Stephen Y.

Bright Sparky



Member since:

August 28, 2012

COMPULSORY Q (no membership if not answered): Pls describe yr position on religion/faith e.g. atheist, naturalist, 'agnostic', religious doubter, religious, OR any description that best describes you. (Not to label you, just to know group make-up)

Atheist, anti theist, freethinker, humanist.

COMPULSORY Q: Why do you want to join? (if faith/religion bothers you, what aspects in particular? (Helps us tailor activities to your concerns (within our remit of "peacefully promote reason/atheism")). Pls write as much or as little as you like.

The church has enough money to end world hunger but dont even pay taxes like everyone else has to. They threaten people who don't share their view with eternal torture. They physically abuse babies with circumcision. They segregate children into so called 'faith' schools. They hold back the public acceptance of scientific facts. They condone the violence, slavery, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and crazy ideas and stories in their holy books. And they have so many tv 'god' channels.

Where did you hear about us?

I searched for atheists in London and found a few atheist and humanist groups. This group is the best for intelligent discussions, interesting guest speakers, activist events, and fun social meetups.

(You're welcome as a social or even a silent member, & there's absolutely no pressure - but would you want to be involved (at some stage) in actively challenging faith in any way? Petitions, leafleting etc, or something else?

Yes, I love debating religious people. It's like trying to find the right key to unlock their minds to reason. Most minds are like a combination lock, where many different cogs have to fall into place before reason can enter. Speakers corner is a great place for some good natured street epistemology. I really enjoyed last years Joy and Reason event in Hyde Park and think the things I've learned from being in this group will be of real benefit. And the picnic was nice too :)

If so, what kind of issues are most emotive for you? What kind of activism do you prefer - humourous/cheeky or more direct? Any other ideas you'd like to share at the moment?

I prefer the more sincere direct activism that educates people about the real reasons how religious belief harms our society. The majority of people in this country are not religious, but have been duped into thinking that religions are good for society and that an external god is the source of good morality. I believe its is the opposite and that good morality comes from within. I'm interested in all issues concerning religious indoctrination, privilege, abuse, etc. It's good to see more atheist and secular views being aired on national tv and talk radio, such as The Big Questions and LBC 97.3 fm talk radio. Premier Christian radio even has a show for non believers to air and debate their views called 'unbelievable'. You can find it on the iTunes podcasts.


Hi. I'm an electrical engineer and enjoy talking about religions.

What Stephen Y. is saying about this Meetup Group

It was great to meet up with a group of like minded, friendly and welcoming people. Big respects to all of you.

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