Each time I leave my home, I can count on running into countless Jesus bumper stickers and car decals and at least one person who will be wearing an over-the-top Jesus t-shirt. This is a reflection of the widespread Christian privilege where I live, but it also represents my neighbors' exercise of their right to free expression. I sometimes find myself feeling envious of this.
I do not affix any sort of atheist-oriented, pro science, or anti-religion symbols to my car for fear of vandalism. I would like to be able to do so, but I refrain. I do not generally wear clothing with such messages in public for fear of physical assault, but I would like to be able to do so more frequently. Why? Given that I am not particularly interested in having religious conversations with complete strangers in public, why would I have any interest in having such messages on my vehicle or on my person?
- When I see a pro-reality message on someone else's vehicle or person, it immediately puts a smile on my face. I'd like to be able to provide that experience for other atheists.
- When I encounter pro-reality messages, I feel a bit less alone. I'd like to help other atheists feel a little less alone.
- I'd like to be able to take advantage of the same right to free expression that Christians take advantage of on a regular basis and without fear of consequences.
- I'd like to be able to celebrate the atheist part of my identity. It means something to me, and I am tired of feeling that I must hide it.
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