Because I am an Atheist: The Digital Cuttlefish

Today’s contribution comes from fellow FTBorg The Digital Cuttlefish.

Because I am an atheist…

Because I am an atheist
The world is mine to fix.
No god prevents the plunderers,
The hypocrites, the dicks.
No god rewards the good we do
Or punishes the bad;
No afterlife awaits us,
Just the single life we’ve had.

Because I am an atheist
It’s up to me to change.
The world is what we make it,
Not some god’s to rearrange—
To recognize a problem, means
To seek solutions, too;
Because I am an atheist
I’m watching out for you.

Because I am an atheist
I cannot simply pray.
I cannot wish a problem gone
And make it go away.
God’s promise of protection
Is just one of many lies;
Because I am an atheist
I cannot close my eyes.

Enough verse.  Because I am an atheist, I teach a course aimed at applying the best tools of my science toward making the world a better place.  Because I am an atheist, I donate blood instead of praying for sick friends or relatives.  Because I am an atheist (and an “out” atheist), I try to live as a counterexample to the “evil atheist” stereotype, and serve as a resource for others who are leaving a faith community and are unsure of what might lie ahead.

That’s what I do in meatspace.  Online, I write silly verses.  Because I am an atheist, they tend to be from a different perspective than, say, Hallmark.

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