Many of the arguments that atheists receive come along the lines of this rationale…
“Okay, I get it, you’re an atheist, why don’t you just shut up about it and let me believe what I want to believe?”
Well, the reason I won’t shut up about it and why I write on this blog is that I wish we could get to a point where I didn’t have to talk about the topics that my blog entails. I’d be perfectly happy to write a blog about video games and movies. Hell, when I consider the amount of views I got for my blog about the Legend of Zelda, I could probably make a fairly good living writing blogs along those lines. However, we don’t live in a world where I could feel comfortable writing a blog about the nonsense that I do to entertain myself.
We live in a world…
- Where Religion threatens to invade education nearly every single day.
- Where Freedom from religion is not seen as equal to freedom of religion.
- Where Atheists are murdered on a daily basis simply for rejecting the god that their leaders say to worship.
- Where the vast majority of our elected leaders believe in an imaginary man who gave us a rule book, and they vote according to that rule book.
- Where the leader of the free world states that god is in control of things that we should take the reigns of and fix
These are just a few reasons why I write this blog. I’m not doing it to become famous, I’m not writing it because I have some grudge against religion, I’m doing it because religion has a grudge against anyone who does not adhere completely to their delusional worldview.
When I first set out to write this blog I did so for completely therapeutic means. I needed to get the story of my deconversion out there so that I could move past the hurt I was experiencing and the regrets that I had for following and promoting a faith that I now consider to be absolutely repugnant. This blog was my means of getting through the struggle of leaving the faith and finding my new voice in a life not controlled by an all-powerful being that was constantly watching and looking out for me.
What this blog has become is a voice for others who have shared the same journey that I once did. This blog has led me to start a group on facebook for recovering theists, the Clergy Project, it’s allowed me to help others find that same route. One day I awoke and was called an atheist activist and I nearly laughed before realizing that this is actually what I had become. I’m an activist not because I want to be but because that’s just what you become when you see a need and you do your part in the effort.
So if you’re reading this blog and wonder why I just don’t simply shut up about positive atheism and living free from delusions, the reason is simple…
I won’t shut up because you want me to.