In America we live free from religious persecution

In America we live free from religious persecution. We have the right to practice whatever religious beliefs we may or may not have. From Catholicism and Christianity all the way to Atheism. Even Satanists have the right to believe what they wish. Is this really true though? Are we, in the United States, really free from the terror that other people can inflict because of our beliefs?

There are so many people out there that do not like the fact that other people, practice different faiths.

I am an atheist. I used to be a Christian, then I turned to a more secular belief. I went Agnostic. I had believed that there was a higher power. I just didn’t practice any religion. Finally I gave up on all my beliefs in any type of god or holy spirit. The fact that I am an Atheist does not mean I worship the Devil, as some like to believe, that just proves their ignorance. It does not mean I am an evil, maniacal, deviant, who doesn’t respect other faiths. I do. I am very respectful of others. I just don’t want religion shoved down my throat.

Back to the point, because I am Atheist, people tend to harass me. I have been insulted numerous times, called a devil worshiper (which isn’t what an atheist is), I have lost friends, and boyfriends, all because they said that they could never be with an atheist freak. I am part of Facebook, on facebook i have it posted that I am Atheist. Someone who i have never met, never once spoke to, commented, telling me that I was an emo freak who will burn in hell and live in eternal damnation for being Atheist. He then continued to yell at me and say that I should go slit my wrists in a corner and bleed to death. At the time I was 16 years old and he was somewhere in his mid 30s and there he was. Harassing me, because I didn’t believe what he did.

Now at the age of 19 I have come to realize that he was scared. He was afraid of what he didn’t understand. Petrified of something that threatened his belief that there has to be something after life. that there has to be some all knowing thing out there that can forgive him for all the wrong that he has done. It is that fear that can cause a 30 year old man, to feel threatened by a 16 year old girl, who believed that when you die that’s it. Threatened by someone who doesn’t need the wrath of God to make me behave, obey laws, and have good morals. Its that fear that causes anyone with a belief to want to make someone who believes something different, feel a more cruel fear. The kind that they need God to forgive them for.

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Comment by Lindsey on April 11, 2011 at 1:25pm

That's why visibility is so important. The more people are exposed to atheists, the more they will realize that we are normal, good human beings, and the less they'll be able to justify stupid shit like telling a 16 year old girl to go slit her wrists. Honestly, what kind of depraved, disgusting human being could ever think that kind of behavior is acceptable? I'm sorry you had to put up with that crap.

Comment by Amber Cantrell on April 11, 2011 at 5:39pm
It's okay, over the years I've grown accustomed to it. People around here, especially my family, are very closed minded about different belief systems, so I'v grown to ignore the comments.
Comment by Tenley Cherie on April 12, 2011 at 11:55pm
That is...awful. While I quietly slipped away after 'coming out' and one by one my family just simply quit talking to me (well, I was already done talking to my parents long before) you had to endure a lot of hardships. I'm so sorry for that...and what kind of thirty-something-year-old picks on a teenager for their lack of religion? That's disgusting...religion can make people so incredibly immature!

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