up theists, mocking or criticizing your religion is not "intolerance."
You have never been shy about preaching to everyone how
wrong/immoral/destructive it is to not believe in your God and your
I defend your right to hold those opinions, but don't
cry intolerance and victimization when we voice ours too.
is not intolerance and being offended is no excuse.
have a right to NOT be offended.
atheists do not promote laws to discriminate against people based on
their nature, sexual habits, or belief systems.
You however are
behind proposed legislation all over the world to make it illegal to
even criticize your beliefs.
Nobody is trying to prevent you
from going to church every weekend, or praying quietly instead of
actually DOING something to help, or from indoctrinating your children
without their consent into an ideology long before they have the logical
processes to differentiate between fact and fiction.
No one is
trying to silence you, or take away your crazy convictions when you say
that the earth is only 6000 years old.
We are just trying to
keep it out of our schools, our laws and our governments.
mock you for believing in unsupported and hateful nonsense like talking
snakes, murdering sassy children, denying science and being far too
voyeuristically involved with judging our sex lives (and orientation),
but we won't prevent you from believing this stupid shit. In fact most
thinking secularists (like the ACLU) have repeatedly defended your right
to believe in whatever crazy misogynistic, hateful, immoral, murderous
magic men that you wish.
So cut the crying about being such a
You don’t believe that you are a victim of intolerance
and neither do we.
With your opinions all over TV, song,
language, posters, on your jewelery, bumper stickers, national anthems,
with your reps knocking on our doors, your charities spending half their
time proselytizing instead of helping, and with your steeples of
indoctrination littering our skyline you are clearly free to believe as
you wish and to push it on whomever you please.
All that we ask is
that you keep it out of our schools, and out of our laws. Morality is
not learned from religion, and it is not up to you to decide for the
rest of us or impose your unsupported beliefs on us through legislation.
force the REST of us to be the victims of YOUR religion by forcing it
into our lives through government.
Just as you have the right to
believe whatever foolishness you want to believe, we have the right to
And that is not intolerance.
preventing people from doing harmless things merely because it goes
against your beliefs.
Intolerance is attempting to force others
to love Jane instead of Jim, or marry Bob instead of Barbara.
is condemning people for not believing as you do.
retarding your children’s intellectual growth by teaching them denial
of scientific fact for fear of them deciding for themselves.
is threatening children by telling them they will be tortured forever
if they don’t believe as you do or hate the same people you do.
is threatening our lives for pencil drawings.
So we reserve the
right to publicly disagree whenever you make hateful and harmful claims
We also reserve the right to criticize the "moderate"
believers that give cover for the harmful ones.
You know, the ones
who claim that their moderate nature allows them freedom from critique
for making silly claims.
The ones who normalize belief in the
impossible and unsupported.
Don’t like being
mocked though? I can understand that.
Sadly it is like anything
else, if you say something stupid, you may have to pay an immediate
Ill concealed laughter and mocking.
Here is a
simile to assist you in avoiding being mocked for believing silly things
or for trying to push your unsupported beliefs on others. If you live
your life by this, you will avoid being mocked and ridiculed for silly
claims and beliefs.
Keep it to yourselves and out of the faces of our