Just yesterday a Christian friend of mine, being fully aware that I am an atheist, tried to get me to listen to a 15 minute sermon because it would “help” me, and then afterwards, tried to get me to pray before taking an exam.
I agreed to pray with him, but on one condition: we both prayed to Allah.
He was stunned. He looked at me and said “You know full well I’m a Christian. It offends me that you’d even ask that. I am not a Muslim, I don’t believe in Allah, and I would NEVER pray to him.”
And I laughed. He asked me why it was so funny, and I explained that the indignation he felt was the same feeling I had when he asked me to pray to the Christian God. He feels uncomfortable and offended at the idea of praying to something he doesn’t believe in, and so do I.
That’s what I want people who try to “help” me by forcing me into religion to understand. Think about it. If you’re a Christian, try to pray to Allah. If you’re a Muslim, try and pray to Christ. If that sentence alone makes you feel uncomfortable and offended and weird, congratulations! That’s how I feel when you do the same thing to me.
I don’t hate religious people, and I try to be as respectful as I can to everyone. I just wish that I’d get the same respect back every once in awhile. It’s a good thing to have beliefs and values, but don’t get upset when not everyone has the same beliefs and values that you do.
The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting tiny crosses on shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.
In the same way that I don’t identify as a Christian but can still agree with many of Jesus’ teachings, here’s another instance of a religious figure who is saying some stuff that makes sense regardless of what your creed is.
i think it’s funny how christianity made a big deal about mary being impregnanted by god and everyone was like “oh my god the son of god! we must worship him listen to his great wisdom.”
meanwhile, if you said god knocked you up in ancient greece they’d just be like “yeah, me too.”
Pope: ‘Who am I to judge’ gay people?
NBC News: Pope Francis on Monday said “who am I to judge?” gay people as he discussed one of the most divisive issues affecting the Catholic Church.
“I have yet to find anyone who has a business card that says he is gay,” the pontiff said at a press conference in which he addressed the reports of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican.
“They say they exist. If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he added.
Photo: Pope Francis, who gave a press conference on his flight back from Brazil, said he had stayed away from the gay marriage debate on his trip because he wanted to stay positive (Luca Zennaro / Pool via EPA)
#GUYS I DON’T THINK WE UNDERSTAND HOW FUCKING IMPORTANT THIS IS#THE LEADER OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #THE FUCKING CATHOLIC CHURCH#THAT’S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE #JUST SAID #TO HIS MILLIONS OF FOLLOWERS #THAT YOU SHOULDN’T JUDGE GAY PEOPLE #LIKE OMFG #THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST THING I’VE HEARD ALL WEEK
You can’t obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine.
There have been various posts (here and here are examples) about Ramadan. Normally I am excited by people posting about Islam in any manner; the religion is a fascinating one. However, I became ashamed.
The people who posted about Ramadan seem to have no idea what…
Let’s remember, Jesus was a Jewish man of color, born homeless to an unwed teenager, who spent his formative years as an illegal immigrant before returning to his home country to hang out with twelve men, prostitutes, and socially untouchable tax collectors while he taught a radical social doctrine of equality, love, and forgiveness that included paying taxes, free healthcare, and the sharing of resources within a community.
My parents have this as a refrigerator magnet.
The FBI are also looking for the man in the photo. Pass it around. The more eyes that see it, the more quickly he will be found. Reblog this post and encourage your friends and family to share it, too.
There has been a fund set up for the victims of the Oak Creek Temple Shooting.
Victims Memorial Fund
c/o Sikh Temple
7512 S. Howell Ave.
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Regardless of your faith, or lack of, being gunned down while praying is absolutely insane and an terrorist act.