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I just wanted to make a few remarks about my feelings and thoughts on Christianity, in general and specifically as it is practiced in the United States. Hopefully this will serve to clear up any misunderstandings that may occur and head off any fruitless arguments before they start.
First off, I am not a Christian. I haven't been since my teens. In my mid-teens, like a lot of kids, I became a rather virulent atheist. I've since backed off from that extreme position and consider myself an agnostic, or "weak atheist", if you prefer that term. The difference is rather subtle, I admit, but basically, what I mean by it is that I hold no position on the existence of a deity, Christian or otherwise. I try mightily to live my life such that it is basically irrelevant. I don't think religion or lack thereof is any excuse to live life poorly; one should always be as patient, compassionate, noble, generous, honest and humble as one is capable of being. In my opinion, if the idea of eternal paradise or punishment in the afterlife is the only thing keeping you from acting out your baser nature, you aren't being very honest in your worship anyway.
That said, I have nothing against Christianity per se. (They're just as good as regular people! Some of my best friends are Christians! And so forth.) I do have problems with many specific Christians, and with evangelical and/or fundamentalist Christians in general - not because of their Christianity as such, but because of their intolerance and stupidity, and their ignorance about their own religion, particularly what the religion's namesake, Christ, was supposed to have said and done according to their own scripture (which I view as mythology, by the way, about on the same level as any other mythology, from Native American to ancient Greek).
Some of the problems I have with Christianity as it is practiced in the United States (and some of them are of the "pet peeve" variety, so don't get all excited and tell me about how "not all Christians are like that" - I know that):
All that aside, I don't have a beef with Christians. On the contrary, I think religion in the hands of compassionate and thoughtful people is a good thing. Had I the power to do so, I would never dream of passing a law saying that someone couldn't be a Christian, or couldn't worship the way they want to, or marry who they want to marry, or anything like that. I would never try to impose my moral code on them, other than to prevent them from harming me. But that's what Christian extremists are trying to do: impose their Christian morals on everyone else. They want to tell you what you can say, what you can read and watch on TV and listen to on the radio, who you can (and can't) marry.
Me living my life by my own moral code doesn't cause a Christian to stop being Christian, it doesn't take anything away from Christians, but them forcing everyone to follow Christian moral codes takes something away from me. There are lots of people, not just atheists and agnostics, but Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, pagans, and other kinds of people I can't think of off the top of my head, who aren't Christian and don't want to be, and don't want to have to follow Christian moral codes and put up with Christian symbols in all their public places.