As atheists we I fall into the trap of projecting our rationality (or some would say belief system) on others. When meeting a young person it’s easy to think “of course they arent just a church puppet.” When a new friend mentioned “I’m a presbyterian,” my worldview seemed to collapse.
The interaction shone light on christians ability to oppress people while feeling like they are doing the right thing.
Christian assumption justifying oppression
Christians use this same human approach to think we really know deep down that Jesus and the bible are the truth. When you take that assumption it seems logical if not helpful to pass anti-gay legislation or require prayer in school. In a way they are helping the lost sheep who are rebelling from what they know to be true.
These lenses show muslims and mormons and buddhists as a teenage rebellion from what we all know deep down to be true.
Why it’s different for atheists
Atheists dont rely on a rule book like the bible or dogma handed down from priests to tell people how to live. Instead we take evidence provided from science, from our own livers, and from a view that people are animals wishing to avoid pain and maximise their happiness. Promoting laws and lifestyles that furthers freedom and happiness allows people to make their own choices not assuming that anyone knows the “true” rules of life.
Christian and other religious assumption is too simple to base our modern lives upon. By assuming the role of benevolent parent over a rebellious human spirit religion is bound to fade away as knowledge, and personal freedoms grow.