One gas station owner here in South Carolina has a digital readout on all of his pumps that says "One nation under god. If you don't like it, LEAVE!" Sadly, it isn't the first time we've heard this. Many Americans also want immigrants and gays to leave as well.
What is with my state? Just last month, we had a woman hang and burn a dog because it chewed her bible. It really pissed me off and I started a petition because I fear that she is going to receive undeserved lenience. I've heard people around here say things like "what if god really did tell her to do it?". I can't help but think she will be sentenced with the same delusion in mind. The ignorance here amazes me. Btw, if you haven't signed my petition, here is the link http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/woman-hangs-and-burns-dog/
Back to the subject. Christians really believe that they run this country. It is aparent that they want atheists out of it. How can we show them that this is not a Christian nation? We have quoted statements from our founding fathers, we have argued about separation of church and state, we have rejected creationism in our classrooms, and Obama has even stated on several occasions that this is not a Christian Nation. What else can we do to convince Christians that this is a country for everyone?
Just signed the petition! :)
I just recently wrote a post that describes the misunderstandings and lack of communication between theists and atheists. I think that theists are very judging of atheists, and believe many stereotypes about us that it blinds their judgment, and they're not accepting of us (that isn't to say atheists aren't judging of theists).
It's all stereotypes, misunderstandings, and quick judgment that make us all unable to live together. Plus radicals like in your post don't exactly help, either.
If anyone ever says something like this too you, remind them of who their founding fathers were, and that the "One Nation under God" shit wasn't written until the 1900's. Suggest they read the personal letters and autobiographies of Thomas Pain, Jefferson, Ben Franklin and George Washington, or even the Federalist Papers so they get a true grasp on what the Framers wanted for Americans. X-ians need to realize that Freedom of Religion doesn't mean Freedom to be Christian, and nothing else.
You wouldn't believe how many xians I have talked to that use out-of-context quotes from our founders to support their belief that this is a "xian" nation. Even people like Franklin and Washington, even though it is very clear that several of them were "deists" and even then, probably only because there wasn't a clear alternative. The funny thing is, when you quote back the Treaty of Tripoli, they either blow it off or make up some bizarre song and dance about that not REALLY being what Adams meant by that quote. It is amazing how deep their delusion runs.
BTW, I really enjoyed reading all of Thomas Paine's books. You can get all of them for free through Kendal.
This is a bit off topic, but seriously? I've got 3 books of his already, but I'd definitely get a Kindle for free Paine books. Thanks for the info!
You don't even need to get a Kindle. (Apologies for the spelling error earlier) You can download their reader for free on your laptop (or tablet). I had a tablet, so all of Paine's books cost me about 3¢. Very nice! :)
DON'T LIKE IT. LEAVE!
Should actually read "DON'T LIKE IT, LEAVE!". See how I used that comma there? its called English!
If you're going to comment on grammar, you should make sure that the grammar in your criticism is correct as well. Failure to do so will result in unbearable haughtiness, and, when possible, a fierce pommeling with cranberry scones.
Heh! They can tell me to leave all they want, but as long as I have a job to do protecting church and state... I AIN'T GOIN' NOWHERE! GET USED TO IT FISHIES! BWAH HA HA!!
"This land is my land.
This land ain't ur land
I gotta shotgun.
And you ain't got one.
So ya better git off!
Or I'll blow yur heed off!
This land is private property!"
I think it's odd how those people believe that because they accidentally stumbled upon a piece of land and brutally massacred the original inhabitants and forcefully claimed the land as theirs, they have the right to tell other people with different views to leave. By their logic they should be worshiping the spirits of the Natives. Not Christ.
I think the local Taliban (way religious people and Teabaggers) forget that our country was founded by Dietists and really there wasn't a mention of God (on money or the pledge) until it was put there in the early 50s over fear of communism.