There seems to be a strong sense of pride for those marking ‘no religion’ on the census. This I don’t really get. Surely that is simply an anti-religion stance. It’s not standing for anything, it’s standing against something. A huge part of the ‘anti-religion’ movement seems to be about tolerance and open mindedness. I can’t understand why this doesn’t extend to freedom of religion.
I know this isn’t true for all, but funnily there seems to be a huge tolerance for religions other than Christianity. The Dalai Lama is adored and respected. Moderate (western) Muslims are applauded. Christians are ridiculed. I get that this is not true for everyone. Some people are anti all religions. But there seems to be a large part of the atheist movement that is against Christianity. I know not everyone will agree with this, but this is my observation.
It’s cool to be atheist. And that’s fine. But if you are free to disagree, why aren’t those who believe free to believe? I’m not going to get into why I believe here (surely I have established that). Why is freedom of choice to be applauded unless it’s about religion? Just let people choose. If you fight for the right to choose no religion, let others be proud in their choice of religion. It’s important to let people choose, no matter what you think of their choice. Of course there is a line here. Once your choice impacts on the freedoms of others then there are issues. I don’t remember Jesus forcing himself on anyone. Under any circumstances.
But then again, Father Bob is revered by all! I think people love his love for people and non judgmentalism (hmmm, sort of like Jesus! For the anti of this idea, see Fred Nile…) Here is what Father Bob tweeted just tonight:
“Tick RELIGION this census at Ur peril. True religion & undefiled = caring for the orphan and widow. Tick box be TRULY religious.”
If you’re going to tick a religious box, perhaps take it seriously. It’s not a nominal thing.
P.S. Let me clarify that I have no problem with marking ‘no religion’ on the census. I’m more concerned with the anti-christianity stance I’ve seen associated with it.