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If an Atheist used the idea of heaven to comfort a grieving friend, would this person be a hypocrite?
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Would it be wrong for me to stick a branch up a Mexicans butt and call him a jalapeno on a stick?


Bedit: No, because he/she is just trying to comfort that person.
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if you asked the pit for an answer, wouldnt that make you retarded?
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Would it be wrong for me to stick a branch up a Mexicans butt and call him a jalapeno on a stick?


Bedit: No, because he/she is just trying to comfort that person.



a STRONG guess would be yea, it would
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What about an Atheist celebrating Christmas
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What about an Atheist celebrating Christmas

Millions do, and yes... kind of. They aren't celebrating the birth and death of Jesus, just the birth and death of Santa.
#16
Everyone is already in one way or another a hypocrite so it doesn't really matter.
#17
Christmas was stolen from Paganism anyway, so it's already hypocritical.
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It's a hypocritical thing to say, but i don't know if i'd label him a hypocrite.
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#19
yeah but it would be the same thing as a blind person saying they've seen worse. it wouldn't be a sin or anything. (i wasn't trying to bash people with sensory problems)

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#20
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What about an Atheist celebrating Christmas

Christmas isnt christian
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Sorry what? Christmas is christian, it's just that the time we 'celebrate' it was set to coincide with a pagan festival so that people would be used to the idea

It was set to steal everything about winter solstice from my pagan friends
#24
No. If your friend is Christian then reminding them gently of their beliefs to comfort them is just a nice thing to do.
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It was set to steal everything about winter solstice from my pagan friends



No. I think you mean Saturnalia, which was celebrated by the Romans around the time of Christmas today. It didn't steal anything.
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#26
Yes it does make that person a hypocrite. More important than that person being a hypocrite is comfortin his friend though. Give and take; being strong for a friend at your own cost.
#27
Go ahead and do it. The person needs comforting. Just make sure you're telling them the right thing.
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No. I think you mean Saturnalia, which was celebrated by the Romans around the time of Christmas today. It didn't steal anything.

I was speaking of this my friend
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What about an Atheist celebrating Christmas

THAT is hypocritical, I'm sure the atheists I know do
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#30
It's about comfort.

Religion, faith, atheism... They are all just devices to make us feel better about ourselves and the world. Some people need to believe that there is an afterlife, and some people are content without it.

Myself, I have accepted that is probably too much of a mind**** for me to ever grasp, so I simply dont care. I think that being dead will be EXACTLY what it was like in the time before you were conceived.

However, I digress.

I think comforting someone overrides the hypocrite factor, and you dont necessarily have to believe in something yourself to reassure someone else.
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It's about comfort.

Religion, faith, atheism... They are all just devices to make us feel better about ourselves and the world. Some people need to believe that there is an afterlife, and some people are content without it.

Myself, I have accepted that is probably too much of a mind**** for me to ever grasp, so I simply dont care. I think that being dead will be EXACTLY what it was like in the time before you were conceived.

However, I digress.

I think comforting someone overrides the hypocrite factor, and you dont necessarily have to believe in something yourself to reassure someone else.

Couldn't have said it better.
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Millions do, and yes... kind of. They aren't celebrating the birth and death of Jesus, just the birth and death of Santa.

huh? im pretty sure its jesus.
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What about an Atheist celebrating Christmas


No. You don't seem to understand what "hypocrite" means.
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#34
Quote by bendystraw
If that person used it in context and the friend was religious, no.


Bingo.

I'm an atheist, but if someone ELSE believes in heaven and takes comfort in that, then sure, it's ok. However, the bigger concern (than hypocrisy) is coming off as insincere of condescending under those circumstances.
#35
Yes, but many Atheists tend to have to fake a religion when around certain people, we mostly would rather not offend someone who we simply don't all that much about. He/She may fake it so that society doesn't judge them.
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#36
Religion, faith, atheism... They are all just devices to make us feel better about ourselves and the world.


...and not collecting stamps is something people do to pass the time.

You don't seem to understand what atheism is.

TS: If you feign belief in order to make your friend feel better, you are a hypocrite. If you simply remind him of his belief, it's something different entirely.
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#38
As long as the one telling the friend didn't believe it, it is lying though, like an adult telling a child there is a Santa Claus.