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!!”

The Problem with Atheists

[Before anyone gets mad, #NotAllAtheists.]

I am an atheist. More specifically, an agnostic atheist. I would even go as far as to say I am an anti-theist. I do not like religion. I don’t respect religion. I’d be happy to see religion go away for good. 

That being said, the atheist “community”, if you can call it a community at all, has some serious issues. I figure taking a look at it from an atheist perspective might be interesting or even useful.  

Atheists are angry. Atheists are frustrated. The worst part is that we have every right to be. From our perspective, we’re living in a world that rejects logic and reason for faith. Personally, I was formerly religious and so were many other atheists. This gives us this sensation that we’ve been lied to, maybe even brainwashed.This itself is not a problem. 

The problem is that, due to our anger and frustration, we end up acting on emotion. Despite many of us worshiping at the altar of logic and reason or skepticism itself, we end up becoming what we hate.

We become angry with innocent people. People who, for various reasons, are wrapped up in religion. People who, like us, just want to live their lives. When we lash out at these people, we are doing what we often accuse religious people of doing to us. We’re bullying them. We’re pushing them, against their will, to (dis)believe something that they don’t want to.

Again, I want to make it very clear, this is not all atheists! I certainly try my best not to be that way and I’ve witnessed many other atheists who do even better than myself. Being an atheist doesn’t make you inherently anything, it simply makes you someone who doesn’t believe.

This post is for those who can’t pull their head out of their ass long enough to realize religious people are as worthy of being treated with respect! You gotta get it together. Whether we like it or not, all atheist get lumped together and you are making us all look bad. I can’t stop you from doing so, it’s your right to freedom of speech, but I’m making a plea.

Consider that there is more to life than being correct.

Your human rights are always in play, but so are your human limits.

Nothing stops or limits your rights except the intrusion of those rights upon others.

For example, you have the right to freedom of belief unless you attempt to use that right to take away someone elses right to be free of discrimination or their right to education and/or equality. 

If one’s rights were allowed to trample another NO ONE would have equality. 

If you want your rights respected you NEED to respect others.

If you were born in Israel, you’d probably be Jewish. If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you’d probably be Muslim. If you were born in India, you’d probably be Hindu. If you were born in the United States, you’d probably be Christian. Your faith is not inspired by some divine, it’s inspired by where you were born.

I hate when apologists say that the bible and particularly jesus message is “love” have you ever read the bible? or are you just cherry picking a couple things like “love your neighbor” in Luke 19:27 said “but those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them bring them here and kill them in front of me.”
is that about peace and love? its only peace and love for people that worship god, thats the message of the bible, thats the message of jesus. worship god. its all “love and peace” until you dont worship god then its kill them all.
matthew 10:37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
does that sound loving? you have to put jesus above your own family. its god first everyone else second. the overall message of jesus was worship god, it wasnt about peace. jesus himself even said so.
matthew 34 “do not think i have come to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Dear theists...

If you’re just interested in atheist perspective (even if its just curiosity and nothing more) Im happy to answer any questions or give any explanations.

I will never tell you you’re wrong or insult your position(unless you have a misconception of atheism, I will correct that ), Im just here to support and educate. 

I just wanted to let any theist who is either questioning their beliefs or considering letting them go that my inbox is always open. 

I will never insult the religion you hold/held and I wont try to direct your mind in one direction or another, but if you need some support, perspective, or comfort, Im here. 

If you feel like atheism may be for you, but your scared of things you might be losing/missing out on when it comes to letting go of your religion I’m here to talk to you about it and how I and other atheists manage. (because lets face it, you do lose certain comforts and face different difficulties within atheism that theists dont)

My ask and inbox are always open. I answer every message and question within a day or two(never longer). Feel free to leave an anon question. Whatever you need! 

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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.”

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.