It really pisses me off when we post something that mocks religion or maybe uses an “offensive” word towards religion or religious people we get accused of being “militant, angry or hateful.” And what’s worse is when some atheists throw those accusations around.
I acknowledge and accept that not all atheists are anti-theists also. But if that’s not your cup of tea, move on. Why sit here and do the religious people’s work by attacking and trying to divide atheists? I mean seriously. Theists sit back and laugh when they see this stuff. It makes us look so divided. And if we’re divided then we’ll never truly accomplish anything on a larger scale, because there’ll always be some “House Atheist” to sit there and kowtow to theists and say how people like us are “bad atheists” and that we “don’t reflect the views of good atheists.”
Am I militant? Maybe. What do you mean by militant? And why is that a bad thing?
Am I angry? Sometimes. How can I not be angry at an ideology that is used to justify and promote homophobia, sexism, racism, and violence? Again, why is that a bad thing?
Am I hateful? Not really. I’m only hateful to ideologies (religious and secular) that justify and promote homophobia, sexism, racism, and violence. If there were a movement within atheism that did these things I’d openly oppose it also. So, again, why is this a bad thing?
You think coming on the internet and labeling other atheists as these things is an insult? It’s not an insult at all. And a lot of times these descriptions just aren’t true.
Opposing an oppressive, bigoted and violent ideology is not hate. Not tolerating intolerance is not intolerance itself.
Religious bigots who are against marriage equality often cite the Bible as their objection. One of their main verses to recite is 1 Corinthians 6:9 (kind of ironic chapter and verse right there, huh? lol).
But let’s take a look at it.
9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God
So if this is one of the verses that is used to oppose marriage equality (and homosexuality in general) then why aren’t they opposed to fornicators, idolators or thieves getting married? Why aren’t they protesting adulterers, swindlers, and drunkards getting married?
Since when did homosexuality become the “unforgivable sin”?
Recent polls show that 58% of Americans (at least) support marriage equality. 76% of Americans identify as Christian. Those numbers are definitely bound to cross over. Even if the 24% of the population which is not Christian supports marriage equality, that would mean at least 34% of American Christians support it also. It’s time for people to stop using their Bronze Age book of mythology to oppose the rights and freedoms of others.
During slavery times in America, slaves were not permitted to marry. They were only allowed to have “civil unions.” Sound familiar? And at one point in time in America it was illegal in many states for inter-racial couples to get married.
What side of history will people be on when all is said and done on this matter? Religion-based bigotry has to be stopped!
The problem with religion in politics is this: You have pastors nationwide preaching things from the pulpit that aren’t necessarily true about politics. And they have congregations who blindly eat up anything they say. They accept what they say as “gospel truth” no matter what. Rarely do they look up the things they are told. They trust their pastors. So if their Pastors say, during the reign of Emperor George II, that the war in Iraq was caused by the god of the Bible to get the Gospel into that area (like was said by a former Pastor of mine to us one morning), or if some Right-wing nutcase Pastor says that Obamacare is going to exterminate the elderly (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/klingenschmitt-obamacare-will-exterminate-elderly-systematically), they blindly accept it!
This is dangerous! That’s why the Founding Fathers created America to be a secular Republic and not a Christian theocracy. They had just fled a country, England, that had a state-sponsored religion. This is why they promoted a Separation of Church and State, a phrase coined by Thomas Jefferson in a letter in 1802. This is why the US Senate ratified the Treaty of Tripoli which states “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion” unanimously in 1797. This is why there is no mention of God, Jesus, Christianity, or the Bible in the Constitution. This is why we have a secular Constitution and not merely the Bible as our Constitution.
They founded America as a place where people can have the freedom to practice religion or not practice it. But that’s also why it was intended by them for religion to be separate from government. Religion was to be a private matter.
This is why “under god” was not included in the original pledge of allegiance. This is why “In god we trust” was not originally on our curency. This is why “In god we trust” was not our original national motto; it was “E. pluribus unum (out of many, one).” The original intent for this country was a melting pot, a unified plurality. Not a Christian theocracy.