December 2, 2003

The "nones"

If you weren't a Bright, perhaps you are a "none." More than doubling their numbers in a decade, they are people who would answer "none" when queried regarding their religion.

"If anyone in the Bible Belt learns you're a none," said Betsy Lampe, 46, a none from Lakeland, Fla., "they immediately and mistakenly believe that you're either a Satan worshipper or a communist and treat you as such.

"To them, you must be labeled."

The following quote, though, got my attention:
Leonard, a publicist who works in New York City, came to see religion as "death insurance." She's not willing to pay the premiums.
Sticking to religion has been promoted to me in just that way, more than once. But then, it's a crap shoot regarding which insurance you choose, no?

To my mind, people ought to follow whatever religion works for them, so long as they harm no one else in the process. But don't expect me to buy into it, please. And if it makes you do or say something truly silly (like that a deity has made the image of his face appear in a sliced potato) I will respect your freedom to believe, do and say while myself believing that you are also being silly.(Found via Bad Attitudes)

Posted by James at December 2, 2003 12:20 PM
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I like the term "apatheist" (admittedly not exactly the same thing). "None" is good but sounds too much like "nun".

Posted by: julie at December 3, 2003 12:59 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

Interesting concepts. Assuming there is no supernatural would tend to enable people to cooperate better in bring world peace.

Posted by: russell moncrief at January 10, 2004 4:36 PM

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