posted on Oct, 4 2012 @ 03:54 AM
I don't believe in a god, so what, if you want to say that's my belief system then fine, whatever makes you happy.
All I ask is that people who have a belief in a god don't ram it down my throat, attempt to judge me based on their belief or try and paint me
something I'm not because I don't believe in god.
Is that too much to ask, I don't force my ideal upon you but more importantly I don't make others a set of life rules that I can be seen to break
constantly, I leave that to religion, it attempts to set you out a code to live your life by which if you like that then fine, if you are seen to
break it I won't say 'told you' unless you start trying to push your life code on me.
I'll explain why I'm not religious one last time, I'm from Belfast Northern Ireland originally, we left there in the middle of the night in 1968
with me running down a pitch black road with my parents heading for the ferry, we had to do this or we would have been killed.
Why, because my mother was catholic and my dad was a protestant which meant both sides hated us and as Belfast was the hotbed of religious violence we
were targeted until one night our gate lodge was surrounded by men, the house was in the grounds of a hospital and it was very remote so we were at
the mercy of these thugs, I only knew something was wrong when our washing line pole was smashed through my bedroom window, as a child of 7 it scared
the hell out of me, we were then told to either go or they would torch the house with us in it.
We simply left that second, personally I think if there had not been a child involved they would have killed my parents.
I had already as a kid been taught by Nuns which may I say was a horrendous affair, I was a natural left handed person but my hand was tied behind me
very painfully and if I tried to use it I was hit very hard by these women.
So religion for me became a no no, and as I look around the world today all I see is death caused by religion and greed. I don't support those ideals
so for me I could happily see the back of ALL religions but as its not my right to do that I simply don't support its existence which IS my right.
There are many many people who get real joy and purpose out of religion and I'm very very happy for them but I'm not one of them by my choice.
My in laws are Muslims (not radicals) and they had no issue with my non belief, they saw me the person and we get on famously normally, the only time
I've ever had issues is when some of the more devout relatives start trying to get me interested in Islam to which I say thanks but no thanks, I have
researched Islam so I don't offend them by making mistakes but it does not mean I have any belief in it, I'm simply polite.
So am I a hypocrite for being an atheist, I don't believe so, I don't suggest people not believe in their codes.
May I make a simple analogy of why sometimes people judge people of faith, you do not need to be religious to be a paedophile, any person of any
belief system or none at all can be one but the times when most people will be more offended is when a person of trust and so called goodness is the
predator, personally as a parent I despise the person for doing what they did long before I think of their religion and yes a person who is supposed
to be protecting these kids doing the crime is appalling but no more so than if it was a school teacher etc in my eye's.
So yes you will find people judging those in places of trust, and if those in trust are telling people how to run their lives for the power of good
then yes they will be judged by their failure of protection.
As for homosexuality, I have no issue with it, if you want to scientifically look at it then by evolution standards its a destructive practice as
natural reproduction cannot happen BUT if you look at it about the people themselves then what right have I to condemn them, I worked in teaching at
the start of my working life, many of the teachers including the teacher I worked with were gay, did I find them odd...No.
Did they oppress me or vice versa, no.
And there's the problem, religion does judge these people daily, it has no right to just as much as I have no right to. Its one of the issues of
living your life by other peoples strict rules.
Its your life you are responsible for it, its up to you to make your own decisions, its why you have a brain, don't be lazy and waste this wonderful
organ, make your own rules if you want, just try and be good any way that you feel you want to be or be religious, all I ask is that you be the best
person you can be, if you have a faith system then that's what it would want you to be, if you have no faith system then its what you should aspire
Being good isn't a faith..