When does it become okay to speak openly against religion?
I ask this hypothetically, because for atheists the answer is usually, "When you have the time."
But for theists it's usually along the lines of, "Never," or "Always, as long as it isn't OUR religion."
As an anti-religion atheist I get a lot of that weird flavor of pity, never understanding, just... "Well you just had a bad experience with religion."
It has some variety, sometimes it's directly aimed at the RCC, or Christianity, but generally it is always there in the corner waiting to rear its ugly head. I tell people that I do no embrace religion or spirituality, and when they ask me my story, somehow it discredits me.
I don't understand how having a bad experience with religion nullifies my opinions. I think it highlights something very important about how negative religion is.
Let's look at some of the negative experiences people have had.
These are just a few documented statistics, but every week it seems like we hear another horror story of a child being tormented and abused in the name of god.
Which brings me back to my own story. I've told my abusive boyfriend/ sexual shame story to my Xtian friends before, and my bitterness was blamed on the RCC. It wasn't a Catholic doctrine that screwed with my head, it was a xtian one. It was one in which a hormonally charged young person is filled with tales of the glory of abstinence while all they can think about is sex.
I would have found the same crap in Islam and Judaism.
Just because other people enjoy the oppression of religion doesn't make it good.
I can speak out against religion, because I have personal experience.