It’s the same site you have either come to love or hate, but I am no longer hosting it at home. If you came to this site often you might have noticed that it was getting slower and slower to load the page. I don’t know if that was because of the computer it was running on or my internet service provider. I suspect it was my provider, because my upload speed isn’t all that great. Sometimes the site would just stop working and I would have to restart the server. I don’t know what exactly was happening, but now the site is hosted at wordpress.com. Instead of having to maintain the server, now I can just update the site.
I know I haven’t written much in the last two years. I do come up with plenty of things to write. I just don’t have the time to spend writing like I used to. I have two children now and my passion for this topic has dwindled a little. I am still very much an atheist and my thoughts about christianity and the like are still the same. I am just not as “mad” about it like I was in the past.
I mentioned on the about page sometime ago that I wanted this site to still cover religion issues, but also cover other issues from this atheist’s point of view. From now on I might bash christianity, talk about linux, review a product I find interesting, or just suggest you visit a site I found. You never know what you might find at this site. If you are only interested in content about religion I am sure you will find that here also.
Anyways, welcome to the new site. Vote in the poll on the right side of the page and tell me what you think of my site.
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I subscribe to atheistcartoons.com. They have some really good cartoons for non-believers. This one was posted today about being born an atheist and since I have written about this lately I thought I should post it here. Enjoy and subscribe to their RSS feed.
On the day my daughter Allie was born I came home to find this letter. It was from Advance Memorial United Methodist Church. The wanted my family to attend church with them. I guess they didn’t know I am an infidel. Below you will first see the letter they sent me, then below that is my response. I don’t really want them to respond, but if they do you will find it here at americaninfidel.com.
Mr. James A Decker
1204 Some St
Ashland KY 41101
Welcome to the Flatwoods/Ashland Area!
We just learned that you moved into the neighborhood and we trust that you are being welcomed with open arms. It can be a difficult time moving into a new area, learning your way around, enrolling the kids in school, getting to know new people on the job, and a host of other inconveniences.
One of the greatest things that can take place in the life of a family moving into a new area, is to find a church that is warm and accepting. We believe that Advance Memorial United Methodist Church is the kid of church you would enjoy and we want to extend an invitation to you and your family to attend. We are located at 1007 Bellefonte Rd in Flatwoods Ky. (US 23 to Lowes and Hobby Lobby, turn onto the road between them and drive straight till you enter Flatwoods. We are on the right just before the Huddle House restaurant.)
As a church, we are committed to the person of Jesus Christ, and we base our teachings on God’s revealed word, the Bible. It is our desire that people come to place their trust in Christ Jesus to forgive and lead them, and that they grow in the relationship with Him. We seek to provide regular teaching and preaching of the Bible, meaningful times of worship, opportunities for fellowship, prayer, outreach, and numerous other ministries.
Traditional Sunday services are held at 8:30am and 11:00am and a contemporary service with more modern music, is offered at 10:45am. Sunday School begins at 9:30am. For more information about Advance Memorial United Methodist Church, we encourage you to visit http://www.advancechurch.net. We hope that you accept our invitation and come to visit our church, soon! And, if there is any way we can be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Rev. Phill Hogg, Pastor Dave King, Evangelism Chair
Here’s my response:
James A. Decker 1204 Some St Ashland, KY 41101 Rev. Phill Hogg Dave King 1007 Bellefonte Road Flatwoods, KY 41139-4003 Dear Phill and Dave: This letter is in response to the letter that you wrote me welcoming me to the Flatwoods/ Ashland area. I am surprised by the assumptions that you have made about me and my family. This seemed strange to me and I thought I should respond. This letter is not meant to offend you in anyway. I simply want you to understand that there are other points of view and that everyone you send this letter to may not agree with your ideas.
The first assumption you made was that I moved here from another town. We moved to Ashland in June 2007. The second assumption was that I have children old enough to go to school. My children will not be old enough to go to school for a few more years. The third was that I will be starting a new job. I have been at my current job for six months.
The fourth and most surprising assumption you made was that my family and I are Christian. My wife and I are non-believers. I am not sure why you think that finding a church is important to my family. I don’t think you would appreciate me attending your services. I am not a person who hides the fact that I do not believe. I am just as proud of not believing as other people are about believing.
I do not want you to think that I was offended by the letter you sent, but you should now understand why I found it a little strange. I think you should consider writing the letter somewhat differently or not send it at all.
I would like to thank you for your invitation even though we will not be attending your services. In reason, James A. Decker
On August 26, 2009 Allie Nicole Decker was born. Guess what?…she’s an atheist. She may not always be that way, but since we are born without the knowledge of anything supernatural, it’s her only option. I wrote about this before, when my son was born. You can read about that here. Here is a picture of my little girl.
My family recently got a kitten from the local animal shelter. We decided to call her Lucifer. We are going to call her Lucy for short. And you thought Lucifer was male. Lucifer is a female kitten. I had this name picked out a long time ago. I thought it would be great to name a cat after the Prince of Darkness. Hail Satan! Below is a picture of Lucifer. Isn’t she cute?
What a silly thing to celebrate, Easter, I mean Zombie Jesus Day. The above picture describes it better that I could. If you cut out the miracles, the rising from the dead and walking around like a zombie, the story of Jesus is a pretty good story. Not original, but good. How people can be gullible enough to believe that Jesus came back after he died I will never know.
I had a weird experience today, Zombie Jesus Day. I recently started a new job doing collections in a call center. I call people who are past due on their car payment. It’s actually fun job at times, because the people get upset at me, but it’s not my fault they didn’t pay on time. I always work on Sundays and that’s okay. Often people will tell me that I shouldn’t call on the lord’s day. My response is always something like, “If you had made your payment on time, I wouldn’t have to call you.”
Today being the silly holy day it is, I knew people were going to cuss me out for calling them while they were worshiping their zombie. I did get cussed out a few times by these “good christian people.” (I used that term because I can’t stand it when people say that, as if good people are always christian.) I don’t think that Jesus would approve of their language. One man went on for the longest time about how he was sorry for me because I was working on Easter. I had to convince him I was okay with working on Easter to get him off the phone.
Most of the time at the beginning of the call they would say, “It’s Easter Sunday, why are you calling me?” Each time I said, “Well if you would have made your payment by the due date or before today, I wouldn’t have called.” Why did they always say Easter Sunday? It’s never Easter Tuesday, it’s always on Sunday.
Well to finish the day off right I must watch a zombie movie. I love horror movies and what a good reason to watch one. I have one I have never seen before called Zombie Island Massacre. It looks kinda stupid, but who cares, ITS ZOMBIES!
Here is an interesting page about zombie Jesus:
Readers of this blog might know that I was a Boy Scout and that I am not happy with them because they ban Gays and atheists. If you don’t remember you can read that blog post here. Today I would like to talk about Barack Obama accepting the position of “honorary president” of the Boy Scouts of America.
According to this article and this one too, each president has accepted this position since 1910. This was not something I was aware of since my days in scouting. Gay and atheist activist groups had asked the president to not accept the title because of the discrimination issues with the group. He did anyways.
People who know me know that I am a huge Obama fan, but there are a few issues I disagree with him on. This is just another one to add to the list, I guess. The Boy Scouts of American needs to lose their government funding until they start accepting gays and atheists.
Since writing the blog post I wrote back in 2006 about being a Boy Scout myself, there have been some changes. I talked about if I had a son I didn’t think I would want him to join. Well, I have a son now and as of right now I would not want him to be a Boy Scout. I also have signed the petition at scoutingforall.org. I urge you to go to that site and sign the petition.
I almost forgot to post an update about the Borders Bookstore incident. On January 1, I received a message from Ashley at Borders. I thought the message was nice. Here is the message they sent me:
Thank you for contacting Borders Customer Care and making us aware of your concern.
I would like to apologize for your experience at our Barboursville – Borders. The situation you describe doesn’t fit with the high levels of customer care that we train for and expect our employees to deliver, so we are concerned when we hear about this type of interaction at one of our stores.
I am forwarding your comments to the General Manager for the store and the District Manager for the area. It is our practice to pass on any feedback regarding customer experiences in our stores, such as the feedback you provided, to the GM and the DM. It is our belief that they are best equipped to address feedback from customers regarding experiences in their store(s). I am sure they will be grateful to receive your feedback so that they can rectify the situation.
Again, thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention. If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know.
Borders Customer Care
I went to Borders, a book store in the Huntington Mall, today and I bought a book. I like that bookstore because they have a good selection of books on computers and atheism. Today I went to the atheism section to see if they had any copies of Atheist Universe by David Mills. David Mills is from Huntington, WV and I really enjoyed his book. Borders did not have a copy of his book, but they had Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. While in college I had to buy a few of the “A Very Short Introduction” books. I thought they were well written and not biased. The other ones that I have are about Theology, Buddhism, and Islam. So I grabbed the book and headed to a cash register.
I laid the book on the counter. The man behind the counter asked me if I had a Borders Credit Card. I told that I didn’t have one and didn’t need one. That’s where the conversation took a turn for the worst. He looked at the book and then looked a me and said, “You know that there is no such thing as atheism, don’t you?” I was shocked, because I have bought plenty of books like that in that store and other stores and no one ever says anything. I said, “Yes, atheism does exist.” So now he assumes I am an atheist (and well of course he’s right). He then tells me that I believe in “nothing”. I have to admit was not prepared for this discussion, but I told him that I did believe in something, I said, “I believe there is no god.”
I think a said a couple more things, but he didn’t seem to want to listen to what I had to say. He wanted to argue and I didn’t, so I left. I started walking towards the door and my wife was right behind me with our son in the stroller. The man followed us and continued to preach at me. The last thing we heard him say was that I had to be a Daoist, because I believe in nothing which is something. The argument didn’t make any sense.
When I got home I went to the Borders website and found their “contact us form”. I didn’t do a lot of complaining, I just wanted them to know what happened. I don’t know if they will contact me, but they have my email address and phone number. If they contact me I will definitely update this blog.
Here is the message I sent to Borders:
I visited your store today in the Huntington Mall in Barboursville WV. I found a book I wanted to purchase and walked up to a cash register. A man asked me if I had a Borders Card and I said “no” and that I didn’t need one. He then started to talk about the book I purchased. The book is called, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini. He then began to criticize me for purchasing that book. He told me hat there was no such thing as atheism. I told him that there was and I am an atheist. He wanted to argue and I didn’t. He then started telling me how I believe and got it all wrong. I tried to walk away and he continued to preach at me. I walked out of the store and he was still talking to me. This employee was just rude. I have purchased several books like this in your store and nothing like this has ever happened before today. His employee number is 00470.
I wrote my first piece for this site on July 7, 2005, except it wasn’t this site or this address. This site has had several homes and domain names. From the beginning I wanted to own AmericanInfidel.com, but it already had an owner. I settled with american-infidel.org, but later bought American-Infidel.com when it became available a few months ago.
In October, I started receiving messages asking me if I wanted to buy AmericanInfidel.com. They wanted me to make an offer or they would contact someone else. Of course I wanted to buy the domain. I thought about offering $20-$30, but I knew that they would turn me down. They sent me another message a few days later asking me to go to a site and view their asking price and put in my offer. Their asking price was…$999. Holy Shit! You read that right, almost $1000. I can’t say I wanted the domain that bad. So, I didn’t bother to offer anything.
As I always do every few months, I searched Godaddy to find out if the domain was available and it was available. That was two days ago. After I applied a coupon code for $2.50, I purchased the domain, AmericanInfidel.com for $7.69! That’s right, I saved $991.31. What a deal! The domain had expired and no one wanted to pay that insane price for it.
So, you might be asking yourself, why should I care? Well, you can forget the dash! The dash will still get you here. Please update your bookmarks, because later I may decide to cancel the other domain names.
My new email address is: