Tuesday, May 19, 2009

You CAN be good without god

I've said this before but I'm going to say it again. Religion breeds hate. Right now it's a small issue in Indiana. Transpo has just decided to allow atheists to advertise. At first, they said no but then the ACLU threatened to sue and suddenly, Transpo had a change of heart. The ad being shown on the news says simply, "You can be good without god." It's not awful. It's not out and out saying anything bad about religion. I take the ad as saying more, just because we choose NOT to believe, doesn't make us an awful person. We have morals and values that we choose to uphold just the same as someone who believes in god, heaven and hell. All you have to do is take a look at the comments after these types of stories to see why I feel religion breeds hate. These so-called Christians are calling atheists idiots, saying we don't deserve rights in this country as it was founded on Christian values. Others are saying that we're a minority and we should just shut up, majority rules. Why not just call me a witch, get some wood together and burn me while you're at it? It's ridiculous and quite frankly, it's hurtful. These people choose to believe in god, go to church on Sundays and yet they are not practicing what they are preaching. If I'm not mistaken, a good Christian, treats others with respect and loves thy neighbor. I guess if you don't believe exactly what they believe, then all that is null and void. Every, single atheist I have ever met (and I've met a lot) I've found to be far better people than most of the religious people I've met. Maybe that's because there are more religious people out there than atheists. I don't know. We. Are. Not. Bad. People. We just choose not to believe what you do. The second someone asks me what my religion is and I say I have none, I am immediately demonized by that person. I have to "prove" myself to be a good person since I have no book to follow, no god to answer to at the end of this lifetime. And partially, that's why I try to live my life the way I do. I want to be a positive example of an atheist. I want people to meet me, find out I'm an atheist and change their views on us. In a lot of cases, it seems some people are just too close minded to see us for who we really are and not by the name given to us.

4 comments:

Indigo said...

I've often wondered how someone could believe shoving their religion down my throat was going to make me believe...I had more than my share of religious hate thanks to my mother, after all I'm the incarnation of evil that's why I'm deaf.

Yeah, I know if anyone actually stopped and thought about how inane the above statement was...(Hugs)Indigo

Beth said...

I've had way too many hypocritical religious people in my life to want to put up with their judgmental ways. I've also had decent religious people, like my folks and one of my sisters, who don't preach, just live good lives. Why can't everyone be that way? And they don't seem to get that they're not doing their religion any favors, because that sort of preachiness is a big ol' turnoff to most people! Hugs, Beth

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Excellent entry. If people would only practice what the preach, this would be a very different country :o)

Wayne Images said...

Hey girlie,

I've been very busy and haven't been keeping up with your blog. May in Indianapolis is CRAZY.

I always thought that religious people were horrible and mean and hypocritical too. It's what turned me away from the church and from them for soooo many years.

Something I've learned since I started going to church and putting Christ first in my life is that it's all true! EVERYONE of us are sinners. Even my preacher's a sinner and not perfect.

These folks leaving the mean comments or turning away from you because you're not a Christian are wrong. That's not the way people should act and it's not the way Jesus wants us to act. They really make me mad! He wants us to love others, everyone, even our enemies. That's a tall order. I struggle with loving my enemies but I'm trying.

And on that note. I love you and your family! Hope to see you all next Saturday!

Jeri