I’ve heard every single one of these obnoxious questions/observations — most of them from certain family members.
Being an admitted atheist is a fairly recent development in my life — the last 10 years, or so — mostly because religion, for many years of my life, was simply a non-thing. I just didn’t care either way. *shrug*
My family attended church and Sunday school when I was a child; it was just something we did. I tried to believe in God and Jesus, but even as a young child, I just couldn’t make myself believe it. I mean, come on, the whole concept was just so unlikely.
One Sunday, while I was enjoying the most interesting part of church — juice and cookies afterwards — I heard an older man was talking about the joy of feeling the presence of Jesus in every part of his daily life, and I remember thinking that he looked kind of dazed and sounded so child-like. It felt really uncomfortable, since I was about 10 years old at the time.
Religion has begun to worm its way into our everyday lives, whether we want it or not, and it’s just not okay. In fact, it’s destructive to the secular world, as well as to religion. It’s not the American way, and openly saying that I am an atheist (feminist/Liberal/Socialist, etc) is a way of saying “NO, this has gone too far. Get a fucking grip, people.”
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