If you've ever dared to express your atheism in any public place, even if its just on a message board, chances are, someone has told you something around the lines of why do you care about what people believe?, live and let die man. Seems a very neutral, logical point of view, it's almost something i would agree with...if the religious weren't out there shoving their beliefs down everyone's throat, claiming that anyone that doesn't believe in what they believe is either a fool or has a "hole" in their life, threatening people left and right with hellfire, damnation and eternal torture in the lake of fire.
Socially, the table is tilted on the religious's favor, they are the good guys, the ones that promote morality, atheists are the godless beings that care for nobody but themselves, take social networks for example, on my personal Facebook as i've stated before, 100% of my family are balls out Christians, most of them don't believe in evolution because all they know about it is that popular image of the monkey to human scale, so constantly i have to read their posts asking for prayers for another family member or friend who is sick or is going through some tough times, some just love posting bible passages, or the occasional warning about how the end of times is near.
So why do i care if they post harmless stuff on Facebook?, it's a matter of analysis, if i dare to even start linking this blog on my personal Facebook, i would have to deal with their double standards, they are perfectly fine with promoting their beliefs, and their ideas, but god forbid i express some of mine, immediately i turn into the asshole for expressing my own view of the world. I don't do it, because if i do, i know someone will eventually show up here at my house and preach some arguments that i've probably heard 2000 times before.
But i do have this blog, and i do actively post on Christian videos and whenever i'm asked directly, i do address, i talk, when asked, about religion with close family members, friends and friends of friends that for some reason touch that subject. I feel we need to criticize religion, we can't just live and let die, i care about it because they try to push it into society, i care because of people that wan't to teach Creationism in schools, i care about it because some people out there actively abuse children by filling their fragile minds with images of satan, torture, hellfire, doom, and most of all, the image of that guy nailed and bleeding all over a cross, a crucifix has to be one of the top forging materials for children's nightmares.
I feel i have to present arguments against it because people out there bash and spit on the face of science to defend their religious ideas, they claim science doesn't work, science doesn't offer morality, it doesn't have concrete answers, and they do all their bashing from their iphones, their macs, or their desktop computers, they film documentaries and videos against science using digital cameras, cellphones and microphones, and they advertise it on the internet, but they don't see the irony in that.
I care because it has been proven that religious governments do not work, you can argue all you want about Stalin, but in all fairness, Stalinism was a very dogmatic movement that was based on brainwashing and some sort of faith. There is absolutely no evidence that a Christian/Secular nation like the United States is a superpower because of Christianity, look at Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, all very successful countries with a better economy than the U.S, all of them secular countries with the highest rates of Atheism or Agnosticism, now look at the Islamic countries, if you don't see how religion has prevented technological development there, you have to be blind or very ill informed.
The same kind of technological oppression can be seen in the U.S with Christian moralists trying to ban stem cell research, a form of technology that can help us cure cancer, spinal cord damage, blindness, infertility, and baldness, just to name a few. They don't care about saving any lives, as long as they can keep picketing abortion clinics and forcing raped teenagers to carry on with their undesired pregnancy, as if they are going to take care of the offspring, ladies, a priest is the last person that should be talking about family values.
We simply can't live and let die, of course, i don't go door to door every Saturday morning preaching atheism, i don't offer pamphlets outside the supermarket, i don't threaten people by saying that 500 mad scientists will go to their house and perform sick experiments to their children if they don't stop believing in god. But, i do protest against people that do such things, if you give me a pamphlet, you better expect a rebuttal, if you are gonna come to my door to tell me i'm empty inside, you better be ready for an argument, and if you tell me or anyone else that we are burning in hell for our sins, then please, do not get offended if i politely tell you why you are full of shit.
- I care because of people that want religion in the classroom.
- I care because of the psychological abuse that they inflict on children.
- I care because of their defamation of science.
- I care because of their belief that every newborn is a sinner.
- I care because of the amount of guilt they create on people's minds.
- I care because of the people that have died and still die in the name of god.
- I care because of religion's constraining grasp against scientific progress.
- I care because of Christianity and Islam's intolerance, abuse and degradation of women.
- I care because of the polls that show 40% of Americans are YEC's.
- I care because of the catholic church's obscene wealth.
- I care because of the increasing popularity of violent and oppressive Islam.
- I care because of all the pedophile priests and pastors that the church protects.
- I care because of their absolute intolerance towards other silly religious beliefs.
- I care because of the murderous pope, that advices Africans against using condoms.
- I care because of the fear they plant on the believer's mind, without Satan, God wouldn't sell.
Thats why i care. So...why do you care?.