A page on Facebook posted a link to this photo today:
Naturally, a little argument ensued. People were complaining about how Jesus was shown here (obviously), and other people fired back that it was true, etc. you know the drill. Anyway, someone said they were getting tired of seeing "atheist shit" on the page, and asked what was wrong if you just believe in God, and you're not using it for money or power, or whatever. I told him and anyone else listening that since the religious get to post things about what they believe and how they think, then nonbelievers should have the right to express their thoughts as well. Another person came in and told me that this was not an opinion, this was simply trolling, and if he insulted my beliefs I'd get mad. I told him it really should not be a big deal.
I come back an hour or so later and a few more people have responded. The previous person posted as well. He said, "But it's really offensive saying that someone important to someone's faith is a myth. I hear atheists and agnostics talk about how Christians should be more tolerant of other people's beliefs, but when it comes to our beliefs, they're usually very intolerant. If I even mention how I believe homosexuality is a choice and how I believe it's wrong, they start cursing at me and calling me bigoted."
Now, I am quite through dealing with the people on that thread, as they will only drive me insane. But how could I explain? Christians hate on atheists and other beliefs quite often. They still ask that we respect them, but how? How can someone expect me to respect their disrespect?
You'd be surprised, there are quite a few Christians that do not even hold to the doctrine that salvation is only possible through the acceptance of Christ as your savior. It makes you wonder what doctrines they do believe in, doesn't it?
Spears of fire, swords of lightening, jesus flashing gang signs.... I see nothing but trouble here.....
No, no, no! No, Mr. Previous Person. The sexual minorities are not calling you bigoted. They are calling you stupid or ignorant, ignorant of the countless studies showing that there are differences in the brains of the straight and gay, as well as hormonal interventions during gestation and/or delivery. Why would a person choose to be a "homo," "faggot," et al.? Why not just be "normal"? Because, for one thing, there is NO "normal." If I may paraphrase Shakespeare in a different context, nothing's normal or abnormal but thinking makes it so. I do not despise Christians, I simply pity them. They know not what crutches they walk on and how flimsy the basis that holds them up, a veritable tissue of lies beginning with the circular reasoning of saying, "I don't care whether he ever lived, I believe in him because the Bible says so." Atheists stand on their own feet and take responsibility for their actions. Christians ask forgiveness, which presupposes permission to sin.