...becoming one of those "bitter atheists."

Not bitter because I don't have god, not bitter because I don't have a church community, not bitter because this entire sentence has had shit for grammar--

I am pissed off at the screaming morons who squabble like children over who has the better imaginary friend. I am pissed off at the smug declarations that I have a faith. I am pissed off at the assumptions, the accusations and the fact that I am expected to respect religion when religion doesn't respect me.

I am pissed that my mother keeps trying to teach my son prayers.

I am pissed off that my extended family thinks it is any of their business that I do not take my son to church.

I am a bitter atheist because every time I hear someone share some nugget of wisdom about godlessness it's always with a glance at me to see if I will fly off the handle. I don't but dammit I could.

I am tired of my close friends asking me "why" as though I haven't thought this through.

I am tired of being bashed on the television, and I'm tired of chain letters saying that those who love god will forward them.

I am tired of religious groups being emboldened by their numbers and whipping people up into a frenzy.

I am tired... So I am going to bed.

 

Good night sane people.

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Comment by Paul Bledsoe on October 24, 2011 at 2:38am
I feel your pain.
Comment by Trish E. Harmon on October 24, 2011 at 3:23am

I am so with you on this. I find myself becoming more and more outraged and enraged by the so-called Christians in this country who think they are the ones who are moral and thoughtful and forgiving. Bullshit! They're anything but. Anyone who knows me, whether it's been for a short time or for many years, knows I'm a good person with a big heart. They know I would never intentionally harm anyone or anything. They know I have strong ethics and morals. Fortunately, I don't get a lot of crap from others because I don't announce it to the world that I'm an atheist (though I will let anyone know if the need arises, to which they just get that "Ohhh" look on their faces and drop the subject) and my mom is atheist, my kids at worst agnostic...one describing herself as "spiritual" because she really doesn't believe the man in the sky bit. So, I'm very lucky. My sister is Muslim, but she doesn't try to impose any of her beliefs onto me. It's not a subject we talk about. But I follow our current political goings-on and find myself more and more pissed about all these self-righteous jerks on the Republican side who think they're mightier than thou and the rest of us are their little peons who should listen to everything they say. Most of these idiots really don't believe the crap they're spewing...it's all about getting elected, nothing more. The ones that do believe their crap are delusional and dangerous. I, too, am feeling more and more bitter and less and less accepting of everyone's beliefs. This is the 21st century...what the hell?

Comment by Daniel Clear on October 24, 2011 at 5:46am

it's ok to be angry. xtians use this anger as proof we're "wrong" because the outward appearance of winning an argument is smiling and being calm.

women were once angry at not getting the vote. this anger must have made many ant-sufferage types feel justified as an angry woman is far too irrational to be trusted with such an important privalige.

blacks were once angry at being told where they can or can't sit on a bus. such anger is surely proof they must be of a lower race to not be able to accept their lot in life?

gays were once angry about discrimination in the workplace, even i remember hearing the concerned tut-tutting of my mother at gay pride marches wondering why they just can't keep it to themselves

protestants were once angry at the demands of taxes from rome and the idea of a holy book being translated into something readable as heresy punishable by death. how right the pope must have felt as these ungrateful heathens dared speak up against gods representative.

in short, the idea that the party who gets angry must be in the wrong is an ideal that precedes the downfall of every tyranny

another person who gets angry is the victim at school who gets bullied then finds their peers siding with the bully. this is normal primate behaviour.

 

there's nothing wrong with being angry. yes it can be taken as a sign of weakness but then being in a minorty group is in itself a weakness and not one to be ashamed of.

 

atheists were acceptable once. just as long as they kept it quiet. democracy demands freedom of speech, to do anything other than vent your anger is undemocratic. we're misrepresented constantly with comments like "i met an atheist once who believed [insert shocking thing], therefore atheism is bad" in fact here's a recent one: http://blog.dorries.org/id-2005-2011_10_Humanists.aspx that make you angry? good

Comment by Filippo A. Salustri on October 24, 2011 at 7:44am
I'm pissed too. Xians will often accuse me of being hateful. Yes, I agree. I hate the hate those miserable fundies feel. I hate the Orwellian power-mongers who use the twisted logic of their fairy tale gods to cause suffering and death. Of course this applies to Muslims, Hindus, etc too.

The thing I hate the most, though, is how religion has held humanity back and continues to hold it back. That is, in my mind, the worst crime against humanity ever perpetrated.

This doesn't mean I can't be happy. I'm actually quite content most of the time. The hate I feel us useful, though. It keeps me focused; I know what direction I want to go; as far as possible from religion, and I will not tolerate religious obstructions in my way.
Comment by Boatman on October 24, 2011 at 10:02am

Maybe I'm just feeling smugly insulated, here in the Great White North, but I have yet to experience what others on this thread have related.  Possibly the closest I have come to being in a "hands off my family, you idiot" scenario was about 15-16 years ago, when the local schools were being petitioned to ban books by R.L. Stine and others, as being unsuitable for elementary-grade children.  That hit my "book-banning" button, and after a short, aharp letter-writing campaign (pre-Internet) the call for the ban was silenced.

 

So, Carol, my wholly unsolicited advice to you is - Relax.  Here's how I approach things.  May not work for everyone, but I find it helps;

 

Let the masses squabble.  As long as they are arguing with each other, they are not pestering me.  In the meantime, I'll be helping my family, and those near and dear, to learn to THINK for themselves.

 

No-where is it written that I must respect your beliefs.  I will, however, not indulge myself by telling you what I think, as a) I feel it would be a waste of time, and b) the last time I tried that, (about 25 years ago) I provoked a rather violent reaction. I deny you the chance to martyr yourself by attacking me.  Fighting hurts (mostly me, as I recall)

 

Family- ah, tricky, that.  I was fortunate in that most members of my side of the family were too lazy to have and maintain a position. The wifes' side is replete with xians, but once I convinced them that I both loved their sister, and didn't give a rats-ass for their religious views, we got along fine.

 

Actually, most of how I deal with the crap in my world boils down to three questions;

1) Will I lose sleep?

2) Will I miss lunch?

3) Will I go to jail?

 

If I can answer "no" to all three, it seems to diminish the importance of the proble, and thus its effect on me.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Goodnight, Carol.

 

Comment by Matthew Willoughby on October 24, 2011 at 2:38pm

This almost sounds like it could be a suicide note

Comment by Carol Foley on October 24, 2011 at 2:49pm

Not a chance, this is the only life I get. I'm living it to the fullest, in spite of how pointless xtians think I should find my life.

Comment by Robert Karp on October 24, 2011 at 4:32pm

I counter the BS with comedy. A daily does of reddit/atheism does the trick. As Jay-Z said, "get that dirt off your shoulder"and now for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

Comment by Hope on October 24, 2011 at 5:23pm

I feel your pain yeah! it's hard to be surrounded by theists when you are an atheist.. is your husband or your boyfriend  atheist? then he can help you! and never mind about your mom teaching your son prayers this is how older people act!

Comment by Dustin on October 24, 2011 at 9:10pm

Goodnight yourself.  :)

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