When you first saw the NoBeliefs logo with the symbol of a slash through a "B," what first came into your mind as to its meaning?
1. An anti-belief symbol intended to outlaw or censor religion and beliefs.
2. A symbol of hatred toward belief systems, especially religious beliefs.
3. A prohibitive or warning symbol about beliefs.
4. I don't know.
If you chose 1 or 2, then you might want to question how you arrived at that decision. Consider how your beliefs have consciously or unconsciously molded your mind to an idea that does not appear in that symbol, or anywhere on this web site, or anywhere in the world, for that matter.
The circle with a slash derives from international symbology denoting warnings or prohibitive areas. Since no other international symbol represents hatred or censorship, consider how you have jumped to a false conclusion and also consider the source for your confusion.
Symbols denoting no-right-turns, no-parking, no-smoking, etc. say nothing at all about preventing these actions in other areas. They only aim to prevent these actions in certain areas where they can cause danger or harm.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State.
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802
Critics of this site usually attack it on the bases of anti-Christianity because of its articles describing the dangers of Christianity. But Christianity describes a belief-system and one of the most powerful engines of belief on this planet. This web site provides a secular area, free from all forms of religion for similar reasons of why the United States government represents a secular government.
It comes from that very reason why our American forefathers, through careful and considered thought, decided to form a secular government with the idea of separating Church and State. This Enlightenment idea of prohibiting influence of religion in the area of government (and vise versa) protects every form of thought, including all religious beliefs, and non-beliefs.
Likewise, this site aims to demonstrate the dangers of belief along with its most dangerous form of all-- religious faith. However, these aims do not attempt to coerce or censor, but rather to present information for your introspection. For if beliefs truly do represent an unnecessary function of social or personal behavior, then it must unfold and separate itself from your own consciousness without coercion from others. By separating faith and belief from your mind (if only temporarily), you will gain a perspective that you could not possibly achieve by any faith filled means.
A freethinker, by the very meaning of the word, frees his or her mind of religious dogma in favor of rational inquiry and speculation. Many non-believers reject some or all forms of belief for similar reasons but with the added ability to observe from an entirely secular point of view. If you consider yourself a Christian (or any other religion) who objects to our very small position in the world as living without religion or beliefs, then what does that say about your imposition on others? Remember that Christianity has a long history of intolerance against other religions and where its Bible calls for the death to unbelievers.
The circle with the slash across a B represents a self-imposed decision to disown all beliefs. Unlike religious beliefs which represent the most dangerous forms of belief in the world, and always come from some form of coercion (usually from the happenstance of birth from a particular set of religious parents) an individual who decides to eliminate unnecessary beliefs does so to avoid all the dangerous trappings of religion and beliefs in general.
I welcome all those who can see past their beliefs and to consider how beliefs can create mental traps and dangers. For those who cannot see past their beliefs, this site will only anger you as I have long observed that faith and belief require a defensive mechanism and its outlet usually begins as a form of offensive emotion usually aimed toward hurting others. If you feel this way, try to consider where your emotions derive, and imagine how others will view you in light of unreasoned aggression.
Please think about it.
- Jim Walker