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.
Abdel Aziz Mohamed Albaz is staring down the death penalty in Kuwait. His crime? Not believing in god, and being vocal about it. Albaz was arrested on charges of blasphemy, and he now faces dire consequences for his non-belief. A protest was scheduled for today at the Kuwaiti embassy in NYC (I have as of yet not heard any updates regarding this effort), and his hearing has been scheduled for February 28.
In situations like this, it is easy to feel helpless to someone so far away. But for Albaz, you can do something. A petition to the government of Kuwait has been released online, and you can and should sign it.
The petition reads:
Whether you are an Atheist or a Muslim or a Christian, nobody deserves to be jailed or punished for having atheistic views. He did not hurt anybody. He did not steal, he did not assault…
Twenty percent! That’s the percent of non religious in the United States. One out of five Americans is labeled “atheist”. This is staggering statistics for a minority. Yet we are just that and what do we want?
Did you feel left out during the inauguration? If you’re an atheist or Muslim or Hindu you most likely did. The Christian influence was drenching the ceremony in a country that declares separation from church and state. There was 2 Bibles and prayer and not a single thing for us “others”.
It is evident that our country is deeply enslaved by Christianity. It is not fair to the American citizens and we will voice our opinions and we will be heard.
We want no bibles or Christian mumbo jumbo in our schools.
We don’t want to see any religious symbols on any government property.
We don’t want our government taking advice from religious leaders.
We want religious establishments to pay the same taxes as everyone else.
I’ve been asked “why are you so vocal?” or “why do you fight for atheism if you believe in nothing?”. I find these questions just as insulting as any other atheist. In this post I hope to discover what it is we fight for. Please add anything in the comment section as we all have our reasons.
First and foremost is how I am treated. This might be small compared to the big picture but its the most degrading. Friends, family members or anyone for that matter that know my beliefs that is not an atheist. The jabs or indirect comments are the ones I hate. The direct insults are easy to rebuttal. Whether its my family trying to indoctrinate my kids or friends saying they’ll pray for me it is all a bit humiliating. Why? Well first they feel like I have no morals or feeling since I’m godless. Wrong. Second they do not care. Third they think they are serving God by foolishly harping on me.
My next point is my children. As I stated in an earlier post they are my dearest possession. I want the most for them. This topic will lead to many off branches but I will keep them tucked in close for now. I try to stay away from negative terminology but here’s a list of don’ts.
Don’t indoctrinate my children while watching them.
Don’t tell them evolution is not real.
Don’t tell them about hell.
Don’t buy them religious propaganda.
Don’t do anything to hinder their growth.
Don’t make them feel wrong for being without a god.
Third is my money. My taxes, your taxes all go for government funded programs. Did you know churches don’t pay taxes? Who’s floating that bill? You and I my friend. Not only are they tax exempt but they don’t pay any tax exemption fees and they don’t have to report earnings to the IRS. The American Atheist recently sued the IRS for discrimination in this matter. Pending verdict.
Fourth. Worldly development. Seriously are we still disputing gay marriage and there is a rover on mars. Shouldn’t we be above this? Come on! Science and education have all been considerably handicapped due to religion.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Before arguing with an atheist remember we’ve been enslaved to religion our whole lives. Like it or not, so have you.
I make an effort to avoid direct religion bashing posts because that’s what my my instagram account is for. This blog is intended to view atheism from a different perspective. An emotional window into our “sinful” lives. That is until today when I thought of an original analogy. Religion is nature’s feces. It totally is. Excrement is the disgusting leftovers after our body has sucked out most of the nutrients from the food we digest. Religion is what is left after you remove all the meaningful things from life. Take away our families, hobbies, pleasures, friends, science, thoughts, freedom, individualism and so on. You’re left with a big ol’pile of lies, hate, slavery, scandal, murder and much much more. Let’s flush it down shall we!
Its the fine line we walk after running away naked, feeling filthy and full of anger. Anger towards those that have lied to us, scared us and made us feel insignificant. Anger towards the years of believing a myth, engaging in pathetic rituals and wasting most of our life in pursuit of a giant illusion. This hate is deep and it causes me to lose what I honor most. Logic, reason and rationale.
When discussing religion I find atheists becoming what they despise most. Including myself. We become an unapproachable force or sarcasm, ridicule and in some case fiery hate. We won’t budge on our views and we will not listen to the opposition. We forget that we were there once. Once it was you lost in a brainwash of fearful mind slavery.
I am writing this to remind us all that these people are still our friends, neighbors and in most cases our family. We have so many resources on our side. You can’t lose a debate if you follow 3 simple rules.
•Always state your opinion
•If you don’t know the answer don’t pretend to
•Be a gentleman/gentlewoman
Remember you have science, common sense, logic, reason, education and so much more in your corner!