Thursday, May 20, 2010
Our Right to Religious Intolerance
Listen up theists, mocking or criticizing your religion is not "intolerance."
You have never been shy about preaching to everyone how wrong/immoral/destructive it is to not believe in your God and your religion.
I defend your right to hold those opinions, but don't cry intolerance and victimization when we voice ours too.
Disagreement is not intolerance and being offended is no excuse.
You don’t have a right to NOT be offended.
Outspoken atheists do not promote laws to discriminate against people based on their nature, sexual habits, or belief systems.
You however are behind proposed legislation all over the world to make it illegal to even criticize your beliefs.
Nobody is trying to prevent you from going to church every weekend, or praying quietly instead of actually DOING something to help, or from indoctrinating your children without their consent into an ideology long before they have the logical processes to differentiate between fact and fiction.
No one is trying to silence you, or take away your crazy convictions when you say that the earth is only 6000 years old.
We are just trying to keep it out of our schools, our laws and our governments.
We may mock you for believing in unsupported and hateful nonsense like talking snakes, murdering sassy children, denying science and being far too voyeuristically involved with judging our sex lives (and orientation), but we won't prevent you from believing this stupid shit. In fact most thinking secularists (like the ACLU) have repeatedly defended your right to believe in whatever crazy misogynistic, hateful, immoral, murderous magic men that you wish.
So cut the crying about being such a victim.
You don’t believe that you are a victim of intolerance and neither do we.
With your opinions all over TV, song, language, posters, on your jewelery, bumper stickers, national anthems, with your reps knocking on our doors, your charities spending half their time proselytizing instead of helping, and with your steeples of indoctrination littering our skyline you are clearly free to believe as you wish and to push it on whomever you please.
All that we ask is that you keep it out of our schools, and out of our laws. Morality is not learned from religion, and it is not up to you to decide for the rest of us or impose your unsupported beliefs on us through legislation.
Don’t force the REST of us to be the victims of YOUR religion by forcing it into our lives through government.
Just as you have the right to believe whatever foolishness you want to believe, we have the right to disagree.
And that is not intolerance.
Intolerance is preventing people from doing harmless things merely because it goes against your beliefs.
Intolerance is attempting to force others to love Jane instead of Jim, or marry Bob instead of Barbara.
Intolerance is condemning people for not believing as you do.
Intolerance is retarding your children’s intellectual growth by teaching them denial of scientific fact for fear of them deciding for themselves.
Intolerance is threatening children by telling them they will be tortured forever if they don’t believe as you do or hate the same people you do.
Intolerance is threatening our lives for pencil drawings.
So we reserve the right to publicly disagree whenever you make hateful and harmful claims like this.
We also reserve the right to criticize the "moderate" believers that give cover for the harmful ones.
You know, the ones who claim that their moderate nature allows them freedom from critique for making silly claims.
The ones who normalize belief in the impossible and unsupported.
Don’t like being mocked though? I can understand that.
Sadly it is like anything else, if you say something stupid, you may have to pay an immediate price......
Ill concealed laughter and mocking.
Here is a simile to assist you in avoiding being mocked for believing silly things or for trying to push your unsupported beliefs on others. If you live your life by this, you will avoid being mocked and ridiculed for silly claims and beliefs.
Religion is like genitalia;
Keep it to yourselves and out of the faces of our children.