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?
First, I think it is a sad state of affairs that the petition only has 830 signatures and it's been up for almost 2 months. I added it directly to my facebook page, hopefully that will generate more attention to it.
As for what we can do - we are doing it. Xianity is shrinking drastically in our youth. There are atheist groups, not only in many colleges today, but spreading into high schools across the nation. But it won't happen over night. We have to maintain. We have to persist. We have to keep having conversations with people online and ask questions and show them just how delusional their fairy tales are.
I've posted in other threads here and elsewhere about how to communicate with xians. This story actually drives home a point that I've tried to make. Religion not only allows, but forcefully encourages it's followers to think and act on a purely emotional basis. I'm sure this crazy bitch feels completely justified in doing that to the poor animal. When you converse with xians, you need to stay away from any emotional aspect of the conversation. That is their realm and they will always win those arguments. Another thing to remember is that it is highly unlikely that we will get the person that we are talking to to have anything close to a reasonable thought. When we engage these idiots, we need to remember that we are doing this for the audience. The more level headed we are, the more it makes the xians look like the imbeciles that they are and the more it makes the people who are watching our conversations think about their belief system.
We need to just keep picking away.
Sadly, we're pretty much a Christian nation. I personally cannot name a single politician at any level of government that isn't Christian (I'd love if someone could find me one), in many states there's a law stating you must believe in a higher being in order to run for office, and the separation of church and state is a complete sham. The government is full of moderate to fundamental Christians who are making laws that coincide with their religion's beliefs.
The separation of church and state is so thinly veiled it's sad. It's blatantly obvious that they are one in the same. Christian leaders push for pro-Christian legislation while allowing religion to earn completely untaxed income so they can spread the agenda of the religion and the government leaders. In antiquity, the church was the government...seems like it still is.
One problem that we have is that, without a congealing factor, like religion, it's hard to get atheists to really bond into an active, strong group. And I think we would be able to make great headway if we could, but unfortunately, I don't see it happen. There are too many passive atheists that don't have a problem with religious leaders "as long as they aren't effected too much". A lot of people don't understand the repercussions of allowing the religious to have such a strong foothold. It's amazing how many people don't understand that, since religion is a delusion, the religious leaders are really delusional leaders. But because the delusional superstition of religion is so widely accepted, it's the one delusion they don't have a problem with. If these people had any other delusion, they would be kicked out in a heartbeat.
In just about every forum I post, I try to add a message as to what I think the most dangerous part of religion is. That is the brain patterning of allowing a belief to propagate in your mind, despite the lack of evidence for, or even the mountains of evidence again that belief. That is what religion teaches: to steadfastly believe something, just because you want to, or (as is so often the case in xianity) because you have a prejudice that you desperately want to hold on to. Once a mind is patterned to do this with religion, why would it do anything else with other circumstantial situations (like politics)? It is a very scary thought.