Hint: it isn't a ticket to apply your personal convictions to the entire country.

(Click for fullsize) I shared this on Facebook tonight only to receive an ignorant comment (of course). In their defense they don't know that I am no longer a believer, but I do frequently post things about my very obviously left-wing beliefs. Usually my Christian acquaintances don't bother to reply to them, but I got this one tonight: "The Bible says not to do this in Romans chapter one...just sayin"

... >:/ I don't know why the concept of religious freedom is such a difficult one for Christians to grasp, but it strikes me as one of the single most ignorant, arrogant things. What gives you the right to dictate the way an entire country lives their lives just because your religious convictions hold you to it? Good for you! Live that way then! Leave everyone else alone.

I just said "The Bible may but the constitution does not. The laws abiding over a land of religiously free individuals should not be limited to one or any religious text. Religious freedom means all religious, whether that be Christian or Muslim or absolutely no religion, so the government needs to reflect such and keep all of it out of itself in order to be fair and stable." Also threw in some Thomas Jefferson for good measure: "'Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with solemn reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.'"

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@ Dizzieduckie - So, did you decide to say anything back to them?

I said what I wrote in the last paragraph, but after that for some reason I couldn't sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about it and just made the post only visible to my "close friends" group (which is who knows I'm agnostic) because it stressed me out I guess.

@ Dizzieduck - Ah. I see now where you wrote "I said" in your OP. I missed that. I am a doofus today.

I wonder if the Christian who brought up Romans scriptures to you, saw the reply before you hid it from him/her?

Once, I accidentally liked a Think Atheist thread to my Facebook and did not catch it until the next day. I still worry that people may have seen it lol.

I have gone as far as saying I am agnostic on Facebook, but the atheist word, now that's a whole different thing as far as people on my Facebook are concerned. I have enough problems. I don't want to deal with the fallout if I were to admit to being being atheist.

@ - Dizzyduckie - Of course ultimately it is your decision but personally, I would not do it until I was positive I was ready to deal with the negative consequences. It seems many times people are surprised at how badly people react to their 'coming out' as an atheist.

You posted a status that said you were frustrated. What happened?

I immediately posted a comment that just said that if someone who had judged me very openly before 'liked' or commented that they agreed, I'd laugh.

@ Dizzyduckie - Would you mind rephrasing that sentence? I'm not sure I understand what you meant.

@ Dizzyduckie - Oh I see what you meant now. The Conan link was hilarious lol. People are strange. I hope you get over feeling like you want to scream and cry soon. Just chalk it up to people being ignorant.


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