Arguing your religion
While I’ve been pretty busy lately, I’ve not been so busy to avoid getting embroiled in religious arguments – online and off.
Oddly, all three arguments have been with atheists. The thing is that they don’t understand the basic definition of the word, “religion.”
Is religion a belief in god?
Religion is “an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence.”
It’s how we organize the world for ourselves.
The reason why you get so annoyed with all those gun enthusiasts, staunch vegetarians, rabid animals righters, virulent Liberals/Conservatives, etc. is because you’re tired of having their religion shoved down your throat.
It’s how they see the world and they want – badly for some reason – for you to see it the same way.
In any case, atheists see the world and our role in it sans god. And that is absolutely fine with me.
But just like you probably don’t want to be harangued at the airport by (American) Christian fundamentalists, I don’t want want to asked to explain how I see the world as it relates to me while eating a late-night gyro.
Logically, there’s zero difference in those that utilize peer pressure and shame to put down a religion as there is to build one up. The core point is the same: see the world as I see it, or you are dammed/wrong/stupid, descended from apes, etc.
It’s this weird militant atheism that people seem to have that I find the most peculiar – like furiously sleeping. As if how I see the world affects them.
Some people just wanna eat a gyro in peace and I say, let them.
Him: You don’t really believe in god do you?
Me: Why does what I do in my head matter so much to you?