Do you remember the first time you told someone off because they were perpetuating oppression? The first time you signed a petition, went to a feminist potluck, joined a rally, rioted in the streets? It takes a lot of guts to speak out against oppression, whether it’s sexism, racism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia…
It may not always seem worth it, and you have to pick your battles so you don’t burn yourself out, and you have to remember to take care of yourself… but there’s such important work to be done in order to dismantle the hegemonic patriarchy.
Don’t be silent. Don’t be afraid any longer. Rise up! Riot for your rights! Let your beautiful voice be heard!
It’s a nice sounding idea.
I mean, what could be wrong with wanting to live side by side with everyone of different religious faith? No arguments. No confrontations. Just agreeing to live and let live, let bygones be bygones, and several other cliches.
And it WOULD be fine, except…
You see, part of the principles that guide many religions is the desire to spread the word.
And, as religions are often defined by the moralities they profess, there is a strong tendency among these religions to get these moralities encoded into laws that affect everyone.
This makes coexistence difficult, to say the least.
But even putting this aside. Even if the respective faiths keep to themselves, there are problems. Try a Google search on “secret prisons for teens.”
One could argue that coexistence means not interfering with the religious practices of others, and therefore we should just ignore this kind of thing. We should let parents whose religion dictates against medical intervention with children let their children not receive proper medical care when very ill. We should let parents repeatedly tell their children that they will go to hell if they don’t behave, to undergo fasting, to be beaten in accordance to someone’s interpretation of scripture.
To stand aside and do nothing while abuse takes place is to take the side of the abuser. This, to me, is unacceptable. Abuse cannot be tolerated under any circumstances, regardless of faith.
So, for your average Christian or Muslim or Mormon family down the street, odds are coexistence is probably fine. But for too many others…? If your religion teaches hate…if your religion teaches blatant falsehoods (creationism) to susceptible minors…if your religion condones abuse…
No, I can’t coexist with that.
Some [not all] “Atheists” that I know celebrate Christmas and are very strict in their beliefs, that of which I have no problem with.
But if you don’t believe in Christ or what he did for us, why do you celebrate a holiday meant for Christians? If you’re a serious Atheist (again, no problems) tell your family. Don’t say “Oh, I don’t want them to feel bad.” You should feel bad for making them buy you gifts you don’t deserve.
lmao you’re a fucking moron
The tree and the gift-giving are pre-Christian traditions. I don’t go to church on Christmas and don’t do any religious shit to praise your jeebus, but I am still allowed to have a goddamn holiday season and get gifts I DO deserve just like anyone else. Christmas gifts aren’t a Christian right, you absolute fuckwit.
btw you don’t actually know if it’s Jesus’ birthday. this isn’t a confirmed date.
I’M AN ATHEIST I AM A HORRIBLE PERSON I DON’T DESERVE PRESENTS
IF YOU’RE AN ATHEIST FUCK YOU ASSHOLES RETURN YOUR GIFTS YOU STUPID TWATS YOU DON’T DESERVE THEM
There’s so much I could say about this, but I’ll just say this: I think it’s sad that there are people in this world with so much xenophobia and bigotry and hate and ignorance. I feel sad for them, I really do.