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My reasons for despising religion and the concept of a God.
1. Indoctrination teaches my children that if they misbehave, think the wrong thoughts or do anything opposing religion that they are going to burn in hell forever. That is a terrible terrible terrible thing to tell a child. It can cause external moral decisions rather than internal. A similar concept of when a kid is good for Santa and not to be good. Rather teach them empathy and show them how to have good behaviors. It may teach them to have have fear and may cause nightmares. With the proper discipline and mentoring our children can and will be good without a god.
2. Religion directly restricts learning and imagination by teaching absurdities and contradictory lessons. When a child asks you why it is raining and you reply that it is God’s doing, you’re handicapping that child’s learning capacity. If everything that is unknown is explained with “god” then the child will stop exploring and be satisfied thinking magic is the answer. The bigger picture is that 76% of Americans believe in God. That’s 76% that will lead mediocre lives rather that breaking free and exploring what’s really out there.
3. Religion’s moral guideline is grossly imbalanced. One common children bible story is that God killed everyone except for Noah and his family. Everyone. This is horrible. Another example is God, father of everyone, created a “son” to die for us. Anyone with their head on straight should be able to see that this is not a thing to be worshipped. My stance is that even if god is real I would not worship him. The things he can control and chooses not to are completely unacceptable.
4. The billion dollar business called Christianity. All churches and religious facilities are tax exempt and they don’t have to show where the money is going. Why does this upset me. Because I pay taxes! This is turning our economy upside down. There are more churches than factories. And if everyone pays god 10% of their earnings its safe to say that churches are bleeding our country dry.
My enlightenment unto atheism began 18 years ago. I was twelve and the eldest out of my siblings. My parents were extremely religious. The church they attended gathered Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings and evenings. Monday nights they had a service for the men only which I had always considered weird but I was to only speak if spoken to. It was at this age I began to ask questions. Questions that eventually made me full bore atheist around the age of 14.
This was a strange period. Part of you thinks you’re going to get struck by lightning or that something horrible will happen to your family. Nothing ever did thank god (I can say that since socially I’ve been Christian) but nevertheless I was very watchful for a year or so.
My progression into atheism has been in stages. At first it was my secret. I felt like I was the only one that thought this way and I was comfortable discovering the thought process on my own. This was before internet so I was basically alone. In highschool I met someone else like me. I became a little bit more vocal but nothing militant. I told my parents who still think I’m fucking with them. I told my friends. Most had questions and there was no hateful remarks, no belittlement and no judgement.
As I’ve grown older the Christian stance against atheism has become hurtful. With the introduction of Facebook my feed was and still is full of religious propaganda. But god forbid (see I did it again) that I post one thing about evolution without defending an onslaught of Christian attacks.
These attacks have driven me to research religion, the history, its influences and its current impact. I’ve come to realize that it should be classified as slavery. It keeps your mind trapped in medieval opinions and superstitions. Indoctrination is a form of child abuse. It hurts these kids forever! I cant find one good thing that religion does that we couldn’t do without religion.
Slowly my stance evolved from closet atheist to anti-theist. Now I’m like a malfunctioning Jehovah’s Witness spewing antireligious antics at whoever will hold a conversation with me. I feel passionate about my involvement in tainting religion’s name. No longer do I believe in nothing, I now believe that religion can be and will be removed from society. It has to be. Religion is the slow kid in the class keeping everyone else from moving to the next chapter.
At the end of the day I focus on keeping my kids safe from indoctrination and staring religion in the eyes.
“How do you know that is wrong?” A coworker asks. The conversation pertaining pedophilia. “Excuse me.” I retort stunned that he would assume I would not know that pedophilia is wrong since I am atheist. I am constantly defending my morals and humanity to the religious at work. This kind of blind stupidity is what I try to raise awareness about constantly. I can surely guess that I am not alone. I know that there are more godless out there experiencing this same kind of badger. I’m also sure that their patience runs thin as does mine. How many times can I politely reason with people without yelling? How many times can I be spoken down to without a short response? I always advocate logic and reason. Stay calm and use reason is my motto. Especially since being a belligerent dick won’t do anything to help my cause. One can only drink so much. Any tips or pointers from my fellow atheists would be appreciated. Christians can give advice too just don’t offer to pray for me.