freedom or religion

We need to talk about how families/parents/communities forcing religion upon people and how making them feel obligated to follow a religion through either:

  • Tradition
  • Emotional/mental abuse
  • Fear tactics 
  • Manipulation
  • The threat of physical violence
  • Threat being shunned 
  • Fear of disownment/homelessness
  • Pressure from bribery or blackmail
  • Pressure through guilt

 is really damaging and traumatic to peoples mental health.

And we need to talk about it now. 

A depressing number of people genuinely believe you have to be Christian to be a “real” American

George Washington took time to write a letter to the Jewish people of Rhode Island guaranteeing them rights and safety. Thomas Jefferson specifically protected Muslims in a piece of legislation he considered important enough to put on his grave.

SKAM S04E07 Clip 6 - Fucking over your friends

VILDE: He’ll break up with me..

EVA: No, Vilde, he won’t.

VILDE: Yes, he will!

CHRIS: He won’t do that..

EVA: Vilde, there are some douchebags who have done this and it’s not your fault. Someone did this to you.

NOORA: It’s not your fault.

EVA: It’s going to be fine. You’re just very, very sad now.

SANA: What happened?

EVA: Someone made ellevillevillde 2 and posted lots of shit about Vilde. It’s really bad.

CHRIS: Yeah..

NOORA: Oh my God..

CHRIS: It’ll be fine.. Just..

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Do you know what people think when they see me, when they see my hijab? Which is the first thing they see? They think I have to wear it because I’m forced to, not because I want to. And if I say I want to, then I’m brainwashed, because I can’t form my own opinions. We’re talking about freedom of religion and so many other freedoms here in Norway, but wearing an extra article of clothing is wrong? And people.. think we get married out of nowhere, and that there are all these arranged marriages and that I’ll be forcibly married to my cousin tomorrow! Do you know what people do when Elias and I walk down the street? People spit after him because they think he’s oppressing me! Elias! He doesn’t even want me to wear the hijab, because he doesn’t want me to get hate. Do you know how fucking tiring it is walking out the door every day knowing it’s another day where you have to prove to a whole country that you’re not oppressed?

Imagine being able to decide for yourself if you want to follow a religion or not and if you do want to follow a religion, imagine having the ability to choose that for yourself..

Such a simple thing right? 

99% of ex muslims can’t do this without living in fear of being abused, disowned or murdered.

I’m so sick of this ‘religion of peace’ bullshit.