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It really annoys me when people refer to God in a conversation as if it were a public figure that everyone agrees upon. Its like a default word for "higher power" or whatever, but that's what the Christians call their god, and so that is what is the assumed norm. It really bugs. because it shuts out the opportunity for people with other belief systems. As if they're somehow not normal.

I am not a Christian. Christianity scares me in so many ways. The fakeness, the rules, the judgement. The divine power not having a name and acting like a spoiled 4 year old. I'm just done with Christianity being the default religion for everyone in this country. No, the US was not founded on Christian values, and no, it is not a Christian nation. There are other people out there too, whose views aren't so all-encompassing and presumptuous.

I really don't think that I should be silenced in that way in a conversation where everyone assumes I'm Christian. I don't think that I should have to proclaim that distinction, or be quietly erased because the notion of me not conforming to your belief system is detestable and sad to you. I don't think that your religion is the only truth. I don't think it has anything to do with truth. To speak of truth when discussing religion is a ridiculous feaux pas that I'd rather not be sucked into.

Yet I am, constantly, and I'm tired of it.

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