan, that "his ways are not ours", that "his ways are mysterious".

I just want to see if the faithful can stomach the video in the link provided and I will admit that it's an emotional argument but one that truly measures the power of prayer. Why does god not heel amputees by the way?
Pew research estimates that islam will surpass christianity in number of adherents by 2070. The link provided shows a lot of interesting details but I'd like to just hear what people think on the topic especially christians that have use the argument from popularity fallacy. Does this mean islam is true and you will eventually convert? And islamists how do you feel that the major reason this is occurring is simply because you're out breeding other population groups?
In an admission titled: “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.”

So it turns out that The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven was lying about it. Co-author and source Alex Malarkey made up the story of his death (he never died) and trip through heaven & hell. In light of this the publishing house has been pulling the the title from bookstores for marketing it as a "true story".

For fellow skeptics such as myself this does not come at all as surprising but from the believer's perspective (and there are probably some on here that argued over the original story) it comes as a betrayal of there faith.

Further more when you read on just how profitable stories based on these claims are not only do you get an understanding as to why people may make it up but just how desperate most people want to believe in these claims. It shows how easily people can believe in anything so long as you market it right. 

Sure the link provided makes the case "that all you need is the bible" but things considering how they believed this boys story most likely without a doubt. Only for it to be revealed to be false, make you wonder what else you believe without evidence could be false?
Matthew 7:13"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

So in my most recent argument with resident christian zealot Maddmatt over an accurate metaphor for christianity. After a bit of back and forth he mentions that it is a bridge that believers cross merrily unto "life", whereas everyone else is walking off a cliff unto destruction. Which I actually liked and took to providing more accurate description being: 

We are standing on one cliff side which is the mortal coil which we all experience. On the other side off the cliff are the promises of religion. The thing is that the bridge to cross it has to be taken entirely on faith because it's invisible and you wont reach it until you die. A narrow invisible crossing most likely without railing.
And all you have to tell where to step is the words of some guy that he's standing in front of the bridges gate.
The problem is that there are hundreds of guys all along the cliff side saying that where they are standing is the path to cross.
They are also sure to mention that the side we're standing on is going to collapse at any moment. Oh, and for almost all of them there's a toll.

So what do you guys feel about that description?
This is partially a response to Greta Christina's question as to why more men make up the majority demographic (particularly white men). 

An interesting response that immediately came to my mind is simply because of white male privilege. Of course there are those who deny that white privilege exist and some who deny male privilege. The thing is it does exist and I as a white hispanic male have benefited from it. It's certainly a problem with society but I'm not faulting anyone for it. 

To get a better understanding I am a rather light skinned Puerto Rican male (mostly because I hate going outside in the sun) with brown hair but just as important because my first language is English I never developed the Latin accent. Because of this my ethnicity has only ever come up as a passing curiosity over my Spanish sounding last name as my first name is Christian (ironic as I'm an anti-theist).

My younger brother on the other hand is dark skinned with black hair and a Spanish sounding first name. His features though a not too distinct though but simply because of the color of his skin he is immediately mistaken for numerous dark skinned ethnicities ranging from Indian, Arab & Somoan to of course Mexican and that's before even hearing his name. 

I happened to have lived in a rather affluent neighborhood in New Jersey for a couple of years. I had an apartment that I was able to rent because I was in the Coast Guard and it's price was discounted for members. The type of place where cops regularly did rounds due to the money generated there.

My brother moved in about a year after I did. Then entire time I lived there I went about on foot or on bike because I didn't own a car. I tended to wear camo pants and a hoody most of the time because the place was cold most of the year not once had anyone ever said a thing to me about it even as I was carrying boxes (from my move) to the recycling because the garbage truck didn't pick up cardboard. 
One day while I was at work I told my brother to get rid of the cardboard boxes from a delivery I recently got.
So he's on his way there and he get's stopped by the police. They start asking him question about where he was going where'd he come from. Luckily for my brother that the officer was a reservist that worked every other weekend at the station I was at and knew me. When he realized that he was my brother and let him go. Had it been anyone else they would have taken my brother into custody as he didn't have any documentation of residency until I could vouch for him.
All because the color of his skin.


So there have been clear distinctions between our life experience based on that one factor alone. One for which we have been able to witness in the presence of each other.

So anyone claiming that white privilege is a myth is full of it.

Onto my response to Greta Christina's question I would say that it is at least partially a result due to white male privilege. 
As white males make up a demographic with the most advantageous position to hold contrarian opinions. White males have historically had the easiest access to education and the social liberty and cultural autonomy to question the world around them without as much fear of rebuke.

In juxtaposition women have only had any true power in society within the last 100 years, the African American community within the last 50 and the smaller minorities along with them. A primary incentive was equal access to education.

It is 2014 and people are still afraid to express their opinions that go against the mainstream religious views. Why well this has to do with an individuals circumstances. Due to the gentrification of the civil rights movement in promoting the church's involvement and ignoring the secular members of the movement, it is counted as a religious and primarily "christian" effort (ignoring the muslim members as well). This presents a large portion of the black community that by identifying as anything other than christian or muslim is a betrayal of what ended segregation.

As for women due to social pressures which promote certain gender identity which tends to shun female intellectuals. Women are lead to believe that "men don't like smart women". This is exacerbated by internet communities problem with anonymity emboldening individuals to post some heinous things. Which makes coming out as a female atheist pretty threatening. 

So what are your opinions as to why so few women and minorites are atheists?
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  • Drinking: Coke
1. What is you real name? 

Chonner I guess? It was the first thing that can to my mind when asked. I made up my last name "Mujeog" to reflect my apparent Korean heritage.
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2. What is your Age?
Twenty something. Don't really know when I was born?
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3.  What's your favorite food?
Authentic Mexican and buffalo wings. 
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4. Favorite drink
Coke.
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5. do you have a crush, come on tell us?
I don't crush really. Fleeting infatuations or slight attractions that are inevitably stifled or dismissed.
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6. Have you kissed them?
................................................................. *a silent sad expression crosses his face*
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7.What is your favorite color!
Don't really have one. 
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8. Favorite author?
Mmh... I don't know.? Chuck Palanuik or however it's spelled seems to commonly come up on female dating profiles so I sometimes say him.
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9. What do you fear most? 
Never dying. *said in a serious tone*
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10. do you have any Siblings?
No. Come to think of it I don't really know anything about my families whereabouts? I usually just say they died in a car crash. *stated without any concern*
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11. do you have any Heroes?
Ironically as someone surrounded by "heroes" I don't really have one.
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12. Any arch-enemies?
Most opponents consider me nonthreatening. I also have a habit of killing anyone that I feel is to dangerous to live.
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13. What would you do if your hero and archenemy met?
N/A
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14. What if you met your creator?
I don't believe in one and if there is one responsible for this existence it either impotent, indifferent or malicious. And probably try to kill it.
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15. "what will you do when you grow up?
I'm a single male twenty something in a work release program (against my will) for a clandestine organization tasked in the retrieval and containment of anomalous entities/activity.
*said with the utmost sincerity*
So I don't know?
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16. "worst nightmare?" 
Being the last living person. *said as he glances down with an expression of dire contemplation*
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17. What is your life long dream
Having a normal life.
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18. what if you succeed? 
It would probably just end up being a dream.
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19.What is the best spot to relax for you?
My room/prison cell.
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20.What do you do in most of your free time? 
Play online games.
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21. We're done! Now tag whoever you want.

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Arkiniano Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
Thanks a lot for the fave :D
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XeonKampfer Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
So much euphoria
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Saeter Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
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XeonKampfer Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
*tips fedora*
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Saeter Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
So you're a troll account?
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TheMisterMan2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Green spinny guy , you're pretty cool. Think imma watch you just for a starwars religious quote battle.
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Saeter Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Lol.
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ZacharyTC Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I have been away from Devianart for a while, but I looked at your mention of the Jim Crow Laws and such, and as usual find such arguments pathetic. Unless you find a Bible passage explicitly supporting anything close to the Jim Crow Laws or South African Apartheid, you have no right to call it Christian prejudice.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Asides from the new testament condoning slavery as a legitimate institution by Jesus's own words:

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.  (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

 Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.  If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful.  You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts.  Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.  (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

Southern slave owners viewed it as their god given right to own another human being. In the wake of the civil war and the emancipation white christians Americans saw it as sacrilegious, resulting in the formation of organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Jim Crow Laws as retaliation for their perceived injustice.

The bible is extremely racist asides from the ethnic purity laws for the Israelites in the old testament again from your messiah's mouth:

Matthew 15:22-28 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus only grants the woman's request to heal her child after literally grovelling at his feet.
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GIR!! *hugs him*
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