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.