If Christianity Doesn’t Matter, Why Do You Bother With It?

leonard the atheist

Bruce, if Christianity doesn’t matter, why do you bother with it?

Good question.

On one hand, Christianity doesn’t matter. The Bible doesn’t matter. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God, the Church, none of it matters.

If Christians want to worship their God, I have no objection.  I subscribe to the “live and let live” school of thought. Each to his own. May Jesus be with you. May the force be with you. May nothing be with you. I don’t care.

However…

I do care about the influence Christianity has on our culture and government. I do care about the damage done to society in the name of the Christian God. I do care when people are hurt, maimed, and killed in the name of the Christian God.

When Christians want to turn the United States into a theocracy…It matters.

When Christians want their religion to have preference over any and all others…It matters.

When Christians demand atheists and agnostics be treated as the spawn of Satan…It matters.

When Christians attempt to teach religious dogma as scientific fact in our public schools…It matters.

When Christians attempt to force their religious moral code on everyone…It matters.

When Christians attempt to stand in the way of my pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness…It matters.

When Christians abuse and molest children in the name of their God…It matters.

When Christians wage wars thousands of miles away in the name of their God…It matters.

When Christians mentally and emotionally abuse people…It matters.

When Christian expect preferential treatment because of who they worship…It matters.

As long as Christians continue to force themselves on others, and as long as they attack and demean anyone who is not a Christian…It matters.

As long as pastors and churches get preferential tax code treatment…It matters.

That said…

As to who you worship and where? It doesn’t matter.

As to what sacred text you use? It doesn’t matter.

I want all Christians to have the absolute freedom to worship their God.

And…

I want that same freedom to NOT worship any God or another God…

And as long as that courtesy is not extended to me and to every human being on the earth…

It matters.

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6 Comments

  1. Karen

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES….

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  2. Brian

    As long as one child is shamed, blamed, cajoled/begged to believe in woo-woo, it matters a great deal. Christians should know that although I feel it fine for them to live their belief that I term a delusion, I will fight with them forever to leave children alone and let them be. Childhood deserves a basic autonomy. If you believe you have a right to brainwash your child with any belief or lack of it, then you are wrong. Human beings must be free to choose or not in these matters. Children are human beings. They need your love, not your religion or lack of it.

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  3. Connie

    For all of the reasons you say, yes it matters a lot.

    Thank you for your work on the front lines. You are appreciated.

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  4. John Aynejian

    I find your site to be interesting and being from a similar background I identify with a lot of your experience. I also have moved away from a lot of the dogmatic and oppressive culture of that brand of “Christianity”. I’ve seen others like yourself who have gone from one extreme to the other – to me, it seems you simply traded in one dogma for the opposing dogma. But I can understand why, having been there myself. Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts, it is helpful to me on more than one level! I wish you all the best!

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  5. Stephanie

    So well articulated. I don’t care about what anyone believes until those beliefs start to become actions that affect others.

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    1. Becky Wiren

      One condition I think you would agree with: if a Christian practiced “love your neighbor as yourself” and was kind and helpful to the rest of us, we would probably be all right with that!

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