well obviously "oh my god" is now "French the llama"
this is very true!
That's certainly dedicated Atheism xD Possibly a little extreme, though. I mean, if I'm in pain or shocked or something I'm going to say "Good God!" (if I'm not swearing ;D), and won't ever remember to say something Atheist. Sometimes I might say "Oh my Rowling" or "Oh my wizard god!" or use 'gods', plural, just because they're funny and references. Most people, Atheist or not, are not really trying to bless you when they say 'bless you'. *shrugs* It's kind of a small thing.
As once said by Terry Pratchett: "It takes a very special and strong-minded kind of atheist to jump up and down with their hand clasped under their other armpit and shout, 'Oh, random-fluctuations-in-the-space-time-continuum!' or 'Aaargh, primitive-and-outmoded-concept on a crutch!'"
That doesn't mean I don't think you should do it, if you want to. I'm just saying that I don't think it makes me less of an Atheist if I continue to use common phrases ^_^ But yes, the Irish for hello being 'Dia dhuit' has always sort of annoyed me, especially as they don't teach you any alternative phrase...
no, im not saying that its wrong or that it makes you any less of an atheist its just i thought it might be nice to use alternatives
Well, sorry people, but I won't stop calling it Easter and Christmas, although I might be using Zombie Jesus Day as a joke. The reasong why I won't stop calling it Easter and Christmas, is because it's part of the culture and traditions, and I don't want stuff like Christmas to be only about loads of lights and presents, but about Jesus' birthday, eventhough I don't believe in that guy.
There are many muslims in the Netherlands, and on the 5th of December there's some kind of national thing, which is all about presents, given by Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas (Sinterklaas->Santa Claus.).
That guy, because he's Catholic, has a cross on his hat, and the (non-Muslim) city counsil-people-like stuff of Amsterdam scrapped the cross from the hat because it would be offending or something like that to the Muslim community. As far as I know the Muslims didn't ask for it. I don't think it should have been done, because it's DUtch tradition, and a part of Dutch culture, even if it's Catholic.