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Religion and Your Throat by Starlow-FTW Religion and Your Throat by Starlow-FTW
I've seen how many comments and stamps saying the exact same thing? Too many, that's how many. We get it, you don't want to hear it. I respect that.

Oftentimes, people who say that they don't like religion being "shoved down their throat" don't seem to realize that just mentioning it or even trying to convert them does NOT constitute "shoving" by any means. I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a law that said you had to convert! I'm so, so very sorry! I didn't know you were stoned or horse-whipped if you didn't convert! My sincerest apologies! Seriously, though, if religion or something with it offends you, either press that little x on the top of your screen, or DON'T LOOK. If you don't want to be converted, just say, "Thank you, but I've made my decision" and be done with it! Not that hard. If they're a real Christian, they'll respect your decision.

That's all. Sorry the stamp is so terrible-looking. I don't exactly have good software.
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styIo Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I know, right?
styIo Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no. i  laughed because. we do get religion stuffed down our throats.
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I very much disagree.  I am of the opinion that people just should not be forced to do that which they don't want to, and that goes either way.  I don't want my religion legislated (and knowing our government, they'd probably botch it anyways) nor do I want any other belief system imposed on me.  As long as that is adhered to, I think we're in a good place.  A cross in public or the "keep Christ in Christmas" billboard is not stuffing religion down anyone's throats. :3
styIo Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
parents shove religion down your throat
if you fucking address that youre an atheist or something people will fucking tell you youre going to hell and try to make you believe in whatever they believe in
also christ was always in christmas if you havent noticed, thats why people made christmas??
Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Christiantity has a nasty habit of forcing people to go along with it through legislation actually, yeah.

- In my state, it's illegal for gay couples to be married or to enjoy the immense legal rights and tax breaks that come along with that because people of your faith lobby to keep them apart 
- People of your religion made me start every day of school by standing and pledging allegiance in recognition of your fake god.   When I refused, I was suspended. 
- And now, it's routed millions of my tax dollars to an "ark" bible amusement park in my state that exists to convert more people to Christianity.

So yeah, you guys have a piss-poor record of "respecting my decision" and a really great record of shoving your bullshit hate down my throat. 
Starlow-FTW Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014
I don't see any hate around here.  What I see is plenty of oppression all around and it's really just a mess.  First of all, you refused to say the pledge of allegiance simply because it says the words "under God" (similar words can be found upon the dollar on your pocket) and were suspended.  Fair enough, I can see how that can be a delicate issue either way.  Of course, I wouldn't generalize that as being people of "my religion" since the pledge of allegiance is said by Americans of every ethnicity and faith, and the schools are run by people of multiple faiths, I'm sure.
As for marriage, I'm reminded of numerous situations where gay couples sued Christian businesses for refusing to serve their events.  I'd argue that's a decent level of oppression.  As I said, I think there are a lot of people who care too much about issues that are irrelevant.  To say that Christians have a "piss poor record" of respecting people's decisions is pretty unfair.  Gay marriage itself is a very strange issue and is a lot more than what people on both sides like to make it.  I like to think I fall dead center on it, but that's a topic entirely.
As for the ark, according to some research done, it is hardly supported by tax dollars, which would be a violation of the constitution. In fact, it's donation supported and it had recently run out of money. 
In general, I'm not seeing all of this shoving hate down your throat.  In America you're pretty free to do whatever you like.  Might you get ridiculed for it?  Sure.  It's not right, but it's a thing and you can't legislate human behavior, at least not at that level. 
Briannabater Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
So you think that if a landlord or employers fires or evicts someone just because they're gay, that's fine, but if the landlord or employer is prevented from doing so, *they're* the ones being oppressed?  Am I understanding you correctly?  And you can only sue if it's illegal in the first place and Christians have had plenty of luck creating laws that make it perfectly legal to do these things.

The Ark has received $43 million in tax rebates from the state, $62 million from a government bond offering and has raised $14 million in private donations.  Yeah, that's effectively money out of my pocket.  I do not consent to giving money to your religion, but your religion is pretty good at taking it anyway. 

You can practice any religion you want and I'd defend your right to do so, but if you create a society where gay people don't get legal protections of marriage and can be fired or refused service just because they're gay, students are forced to recognize your god or get expelled, and you use tax dollars to convert people to Christianity, don't pretend for a second that you're the ones being opressed.
DeltaHD Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
What are you talking about??? More woolen hate Christians more than any other religious group .
Briannabater Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
More, what?

And at any rate, I think my post was clear.
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