I am an atheist because it logically makes sense. I am an atheist because science matches it. I trust experiments that have been correctly conducted and are unbiased. I am an atheist because it is the only thing that gives me hope that a secular America (blasphemous, I know) would be full of sensible people. I am so tired of this religious shit. Religion is used to manipulate millions of young and old thoughts, dreams, hopes, and expectations. Religion is only a tool of control. Nothing more, nothing less. It is a delusion, and a very harmful one. I had more self esteem when I believed in Santa Claus than when I believed in jesus. Most of the world believes in something that doesn't want them to be happy individuals!

This is only socially accepted for the same reason that slavery was, and the same reason that US immigrants in the 1800s and 1900s had to fight so hard for their rights as workers. The reason being, money. With slavery, it was the US economy. The government sponsored propaganda to make sure the black people stayed in their "place", so they could live lavishly. With the immigrant workers, it was that their towns were even owned by their bosses. Rebelling meant being evicted and fired. The immigrants did not have civil rights until they fought for them. Same thing with the enslaved. We all know this.

So why aren't we fighting for our rights in society? This social discrimination, which was also happening to those minority groups, still exists to this day, but with heavy and outspoken opposition. Where are our representatives? The opposition against atheism, at least here in the US, is our own christian society. Has anybody heard of a politician who actively advertised themselves as an atheist? One that people took seriously? I have not. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

We do not deserve to be the least trusted minority. Granted, there will be immoral (definitions of immoral vary, of course) people no matter how you divide the populations up. Criminals exist across the board. But as I have seen pointed out on this site repeatedly, atheists are typically very educated individuals, more so than the normal population. Their education turns them into atheists, much more cunning criminals, or anything and everything in between. The point I'm trying to make is that atheists are smart and also very much human. I haven't met an atheist who didn't have their own version of morals.

But back to the topic of money. Of course, this connection should be fairly obvious to those in the US. All of our politicians are christians! "Separation of church and state" is a fallacy that our government likes to hide behind because it lets them keep running our society the way they do, and profiting from it. When it comes down to it, the population of America is full of uneducated individuals who embrace christianity with all they have, and they will continue to vote for and support christian politicians above all others. That will never change, unless we do something about it.

While it is true that atheists are not fighting for civil liberties and freedoms, I believe that we would be struggling for basic human rights at just about any other point in time in history. I can't speak for everybody, but I personally am very tired of hearing about jeebus everywhere I go. Granted, I live in the Bible Belt, but still. It's a matter of principle. If we don't start changing our image, there will be nobody to do it for us. If there was an atheist/humanist group that I could volunteer with, I would. Without a doubt.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment by Flip on February 17, 2009 at 10:11pm
Thank you for writing that ... and You are NOT alone....

There are no rights unless individuals personally fight for them.
that is and has been the bottom line.

While it's true that we have a lot of ground to travel ... it's not beyond the wit of mankind to do so.
taking the first steps are important... but that is how all big things start... *small* and with an idea.

Comment by Dave G on February 17, 2009 at 11:03pm
A most excellent post!

A couple tidbits of information for you. There is one openly atheist/agnostic/humanist congressman, Pete Stark. He's open about it, and has gotten re-elected.

And only *most* of our politicians are Christian. Some are Jewish or Muslim. I don't think that there are any Hindus or other religions in Congress, but I might be wrong.
Comment by Frank on February 18, 2009 at 7:53am
I totally agree with everything you said. I too currently reside in the bible belt and am tired of seeing all the Christian propaganda. I hope to someday see a collective of people traveling the world promoting positive action and free-thinking, the problem is most in America are indoctrinated into the Christian faith even if they don't come from a church going family.
Comment by Pam on February 18, 2009 at 11:19am
Some of us are fighting for our rights, but it's so often misinterpreted as "militant" and aggressive and anti-Christian. We're complaining about nothing, so sit down and shut up.

"I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute." --Rebecca West, 1913

This is exactly what happens to atheists who refuse to be doormats and prostitutes for religion.
Comment by anti-supernaturalist on May 3, 2009 at 12:10pm
** Livin' in Ameristan (home of the xian taliban)

• Christianity is the practice of nihilism -- Nietzsche

Xian-ism is nihilism. Directed inward, hatred of self. Directed outward, hatred of others and of nature. Everywhere one of the big-3 monotheisms has touched has become a cultural cancer of hate-based morality. Many non-religious persons still buy into vengeful customs enshrined in our laws and uneducated mental habits.

• God doesn't enjoy “executive privilege”

To directly attack an entrenched institution has value as a way of dislodging culturally conditioned believers. Also, when the cultural costs of membership exceed its perceived benefits -- the previously faithful will vote with their deserting feet.

1. Out all politico-religious operatives. These are the dregs of fundie land -- they call themselves “dominionists”.

2. Time to eliminate the special IRS status of all religions. Tax their property, tax their income, de-fund their parasitical faith-based initiatives. (Obama out Bushes Bush on this nonsense.) Then we’ll see how long their pernicious special interest groups last.

3. Time to stop xian-taliban (harassers-stalkers-murderers) from enforcing prig morality and unlawful social control, especially at the state, county, and local levels.

• Agitate for a truly secular state

A secular state will not demand our dollars to support xian TV cons, greedy preachers, priestly pedophiles, ID idiots on school boards . . . who cram their non-existent god, fictional good book and perverted values down our throats.

Creating a religion-free culture is our task for the next 100 years. Now, that is something worth your effort.



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