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What is an ideal, it is based on the battling cousins of idealism and pragmatism, or their bastard stepchild of realism? Is it based solely on the moronic wants of absolute authority, or the hardships of liberty and a respect for even that which you may oppose on a moral level? If liberty were predicated on a premise of freedom only for those who are like you then that would not be liberty at all. That would at its very base be tyranny, the wishing to dominate, oppress and decimate any who does not fit your simple idea of deserving of said freedom.

I was asked a questions regarding some of my atheist pieces, some of my socialism pieces and some of my liberties for homosexual pieces, in this piece I shall address the few questions that I have received and shall say now that any and all writing in this, regarding the answers are speaking only from my perspective and I do not speak for all atheist, all leftists and so on.

To get this out of the way, if you have read my previous pieces you will already know this, I am an atheist, I am a liberal, I am a progressive, and I am a democratic socialist [does not mean democrat] so all of my views are predicated on the premises of my ideas, and ideals surrounding these simple words with subjective meanings and if you wish to learn my views on them my album I believe has everything that you will need.


"Hello Mr. Eranatos, I see you are a proponent of gay rights. I do not believe they should have the right to get married but my question is, do you believe, if the law says that they are allowed to marry that they should be able to sue churches who will not marry them?"

No! I have spoken with many of my friends on this issue and many of them disagree with me, but so be it. I believe that gays should be able to get married, if they find a church willing to marry them, great, more power to them but if a church will not marry them for either religious beliefs, or their personal views on homosexuality and so on I do not believe that the homosexual couple should be able to sue the church. The church should have some say on who they will marry.

I will say that public officials are another matter, public officials are to adhere to the law, so if they do go to a court to get married or the state building and the people there will not marry them, as a whole, even though the state/national law states that gays may marry then I believe they should file a formal complaint regarding this.

Yet when it comes to churches, I believe religious institutions do have the right to not be forced to marry any people, especially if they personally do not agree with it. I personally live in NYC, and know several priests, preachers and other religious people that said since New York legalized gay marriage months ago that they will personally have no problem with marrying homosexual couples. I believe this is how it should be, if a priest/preacher/rabbi/Imam and so on are willing to marry the couple, then great, if not then .. that is their choice.

Then stands to reason why would you want to get married in a church that does not want you anyway? … So to answer your question in a short answer, no, and I am also glad people in both the Democrat and Republican party realized this and in the bill that legalized gay marriage in New York, there was an earmark which said what the law already was regarding churches that churches will not be forced to marry nor can they be sued if they will refuse to marry a gay couple.



"I read your Gandhi's Christ quote and you said "As an atheist, speaking only for me and some I have known. We don't care who you worship, be it Christ, Allah" yet every time I turn on Fox I see atheists attacking Christians for their beliefs and will say that you either lied on that part or just do not care, turn a blind eye when your fellow atheist do something"

With all due respect dear sir, while I do not mean to disrespect you yet Fox News is a biased conservative station which turns any proponent of the separation of church and state to an anti-Christian story.

When it comes to my personal beliefs, and all of the atheists that I know personally, if you wish to worship Christ, Allah, Yahweh, Buddha and whatever, more power to you, though for me there is a difference between attacking Christianity and not allowing it to reign supreme.

When I see a story about nativity scenes and so on in public grounds, generally paid for by tax dollars and atheists who happen to be tax payers not wishing for these type of things on public property, I do not see this as an attack on Christianity since I personally would not care if it had to do with Christianity, Islam, Judaism or whatever, I do not think there should be a preference with respect to faiths.

Now here is where I may break off with many atheists, if say a public government wished to allow the citizens to do something across the street, that showed off all faiths and allowed the nonreligious people to also leave artwork, and so on regardless if it is a holiday or not I would support as the group actually trying to be inclusive and represent all of their constituents. Yet when I see preference being given to one religion, Christianity, and any challenge to this being seen as anti-Christian I personally do not follow the logic.

Such as atheists are blamed for prayer being taken out of the school, when one of the original and the case that started much of it was not an atheist but in fact the girl and her father were Jehovah's witnesses and as such they are not allowed to pledge allegiance to anything except god so that violated her personal beliefs and as such that got the ball rolling.

So for me, I do not see it as an attack on Christianity when one wishes for state and religion, particularly its alignment with one religion to remain separate. But as stated, I can only speak for me, not all atheist.


"Why are all you leftist such Muslim apologists"

Do dear madam show me where I have been a Muslim apologist?
If by apologist you mean I will not automatically assume that because one is Muslim that they are bad, if by apologist you mean I will not automatically assume that if you are a Muslim that means you hate me right off the back.

As an atheist that means I do not believe in the deity, pass that there is no set code for how an atheist should or must conduct themselves.

I have traveled to many places, many places where the religion were predominately Muslim and have met some of the most humbling, simple and I mean this in a good way, that I have ever seen.

I know you may ask me how can I mean simple in a good way, well when traveling around America and many western countries we tend to lose that all important human connection behind our technology. We value material possessions far too much. I have traveled to places where the importance of a face to face conversation is cherished, where the simple act of giving and showing just kindness to a traveler [me] was not lost…

So I do not smear all Muslims as bad for my traveled have shown me otherwise. Have I seen some fundamentalist Muslims who said they hated gays, think atheists/nonbelievers should be killed and so on, of course, I would be lying if I said I have not. Yet with nearly 2 billion people on earth who claim Islam as their faith, what service am I doing to them, or myself to be prejudice against them. Nearly 2 billion Muslims and the vast majority of them are not extremists or hate me or you for idiotic reasons as we are America, and so on…

As well I may be a bit bias as I come from a family with many Muslims, and people of all faiths. Many of my Muslim families are in the military, two have died defending this country and I am to think badly of them for defending my very freedom of being able to write this openly without fear nor worry?


"You say you are for equality of all people, yet when I asked you about Muslim women praying in the back of Mosques rather than with the men you said you were okay with this, I do not see how you can be for equality if you believe a woman's place is behind the man"

With all due respect dear sir you are reading far too much into it, if you would have asked me why I have no problem with this rather than assuming that it is because I believe a woman's place is behind a man then I would have told you.

I too used to be against this completely, saying that A WOMAN SHOULD BE MIXED IN WITH THE MEN!! Yet I have spoken with a few Imams and their reasoning for this and their understanding of this made me change my view on this.

According to them the reason that women are to be behind the man is not because they are inferior but it is to protect their modesty. A Mosque is a place of worship and it allows both sexes to be able to commune with their god without temptation or worry. For the men to have women in front of them bending over as they are trying to pray may be a bit of a distraction and lustful thoughts may go through the minds of the men when at a time their mind is to be pure.

For women, it is for their modesty so when they are praying to Allah they do not have to worry about bending over and being checked out by the dozens of men that may be behind them… also allowing them to keep a pure mind free from worry while praying.

Now, I know many of my atheist friends, and some of my Christian friends have disagreed with me greatly that oh they should all be mixed up no matter what! For me, I do not take this view.

As stated at the beginning I will ONLY be speaking for myself and as such if you take a different view, or have a different opinion than that of course is your choice and you are more than welcomed to it.


"I do not mean to imply this, but many of your pieces I like much are about gays, are you gay or…?

No, I am not gay. I am a happily heterosexual man. Social issues tend to be what grazes my psyche most and today, especially in America gays are seen as one of the those things that gets the butts of the conservatives the most angry. For me as one of those liberal, progressive, democratic socialist I believe we all are entitled to the same laws, if heterosexual couples can marry and have it recognized nationally, I believe gays also should be able to marry. If heterosexuals are allowed to adopt, then I also believe that homosexuals should be able to and so on.

I have seen no non-biased evidence that being raised by gays makes any drastic changes to a child's psyche in a negative way.

As far as sexuality goes, I am quite secure in mine. My two best friends are gay males, and perhaps this is also why it is a main focus of my interest; Seeing those around me not able to do the same things that I would not do on a bet, with respect to marriage. I do not ever plan on being married, my grandparents made it over 50 years and as my grandfather side, "why ruin a good thing with something stupid like marriage" … and I fully agree with that statement.

I do not know what else to say regarding this and so this will be one of my shorter answers, if you would like to pose a follow up question that would require a more in depth answer I would be happy to answer it…


I always wondered what was your racial make-up, you never elude much to it and so I would like to know
Well in that department I am pretty much a mutt, while I know there are others my main mixtures are Black, Russian, German, Irish, Native American [Cherokee] and Jewish… yet the American in me only speaks English [cheap joke] as I go further into my lineage I do know there are other mixtures in my direct line but these are the more hm abundant races of my lineage so these are often what I claim the most…

But I rarely speak of my race because to me it doesn't matter, I would much rather they judge and know me only by who I am as a person than by what races and what family members in history just happen to choose to get together, have sex and procreate…


I know many atheists who will never date someone who believes in god, would you?
Those who have read through my old pieces know that I have only been in one relationship and that was to a Catholic. For me I do not care if the woman I am interesting in believes in god or not as long as she is not a bigoted person. Since I doubt many on list have read it, here is the piece I have posted that I wrote the day after she died [but posted on here years later] she died on December 25th 2007.

So yes, to answer your question yes I would certainly date someone who is a believer in god. As long as he can peak my interest mentally, keep up with sexually, have similar views about life and love. SHE MUST BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE ME ON AN INTELLIGENCE LEVEL, there is nothing more appealing than me than an intelligent woman, who is not ignorant on social and political issues and who knows what she is speaking about. That for me is a major turn on…

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What does the future have in store for you?

This was one of the more interesting questions that I have gotten. Anyone who knows me knows my passion is politics, social and national issues more importantly. I have volunteered at several political events in the past, I donate my time to many places that help the lesser well off and so on.

So what does the future hold for me, in the immediate future I wish to go to some university and study political science, political philosophy, economics, constitutional law and a few more; now you might say how can you do all of that, well I do not expect it to be done overnight, I can go to school and still be quite active in local politics and at the most I would enjoy running for office, at the very least I would settle for backing and supporting those who support my ideas, and perhaps being on a cabinet position somewhere.

As a realist I do know that being someone who is an atheist, who will not disavow I am a liberal, progressive and democratic socialist, as well as being unmarried so do know attaining political office will not be an easy one. I only know of one atheist in congress and that is Pete Stark, I only know of one Democratic Socialist and that is Bernie Sanders… though perhaps in the coming decades people will vote more on the person's values and principles and not simply them being unmarried, childless and so on…

A few friends and I also give money and donate time to many charities and we do plan to turn it into an official charity so that we may do more in more places to help the lesser well off and this is also a focal point in my future.

I do plan to go to Africa and spend about a year there in 2013, so all of this will begin in 2012, and then I plan to take a year off … yet many of the things I wish to study which generally can be done with two years of study for a basic degree can be gotten in a year if I am willing to put in all of the extra hours, spend less time online and so on to get my assignments done much quicker so that I may move through the course faster, and perhaps some online classes while I am in Africa…so only time will tell.



Okay, I believe this were the most hm relevant questions that I have been asked in the past week, if I answered your question you will be linked to this and .. then you will have your answer.

Good day, dear comrades.
Pieces that provoked questions and similar pieces; CHECK ‘EM OUT!!
Gay rights in America [link]
Gay rights in America II [link]
Gay Debate : [link]

Gandhi’s Christ quote [link]

What it means to be an atheist [link]
An Atheist on theism and atheism [link]
An atheist debate an theism [link]

Liberals and gun ownership [link]


Songs listened to… random songs from my youtube playlists…
Pretty much every song from my hippie playlist SEEN HERE [link]


Classic Oldies [link]
Soulful Oldies [link]
Raggaeton [link]

You can also check out my youtube and when going through my playlist you will see I have a very eclectic music taste [link]

I tend to be an open book, so if I get more questions private messaged to me, I may update this with them… If you have specific questions you wish to ask about specific things I would be more than willing to answer them, if generalized questions then I may ask for clarification.


As always comrades…
Let knowledge be that truth, which portrays humanity, condemns malevolence; that respects the differences in others while abandoning the hatred and misconceptions of the past.
-Emanon



:icongreatjobplz: Thank you for your questions, you have now hurt my masturbating hand!!! how dare you!!!
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:iconpharmmajor:
I have a few questions regarding your leftist stances:

- what is your opinion of Libertarianism?
- does it bother you that Barack Obama's positions on civil liberties and foreign intervention are as bad as George W. Bush's?
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AtheosEmanon May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
“what is your opinion of Libertarianism?”
What type of libertarianism? Libertarianism as espoused by Penn Jillette, Gary Johnson, Jesse Ventura, or Ron Paul?

I think it depends on the extent of libertarianism that one is espousing. As I am sure you know liberalism is a field of politics with many different “schools” within it. Which particular view or school are you asking of?

If you are speaking of government staying out of the personal lives of people with respect to abortion, marriage then I may agree with it
^^ but even with this there are battling aims in libertarian schools, one school may say that no government should be allowed to pass law banning abortion, or marriage between people… while another may say leave it up to the states.. so it depends on the particular school of thought and the particular.

With respect to schools, you have some who believe we should invest in our schools since this has been shown to decrease people on government assistance and then there are those who say get rid of all public schools, the same goes for welfare, social security etc.

So, while I do not claim to be a know-it-all political figure, I would like to know what school of Libertarianism you are referring to, or, if you are speaking of a specific subject or something government is/is not in and what I think of it that of course may be easier enough to answer.

“does it bother you that Barack Obama's positions on civil liberties and foreign intervention are as bad as George W. Bush's?”
As the artist comment states

“If you have specific questions you wish to ask about specific things I would be more than willing to answer them, if generalized questions then I may ask for clarification.”

That is a rather generalized comment, are as bad as GB43 in respect to what field? … surely the contradictory stances on DOMA, DADT, Gay marriage are not “as bad as” depending on your view of two men who were on opposite sides. As for foreign policy, that of course also depends with respect to which particular countries.

GWB43, nor BO44 are perfect, but that is a very generalized comment and would take me pages upon pages to discuss each of their foreign policies with the same countries and different countries.

So, in your reply, I would be very much appreciative if you tell me which school of libertarianism are you asking my opinion of because it would be different depending on the school in which you are referring to, and which particular social and foreign policy are we comparing between G.W.B.43 AND b.o.44

Thank you in advance.


I will answer your comments as I get it.
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My apologies for not being more specific. Regarding the specific school of libertarianism, I would say it's close to Gary Johnson's stance. That the government does not have the right to interfere in the private lives of others; no laws prohibiting recreational drug use, marriage rights, prostitution, abortion ect. In terms of state rights, the state shouldn't have the power to violate individual liberties.

Regarding economics, I would have to say that I'm not as fiscally conservative as most libertarians. My own personal stance is that we desperately need to reduce wasteful spending (military, useless government organizations like the DEA and the DHS, congressional budgets), and put that money to better use in health care and education. But education needs reform in other areas - there's no point in pouring money into schools that teach students to just parrot information instead of critically thinking or teaching them skills they'll need for later in life. This could lead to other avenues of conversation, so I think i'll just stick with the concept I started with - cut wasteful spending so more money is avaliable for worthwhile causes.

Comparing Bush to Obama - while Obama has done some good, he shares many of the poor decisions of his predecessor. The Patriot act has been renewed, indefinite detention signed into law, war on drugs still in effect, troops are still in Afghanistan, state-sponsored assassinations continue, and so forth. Also, Obama's stance on gay marriage is, to me, pandering. If he was truly for marriage equality, he would say it's a matter of national importance rather than saying it should be left up to the states.
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AtheosEmanon May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I do apologize for the long comment, I do try to address what the person says and it is not just to be a long-winded guy.

“My apologies for not being more specific. Regarding the specific school of libertarianism, I would say it's close to Gary Johnson's stance. That the government does not have the right to interfere in the private lives of others; no laws prohibiting recreational drug use, marriage rights, prostitution, abortion ect. In terms of state rights, the state shouldn't have the power to violate individual liberties. “

Then with this school I may agree more with particular subject, but when it comes to schools as espoused by Ron Paul eh.. no thanks. But Johnson’s views I can agree with, though my views of course may be difference, I mean “no laws” would be anarchy at its premise, I prefer lax laws, with respect to drugs, I believe prescription drugs, and marijuana should be legalized, while things like PCP, Heroin, Cocaine, crack should be decriminalized. Because decriminalized allows for no prison time, them to be sentenced to drug treatment which cost less and have higher success rates. As far as prostitution, marriage rights, abortion I believe these things should be legal. I believe implementation should be left to the state but as far as voting on them I grow weary of allowing states such power, I mean… I do not believe the state or federal government should be allowed to vote on things like marriage or the denial of citizens their rights but the good thing is everywhere where it has passed and been challenged the state supreme courts have held it being unconstitutional to ban marriage based on sexual orientation… so I guess just be glad for the balance of powers between the legislative, judicial and executive branches.


“Regarding economics, I would have to say that I'm not as fiscally conservative as most libertarians. “
I personally consider myself fiscally pragmatic as told here
[link]


“My own personal stance is that we desperately need to reduce wasteful spending (military, useless government organizations like the DEA and the DHS, congressional budgets),”
These I agree with, I think it is a tragedy that at the federal level, defense gets 1.2T dollars, yet the education system gets only 112B … with many states as you see going after unions and asking teachers to take even more cuts. TO be frank, the economic crisis was not brought on by unions…

“ and put that money to better use in health care and education.”
I agree with you fully on this. See that is why I asked for clarification since as I am sure you know, several schools of libertarianism says we should not invest in health care or education at all.

“But education needs reform in other areas - there's no point in pouring money into schools that teach students to just parrot information instead of critically thinking or teaching them skills they'll need for later in life.”
In several of my pieces I spoke of education reform, such as vocational schools, better investment in the current system that allows for smaller class sizes since I am sure you will agree that there is no way even the best teacher can teach 40 kids in 40 minutes while still doing his or her full lesson plan and making sure each kid understands…


“This could lead to other avenues of conversation, so I think i'll just stick with the concept I started with - cut wasteful spending so more money is avaliable for worthwhile causes.”
I am for a base salary of a livable wage, livable of course depends on state, locality, etc. I am not against unions. THOUGH I am for merit based bonuses as we are trying here in NY, whereas teachers may get little bonuses for exemplary methods of teaching, such as going out of the box, raising grades etc…

“Comparing Bush to Obama - while Obama has done some good, he shares many of the poor decisions of his predecessor. The Patriot act has been renewed, indefinite detention signed into law,” “
While Obama could have vetoed it, I believe that the vote per se is more to do with a shitty congress than just Obama, since it did pass through congress. I am against the patriot act in theory and practice so I wanted him to veto it, yet since it passed congress, if he had vetoed it, congress may have still had to votes to bypass his presidential veto and sign the extension.



“war on drugs still in effect,
Which is something I do blame Obama, or Bush for… these things require acts of congress, while the president can say if they support them or not, and Obama has said he favors decriminalization of marijuana but not the legalization of it, as president it would violate the constitution if he simply said THE WAR ON DRUGS IS DONE… because we you and I know, congress has to vote on such measures, and not to be partisan since I am neither a democrat or republican, yet prison officials give heavily to Republicans to keep the war on drugs going because if it is stopped… that is billions of dollars out of their pocket since in America we spend on averae 40K per year, per inmate, YET WE ONLY SPEND 10,600 PER STUDENT, PER YEAR… SHAME


“troops are still in Afghanistan,”
Well I did not expect all troops to be out immediately, yet we have been drawing down for a while and so far, UNLESS something happens I expect us to be out by the timeline, but I am not a fortune teller. … though troops around the worlf for me is more of a waste of money than the troops in Afghanistan.. I mean America has more military bases around the world than anyone, and we spend more on defense than the top 8 superpowers combined and it seems to grow yearly.

“state-sponsored assassinations continue,’
This for me of course depends on the situation, I do not like to make broad generalizations, for me, I would have wanted to capture bin laden since it was clear he was unarmed and did not pose an immediate threat...

and so forth.” Also, Obama's stance on gay marriage is, to me, pandering. If he was truly for marriage equality, he would say it's a matter of national importance rather than saying it should be left up to the states.”
Yes and no for me, I mean over a decade ago he did sign something stating he supported gay marriage, I believe pandering was when he said he was evolving when he knew he support it, BUT this of course, is also not to be placed on Obama or Bush, since congress has to vote on this not the president, and with Republicans now controlling the house, you would hear BUT DEMOCRATS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE FROM 2007-2011.. but if you look at the house, they never had 2/3 of the house so if a challenge to a bill came up, which as you know… a bill on legalization on gay marriage would be challenged, I do not see how they would get the necessary 290 votes, 2/3 of the house as they would need… or even when they had control of the senate in those years, they would need at most 10 Republicans to vote away from the party line.. I do not see that happening…

Once again, sorry for the long comment.
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Not a problem. Thank you for taking the time to respond to me.
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AtheosEmanon May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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PurplePhoneixStar Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work here. So much sense yet people don't understand this anymore.
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AtheosEmanon Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! I get random questions and generally answer them yet these are the questions I have gotten in the past few days ... so figured why not make a post out of it.. Thank you for the fave as well.
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PurplePhoneixStar Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. And that is no problem. :iconimhappyplz:
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AtheosEmanon Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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