Social media is such an integral part of our lives, whether we like it or not. In the case of most sites, you add people as “friends”, and people find you to add to their network as a “friend” as well! Most likely, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
But with all the new friends, you get to experience the stab of a double-edged sword: you can see what true friends are up to, but get pestered by your acquaintances’ status updates. In my case, the pestering is having to view peoples’ religious propaganda/mumbo-jumbo/filth.
I can’t tell you how many posts I see on my Facebook page that display these messages like, “Re-post if you love Jesus”, with some proclamation about how without Jesus this person would be lost and so on. I feel like I’d have more to bitch about if I didn’t re-post atheist comics and other things that I find funny, relevant, interesting, or all of the above. But there is a stark difference: at any time a Christian is posed with the question, “if you really love Jesus, you’d do this…”, I have to think that the wheels are turning; their fake dictator in the sky is watching them, and they’re too afraid to turn down a reasonable request.
Why do I re-post Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins quotes? Two reasons.
First, I want to remind everyone to think critically and be inquisitive about the unknown. I like to encourage the application of science, reason, and free thought.
Second, I like the opportunity to spread awareness of the above to others. There’s not much point in posting something for which all my atheist or agnostic (or apathetic) friends would all pat me on the back. I don’t need to be reassured that I’m funny or witty, or I like funny or witty things from funny, witty people. What I really want is for theists to read those quotes and say, “Hey, I think I understand a little more about the scientific method,” or, “Sorry for being such a fucking idiot. The bible is stupid!”
Although I think the latter one is much less likely to happen. A Christian or other religious zealot would argue that they want the same, but there’s no real-world justification for why they’re right and I’m wrong. On the other hand, I have evidence to back it up. But, that’s another argument that I’ve had before.
But there are power in those quotes. The most recent one I fell in love with is shown below:
See? Nothing offensive here. What is offensive is people thanking their god for providing the food they put on their tables. I can take them places to show them who plants, cultivates, and refines those foods to provide nutrition for their bodies. I don’t see them sending any thank-you cards to them.
The Mexicans are whitey’s saviors.
While memes are all the hype lately (rage comics were a year ago), let’s try to use them to mock religion as much as possible.
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