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Can’t Hide from Religion

Christians often accuse me of being too vocal about my atheism. Some have even claimed that I wear my atheism on my sleeve. While I do have a few atheist t-shirts (maybe three), I rarely wear them except to atheist meetings and meet-ups. Sure I have a bumper sticker, but that really is about it. If people don’t talk religion with me, they might not know I am an atheist. On the other hand, there is no hiding from religion.

Religion is everywhere and you can’t escape it even if you go out of your way to try. How any atheists wear atheist jewelry? Not many. How many Christians wear crucifixes or other religious symbolism? Even those people who aren’t all that devout in their beliefs seem to wear religious jewelry.

There are Church vans and cars with Jesus fish driving around all the time. For every one car with an atheist bumper sticker, there are about 1000 or more Christian bumper stickers. But my bumper sticker is being too vocal about atheism?

How many atheist meeting halls does one pass on a daily basis? Oh none, because most atheist groups don’t have meeting halls and have to meet in libraries, coffee shops, and restaurants. On the other hand, there are churches on almost every other street corner in America.

Atheists have started to put up some billboards in the last few years, but our billboards (despite the controversy surrounding them in the media) are tame compared to the Christian billboards all over the country.

My challenge to people both theist and atheist is to see if you can go one day without religion being in your face in some capacity (without deliberately seeking it out). This challenge will be difficult because you won’t be able to spend any “In God We Trust” money. If theists are interested, they can even try this with atheism and see how much atheism is really in their face. Let us know what you find.

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  • Wendy Dragon

    How true this peice is. I have even have had friends tell me how they are ” tolerant” of my atheism, and then add lines about how god wants them to be tolerant of me, or that I will ‘come to my senses’. They seem not to realize that I find their reaction intolerant and narrow minded.

  • Kirk

    More than anything else, this effect reminds me of the Toyota and Honda auto introduction in the early 70′s. The VW introduction in the late 50′s may have had a similar effect – I couldn’t tell from between the bars of my crib.

    The mere fact that a viable existential alternative to American industrial might had the capacity to actually supplant our exceptionalism in autos after the OPEC price hikes – drove Detroit nativists stark raving insane.

    Daddy drove a Ford, I drive a Ford, Bubba will drive a Ford was, like religion, the WAY to think about transportation.

    Momma was Baptist, I’m a Baptist, Bubba will be a Baptist precludes the conscious choice that almost every Atheist makes.

  • http://www.politicalopinionarticles.blogspot.com david

    It’s impossible! The very existence of theism depends on indoctrination. Everybody is born atheist, it is the natural state of existence. To be theist you must be tempted and bribed into it’s realm of alternate reality.

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  • http://makemillions.bizland.com/forum/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=200184 Achmed F.

    The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!