Diane Trout (alienghic) wrote,
Diane Trout
alienghic

Get me out of this country!

US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush.

Monday's [prayer] reads "Pray that the President and his advisers will be strong and courageous to do what is right regardless of critics".

I think I may be lashing out at christians these days instead of my previous self-imposed silence to promote civility.

I grew up in a fundamentalist christian cult, though I can't ever remember really believing in the existence of god. I remember thinking it was possible god existed at times and going along with it because that's what I was supposed to do. However I never shared these doubts with my family as they were all strong believers, and in the interest of not getting yelled at or otherwise punished I kept my doubts to myself.

In high school I shared the fact that christmas is a repackaged pagan festival with some friend at school. He ended up being quite offended, and I had to apologize for telling him this which bothered me. It seemed wrong to have to apologize for telling someone the truth (it's not like I was using a poor reference, it was described as pagan in the first few paragraphs of the encyclopedia britannica)

So I learned that people are strangely attached to their religion in a way that I find incomprehensible and that people would be less angry with me if I didn't challenge their belief systems.

However since we currently have a born again christian fanatic running america and his belief system allows him to invade other non-christian countries without any sense of guilt, I'm not in the mood to be so quiet.

Maybe sometime later I'll describe how I developed some neo-pagan overtones to my atheist philosophy.
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