Today I was in the car with my dad and another person, and the topic of religion came up. They got into this debate about what the catholic church is preaching and what is right and not right for the priest to say. It was pretty intense. I gave some thought about saying I'm an atheist, but I didn't want to butt in on their dispute.

But at one point, the woman that was with us said she didn't believe in evolution, and my dad (who actually is a pretty logical thinker) pointed out to her that evolution has been proven scientifically; its a fact that's undeniable. And its THESE kinds of things that make me not want to get into religion.

I want to just lay it out there that I completely respect the fact that everyone has their own beliefs. My beliefs just happen to be based on what I can see, touch, taste, smell or hear. I try to look at the facts of everything, rather than what I hope is true, or what everyone else thinks is true.

Last weekend when I was with my friend (same friend I had the argument with about defense mechanisms and all that), the topic of beliefs came up. He was trying to say that I'm not an atheist because I believe in ghosts. Well, I've had a couple of encounters with paranormal activity in real life myself, and that was pretty real to me. There are also many documentaries and shows about people coming in contact with ghosts and all that. So I'd say, there's at least more evidence to prove that ghosts exist than "God". Maybe it's just me, but I don't often see many documentaries about "God".

Besides, if I remember correctly, the definition of an atheist is somebody who doesn't believe in a higher power. Actually, since I'm on a computer, I'll put the definition of "atheist" right here, as written in

a·the·ist [ey-thee-ist] Show IPA
a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.

There you go... How far off was I? Lol. Sorry man.

(Note: if you try to get smart and argue with me that a job supervisor is a higher power, get out of here... You know what I'm talking about)

Anyway, religion just bothers me for those reasons. Even when I was little, I remember going to church with my parents every Sunday, and in my mind I would think to myself, "Why am I here? What's the point of all this? If this "God" really exists, then who is he? Where is he?? Is he like the grown-up version of an imaginary friend? o.o" (Sorry if that offends anyone reading this, but that's exactly what I was thinking back then..)

To conclude, I'll say this: You can believe whatever you want to believe, but please for the sake of humanity, don't:

Try to dictate what I believe or don't believe
I've known myself and been around myself for 25 ******** years-- nobody else has, not even my PARENTS. (If you try to argue that my parents have been around me that long, then let me ask you this: Are they living in my college dorm? LOL.)

Try to alter my beliefs, or convince me to believe something I don't want to believe in.
This should need no explanation.

Get offended when I tell you what my beliefs are.
I promise you, if I tell you I'm an atheist, I'm not trying to offend you. That's just how my mind works, and that's what my perspective is. You have your own mind and your own perspective, and I'll respect that and not bother you about it. So treat me the same way! In all honesty, I try my best to keep myself from bringing up that I'm an atheist unless the situation calls for it, or somebody outright asks me what my beliefs are.