People don’t dislike him just because he is a Christian, people dislike him because he is an obnoxious ass who uses his position of fame to showcase frequent, mindless, displays of his religion, where none are needed or even really appropriate.
This is what Christians don’t seem to understand. Not everybody buys your particular flavor of nonsense, and not everybody wants it crammed down their throats. There is an appropriate time and a place for everything, and the list of appropriate times and places for religious displays are much smaller than you believe. Being notified of that fact, and having people who disapprove of obnoxious displays of your religion, is not persecution of Christianity. It is an entirely appropriate response to your wrongdoings.
I realize that they are trained to be oblivious to this fact. Back when I was a Christian, I was taught by the evangelical pastor at my Southern Baptist Church, to believe that everyone, everywhere, without exception and regardless of their stated desires and beliefs needs and wants Jesus. Thus, no matter what protests you hear, you should plug Jesus at every given opportunity to everyone everywhere. I was also taught that atheists really do believe in Yahweh, but for whatever reason (pride, arrogance, or they were abused, etc) they will deny it, and that it was super-duper important to display your faith to them.
As an atheist, I can honestly say, I do not believe in any gods. Yes, that includes Yahweh and Jesus. I am not interested in solicitations for your religion, nor would I like you to make an effort to turn random, secular activities into commercials for your imaginary friends.
I didn’t want to make a Thanksgiving post, and it’s after Thanksgiving Day, but I keep seeing nonsense on the internet about how Thanksgiving is a day where we all sit around and thank our imaginary friend of choice for all of the very real things we have. Professional retard, Ben Shapiro tweeted “Unreal that Obama doesn’t mention God in Thanksgiving message. Militant atheist. To whom does he think we are giving thanks?”.
You know who I gave thanks to?
Shes the one who cooked all of the food. Cooking an elaborate meal is not easy to do, but she did it. She also washed a bunch of dishes. There was no deity that came down to wash the dishes or prepare the meal. It was 100% natural and it was 100% her effort.
You know who she gave thanks to?
I bought all of the food. I paid for all of the dishes we ate it off of and I paid for the electricity that our oven uses. I paid the rent for the apartment we ate in. There was no sky magician who rained gold coins down on me, nor is there a sky magician running my business, paying my rent, or paying my taxes. It was 100% natural and it was 100% my effort.
If you want to take a step back, we could thank the grocery store for stocking the food and selling it to me. We could take another step back and thank the truckers who drove it there, the gas refineries that made the fuel and the machinery companies that built the trucks. If you want to take another step back, we could thank the oil companies that pumped up the oil that became gasoline for the trucks, the miners who mined the ore for the metal in the trucks and the processing plants that processed the food. Take it a step further back, and we’re thanking the farmers who grew the food.
What’s missing from all of this?
No deities had any hand in my minor Thanksgiving celebration. Why waste time thanking someone’s imaginary friend, when lots of real effort went into the creation of that meal?
Plus, the leap of logic in Shapiro’s tweet is mind boggling. Not mentioning something is now somehow equivalent to hostility to it. Huzzah.