Interview meme from the lovely hughville:
The first thing she did was to ask me about the atheism which I have gone on about at length in earlier posts so I will just do some cutting and pasting here:
I was actually brought up christian and I'm the only atheist in my family, in fact my mom is studying to be a minister and two of my cousins already are ministers. I know if they knew I was an atheist they would go nuts so I just said I was "not religious" and they were pissed, especially my dad. As far as I'm concerned that was a test and they failed. there are many many reasons why I am an atheist, here are only a few:
no one has ever proven there is a god. I believe in things for which there are evidence.
I would rather believe in no god at all rather than a god who seems cruel (why are people sometimes born with terrible diseases?) or one who does things that seem absolutely pointless (why would I have an incredibly high sex drive and yet look terrible? and it's not all in my head, either, I hear what people say and I see how they react to me)
the bible has some awful shit in it. it says slavery is OK, it condones killing people, including little kids, etc.
most religions do not respect women at all
most religions condemn gays
millions of people have been killed or tortured in the name of religion
it is possible to have a strong sense of ethics without religion
without religion life has meaning; people give it meaning
I have no interest in converting anybody and in fact most of us atheists do not go around trying to convert people; it's religious people who do this.
If someone believes in a religion and it makes them happy I don't have a problem with it as long as they don't go around ramming it down other people's throats or using it as an excuse to be an asshat.
I know a lot of people, including yourself, who are very sincere, nice people who believe very strongly in a loving deity, and I respect that. It just breaks my heart that there are a lot of religious people who are not nice, who do terrible things and believe that their god justifies what they are doing. 9 11 was the most obvious example of this.
I like you a lot and I hope I haven't offended you at all.
2. what's your favorite childhood memory?
my childhood was not great but I do have a few favorite memories. some of the best ones would probably be summers at my grandparents' lake home in Michigan. My family spent a lot of summer vacations there from when I was a little kid right up till I was 16 (my grandmother died that autumn) and I always had a lot of fun there, we would go swimming in the lake every day and do parties and all sorts of fun things, my aunts and uncles and cousins were often there too.
3. What's your favorite House ep and why?
Three Stories because we find out a lot about House and the acting is so good and the first time I ever saw it I was in the hospital, and Merry Little Christmas just for House and Dwarf Mom.
4. What are some of your other favorite TV shows?
Jeeves and Wooster (obvious)
Beavis and Butthead
I used to love the Simpsons but they've really deteriorated
the Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes
CSI before Gris left
CSI New York
5. What's your favorite book?
there are literally hundreds of books I love. no exaggeration, I couldn't pick one or a top ten or even a top hundred.