A recent post by Zoe related to the closing show of American Idol prompted me to write this post. It’s something I’ve been thinking about lately in relation to the bill that was passed in Mississippi … and directly corresponds to what Zoe had to say.
The following was in our local paper (I didn’t note the origin):
It shows why we need this bill, so people can not only believe, but act in accordance of their beliefs and not violate their conscience.
Have I missed something? Is there something in the Constitution that says you can’t “believe?” And why is a “law” needed to allow people to “act in accordance with their beliefs?” And whose “conscience” are we talking about?
I’m really getting sick and tired of the religious trying to tell people how to live their lives. So I don’t believe in their fairy tales anymore. Do I try to force my non-belief on them? No. Do I initiate laws/bills that “order” them to stop proselytizing? No.
I may offer input on blogs that counter Christian beliefs, but I’m not coercing anyone to leave her/his faith. It’s just conversation and I’m simply presenting my reasons for not following the path of the believer. Sometimes I offer evidence to (hopefully) help them to see that what they have been taught is false, but in the end, the conversation usually ends up in a draw. They don’t convert me; I don’t convert them.
The way I look at it is if someone wants to believe in an invisible entity, read their Holy Book everyday, go to church on Sunday and listen to their pastor/priest/minister present myths and legends, that’s their prerogative. But DON’T try to force me to do the same!
The American Idol example that Zoe presented demonstrates how sneaky religious adherents are. A closing song of “Amazing Grace?” Sheesh.
I know all about the commands that the “saved” are to bring in the “unsaved.” But why must it be slipped into TV programs, movies, and other media that one expects to be secular? Besides, one-on-one conversations are far more effective if a believer truly wants to win over someone they feel is “lost.”
Some have said things are changing … that there are more “nones” in religious polls … that atheists are becoming more outspoken … that organizations (e.g., FFRF) are stirring the pot. This may all be true, but I tend to feel this is only because we, as non-believers, latch onto any news that indicates our tribe is growing. In reality, I think we have a looooong ways to go.