theist

You believe in a god?

Well, that’s chill. 
I might not agree, but I support your right to your own beliefs. 
You want to go to church every holiday, or every Sunday, or even every day?
That’s chill too man.  I mean, do what you want in your time. 
You want to follow the rules of your religion-not do certain things/do other stuff?
Alright man, follow whatever code/law/moral-religious-personal rules you want to. 

BUT IF YOU TRY TO TELL ME OR ANYONE ELSE THAT WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR GOD, YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS/RULES, OR PARTICIPATE IN ANYTHING THAT IS BASED OFF OF YOUR RELIGION THEN I WILL GO ON A VERY VERY LONG RANT. 

Bonus- If you try to say your god needs to be in public schools and or that the reason *insert bad societal thing* is because your god isnt in schools, I will also go off on an extremely lengthy rant. 

Thank you, this has been a PSA. 

Atheism: Real Life VS Christian Movies

Real life:

“Did you go to that church downtown last week?”

“Never have, actually. I’m an atheist.”

“Oh, sorry.”

“No biggie. What happened?”

“Well, the funniest thing happened last Sunday…”

Christian movies:

“Did you go to that church downtown last week?”

“NO I DIDN’T!!! I’M AN ATHEIST YOU DUMB PIECE OF SHIT!!! YOU RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE SO DAMN ANNOYING, SHOVING YOUR FUCKIN’ RELIGION DOWN OUR THROATS EVERY CHANCE YOU GET!!! GO ROT IN THE HELL THAT DOESN’T EXIST, YOU THEIST GARBAGE!!!!!1!!1!!1!!”

When I was in 6th grade, a bunch of kids started praying at lunch, hand holding and everything. They tried to make me do it too.

The following year there was a girl who screamed “Don’t use god’s name in vain!” when someone said OMG. She brought a bible to school and started reading from it in the middle of Social Studies. One of the very first things she asked me was whether or not I was Christian. I answered that I don’t believe in any god. She spent the whole year trying to convert me.

One day I finally told her all the things I hadn’t said because I didn’t want to be rude. I told her: I'm fine if you have your own religion, but when you do (thing she had been doing, but it works for everything), you are trying to force your religion on me, and that is not okay. You may not know, but your god is not the only “god” out there. Just because you live in a country where the majority religion is yours, doesn’t mean EVERYONE has that religion, or that they have to. I don’t care about what the bible says, (and btw yours is one of many) because I don’t believe it’s real.
  
  I let you have your beliefs, can you please let me have mine?

 
— I’m sorry you had to experience this anon. Its sad how many people dont realize what they’re doing is wrong, and I hope you continue to stick up for yourself in the way you did with that girl. Educating and standing up for yourself and others is important, and Im glad you did it without attacking her! – TOA 

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While these may be controversial & provocative, Muslims have no right to be offended by it. What’s offensive is that atheism is punishable with the death penalty in Saudi Arabia & many other Muslim-majority countries both in the middle east & outside of it. Not all Muslim-majority countries have the death penalty, but there are other punishments like prison, lashes, annulment of marriage, loss of child custody & family inheritance, seizure of property, loss of employment, & others.

Even if these laws didn’t exist, atheists still experience oppression from society. Most will not come out to their families for fear of being disowned, kicked out, or even worse, killed. If the apartheid laws weren’t bad enough, you still have to worry about how your family, friends, & neighbours will react to your lack of faith. So these pictures aren’t offensive, they’re resistance against oppression & apartheid. When you oppress a group of people so much & take away their right to live, expect the frustration to be released one way or another, even if it pisses off your oppressors.

While one can try to argue that the death penalty has nothing to do with Islam, the politicians & clerics who advocate the law use Sharia, verses from the Quran, & hadiths to support it. Only a tiny minority of clerics & fiqh experts oppose it, & they are constantly being accused of apostasy themselves.

Thirteen countries punish atheism with the death penalty. These are Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Qatar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Nigeria, & Sudan. All are Muslim-majority & use Sharia to varying degrees, except for Nigeria but the death penalty only applies in certain Muslim-majority states in the north.

Until these laws no longer exist & atheists can finally live, Muslims have no right to be offended by legitimate resistance & our response to oppression.

Testimonies from Saudi atheists I personally know:

“It’s hell. Religion is always pushed down our throats. We’ve worked so hard to get rid of the brainwash we’ve been receiving all our lives just to put on a mask every fucking day in front of people. A socially acceptable mask. It’s like we’re in a zombie apocalypse & we’re disguising as zombies to not have our brains eaten. You MUST agree with them. You MUST wear that mask every fucking day of your life. You start to get less & less chances in life of taking that mask off & relaxing for a bit & the more you wear that mask the more painful it gets because that fucking mask is poisonous. But you wear it anyway because the alternative is getting killed.”

“The first thing I’d start with is how hard it is to live a double life. Religion & the place I’m living in are some of the reasons why I’m suffering from severe depression. Religion haunts me. I’m always having nightmares that I’ve been caught & will face beheading. My life is in danger 24/7.”

“In Saudi Arabia, god is your judge, jury, & executioner. God is not in the sky but on the ground in the form of long bearded men with evil in their eyes. God wanted me dead but now god can’t reach me (thanks to getting asylum). How godly of him.”

“Being an atheist single mother is terrifying. I’m always paranoid someone will find out & take my son away from me because I’m an “unfit mother”. It breaks my heart that I have to lie to him about god & religion because he’s too young to realize how dangerous speaking the truth is.”

“I can’t think of anything that would describe it better than hell. It’s way too risky to say anything.”

“I seriously don’t want to think about this shitty place we live in becuse I’m already depressed as fuck.”

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy
—  C.S Lewis
Confession

My mom is so controlling, but in a passive aggressive way. Whenever o screw up (at least in her mind) she lectures me and somehow contorts the issue into me not reading the Bible enough. She’s always trying to guilt me into it it, but I remain unconvinced. I don’t even know if I’m Christian - I think may just be theist. I’d like to raise my kids to be like me -skeptical but not to the point of judging other people’s beliefs. But I KNOW that she’ll be always trying to visit me tell me I need to stay at home with my children and that I’m parenting wrong and force Jesus down my kids’ throats. Ugh.