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I spent a while thinking (hate-mail)

Published June 14th, 2011 by Bobby Henderson

I spent a while thinking of a good reply to this, without sounding like some sort of inbred hick or perhaps maybe to get your attention. However, I realize that there pretty much is no way for that to happen, if you put this in your hate-mail section, I’ll probably be mocked just as much as the next guy, who put the stupid comment about how you could never buy a pirate ship. I’m OK with that, I just wish people will actually think about what I have to say rather then ignorantly mocking what I believe personally. Whatever may happen, I don’t really mind, except that I cannot bring myself to be silent on this issue.

I am a Christian, whatever you may think about me, or absurd assumptions you may have about what I look like, think like, or speak like, realize this, I think all beliefs should be treated with equality. Atheism, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Agonist, Voodoo, whatever, I don’t care, if you believe that you are correct, then you have every right in the world to believe that with all your heart, and nobody should force you to believe what they believe. Now I also believe in open criticism of any of these religions, meaning your Pastafarian view that openly mocks religion. However, it is also my right to criticize the criticism, meaning though while I believe it is your right to mock, harass, and generally make religious persons miserable, I don’t believe it is morally right.

Atheism is a belief just as much as Christianity. Say whatever you want about facts and how religion is stupid and all those who practice it are all idiots, but it still comes down to the fundamental truth that you must believe this to be more true over the other option. I am again, completely fine with that, and that is why I love America so much, because we CAN believe differently then one another, and still live peacefully (to a degree) together. However, mocking is not the right way to go about arguing your belief.
By the way, here is the definition of mocking:

1. Tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.

2. Make (something) seem laughably unreal or impossible.

To laugh at someone else’s belief that they dedicate their lives to is not funny or humorous, but I believe is rather childish and immature. This is the main reason why I would much rather sit down calmly with an atheist and have a rational discussion about each other’s beliefs, instead of smacking them in the face with a bible, and shouting how they are going to hell for not believing the undeniable truth that is the bible, or worse, calling their belief idiotic and getting my group of friends together and laughing and pointing in his face.

Of course there are people that do this, hence, you, and there will always be people like you. My job is try to convince you to be rational and discuss each others view points.

I could never put myself in your mindset and read this the same way through your eyes. To you, I just look like another idiot who took this seriously and decided to write a concerned letter and waste his time trying to teach you to be respectful, but the truth is, writing this helps me put my thoughts in order anyways.

If you do have one ounce of thought for my beliefs, at least view this letter with respect, and try to think about what I am thinking when I read this:

http://www.globalone.tv/forum/topics/student-punished-for-spaghetti?groupUrl=flyingspaghettimonster

What I am thinking is that the joke has gone to far. Of course this letter asks for intelligent discussion, and that seems to have never existed in your website, so before I go, let my put it in your language.

Fuck you, and lay off religion asshole.

Sincerely,
Austin



1,803 Responses to “I spent a while thinking (hate-mail)”

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  1. Nchojarred says:

    i actually liked him until the last line

  2. Fifi LePew says:

    Actually there was a grammatical error… (I may have missed someone pointing it out)

    “I think all beliefs should be treated with equality. Atheism, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Agonist, Voodoo, whatever”
    Atheism, while not a belief, is an “ism” or “belief”. Hindu is not a belief; it’s someone who believes in Hindu-ism. A Buddhist is someone who believes in Buddh-ism. A Muslim is someone who believes in Islam or Mohammenden-ism.

    Kudos to y’all for being a place of intelligent and calm discussion of dissenting opinions.
    yours truly, a theological noncognitivist.

  3. Hazel says:

    I’m angry at the last part. Bryan Killian is a remarkable person. He did not mock anyone and the reaction that he got from his school just goes to show how biased people are. He is exactly what the FSM stands for.

    Also, Bobby Henderson agrees with me about knighting Bryan a saint.

    Austin obviously does not get our goal- equality, critical thinking and respect.

    RAmen, Hazel

  4. Metal Head says:

    “Of course this letter asks for intelligent discussion, and that seems to have never existed in your website”

    This little comment destroyed almost any credibility that you may have had, Austin.

    And, “let my put it in your language.”

    Blanket statements such as these don’t convince me that you’re open-minded, tolerant, polite, respectful, or even rational.

    …Yet, you expect us to be. Attempting to hold people to a higher standard than yourself, will never hold any water.

  5. Anthony Soto says:

    Pray to the god of your understanding Austin. Peace.

  6. Big Guy says:

    Christian haters yeah you know who you are leave this good guy alone.

  7. Big Guy says:

    I have never been able to offer a cogent argument and my MO boils down to tantrums and calling others haters.

    • Big Guy says:

      And I masturbate furiously, to young children. What? It’s part of being a devout christian. Don’t single me out.

  8. Mark Rawlinson says:

    I’m not sure about becoming an Agonist. It sounds painful.

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