Right, but you're only saying that because you're religious, aren't you?
I don't know where to begin. This, like most of my writing on this forum, is probably going to be muddled and confusing.
I am an adamant atheist. There is no doubt in my mind that the Catholic church is one of the most corrupt and anti-Christlike organizations in the world. Disregard the crusades, misogyny, 2000 years of persecution and ignoring science. If Jesus came to earth today, he would crush Vatican City. Westboro represent everything Christianity should not be. Mormons, who may not be quite as bigoted as the other two, have their own prejudices. Now, before anyone jumps on me for not mentioning Muslims or any other non-Christian religion, it has nothing to do with some vendetta or attention seeking related to my childhood. I do have my qualms with other religions, they just aren't as well represented, as destructive, and growing up in Arizona for 19 years, I am much more familiar with Christianity. I am currently reading the bible, and I plan to read the Qur'an at some point soon.
So anyway, I can argue about the churches and how they disgust me for hours.
Now, if I disregard the churches using their influence to corrupt and destroy. I still have issues with individual spiritualism. Its fucking preposterous to believe in something like that. Not only is it ridiculous to completely disregard everything science has to tell you because it is 'constantly changing' or 'but this has been around for thousands of years!', but also the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds of religions. What makes you think yours is right? On top of that, what makes you think your religion gives you the right to dictate others lives or pass judgment? No, religion is not required to have morality. Even if it was required at some point, are we not past that now?
This was said on the forum about 2 years ago, I only noticed it maybe a year ago, so I didn't want to bump the thread. But I feel like it is kind of relevant to what I have to say, and I am curious what others think.
Is this out of line? I really haven't any idea if this is something that shouldn't be done or not. If so, just message me and I'll edit it out.
Why the fuck do atheists need to impose their beliefs on others? Because they believe that some poor kid in rural Kansas is The Chosen One for curing cancer, only he'll never be able to accomplish that unless all the religious dogma he'll be taught throughout his life is stopped before it reaches him? Fuck that. Christians impose their beliefs on others because there is a destiny involved in their religion, because evangelism consistent with their beliefs. Atheists' "beliefs," as a group, are limited to "God Ain't." The only logical reason for them to impose this belief on others is simple bigotry and intolerance. Annoyed by those who believe in God(s)? Cry moar.
Anyway, despite all my problems with religion, not only in practice, but the thought of blind ignorance for the sake of happiness, I'm still not bothered by people being religious. As long as they keep it too themselves. Don't be a narrow minded bigot, don't pass judgment, don't dictate others lives based solely on your religious belief, and we shouldn't have a problem.
It all boils down to this, I judge people from a person to person basis. Atheists can be just as much of a fucking ass as a theist can.
To be completely honest, I think the only reason I feel this way, is because I have a lot of religious friends who are good people. If all the people I met were like some of the kids I have gone to school with, I'd be in the exact same position you are, and I wouldn't doubt if I got to that point in a few years anyway.
Llamas, can I ask what Agnosticism means to you?
I wrote a four word letter.