As many of my readers know, I am an atheist. This does not mean I lack faith, morality or inspiration; it merely means I find such outside of “God” or “Jesus” or “Allah.” I find my faith, morality and inspiration from other people and from within myself. Lately, however, I’ve come to some moments of questioning. This is not to say I am questioning whether or not I believe in God; that is something that I feel is unquestionable. I do not. I’ve recently allowed myself to open discussions with people of the Christian faith and in so doing have realized something that may be a source of religious unkindness toward me; I have closed my heart and mind from religion.
The American Family Association [a group which I’ve always thought to be misleadingly named] is at it again, this time declaring that those that support gay rights and equality are not Christians.
Try as I might I can’t decide which group will suffer the most from the association. Will the reputation of the LGBT community suffer from the association with the atheist organizations the most or will the atheist associations suffer the association with the LGBT community the most?
Religion has often been used to excuse violence and intolerance throughout history. Today, even I have to argue that things are much better than they were during the Crusades, Inquisition or Holocaust as far as violence in the name of “God.” However, such violence still exists and will continue as long as religions remain exclusionary – believing that anyone who does not believe the way they believe is “damned” to some sort of eternal rot.
I do enjoy Bill Maher’s comedy and rants, and I agree with a lot of his “philosophies” (for lack of a better word). He makes very good points, but lately, I’ve found him to be less funny and more condescending – and after reading his book, “New Rules” a couple of years ago, I decided it was time to find a new comedic hero.