The c-word

August 12, 2011 at 9:52 am | Posted in Atheism, Beliefs, Religion | 8 Comments
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I refuse to capitalize christian/christianity (unless it begins a sentence). It’s not that I don’t respect your right to believe as you please, in fact if you are truly a christian I respect your beliefs and would like the same in return. What I don’t respect, and in fact resent, is the level at which christianity is ever increasingly being shoved down the throats of those of us who don’t happen to subscribe.  Christianity is used as a vehicle to dictate cessation of behavior that you deem inappropriate, censor anything that offends you, and deny equal rights to those who aren’t christian…in your eyes.  I’m tired of your incessant insistence that we are  a christian nation!  We are NOT!  If you want a christian nation I suggest you all hire a great big boat, I hear Noah’s Ark isn’t being used, get on it, and start your own country.

I am offended when political events and public proceedings start with a prayer or a religious benediction.  I don’t think that our president should take the oath of office on a bible or that we should ever know or care what the private beliefs of any elected official might be.  The sky could literally be falling on your heads, and if the only person on the planet with the ability to hold it up happened to be pro-choice on abortion, you’d let the sky fall.

Organized prayer has no place in public schools, so stop trying to bring it back.  The lack of prayer in schools is not responsible for the moral decay of this country; in fact there is no proof there is any moral decay…except that you say so.  What you describe as immorality has always existed.  The only differences are that now it’s more in-your-face, because of the information age, and there are waaaay more people than there used to be.  And if we are going to have a pledge of allegiance to our flag, then let’s go back to the original version.  The revised version, fortified with god, causes indigestion (I forgot to mention I don’t capitalize the g-word either).

From the blog, Dover Beach,

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

-Stephen Colbert

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