An Atheist on the Internet griped:
"In this country, at this time, anyone running for public office must profess to believe in magic and invisible beings, or they have no chance of being elected. Once in office they must keep the believers that elected them happy, (or they won't have a job for long), so they make decisions based on that, rather than what is fairest for all concerned."
So is this guy suggesting religious believers holding elected office are all fakes? Or can't he fathom that a believer in public office would have his decisions affected by the faith that shapes his personal morals?
"That is the main complaint I have, but little things like them postponing the Rose Parade, or not being able to hard alcohol on Sunday (in Oregon), making ME say so help me god, in court, having your motto on our money, (if it said in Pixies we trust, you would understand)"
Gee, pal, sorry if traditions like postponing the Rose Parade get you in such a lather. And you can drink on Sundays at home in dry states, you just can't buy on Sunday. And as far as the money goes, most transactions are handled with debit cards, so stop fretting about that legal tender. By the way, The "pixies" argument is hackneyed and deserving of being tossed on the same garbage heap as the "Fire Breathing Dragon in My Garage" argument.
"But the worst thing that religious beliefs do is divide people. Religion divides families, communities even counties."
You know what else divides people? Intolerance and disrespect for beliefs that are different than yours.
"Religion is a hate machine, it cause groups of people to hate or at least mistrust other groups of people who have different beliefs."
Hatefully written, Mr. Finger-Pointer.
"Do I need to keep going or do you get the picture?"
Nope. I've seen plenty. Thanks!