May 21, 2010

How Do You Make Someone Believe in God?

liberation crucifixWhile examining some HitTail results recently, I noticed that one of the search terms bringing people to this blog was the question I have used in the title of this post: How do you make someone believe in god? Evidently, some people are searching the Internet for answers to this question.

My answer: You can't. But more importantly, you shouldn't. People can be perfectly happy, well-adjusted, and valuable members of society without your god. In fact, plenty of people manage to be all of these things and more without any gods. There are millions of atheists right here in the United States. We are your friends, your neighbors, your children's teachers. We are your police officers and physicians, your babysitters and accountants. We have no need for your god, and frankly, we aren't interested in having it pushed on us.

By trying to force beliefs on us which we recognize as absurd superstitions, you devalue our dignity and worth as human beings. We are smarter than that, and we hope you would be too. Pushing your religion on us communicates your conviction that we are flawed and that you are superior because of what you believe. This is bigotry, and it is going to be perceived as such. Attempting to convert us makes you someone we will seek to avoid, alienates us, and makes you the butt of jokes.