There is something I feel the need to confess. I recently watched a video with (what looked like) African Christians acting the fool. It was like watching people taking an active part in their own abuse, and it made me reflect on my life. I have been an anti-theist ever since I left religion (while in my early twenties). I learned religion is a terrible thing, and people used it as excuse to abuse and terrorize me.
When I was twelve my mother vanished and I never saw her again. I recently learned she was mentally ill. The church we went to (at least three times a week) told her to stop taking her medication because it was actually demons that were affecting her mind. That led to her (basically) having some kind of mental breakdown and she walked out one day never to return. Her social security number has not been active since around the time she left. We’ve looked for her but eventually had to admit that she is more than likely dead.
For the record, my mother was the nicest, sweetest person I have ever met. She never laid a hand on me or my sister. Never even raised her voice.
When people wonder why I hate religion so much this is one of the reasons. Like I said, I was an anti-theist before this, but after learning what it did to my mother, I hate it even more.
People are much more easily taken advantage of when they accept religious dogma and other baseless beliefs. As non-believers we should do all we can to stamp out this way of thinking. Please do not respect religion or the beliefs they instill. Do not say things like, “well if it ain’t hurting me, I’m fine with it.” It hurts plenty of people everyday, and it has no place in today’s society.
As an anti-theist you don’t have to hate theists. If anything simply hate non-critical thinking. If we actively taught children to think critically, religion would have far less of a hold on us, and less of an opportunity to exploit and cause harm.