As an atheist among the religious, I’m sick of the lack of respect.
“I still hold you before God everyday.” This is a quote from a birthday card my sister received. I also received similar quotes from family members.
Although the words on the cards are meant to be kind, I’m really tired of hearing things similar to the message on my sister’s card. I’ve been told that I have no morals or that I’m a bad person because I don’t believe in a god or a higher being.
I try my best not to offend people who are religious, but that respect is not given to me. When people find out that I’m not spiritual, they immediately think less of me. People tried to tell me that I would change my mind and grow in religion.
I don’t rub my lack of religion on anyone’s face. Why is it so hard for people to do the same? I don’t want to be told that Jesus loves me. I don’t want to hear that I’m going to hell. Honestly, it offends me that even my own family, some of whom are religious, can’t respect the fact that I’m not.
Sometimes I feel like I’m at a breaking point because I keep being pressured to become religious without thinking about how I might feel about that pressure.
It’s everywhere. Every day I am inundated with messages about God and how I should believe in something.
It’s like seeing an advertisement for a product every day. There is nothing you can do to see it; it just keeps showing up to you and people are talking about it and gushing about it. The ad is for a product you don’t need or even want to buy. When you try to communicate this to the publicity-loving people around you, you are tricked into being the one who offends them and you become ostracized.
It’s incredibly similar to what it feels like to be non-religious in a society fueled by godliness and led by devout people.
It’s not even a choice; at least unaware. I never felt like there was a god of any kind. None of this ever really made sense to me and that’s okay.
I was brought up around religion. Although my parents are not religious, I am Jewish and we went to synagogue for a few years. I read the Bible and the Torah and was in Sunday school when I went to synagogue.
But, I never felt like I could believe in a religion, so I consider myself an atheist.
Religion is good. I don’t blame anyone who believes in a religion. But it’s not for everyone and we have to respect that.
Our First Amendment protects our freedom of religion. Some may not like it, but that includes freedom of religion.