Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Religion is the Biggest Insult: A Rant for My Rights and for My Country
I believe it is time for all us atheists to rise up and let everyone know that we're mad. Why are we mad? Because everyday that we experience in our lives, we see religion actively expanding its outreach and power even as its members are not proportionally expanding. Why do churches pay no property taxes? Why do pastors have the exclusive rights to opt out of Medicare or Social Security? Why are religious books not taxed? Why are no members of our dysfunctional congress atheists, even as 15% of the country are? Why does the Jewish lobby influence our government so much? Why is today's Supreme Court constantly ruling in favor or religion? Why are open prayer and Christian symbols still occurring in schools, even after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional? The list does not end there. Why, for example, is the teaching of creationism in our schools still highly occurring while evolution is still being ignored?
I cannot stand watching as my country actively brainwashes the new generation into believers of creationism, therefore slowing the study of science and evolution. It is these same people who put a shadow of doubt over any action to solve global warming, a scientific theory that almost all intelligent people agree on. Simply put, the United States of America is raising its new generation to be as scientifically ignorant as ever and this can only lead to problems in our future. At a time when scientists, doctors and engineers are so badly needed, we are educating our kids to be anti-science which practically ruins all hope of future economic prosperity. It used to be that this country produced the best scientists in the world, therefore giving us a priceless advantage that led to our incredibly successful 20th century. But because of the brainwashing going on in today's schools, all of this, my future and yours, has been put into both doubt and danger. Simply put, it has come the time for atheists to do something about this nonsense.
So why are we atheists standing back? Buying a few billboards won't do the trick. The fact of the matter is, we need to shine the light brightly on the unfairness religion brings to our country. How about an occupy churches movement? Why not start T.V advertising to media stations dying for money? Why not get our very brightest members on T.V, cable and local channels alike so as to debate the issue. We need to change the education kids are getting once and for all.
Furthermore, we atheists must accept the fact that we are one of the only groups still strongly being discriminated against. The fact that being an out of the closet atheist is still considered political suicide shows this clearly. This is simply not right. There are gays, women, and Muslims in the legislative branch of government, all groups who have been, and are still being discriminated against. Yet, atheists have no power. All of these groups have protested, debated, and fought to gain their rights and in some cases, the little rights they have. We atheists must do the same, whatever it takes to accomplish it.
We can't keep our thoughts to ourselves, we must fight to expand our outreach. Simple movements such as working to elect an atheist member to congress would jump start our cause to gain rights. The simple fact we must all grasp is that many of us are still scared to tell others, such as bosses or friends of our atheist beliefs. I find this ridiculous and insulting and so should you. So today, why not begin to come together, not under the millions of atheist groups out there, but rather a single, united alliance. Together we can fight for our rights, save the education system in this country, and fight to slow down the biggest threat in human history.