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Lance Armstrong

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The night before brain surgery, I thought about death. I searched out my larger values, and I asked myself, if I was going to die, did I want to do it fighting and clawing or in peaceful surrender? What sort of character did I hope to show? Was I content with myself and what I had done with my life so far? I decided that I was essentially a good person, although I could have been better--but at the same time I understood that the cancer didn't care.

I asked myself what I believed. I had never prayed a lot. I hoped hard, I wished hard, but I didn't pray. I had developed a certain distrust of organized religion growing up, but I felt I had the capacity to be a spiritual person, and to hold some fervent beliefs. Quite simply, I believed I had a responsiblity to be a good person, and that meant fair, honest, hardworking, and honorable. If I did that, if I was good to my family, true to my friends, if I gave back to my community or to some cause, if I wasn't a liar, a cheat, or a thief, then I believed that should be enough. At the end of the day, if there was indeed some Body or presence standing there to judge me, I hoped I would be judged on whether I had lived a true life, not on whther I believed in a certain book, or whether I'd been baptized. If there was indeed a God at the end of my days, I hoped he didn't say, "But you were never a Christian, so you're going the other way from heaven." If so, I was going to reply, "You know what? You're right. Fine."

Asia Carrera

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Allow me to confirm that yes, I am a diehard atheist, and have been since I was about 5 and discovered to my annoyance that there was no santa claus, no easter bunny, and no tooth fairy. well, that was it for me - I resolved then and there that no one was going to sucker ME into believing in any more invisible characters with superpowers! as I grew older, the more I learned about the histories of organized religions, the more convinced I became that (a) people around the world are extremely gullible, and (b) i need to get off my *** and start a religion of my own!

Here's a quote that was published in an online interview I did last year:

12. In an interview you did with Don Lemmon he asked you for three jokes and every one you told was religious in nature. What is your opinion of organized religions and why?

Ooooh… you don't wanna go there… I'm such an atheist it's not even funny, and I will punch holes into any religion of you give me half a chance. I think it's sad that people in this day and age can still be bamboozled into believing in "Holy Ghosts" and "Angels in Heaven" and the like. Everyone laughed at the Al-Quaeda idiots who believed they'd be getting 70 virgins when they got to heaven, but cripeys, Christianity looks just as silly to people of other religions!

Jodie Foster

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Q. Where does Jodie Foster stand in the debate between science and faith?

A. I absolutely believe what Ellie believes - that there is no direct evidence, so how could you ask me to believe in God when there's absolutely no evidence that I can see? I do believe in the beauty and the awe-inspiring mystery of the science that's out there that we haven't discovered yet, that there are scientific explanations for phenomena that we call mystical because we don't know any better.

Bill Gates

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Frost: Do you believe in the Sermon on the Mount?

Gates: I don't. I'm not somebody who goes to church on a regular basis. The specific elements of Christianity are not something I'm a huge believer in. There's a lot of merit in the moral aspects of religion. I think it can have a very very positive impact.

Frost: I sometimes say to people, do you believe there is a god, or do you know there is a god? And, you'd say you don't know?

Gates: In terms of doing things I take a fairly scientific approach to why things happen and how they happen. I don't know if there's a god or not, but I think religious principles are quite valid.

Angelina Jolie

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The Onion: Is there a God?

Angelina Jolie: Hmm... For some people. I hope so, for them. For the people who believe in it, I hope so. There doesn't need to be a God for me. There's something in people that's spiritual, that's godlike. I don't feel like doing things just because people say things, but I also don't really know if it's better to just not believe in anything, either.

Pat Tillman

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In May 2002, eight months after the September 11, 2001 attacks and after completing the fifteen remaining games of the 2001 season which followed the attacks (at a salary of $512,000 per year). [4] Tillman turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army.[1]

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Military servicePat Tillman


Pat Tillman
Allegiance U.S. Army
Years of service 2002-2004
Rank Corporal
Unit 75th Ranger Regiment
Battles/wars 2003 Invasion of Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan (OEF-A)
Awards Silver Star
Purple Heart


He enlisted, along with his brother Kevin, who gave up the chance of a career in professional baseball. The two brothers completed training for the elite Army Ranger school in late 2002 and were assigned to the second battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. Both Pat and Kevin were deployed to the Middle East as part of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Tillman was subsequently redeployed to Afghanistan, where, on April 22, 2004, he was killed in action by friendly fire while on patrol. His unit, according to the Army, was attacked in an apparent ambush on a road outside of the village of Sperah about twenty-five miles (forty km) southwest of Khost, near the Pakistan border. An Afghan militia soldier was killed, and two other Rangers were injured as well. The U.S. Department of Defense concluded that Pat Tillman's death was due to friendly fire aggravated by the intensity of the firefight. It was later learned that, in fact, no hostile forces were involved in the firefight and that two allied groups fired on each other in confusion over an exploded mine or remote controlled bomb. U.S. Army Special Operations Command, however, initially claimed that there was an exchange with hostile forces. A later investigation conducted by Brigadier General Jones found that the Army was slow to correct the story of a hostile exchange of fire after learning that it was false.

Tillman was the first professional football player to be killed in combat since the death of Bob Kalsu of the Buffalo Bills, who died in the Vietnam War in 1970. Tillman was posthumously promoted from Specialist to Corporal. He also received posthumous Silver Star and Purple Heart medals. He is survived by his wife Marie.


Tillman's youngest brother, Rich, wore a rumpled white T-shirt, no jacket, no tie, no collar, and immediately swore into the microphone. He hadn't written anything, he said, and with the starkest honesty, he asked mourners to hold their spiritual bromides.

"Pat isn't with God, he said. "He's f -- ing dead. He wasn't religious. So thank you for your thoughts, but he's f -- ing dead.

Natalie Portman

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Rolling Stones: 20 June 2002, Vol. 1, Iss. 898, pg. 52-58, by: Chris Heath, "The Private Life of Natalie Portman"

Of her religion, Portman says, "I'm much more like the product of a doctor than I am a Jew." She is uncomfortable about the concept of the afterlife. "I don't believe in that. I believe this is it, and I believe it's the best way to live."
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Comments

  • micketymocmicketymoc Oversized Member PExer
    I went to school with an atheist, and my aunt married an atheist, but I never really found out about their beliefs till five or six years ago.

    Moral of the story: there's more atheists around you than you even suspect. We just like to keep vewwy vewwy quiet. Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh-huh. :D
  • blue[]ceblue[]ce Member PExer
    Just to add, almost forgot

    Christopher Reeve

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    From a May 1998 appearance on Larry King Live on CNN (transcript)

    KING: A lot of questions are coming in about faith, and the last time you were with us, I asked this, if you prayed and you said you thought that would be hypocritical; you didn't pray before this, why pray now? Has -- have you gotten any feelings of faith or God through all of this? Lot of people asking that.

    REEVE: Well, believe it or not, I think that, y'know, God is not an entity that you find when you go to church and pray to God almighty, you know, and I always remembered that going to church as a kid, you know, and they talk about the vengeance of His terrible swift sword and His army, I said, "well that's kind of a scary guy." But I think that -- while I don't believe in God, per se, I believe in spirituality. And I believe that spirituality actually is automatically within ourselves, but we have to learn how to access it, and what that is, is realizing there is a higher power; there is...

    KING: So it's not atheism?

    REEVE: ... more than just us, there is an inner strength, there is something, y'know, that comes from -- I don't know where exactly it comes from, but it's -- it really is the best that humans can be and perhaps what it is -- perhaps really what it is love.
  • mac_bolan00mac_bolan00 Banned by Admin PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    in our neighborhood? the smart ones, those with at least a masteral degree.
  • Lucca YamazakiLucca Yamazaki die boy abunda die! PExer
    Mmm... Natalie...

    and Asia Carrera!

    Makes me wanna dig up my collection...
  • boredtodayboredtoday tomorrow and yesterday PExer
    asia looks fat in that picture. nice boobies though :D
  • ziggyboyziggyboy Member PExer
    I know a lot of Chinese from mainland China here in Sydney. These people are hardcore atheists, they were born, raised and still are atheists. When you travel outside the Philippines you'll realise half of the people you'll meet are atheists. One of my good friends from university said from grade 1 they've been taught there is no such thing as a supreme being, and when they die anything about themselves cease to exist.
  • JongaJonga Banned by Admin PExer
    its evident...the more developed the country, the more atheists

    sounds like the more established the country, the more a god is not needed or the country already realized that a god is not the answer for economic growth

    just like what Jesus was trying to them Jews who were more interested in their getting their own land
  • rickymrickym Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    i read somewhere that this is true, and that the United States is a country which is developed and has still remained very religious. it was even considered an 'aberration' to this trend
  • almario38almario38 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    in our neighborhood? the smart ones, those with at least a masteral degree.

    ala naman sanang ganyanan, sir
    'syado naman ata
    ayos lang yung smart dahil kaniya kaniyang paniniwala lang naman at paliwanagan
  • loc0loc0 loc0.deviantart.com PExer
    Well it's true, the smarter ones tend to be less religious.
  • rickymrickym Member PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    see for yourselves

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/rel_impo.htm
    Country % of adults for whom religion is important
    Senegal 97
    Indonesia 95
    Nigeria 92
    India 92
    Pakistan 91
    Ivory Coast 91
    Mali 90
    Philippines 88
    Bangladesh 88
    South Africa 87
    Kenya 85
    Uganda 85
    Ghana 84
    Tanzania 83
    Angola 80
    Guatemala 80
    Brazil 77
    Honduras 72
    Peru 69
    Bolivia 66
    Turkey 65
    Venezuela 61
    U.S. 59
    Mexico 57
    A really big gap appears here!
    Argentina 39
    Poland 36
    Ukraine 35
    Uzbekistan 35
    Great Britain 33
    Canada 30
    Slovakia 29
    Italy 27
    South Korea 25
    Vietnam 24
    Germany 21
    Russia 14
    Bulgaria 13
    Japan 12
    France 11
    Czech Republic 11

    More American adults consider religion much more important than do the citizens of all other industrialized states. "Americans’ views are closer to people in developing nations than to the publics of developed nations."
  • opus224opus224 heathens 'r us PExer
    rickym wrote: »
    see for yourselves

    More American adults consider religion much more important than do the citizens of all other industrialized states. "Americans’ views are closer to people in developing nations than to the publics of developed nations."

    I think they balance the religiosity out by exporting ***** and military hardware.
  • OneirosOneiros Slacker PExer
    *****!!!!!!
  • JongaJonga Banned by Admin PExer
    ***** hardware!!!!!
  • perkinsperkins Member PExer
    wow, celebrities, oooh...ahhh...impressive!

    yeah right. show us instead the kissers of our own atheist neighbors here in pex, if any.

    lets see if they look as beautiful or as skillful as the gods and goddesses above,

    or actually looks as dumb or as gullible as the common believers around whose regular and non-memorable faces we see everyday.

    in any case, cheer up. facial beauty is accident, faith is an influence, non-belief may be a skill.
  • eastereaster Pinoy PExer
    "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

    2 Corinthians 4:4
  • IscharamoochieIscharamoochie Moderator PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ...and that is called "poisoning the well."
  • eastereaster Pinoy PExer
    Christian leaders who appear on secular television talk shows are often asked whether they believe Jesus is the only way to heaven. If the answer is Yes, Jesus is the only way, the interviewer often paints the Christian as intolerant, arrogant, narrow-minded, out-dated, and fanatical.

    But if the interviewer were talking to a physician who had made a medical breakthrough for a terrible disease, would he say, "Doctor, how intolerant to think this is the only cure for this disease"?

    If he were talking to a mathematician about the multiplication table, would he say, "Professor, how can you be so arrogant as to believe that three times three always equals nine"?

    By its very nature, truth is narrow, precise, and factual. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). In this day of pluralism and political correctness, it's important to know that Christ is still the only one who can save from sin. Do you think God would have given His own Son had there been some other way?

    from Pastor David Jeremiah.
  • JongaJonga Banned by Admin PExer
    Jesus can save from sin....what kind of sin are we talking about?
  • eastereaster Pinoy PExer
    "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,"
    Colossians 2:13-14

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