I don’t have much to add, but I just wanted to agree with you on the “love the sinner, hate the sin” phrase.
As a member of the lgbtq+ community especially, I’ve seen it used it really harmful, hurtful ways. I agree that @namesleuth23 was coming from a place of kindness, so I’m glad you took the time to post some educational links!
as to the main topic, I’m not sure I’m an athiest as I do believe in something.
I went through a phase of my life where I was atheist, and found that believing in something helped me personally so that’s where I’m at now.
I’ve seen people use religion in awful ways, so I think right now I’m okay with sticking to no labels and staying away from certain aspects of religion.
I absolutely agree with other posters though about teaching your children multiple beliefs and letting them choose what they want to believe in, if anything!
also, @jonquils I just wanted to say that you seem like such a wonderful person. your posts about religion have made me feel safe and warm, and I wish other people felt the same way you do about it.
I also want to make it clear, in case I didn’t get my point across clearly, that I respect all people’s beliefs, so long as they aren’t hateful of course.
This is a fascinating thread, thank you for making it @CaveIron27!