HOW DARE YOU BE A FREETHINKER!
People often ask me why I am so vocal about my atheist beliefs. They ask me why do I feel the need to let the world know that I don’t believe in mythical beings. I usually just point out to them that theist and in particular christians in the United States are also vocal and that in my own little way I am balancing out the equation.
But on a serious note, there seems to be this notion amongst theist that they alone have the right to express their views in public. That by virtue of them believing in whatever deity that it is they believe in they can profess and proclaim their faith to society unchecked.
Take for instance the situation that took place in Charlotte, N.C., where a local atheist group erected a billboard with the words “One nation indivisible,” alluding to of course the way the Pledge of Allegiance was recited prior to the 1954 inclusion of “Under God.”
Someone, who we can only assume was a theist, or an atheist with a weird sense of humor, took it upon themselves to deface the billboard and remind secular humanist that when they choose to erect a billboard that’s crossing the line. It’s as if theist feel that they alone have the right to profess their mythical beliefs. That their belief in a magical being gives them the right to erect billboard after billboard promoting whatever religious belief they are promoting and also using those beliefs to scare women out of getting abortions.
I suppose we’re suppose to accept that its perfectly fine for theist to use their mythical beliefs to attack things like a woman’s autonomy over her body, but how dare those evil secular humanist erect a billboard!
I’m not going to back down from my secular humanist beliefs and I am not going to sit idly by while religious fundamentalist try to create a climate where in which only they are allowed to exercise their beliefs and all others should just know their place.
The defacing of that billboard in North Carolina just inspired me to go harder!
Atheist billboard defaced: