Happy Halloween. Hopefully you can see the attachment.
This is something that has been bugging me for, as you can see, a couple years. This pastor didn't respond to my two e-mails I sent expressing a desire to have a dialogue.
Do you see what I'm saying? We're being criticized by someone for something we have no control over. Atheists were not in favour of putting the 'in god we trust' on currency.
I don't know about other atheists, but I have no issue about working on Christmas Day. The only reason I wouldn't work on x-mas day is if if my place of work was closed on that day ~~and, unless one is working at Wal-Mart or a hospital, almost all are.
I've worked on x-mas day before and reaped rewards because I'm the one who got all the work, which meant more $$$ for me.
Furthermore, I can't refuse holiday pay if the company offers it. There's no way I can return the money on the premise that I'm an atheist, thus I don't believe in receiving funds for getting religious holiday pay.
Enough of that. Next topic is the 'say' part.
When I was homeless, I was an avid believer. I was promised, in this certain book, that if I tithed 10% and gave offering, I would be given more back. So even when I had just a doller, I'd make sure to give at least 15¢ that Sunday for offering.
Now that I no longer believe, I get to look back and get angry. I had so little. This means anything I gave was extreme. I got absolutely 0 in return from this supreme being.
I noted this to one white dude who CLAIMED he was agnostic This dude told me that maybe my return from god was him allowing me to live through the horrid condition of being homeless (?!?!?!)
What a jerk.
Now, he's a PWM~~lived with his parents until he was good and ready to move out, never was predjudiced against in housing or applying for a mortgage, never was refused work based on gender/race/religion/ He says junk like this all the time, not even taking into consideration that he is of the privileged class that has no reprecussions for their identity.
It's very offensive that he would say something so stupid to someone who had to go through such a horrible experience in life.
Next, one dude got mad at me when I told him I was an atheist during his attempt to prostelytize to me. This dude I knew for years. Apparently he didn't know I was an atheist. I guess he just thought I was backslidden (?) The next time he saw me, he tried to atheist-shame me in front of a singer from a local Christian Rock band. And he kept bringing up god every time we talked. Eventually he either forgot about it or decided to let it go since I never took the bait.
I'm feeling like my identity is being taken from me every time believers infringe on my existence.
Does anyone else have these things happen to them? How do you feel about it?
Thank you for reading my long-winded rant
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