Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A Quick Update



Hello and Happy New Year/New Decade! I decided that it's best that I give a quick rundown of recent developments in my life plus a few announcements.


Humanist Fascinated By Religion


You might have seen this on my Twitter headline but I'm going to break this down for you. I am a humanist. Which means I aspire to help humanity without belief in the supernatural or reliance on anything in the "spiritual realm". But that doesn't mean I am anti-religion or an "anti-theist". Hell, studying religion and engaging with different religious communities is my passion. If anything, I find anti-theists and the New Atheist movement (led by personalities such as Sam Harris*, Richard Dawkins, and the deceased Christopher Hitchens) to be hypocritical and closed-mindedness. Just like how evangelicals are in the Christian community.

To put it simply, I'm pro-progressive religions/denominations. Which means, you will see me support and stick my neck out for religions that share a lot of the same values as humanism (Sikhism, Buddhism, Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalism, etc.) but not for those who don't (Evangelical Christianity, Fundamentalism Islam, any belief systems that says a person is higher or lower than you based on gender, race, religious identity, ancestry, etc.).  But the fact that I'm willing to learn about different religions (seeing both the good and bad aspects of them), help those who holt the same values, and not be antagonistic towards every believer puts me in the minority in the secular community.


So why am I telling you all this? So that those who aren't sure about my viewpoints anymore know where I stand. And like I've stated before, I don't care if one of my friends believes there is a blue monkey that goes around at midnight that gives people good dreams. As long as it leads them to behave in an ethical way and support humanistic values, I could care less.


*Yes, I used a Sam Harris quote in the last post. And I like I said in that same post, I disagree with some of the things he says. And yes, I still don't think religion should not get a free pass when it comes to criticism.  If anything, legit criticism helps us to improve ourselves, our communities, and our society. 


We're Copyrighted! 


December 12th, 2019, the Embracing Sikhism logo was officially registered as a copyrighted work by the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress. Not only does this make my website more "official", but it also means that no one can use the logo without my permission. Thank you to all of those who donated towards that effort and have supported the upkeep of this website in general.


Something Old


For those of ya'll who don't know, I have a new blog post up on Sikhnet. One of the people who run the website approached me about writing in response to a recent development in the Sikh community (Sikhs being declared an ethnicity), and even though I'm not religious anymore, this was a subject that I had previously talked about and am passionate about. So feel free to check it out here.

Also, if you haven't done so yet, check out our Youtube channel. If you have any video suggestions, I will do it. If not, the channel will stay as-is. There's a lot new Sikhs can learn from it and even those who are not so new.


Something New 


One of the issues I had when transitioning out of religion was not being able to really write anymore for the platforms I had been. BUT at the beginning of the new year, that changed. As of January 2020, I am now a writer for the organization Recovery from Religion. For those of ya'll who don't know who they are, RfR is an organization who helps people get there lives back together after leaving...well...religion. It was especially helpful to me in those first few weeks. 

You can check out my first blog post here. It discusses my doubts regarding Sikhi, the response I got from the Sikh community in regard to me leaving, and advice for those who might be thinking about leaving their religious community. I won't be posting any of the stuff I write in the future on here or on my social media, so if you want to keep up with it, you'll have to do it yourself. 




That's all I have for now. For those who are new to the website, welcome. And for those who aren't, I'm surprised you still read my stuff (lol). But thanks anyway. 


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