© Religion Erased
I was walking past a youngster the other day, his eyes fixed to the television. Sometimes I wonder what we let our youngest generations watch. What I saw unfolding was graphic, to say the least.
It was a man, soaked from head to toe in blood, beaten whilst people watched and laughed. Slowly, he was tortured to death in front of those that both loved and loathed him.
I said, ‘Kid, please stop watching the crucifixion of Jesus. Go play Grand Theft Auto or something.’
We use a very warped, biased logic when determining what is appropriate viewing for a child. We go to church to hear stories of murder and be threatened with an eternal lifetime of pain, no questions asked. The first image we see is this one, placed strategically for immediate acknowledgement and maximum effect.
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© The Unassuming Atheist
In our society, we tend to reduce words that we should not say aloud, or at least in public, to their first letter. The “N” word comes to mind. “The “L” word (Lesbian) even spawned the eponymous television show. Then there is the “F” word, or otherwise known as the “F-bomb” as well. We also have the “C” word… but I’ll let you figure that one out. I find this an interesting phenomenon. It sort of reminds me of how any scandal has the moniker “gate” at the of it as an homage to the Watergate scandal in the 70’s.
Now we have the “A” word. OK, let me get this straight. While in mixed company in a public social situation, saying the “N” word versus the alternative makes perfect sense. It is a polarizing and generally offensive word in most situations. I get that. But the “A” word? Really? Who are we offending with that one? Is that not a benign enough word to say fully?
What does the word Atheist (oh, I’m sorry, the “A” word) mean that is so offensive? Are we, as Atheists, afraid to say it for various reasons? Is “Non-believer” a less shocking term? How about the word “Secular?” Is that less threatening? How about “deity denier?” Could you even say that in Florida?
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Hate is like an ocean
A person drowning
Who is this poor soul
Torn and ragged
Who is this person fighting against the current?
Is this person a man? A Woman? Gay? Straight?
Does it matter?
Aren’t we all in an ocean?
Is there an all-powerful being controlling the tides?
Allowing souls like this one to sink
For the good to drown
For the evil to find land and safe harbor
Is this soul like so many others
Sinking in the sin of being different?
They are drowning in the cold,
Disdainful contempt of society
Not to the life guards
Advocates battling the storm rescuing the submerged
But too the critical ignorant bigots
Too the passive onlookers
How many more will drown?
How many more will die till things change?
That answer is in your hearts
It can only be found in society’s
Endless Ocean of hate
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