You know when they talk about self-fulfilling prophesies? And you know how the Christians believe the End is just around the corner, as well as the Muslims, and the people who think the Mayan Calendar names the very day and year the End will be upon us? And you see how we're all going to war over who God likes best and gave a certain little piece of shitty land to? And how all the Christians say there's no such thing as Global Warming and that it's just a hoax to glean money from people? And how they pretty much think Obama is the Antichrist? And how education is thought to be a tool of Satan? And how they're rewriting history to make themselves look good?
A couple hundred years ago, you could escape the insanity of your country by fleeing across the oceans or walking across arid deserts to, as yet, undiscovered lands. You could set up camp and live there without any real fear of being found or harassed. I'd very much like to escape America, but the other countries don't offer much better (even with their Universal Healthcare). Besides, gaining citizenship is never an easy process. And, honestly, I just feel like the cancer will spread at some point, in some form (whether it's Islam, Christianity or Scientology) if these religions aren't handled. How do I know this? Past behavior is a good indicator of future outcomes. I mean, it's not like we're jumping to conclusions by saying Christianity will bare its fangs again once it's given enough leverage; it's already happened before!
The point is, I want to escape but there's no where to go. A have a knot in my stomach right now, which comes from my own mother's idiocy. There's a poll on Facebook asking if Obama should get parental consent to address "our" children, and I voted "no". He's the President of the United States, for crying out loud! I can't tell you how many random speakers came to my school without my parents ever even knowing! If they didn't have to have permission, why should the President?!! My mom says it's because he's beginning to spread the propaganda and lies; he's going to brainwash kids into believing there's some value in taking care of the poor or underprivileged. He's probably going to turn them into Nazis, right?
I heard Michelle Obama address some girls in, I believe, England. She was encouraging them to pursue an education so they could become informed citizens who change the world and have a voice in society. It was important to Michelle to empower females specifically. Sometimes I wonder about Obama, but I've never heard him SAY anything I don't agree with. What he says seems too good to be true, but I want to believe him. It sickens me that it's his MESSAGE Christians and Republicans have a problem with, not whether or not he's lying. It makes me nauseous that they come at him from every angle, like accusing him of not being a citizen of the USA. It's very distressing to see the kind of bigotry that actually lives and breathes within this country.
You know, when I was a Christian, I fully believed it was the Christians who were being subdued and persecuted, but I never realized how much power and sway they actually held; I never realized they were the ones who were subduing and persecuting! Like all Christians, I disassociated myself from such things as the Crusades and the Inquisition, using that age-old excuse that they weren't "truly Christian". What I've found, on this side of the argument, is that Christians behave in a very predictable fashion down through history up into this very day. I'm sure this is no big surprise to most people on this site, but it's been upsetting, for me, to discover Christians are the biggest threat to our Freedom.
I'll blame people like my own mother for allowing the government to dictate what god, if any, is to be honored in public spaces. I'll blame people like my own family members for stripping homosexuals and women of their "God given" rights. I'll witness that it's the people who I became close to and went to church with who violently repress education and free-thought. They so blindly cling to their beliefs that they'll sacrifice anything and anyone who gets in their way, even the ones they love. I can't even express the frustration inside me when I think of this; the deep desire to cut and run before it gets worse. I feel like those who are religious are getting scared (per Fox News' fear mongering) and are about to reassert their control before Atheists even get a chance.
I hope I'm wrong. I just feel like there's nowhere to run and that they'll get their End of the World if things continue as they are. Part of the relief of sloughing off religion was that I no longer had to fear the Apocalypse, but reality has shown itself to be a new kind of nightmare, brought on by those who are still sleep-walking. I was so relieved to be out of that non-reality, but I can't believe how much power those who are within it have. This fear could be partially brought on by what superstition has already been ingrained in me from my religious upbringing, but... they still scare me. There's nothing more frightening than irrationality holding a gun.
It just blows my mind that, in the fear of of having their freedoms taken, they steal the freedoms of others... and lose theirs anyway.