Whenever somebody asks me if I’m proud that I’m American, I say no.
When they tell me to say the pledge, I stand for respect but recite nothing.
When they ask me if I’m patriotic, I say no.
Here’s my view on this, why am I going to be proud to be a part of a country that I was just happened to be born into?
It really doesn’t make sense to me.
I don’t understand how some people can be proud of a piece of land that wasn’t even ours to begin with.
There are no borders on Earth.
They’re just imaginary.
But we still fight about them every day.
People die for these imaginary lines every day.
Neighbors can hate each other because of a line that separates them.
I don’t like it.
Mother fucking this^
Living in Texas where there’s hardcore republicans out the Wazzoo, I feel like I’m going to be lynched if people know of my contempt for where I live.
Religion plays a huge part in dividing our world apart with these imaginary lines. But I realize without it, the culture and diversity that comes with it wouldn’t have existed. But it’s now time to let go of those ancient beliefs that we’ve used as a crutch for so long and realize we’re all the same and no one’s beliefs are more correct than another. Time to wipe away what we think makes us all so different, but really only holds us back, and befriend your neighbor. Time to build towards a world we can be proud and happy to live in.
But alas, I don’t think we’ll see that for another several years. I don’t even think in my life time, sadly. We’re all too proud and blind.
I think it would be harder for me too if I didn’t live in California.
I agree with us needing to relinquish religion.
But I don’t think it’s going to happen for a long time.
no one quite seems to realize how much we actually are openly discriminated against.
and I’m sure there may be a few of you who follow me who might be afraid to let it be known that you’re atheist because:
your family might not support you
you might get kicked out of an organization you’re a part of (the Boy Scouts of America actively discriminate against gays and atheists, and will kick you out or revoke your role as a Den Leader if it gets out that you are either of those) “Only persons willing to subscribe to this Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the BSA shall be entitled to certificates of leadership.”Scouting For All
and guys, it really doesn’t even stop there. There are hundreds of accounts of threats of violence against students who refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance due to the phrase “In God We Trust” or because they won’t pray during their school’s prayer time.
It’s terrifying to be an atheist sometimes.
But my point in all this is, if any of you are struggling with something like this, please don’t hesitate to message me. I’m open to talking with anyone about non-theism, whether you’re curious, hoping for help, or have something to say that I may not agree with. As long as you do it in a civil, rational, and logical way.
I know people who are too afraid to let their families know about their atheism. I got lucky and my parents were more or less accepting (I was forced to go to church until I was 18) but those who’s family doesn’t want or accept atheism, I’d really like to help.
Catholic bishop Philip Tartaglia hasn’t even taken up his new post as Archbishop of Glasgow yet, but he’s already facing calls for his resignation.It’s emerged that in a recent speech (11 April) at a religious conference at Oxford University he accused society of being “very quiet” about “the relationship between the physical and mental health of gay men”. He went on to suggest that the premature death of Labour MP David Cairns last year was partly due to his homosexuality.
Tell Former State Senator That Shooting Victims Didn’t “Lack Courage”!
The gunman at the theater shooting in Colorado was dressed entirely in bulletproof gear. He was heavily armed, threw tear gas into the theater before he began shooting, and was acting in a dark, crowded theater. In 90 seconds, when law enforcement responded, he had injured 70 people.
Despite all of that though, former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce thinks that one of the people in the theater should have been able to stop the shooter. In a Facebook post, Pearce criticized the folks in the theater for not being armed and for a “lack of courage”. He said that all that was needed was “one courageous/brave man prepared mentally or otherwise to stop this”.
So many people risked their lives to save loved ones or even strangers, putting themselves in the line of fire to block others from the bullets — these people definitely did not lack courage, and to say so is insulting.
Please tell former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce that the shooting victims did not lack courage!
Not atheism related, but I think it’s important to correct ignorant statements like Senator Pearce’s.
This was a human tragedy, not a call for laissez faire gun policies or John Wayne wannabes, and I think that some people need to realise that before they make things worse.