A more gentler, flexible Tammy apparently is requiered...

It's been awhile since I've had any pause to write anything and it feels good to be able to get a few things off my chest, even if it’s mundane. Because of this time laps in writing I fear this may become long and winded, forgive me in advance. There’s just too much to say for me to wrap in up into a smaller package that’s easier to read. I am no blogger, but I have a lot to say.

Recently I’ve been getting a little flustered by the unrelenting use of “God” in the most basic conversations around me. Ones that in the past never held any grounds for God to be involved and I know that it’s only because they know I’m atheist. More so from my family but a few of my friends are not all that far behind on that wagon trail. To be honest I find myself eye rolling more than anything else as I make an all out effort to hide my irritation behind humor and sometimes cynical remarks.

Best example of this would be a comment I made just today about the smell of my coffee this morning making me feel sick, I simply surmised I am coming down with something, flue maybe. My sister however believes nausea is the automatic default to pregnancy. So when I told her that it is highly unlikely, considering I have a pretty good idea where my sex life stands than anyone else, she just responds with a "God works in mysterious ways" cliché. I can’t even begin to say how much I loath this typical and ridiculous comment that religious people love to over use. The saying always makes me think of those dishrags that lay at the back of the sink and start to smell after awhile, it’s best to just through them away but some people are just to cheap I guess…. Despite everything I would have preferred saying I just went with "So does Santa Clause and he jacks me only once a year". I don't know what the point even would be arguing with her in regards to such an irritating comment that they so easily fall on whenever they need an easy button explanation for… well everything.

That unfortunately isn’t my only lip biting induced annoyance when it comes to the religious and not so religious.

 

Like recently I had someone message me this. “Indoctrination (as you call it) goes both ways. My mother, for instance, was brought up an atheist, but upon arrival in this country plunged deep into religion -- why? Because it was her way of breaking out of atheism from USSR! Now, after more then 20 years, she regrets it, but this is really besides my point. My point is that YOU should try to be a more gentle and flexible being. I believe it’s Okay to believe in God without being religious. And that applies to all the millions of Frenchies and Italians’ who do exactly that. But it also applies to the Hindu who believe in many Gods and some of them are religious to the extreme, while others are kind of cool about it, and many others (Muslims including). I believe that admitting that humans are spiritual beings is also a form of breaking out for some of us. Especially for those who have had a painful religious experience from which they needed to run in the first place. But you don't need to come back to that religious experience or even endorse it. All you have to do is be open-minded to flaws in science.”

 

Maybe I am just too tired to focus all my cognitive skills regarding this or hell maybe I honestly just don’t even want to bother responding… Is that bad? That I’ve reached this point where I am tired of the attacks, gentle or not, just feels like I’ve been living on this mental battle field my entire life. I’m a seasoned vet with none of the perks that come with it and yet still I want to take them all on. Even in my moment of weakness, or emotional slump I have never been one to just give up, for any reason. Just an angry girl with an opinion I guess. Hahah…

 

This message though has me stumbling. I’m not even sure if I shouldn’t be insulted. Maybe I shouldn’t see it that way but its hard not to. I’ve been more than ‘gentle and flexible’ my entire life. I’ve bent over backwards for people who ignorantly insulting me in order not to insult them, even as they labeled my existence as Moral monster. I’ve sat there inwardly fighting with myself to speak out and cried when I was alone because I couldn’t. I’ve hidden my lack of beliefs like it’s a embarrassing rash for most of my life just to avoid the fall out I knew I would receive once they all knew my little secret, “Tammy doesn’t believe in God” well there’s something to beat the drums of war over.  

 

Now they know and part of me still holds back. Yet, despite this I am still required to be more gentle and flexible? Funny.

 

It’s not my personal responsibility to coddle the people who’ve had traumatic experiences in their lives when I have too many of my own. Which, I also have to hide behind the façade because it would honestly enrage me if someone tried to use those events in my past as the excuse for my “lack of faith in God” now. Can you imagine what that’s like? Remembering the forced advances of a man at the age of five, it wasn’t the last either and yet I still believed their words when they told me everything was in Gods plan, and he does everything for us to test our love of him because …. God works in mysterious ways don’t you know.

 

My past wasn’t my cause for my disbelief it was logic. People choose to believe in God regardless of whatever faith they follow because they fear the ending, death, just as much as their fear life. They need something to hold onto so that they can keep going because they just can’t see there is more to everything then just gaining an exclusive membership into Heaven. They need to feel that their suffering is justified because it is all part of whatever God they follows plan.

 

Sorry, just as I thought this became overly long and emotional. So I think I’ll stop here. Thanks for actually reading that mess, if you got this far into my ranting.

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Comment by Bum Philosopher on February 18, 2013 at 8:00pm

I can relate to the annoyance of overusing "god" in everyday conversation. I've decided to mentally add an "o" to god and make it good. So, when I hear "Thank God" it will be "thank good", "I gave my life over to God" becomes "I gave my life to good"... etc

Comment by Doug Reardon on February 18, 2013 at 8:20pm

My response, if they're getting to me, is to say:  "Please take your delusions to someone more credulous than I."  It usually confuses them and they wander off.

Comment by James Cox on February 19, 2013 at 1:02am

Just see it as 'sales'. If they don't keep their sales qouta up, they think they can't get into 'heaven'.

Atheists can sort of do the same thing, but they are driven by claims to logic, common sense, and the sciences, atleast on the surface. You on the other hand can just rest, unless you feel inclined to cut them a new one.

Religion can offer feelings of superiority, just like atheism, but the first a little less real that the latter.

I have had many friends that were religious. One fellow I worked with for about 4 months grave yard shift changing out light bulbs. Fourty hours a week, being left alone by management was the best part, but the constant droneing on about 'god this' and 'god that' got old about 5 days into the 4 months. I started changing the subject a little along the way, otherwise I just figured he was lonely and needed someone to talk to, with me as the captive audience. I finally got him to realize that I was just trying to have a nice day, and did not want be be party to oneupmanship most of the time, this seemed to relax him, but sadly I was still this weird unfantomal atheist, and that I am not going to buy 'it' from him. He has since move to Japan to teach english, and I have lost touch with him, I wish him well.

Comment by RobertPiano on February 19, 2013 at 5:58am

This website can be therapeutic, since you know the people here can relate. I remember when I switched from "good bless you to "bless you" as my auto-sneeze-response. It's was like I couldn't even say the g-word anymore. It took me twenty years to come to terms with that. Indoctrination is powerful, I try to remember that. I HATE religion, not the religious. Mostly anyways. There are always exceptions (a dr. evil LOL).

Comment by M.M. on February 19, 2013 at 1:20pm

I live in the south.

IT IS EVERYWHERE!

You cannot escape it.

I work at a college and the christian god haunts it like it would a church.

Scary.

Comment by Alisha on February 19, 2013 at 1:51pm

I can completely relate.  I am delaying coming out as atheist to my evangelical family, and have been for some time now.  As it is, they always seem to find a way to fit God into everything they talk about.  Especially with annoying little catch phrases. 
Like - after spending 10 minutes completely bashing someone, "But for the grace of God, there go I."
Or - after talking about how great you are, "But all the thanks be to God."

I just bite my tongue, shut my mouth and space off.  I'm getting quite good at daydreaming at this point.

My husband and my MIL know, but I'm not expecting them to protect my views anytime soon.

Comment by Tammy on February 21, 2013 at 6:44pm

RobertPiano, Yes it is. Whenever things get to be to much I tend to find myself running here more often than not because there aren't many people I can communicate with without it ending very badly.

Comment by Tammy on February 21, 2013 at 6:49pm

Alisha

I am really sorry to hear that. I remember how hard it was for me to sit back and bite my tongue all the time. Once I finally came out there was a split. One side of the family accepted or at least tolerated me choice. The other half attacked me, disowned and some actually continue on their quests to convert me or "save my soul". Now that I am out I find myself capable of at least standing up to them. Now that I know where I stand it's hard not to. Unfortunately not everyone can come out and I hope that someday you can feel safe doing so. <3

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