I’m disappointed in the SCOTUS ruling today. I feel as though throughout my whole life I’ve had religion thrust upon me: I was raised in a very religious household where the majority of the pastimes I was allowed to take part in were church-centric, and was taught not to think for myself and decide what it is I believe, but to listen and obey the words from men I had never met. Asking questions was met with “You need to go pray.” It wasn’t until I was 18 that I was able to “escape” it; a feat that involved me moving out of my house while still in high school.
I support everyone’s right to believe and worship how they choose but I don’t think it’s OK to subject the world around you to your religion. So you don’t believe in contraception? Don’t use it. You don’t want gay marriage? Don’t get gay married. If it’s a matter of trying to “save” the world or its people, first ask us if we want to be “saved” and if we decline, leave it be. If we get smitten by a wrathful god, we get smitten. The world will keep turning and the clock will keep ticking whether or not someone’s health plan covers birth control or whether or not I’m allowed to march down the aisle but this heaven-on-earth you think you’re moving towards is just a world in which those who have tried to liberate themselves from organized religion find themselves confronted with it at every turn. America was founded by those escaping persecution for their religious beliefs, a fact that’s hard for me to fathom seeing as how I’m trying to escape persecution on a daily basis for my secular/atheist beliefs. It goes to show that no matter what you believe, or rather if you’ve chosen to not believe, you’re still subjugated to the suffocating iron fist of religion in this country.
I respect your beliefs, please respect the fact that I’ve chosen not to participate in religion.