A Curmudgeon’s Viewpoint (August 7, 2015)

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Now, I am about to piss off a few people.  Do I care?  NO.

I AM AN ATHIEST!

I do not believe in a higher power.

Someone in “heaven” who watches over us.

Who makes judgments on what we do.

Who defines us on who we love.

Organized religion is a con game.  It takes people’s fears and forces them to do irrational things based on writings that were written eons ago, which really have no relevance in the 21st century.  For the first 15 years of my life, I bought into this bullshit (through the Catholic Church.)  But like any rational thinking being, I began to question things.    Why do we have to do this?  What is heaven? Is there really a “God?”

Okay, one of the reasons that I realized that I was an atheist (in addition to accepting my sexuality) is because of the Internet (and the World Wide Web.) Once I became connected (in 1998,) there was a influx of information.  I had to learn how to discard the wheat from the chaff, so to speak.  I was finally able to make my own rational decisions about the existence of “God.”

One of the things that became apparent was that religion has always played a major role in war.  The Crusades.  The Spanish Inquisition.  The American Revolution.  And now we have ISIS, and their push to control the Middle East based on Sharia law.  Religion has become a cancer on the human race.  That is one of the reasons that the separation of church and state  was written into the Constitution of The United States.  Secular beliefs have no place in modern society.  But ISIS (in the Middle East) and the Conservative Right (in the United States) are trying to shove their agendas down our throats like the facehuggers in the movie “Alien.”

Now, I am not going to deride the people who do believe.  On the contrary, you’re more than welcome to worship a higher power.  When I see your posts on Facebook about “God,” I scroll past them and resist the urge to comment.  If you share it to my timeline, I will delete it.  BUT, if you start to push to me with it, I will NOT react very well.  Remember, I AM AN ATHIEST!

(A disclaimer:  For those who have seen my wedding video on YouTube, yes my husband and I were married by a Moravian minister.  He is a long time friend and was very honored to officiate at our wedding.)

Yes, I am sounding like an asshole, but I have become a little set in my ways about organized religion, based on my personal experiences, and all the information that I have read.  I am trying to understand what is going on, but I know one thing for certain:

I AM AN ATHIEST!

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