Anonymous asks:

What is good? What is bad? How do you know them when you see them?

GAR answers:

Good and bad are subjective depending on what the individual deems/perceives to be good or bad.




hatefulatheist asks:

I think people that dismiss religious people as idiots do a lot to hurt the image of rationale and sensible Atheists like ourselves. No one likes being told they are an idiot. There are ways of saying that you believe people are not thinking clearly without resulting to name calling. That type of mud slinging ends up resulting in the perpetuation of the angry mean Atheist stereotype. It's hard to avoid people throwing out that stereotype but when people jump on the band wagon of ad hominem attacks on others, it only hurts things. Also, just wanted to say hello. :)

GAR answers:

I completely agree, it really bothers me. I already get enough people making unfounded claims that I ‘hate all religious people’ and ‘think all religious people are idiots’, and it drives me mad considering that I have a variety of religious friends and aquantences from a variety of different backgrounds. It sheds some light on the fact that there are merely idiots (the people who use these types of insults) and non-idiots, and whether they are atheistic or theistic is completely irrelivant in a case such as this. Good to hear from you by the way!




Anonymous asks:

The video on your vimeo that is narrated by Phil Hellenes has changed everything about the way I view things. Thank you Felice.

GAR answers:

I’m so happy to hear that. Any time, he’s an amazing man!




Anonymous asks:

So many Physics references... Are you close to a University? Have you ever attended free lectures? (I drove 4 hours to go to a free MIT lecture once; you're probably better off) It's already looking good, your brain, but keep feeding it more. Peace.

GAR answers:

I am actually relatively close to Cambridge Universities. I recently joined the CUAAS (Cambridge University Atheist and Agnostic Society) and they have regular meet-ups to discuss religious topics in Cambridge. I would absolutely love to go to a free lecture, but I’m nervous about doing so. I’d want a lecture buddy or something haha. Thank you so much!




thatsamericanlove asks:

Hello, I'm currently out of the whole christian loop myself, all i saw in it were corporate churchs robbing naive people of their money and pretty much just random men talking about the bible, they could have been saying anything as long as they said in gods name in every other sentence and people would believe it. Anyways I would just like to say i adore both of your blogs and how you're an inspiration to me with all the work you've done. I would love to do what you're doing now, and it hurts to know that I can't because my parents would die of embarrassment because they're such strong christians. x

GAR answers:

Thank you so much honey. And you can always do what you want in life - what about you dying of embarrassment because they’re such strong Christians? What about your feelings? You don’t have to cater for religious people lovely. Just remember that.




Anonymous asks:

I'm a Christian, and before you just ignore my comment please don't.

I'm not here to tell you anything or defend myself like some other people or like that but I just think that it's really unfair for someone to generalize people of religion based on a few people from the group. I love people, and that's what I what I choose to do. I support gay rights and have a lot of similar views as you and I love your blog. I mean, you're going to believe what you do and so will anyone else and that's how it should be. I just wanted to say that not every person of region is as fucked up as you might think and we don't all shove region down everyone's throats and condemn people to hell or anything like that some of us just want to be happy. That's all I wanted to say.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I just wanted to say I love reading your blog and checking out your websites! You're absolutely stunning and seem like a really cool chick, I would love to know a girl that is as confident as you and as sure of yourself!

GAR answers:

Thank you for your message, and I know very well that there are many good, kind-hearted, decent religious people out there. (I have religious friends myself.) Thank you so much!




ryanconduit asks:

when I was in school we were forced to prey every day, by the time I was starting secondary school I had already realised the problems in the bible and the whole concept of religion.
After a while my teachers would say to the class 'lower your head to prey' while everybody else did as they were told I would sit solidly, staring at the teacher, sometimes it was my head master.
Everything they could do to me was done, I was given detention up to 3 times a week, so lost any spare time that I had but I continued.
Eventually they all gave up and didn't bother with me any more, though I would still get dirty looks during an assembly hall with 200 people bowing down to a fake deity, and me sat rigidly.
Not really a question but more of a story about persevering and how religion can be beaten with a little effort and sacrifice of personal time.

GAR answers:

I have so much respect for you it’s unreal.




tmrss-deactivated20130731 asks:

you can hate on religion all you want but you cant deny that the average christian is a bad person. Most christians dont condone the bad parts of the bible, and call it outdated or whatever. If religion gives people a sense of community and meaning in the world what's the big deal?

I'm not exactly pro religion, and am personally a fan on Richard Dawkins and the other horsemen, but if people find a sense of worth in the church then what's the big deal? What gives you the moral right to deny their beliefs? You're not superior than anyone, you're just average like the rest of us. I can accept that the bible has awful parts, just like all religions do have and that more often than not religion is used as a tool by people to justify their awful actions but the majority of christians/jews/muslims are just normal people who gain a sense of security, self worth or simple happiness from being religious.

GAR answers:

"If people rely on a fairytale to feel human what’s the big deal man?" "If people contradict themselves by only accepting the good parts of a holy scripture and calling the bad bits ‘outdated’ so they don’t seem like assholes what’s the big deal man?"

What gives me the moral right to deny their beliefs? Sorry, I wasn’t aware I had to accept everyone’s beliefs. I didn’t know it was immoral to deny the belief in racism or physical abuse towards children. I mean shit, they’re beliefs too, right?

When did I ever say that the majority of Christians are not ‘good’ people? When did I ever say I was ‘superior’ to anyone? You want to talk about fucking superiority complex? Take a second look at the church, and be a little less short-sighted.




liveforloveandlaughter-deactiva asks:

You are such a role model to me Felice. It's actually unbelievable how much you have to say about religion. I'm 15, and my interest in astrophysics and becoming an anti-theist has just extremely grown through your blog. I already had my chosen state of being an anti-theist and have been a strong supporter of science being the explanation for the creation and development of this universe. I hope, that one day, I will be as knowledgeable as you.
From Jeni, xxx

GAR answers:

This is so sweet of you, thank you so much! It also relieves me to read that you had already chosen your stance on religion for yourself, as the concept of people labelling themselves just because they read my blog makes me uncomfortable. I’d rather point people towards people like Neil Tyson / Stephen Hawking / Christopher Hitchens / Dan Dennett / Richard Dawkins / Sam Harris / etc and have them form a solid opinion after really educating themselves. Thank you again for your kind words lovely!




Anonymous asks:

I think you'll like this one. I had to take a class in college called Study of Religion, and the instructor actually said in class that religion is for stupid and poor people basically to allow them to feel good about their troubled lives by thinking that there will be a reward at the end of their life.

GAR answers:

As much as I would find this hilarious that a teacher actually said that, they are being pretty biast and unfair by saying that only poor people use religion as a crutch, as there are a lot of very wealthy, powerful people who are also heavily religious. To me that almost seemed like they were mocking poor people as opposed to religion, which just made me uneasy. Thanks for the story though anon!