Another tidbit I got from the FFRF website today. Apparently, Missouri has legislation pending which would make Christianity it's state religion. According to KMOV , the resolution would recognize “a Christian god,” and it would not protect minority religions, but “protect the majority's right to express their religious beliefs.”
I grew up in the so-called “Bible Belt.” I was raised by fundamentalists and brainwashed into believing that we (Christians) were discriminated against and persecuted constantly. When I was a kid, I was literally afraid that people would find out I was a Christian and try to kill me. By the time I got to highschool, I realized that pretty much EVERYONE at my school also identified as Christian. There wasn't anyone lurking around the corner, waiting to persecute me.
Later, after I had put aside those childish beliefs, I had an interesting experience. I was attending the
University of Houston in Houston, Texas. The class was a philosophy class, so we went through all classical arguments for and against the existence of god. Ordinarily, this part of the class is designed to encourage critical thinking and give students an opportunity to recognize and critique the different styles of philosophical thought by using something that pretty much everyone has thought about at some point or another as a starting point.
I believe we were discussing Thomas Aquinas on the day in question. During a class discussion, I admitted to personally being an atheist. The entire class flew into an outrage. The so-called “professor,” did nothing to moderate or tone down the attacks. She encouraged them, in fact. I had already gotten the impression that she was subtly directing the discussion in a way that discouraged any admission that non-belief could be a logical and reasonable stance on this issue. I gave her a gift by becoming the scapegoat. She was able to just stand back and let the students attack me, showing that the believers were in the majority and therefore must be right. No wonder we still end up with college graduates who cannot think critically.
Nowadays, it really gets my hackles up when I hear any so-called Christians spout off about how persecuted they are. They don't know what persecution is.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14) So, guess what? According to your own scripture, if you are in the majority, you haven't found the right way.