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?
Actually, the pilgrims were being persecuted in England for not adhering to the faith (Catholic or Angican, I can't remember which) and went to Holland. But they didn't like the religious tolerance in Holland, so they went to America. They were actually pretty intolerant of beliefs other than their own, specific, protestant beliefs. (I think it's kind of cool that Holland seems to have always been a place of diversity and tolerance, even hundreds of years ago. It's an amazing country. I mean, every place has issues, and they certainly have blemishes on their record, but it's still kind of a great legacy to have that kind of open minded culture that spans centuries.)
But the founding fathers did want to create a state that was separate from the church. Many of them were theists, and some were not. But as far as my understanding from the history class I took a few quarters ago, they all wanted people to be able to believe or not believe in whatever they want, without consequence.
The Southern Baptist convention here in South Carolina is ran like the mafia. If you speak out to question their god that means you will have the courage to speak out against the laws they pass in the capital here. This Baptist cult runs deep around these parts and in every business so it is hard to escape them. On just about every car there is an outward sign of their faith with the fish and cross bumper stickers, and i just wish they were more here to stand up against them.
My major issue is the fact that you don't receive the message until after you've paid. At least if it was stated up front I could just drive to the next station.
Maybe I'd walk in and say "Hope you feel good knowing you fed yourself tonight thanks to an honest, hard-working atheist and his money".