I had to share this because I’ve seen this topic broached here before. Religious people can’t get it through their noggins that we don’t BELIEVE in God, to hate him.
I love this blogger btw. He was a fire-and-brimstone preacher most of his life (his life story is very interesting) and became an atheist in his 50s, which shows us that there’s always hope. And since he’s an ex-preacher, he’s dangerous, because he knows what he’s talking about.
My hatred is reserved for certain aspects of some religions. Since I live in the United States, my experience has primarily been with the Christian religion, especially the Evangelical form of Christianity. While I think the essence of Christianity can provide value and substance for some people — even in our modern, scientific world — I am convinced that twenty-first-century Christianity is so far afield from its original intent that it has ceased to be Christianity at all. How does the Christianity of today, in any of its various forms, remotely resemble the teachings and faith of Jesus, the poor, itinerant do-gooder of first-century Palestine.
To be fair there are some churches that do manage to justify their existence, doing good for a lot of people, but unfortunately that brand of Christianity is not prevalent in the American political sphere at this time. Seems to me that when any religious group is the majority, in any country, it’s the WORST version of that religion that is represented in the government overall.