In other words: When all atheists do is say, “Atheists exist,” it gets treated as an assault.
It’s hard not to see this as theocracy being threatened.
How else are we supposed to interpret it? When people say that atheists have no right to march in a public parade, and ought to be prevented from doing so? When people are deeply troubled by their curious children asking questions about different religious views, and think these children ought not to be influenced by any view other than Christianity? What is that but attempting to promote your religious views by silencing all the others?
But there’s another, more insidious way that taking offense at atheists’ existence is an attempt to establish theocracy, and to perpetuate the degree of theocracy that we already have.
Look at it this way. Christian fundamentalists in the U.S. clearly want to have their cake and eat it, too. They want everyone in the country to celebrate their holy days. Witness the annual freak-out over the supposed War on Christmas, in which Bill O’Reilly and company get their collective panties in a twist about stores saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.”
But they don’t just want everyone to celebrate Christmas. They want everyone to celebrate it religiously. They don’t want non-Christians to adapt this holy day to their own uses. Loki forbid the atheists should march in the Christmas parade, or put up billboards in December with atheists in Santa hats saying “Don’t believe in God? Just be good for goodness’ sake.”
They still want Christmas to be a religious holiday, special to the Christian faith. Yet at the same time, they want it to be a government- recognized Federal holiday that everyone has to observe.
In other words: They want theocracy.
See, you don’t get have it both ways. You don’t get to have Christmas be a secular holiday, universal to the culture, recognized by government agencies and celebrated by people of all faiths and of no faith at all… and still have it be a religious holiday of the Christian faith. Not if you respect people’s basic right to worship, or not, in their own way. Pick one. If Christmas is a universal secular holiday, quit whining about it being secularized. If it’s a distinct religious holiday, quit trying to ram it down everyone else’s throats.
I fucking hate it. My father once had me to tears, saying he’d disown me if he knew I was a lesbian. He never knew of my bi/omnisexuality (still not sure :P). The worst part was that he honestly did not understand why I was so upset. My long-time boyfriend (and now husband), Eric, was there with me so it really didn’t register. But Eric got it. Even my mother sort of got it. One of my closest friends ever is a lesbian, actually bi but much more into the ladies. He never knew, I don’t think. My mother knew, kind of, sort of. She doesn’t comprehend the spectrum and grey shades in between.
One of my father’s biggest fears was that I’d end up with a lesbian as my college roommate. Actually, they changed my first roommate because they thought she was black. She wasn’t; she actually couldn’t have been more white (what does that even mean?). But I’m glad I did switch because she was the stereotypical sorority type. I ended up becoming very close with the girl I ended up with…yes, the aforementioned lesbian/bi friend. And by “close” I mean friends… but not solely. ;)
It’s nice knowing your family only loves you in certain lights. Now that my dad is gone, I can reflect on everything fairly. It’s not that I don’t remember the good times. They just don’t make good stories.
I really started writing this, thinking about atheism. How families disown and disavow members for not holding the same belief. My uncle (mother’s brother) would bash atheists and no one who stand up for me. No one cared. As if I don’t feel this from the outside world enough…I don’t need it from my family members as well. For what? For not being able to suspend the same logic? For requiring a bit of evidence before fully engaging in fantastical stories? The whole political philosophy was a greater wedge than atheism alone. The openness and caring and forward-thinking and not labeling, it’s as if these are brand new shocking ideas.
It’s the very personal life philosophies that enable and disable us from communicating with others beyond mere niceties. When it comes to family, this can get exaggerated tenfold.
Families do this all the time, all around the world. And it’s highly disturbing. How easy conditional love can be to come by. How offspring can still be seen as commodities to their parents, to be bought and sold, to be a trophy of how well you succeeded as a parent. Not emotionally or mentally, of course. Just anything measured in money and things and what ever they feel is important, disregarding all else. Some people really resent their parents. And for good reason, in many cases.
Family bonds are tight but they can be broken. And the ones that were frail to begin with, break the easiest of all.
Repeating the same bullshit talking points over and over. And I’m even more sick of the democrats and independents and everyone else not calling them on it. You can’t say shit that makes no sense for too long. Oh wait, in this case, I guess one can…
In order to create jobs, you need to spend money. Simple. Whether you do that with ass-backwards decreased taxes for the top 2% or with actual ways that help as spoken by any economist or anyone who went through this before and simply remembers.
Tax cuts do not “pay for themselves”. That’s utter nonsense. They are money spent, as anything else. Number one, admit that. Number two, admit that that doesn’t help so-called small businesses. Microsoft, Xerox, and Coke (for example) are not small businesses. The 250k is pure profit, after all expenses and taxes. That’s an insanely huge small business! It doesn’t even make an ounce of sense. I just wish more people, no matter the party or world view affiliation, would call those who say these lines out on it.