Awhile back I gave a talk in a few places called Don’t Be A Dick, in which I gave advice to atheists on picking their battles and not getting bent out of shape over everything that reminds them of religion when it comes to personal interactions with friends and family. A few people accused me of creating strawmen, which I always felt odd since I specifically showed actual, real-life examples for everything I mentioned. Maybe I just didn’t show enough? Eh, here ya go:
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Subject: a challenge
Message: Here’s my challenge: stop praying to Christian gods on the air. You often use phrases such as “Oh, my God”, “Christ”, or others that are direct or indirect entreaties to a god. While you may see it as careless use of accepted everyday language, I see it as sloppy non-skeptic behavior that reinforces our religious state.
If you do, indeed, believe in Christian gods, I ask you then to consider that you are taking your Lord’s name in vain when you do the same and refrain for the opposite reasons.
Careful research on my part shows that even such grandmotherly phrases as “For crying in a bucket”, “Oh, Boy” and “Oh, Man” are not safe, but you can certainly use “Fuck”, “Shit”, and “Boy Howdy” for safe starters.
Stop making direct entreaties to Thor. Every time you use the word “Thursday” it honors the ancient, well-debunked concept of a man who lives in the sky and throws lightning bolts. Try using “fourth day of the week” instead, or perhaps “fifth day of the week” depending upon when you consider the week starts.
For that matter, stop honoring Tyr, Odin, Frigg, Saturn, the Sun, and the Moon.
Also, please stop using the word “Hawaii.” It comes most likely from the name of a mythical explorer named Hawai’iloa, whose existence is only validated by flawed oral tradition. Alternatively, it is named after Hawaiki, a Polynesian realm of the gods, which is equally unskeptical.