Every day you turn on the news and there’s another story about an organization of atheists (coincidentally, these often sound remarkably like a church) protesting some sort of Christian initiative. The current one is a protest of a school sponsoring a Charlie Brown Christmas play. They come in all shapes and sizes, though, ranging from having a problem with a student in a school saying a prayer to his or her self before grubbing on lunch to the more severe proselytizing accusations. This article is Common Sense Conspiracy’s obligatory jab at something that is becoming more and more hypocritical by the day — the stance of atheists that they are somehow harmed by the practice of religion. In a country where religious tolerance was one of the foundations of the nation.
Let’s address the hate mail first. Common Sense Conspiracy is a website that covers a myriad of topics from all walks of life. We are not strangers to controversy, and we don’t shy away to defend the freedoms of any group of people in America or elsewhere. For that reason, a look back through our archives will show anyone that cares that we have defended everyone from homosexuals to Muslims to those that are discriminated against based on sex or race. However, in this article, we are simply addressing another form of discrimination that is swept under the rug because at this current point in our history, it’s no longer popular to be religious. Is this article endeavoring to advocate Christianity, any other religion, or to turn an atheist into a believer? Absolutely not. This is just us commenting on a situation that is becoming so common that has no basis in a fact-based reality.
For starters, let’s talk about things that are just obviously wrong. No, children should not be pressured into believing in Christianity or any such religion in the schools. They should not be taught that Christian doctrine is the truth. This is a societal thing, and should remain such. While we believe that every human being should be given ample opportunity to make up their own minds on the topic, it is not fair or free, for that matter, to force it down children’s throats at an early and impressionable age. However, there is a fine line between having a problem with what we just outlined above and having a problem with a person exercising their rights to both freedom of speech and religion.
Should a school require all students to attend its Christmas play? No. It should be optional. It should not be presented in such a way as to make attendance or participation mandatory or somehow making a student feel that they will be any less of a person for not doing so. But atheist movements are quickly flowering into something more sinister. And our question is, where is the proof that religion going on around you somehow harms you?
Most atheists are liberal in their attitudes toward society as a whole. An excellent example is gay marriage and homosexuality in general. The overwhelming majority of atheists have no problem with either. Neither does Common Sense Conspiracy. But we also have no problem with the practice of religion. Ironically, the same defense of homosexuality can now be used for the practice of Christianity as a whole. It is a victimless “crime”; many atheists have a problem with seeing any public display of religion, and yet, they would make the argument that homosexuality (which is shunned by many forms of Christianity) doesn’t hurt anyone and that Christians that believe there is something wrong with it should keep their opinions to themselves. If a Christian that believes that homosexuality is a grave sin against their God sees two guys making out on the park bench, they should not be offended, as it doesn’t hurt them.
Common Sense Conspiracy agrees wholeheartedly. It doesn’t hurt anyone, and the religious undertones only apply if you believe in the religion. But if that argument holds water, then doesn’t the same argument hold true regarding religion? Does a kid saying grace before eating his lunchroom meal constitute some grievous injury to other children and their atheist parents? No more than watching a stranger smoke a cigarette on the sidewalk or a homeless man guzzle a beer from a paper sack? So, why is this particular area of humanity so offensive to those that don’t believe in religion?
Start the flame wars now. Once again, we don’t advocate religion being forced on anyone, but we think that in this age of tolerance for everything and everyone, why is Christianity and religion as a whole now being singled out and excluded?
It seems that discrimination is a funny thing that shapeshifts when necessary to make sure it always exists.