I recently wrote about the problems atheists have in trying to become a part of society It may have seemed a depressing post to some because the trials and tribulations of some that are atheist, yet cannot express themselves, is troubling. I was just pointing out the obvious that all atheists know: we’re discriminated against more than any other group.
As we all know, the problem isn’t with being an atheist, it’s with those people that believe that those of us that won’t recognize the true faith, however that’s defined, is somehow an affront to them and in someway, some how,, we must be dealt with to exclude our voices from the public square.
Society needs us, we atheists. That may sound strange to some but it’s absolutely true. We provide those that wish to worship as they will, that opportunity to do so. We also ensure that government, at any level, does not prefer on belief over another. In other words, all we ask of governmebt is that they adhere to the Constitution. For some, that’s abhorrent and that’s why in many circles we are viewed so poorly.
How dare we prevent a sectarian prayer in an obvious public venue. No one ever considers that the prayer offered may not in fact be inclusive of everyone attending the public, government sponsored, event. My religion usurps yours.
Atheists come in and say none of you are particularly special and you cannot claim any exclusivity where one belief trumps another. Keeping religious belief in check is not something anyone should fear, or despise. It guarantees all of us freedom whether we worship or not.