In this, my first blog post of my new blog, I thought it important to address atheism, in particular, being vocal as an atheist. There are many reasons someone who does not believe in the supernatural should speak out, but the following are my reasons. Some may share them, others may not, but as an atheist I think we can all agree that if we do not begin to make ourselves known, our world and the rules of our society will continue to be dictated by the religious and this is something we can ill afford.
Direct and Potential Harm
Remaining in the shadows and being, at best, tolerated and at worst, reviled in the religious community causes direct harm to society at large. As atheists, we should neither feel shame or fear, yet many of us do. Most of us have been raised religious and even for those who have not (myself included), feel the pressure of remaining silent for fear of ostracism. Our families and friends are likely religious and society at large accepts a myth as truth and our very existence is permeated with religion.
Fuck that noise.
The more we speak out and get involved the more we have a chance at a balanced world. It’s not going to happen in our lifetime, but we are at the catalyst, the founding fathers and mothers, of a movement that will one day shape the world into a better place for everyone. Most of us are raised to feel that if we don’t receive immediate gratification, a thing is not worth doing. This is a very dangerous notion to live by. Speaking out against religion and accepting your atheism as a positive force in your life, can and will change your life for the positive. You no longer have to live with the restraints that religion places upon you and you are free to live your life by the moral standards society at large sets and not the asinine bullshit in a religious text. We all know that THOSE morals are laughable at best and dangerous at worst.
Religion is insidious and the direct and potential harm knows no boundaries. From what we are allowed to do to our own bodies to the very laws we are required to live by, it’s all dictated by the “moral majority”. We can no longer afford to sit by and watch the future of humanity deteriorate like toilet paper in a sewer.
So, I speak out. In my day to day life, it doesn’t seem so important. I take care of my kids, I clean my house, I cook dinner, I visit with friends and family, but in doing all of that I don’t go to church and I don’t hide who I am. If it comes up, I proudly announce that I am an atheist. I don’t go around “rubbing” it in faces, but I never hide it. What’s the point? I have no shame; in fact I am almost prideful because I am able to think for myself and beyond what people tell me to think. I was not raised religious and while I admit to claiming to believe in God when I was young, I didn’t know what it meant. I was never a true believer, so atheism is easy for me. I don’t mean to be flippant, but at the same time I want everyone to be proud to not be influenced by pressures to stay underground. The more we are outspoken and the more we educate those around us, even if it falls on deaf ears most of the time, the more of a chance we have to succeed in changing this shit society that is currently dictated by religion instead of truth.
I am; I am tired of fighting for fairness. I’m tired of the religious looking at me like I am some evil bitch that is out to eat their children. I’m tired of having my personal rights violated at every turn because someone thinks they are living by a code from some ancient text that they believe is proof of a supernatural deity. Mostly, I’m tired of ill-informed, uneducated, morally bankrupt people telling me how I should live my life.
Fuck you. Get some education and some fucking common sense and then come talk to me.