Living a fulfilled life without God
I don’t mean to be too negative here, but if I didn’t have an opinion I wouldn’t be a blogger. It sort of goes with the territory. It was only a couple of hours ago that I said I didn’t have a strong opinion on the video below where Dan Savage addresses a group of high school students, but as I see more people post this that cheer him on, I’m getting annoyed. I really do agree with his message. I didn’t even necessarily disagree with the venue. I was perfectly happy and enjoying the talk until he said, “It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”
To put this into perspective, this guy is known as a spokesperson against bullying. I can’t ignore the irony of this guy calling a group of high school students pansies. Let’s remember that we’re talking about high school students who may have never had the energy or felt like they could question their faith. I think people really need to consider their beliefs strongly, but we have to remember the level of indoctrination that some people grow up in. It took me over 30 years to finally get to a place where I felt safe enough to question my faith. I don’t think the students should have been offended, but we just can’t be surprised that they were. If they felt they needed to walk out, I think that’s perfectly fine. I don’t fault Savage for saying things that offended them… I fault him for calling them pansies for walking out.
I know not all of my readers will agree with me, I invite you to disagree with me without writing me off. I think I’m just overly sensitive to trying to avoid giving people ammunition to call atheists or freethinkers assholes. We have to understand that when we talk about these things we’re going to offend people. That doesn’t mean to stop talking about them, but we should be able to do this without name calling… especially to a group of high school students.