- Published on Thursday, 07 June 2012 06:47
- Written by Vonnie
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"Why do Atheists speak out so much? Gawwd. They're so annoying!" I see comments like this on a regular basis. I used to answer them… but I've learned that people aren't really asking as much as bitching, so I don't bother, anymore, unless I'm actually asked directly. But since I brought it up here… I'll tell you why I think Atheists speak out so much, and it's really rather simple… because it's important to them. People speak out about matters that are important to them, it's basic human nature. And I'm grateful to live in a Country where I'm free to do so. I know it drives the religious zealots bananas, but that's to be expected. Par for the course. And frankly, Atheists aren't speaking out to impress the religiously fervent or apathetic seculars who think we should just "shut up, already", (yeah, fyi… not gonna happen)… we speak out for equality, freedom and humanity. Organized Religion has been given a free pass to do what ever it likes for too long… even at the expense and well being of others, it just keeps pressing on, no questions asked. This is what we're standing up against, and Religions are none too thrilled about it - yes, we're assertive, we have to be. You think if we just asked the Pope to play nice he'd listen? hahaha Oh, if it were just that easy, huh?
This is reality and things aren't going to change unless we push for change… and frankly, most of us WERE religious once upon a time, we are well aware of its dysfunction (though, one only needs a history book and a current newspaper to catch right up). We lived with it. We left it… and we'll be damned if we're going to sit idly by without telling our story and reaching out to others who are trapped as we speak in Religion's oh so perfectly orchestrated web of dysfunction and corruption. We speak out because we CAN and by doing so we empower those who feel they can't. That's my answer, in a nutshell. Religion has had its fragile ego stroked long enough, like some privileged spoiled brat that doesn't have to follow the rules or be accountable like everything else… it just sits in its shiny, gilded bubble, crying persecution as it mows people over who get too close or ask too many questions. We've had enough, and frankly it's not just Atheists… I have Christian friends who have left the church because they too have had enough! Enough is enough! Someone has to say something… and it looks like that someone is Atheists… at least those who have the freedom to speak out. Ok, that's my answer, in a nutshell. For sure this time.
If there's a creator of some kind out there, awesome, thanks for the cosmos! As for Religion(s)… I whole heartedly believe Religion is nothing more than a corrupt & lucrative business that's gotten rich selling belief in a box (Christianity, Catholicism, JW, Islam, etc, etc). And we gullible & indoctrinated humans are just so eager to fit into a flock & think ourselves as extra special (God's chosen ones), we eat this stuff up like a fat kid on cake. It makes me sad, actually… Religion has played us all, some of us have simply figured it out sooner than others. It will all come out in the wash. Time's a ticking.
Oh, and a big shout out to my friend, Brad. He has seen the light… and I couldn't be happier for him. Really proud of you, honey bunch!