The flaw in your argument.

It’s been over a year since I logged in to this site and a few legitimate comments have been sitting in the approval queue for a while. They are all on my Tolerance vs. Acceptance post. They all contain an argument about believers having “the right to disagree” with non-believers. Thus, I was inspired to write this post!

Yes, you’re correct. You do have the right to disagree with me on religious matters. That’s what being human is. But, our government is not human. It’s an entity designed to be a support system for our country. Our government should choose neutrality. And neutrality is inherently secular. It’s naturally non-religious. Our government should protect all our rights and belief systems without promoting one over the other, and it should ensure that those rights and belief systems are not harming others. This is where your “I have the right to disagree argument” is no longer a valid argument. 

For example, you can disagree with me that religious monuments shouldn’t be erected on government property because, you know, “freedom of religion” and all that. But, erecting a religious statue on government property is fundamentally opposed to your freedom of religion. Why do you think activist groups fight so hard to erect Satanic statues and the like? It’s to prove a point – that supporting one religion means that government has to support them all. Because, you know, “freedom of religion” and all that. 

It’s a similar situation with birth control. How does allowing access to birth control affect you? Does it affect your ability to worship your god? Does it affect you allowing (or not allowing) your child to have access to it? No, it doesn’t. But it does help prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. And, that helps stop the poverty cycle in its tracks.

Aren’t most religious people vehemently opposed to abortion? One would think religious groups would be in support of access to birth control to prevent more.

I won’t fully take on the abortion arguments here, as that’s a triggering subject with a wide set of beliefs. My point is that most of these religion-backed ideas are harmful to society, as a whole. My lack of belief in a god does not affect others’ ability to access the healthcare or help they need. It does not affect how you will raise your family. It’s neutral in that all people have the equal right to access what they need to live a healthy, full, and prosperous life. 

So don’t lecture me on your “right to disagree.” I get that. And I’m good with it. The world would be nothing without opposing ideas. Just keep in mind that it’s not about you and your beliefs. It’s about our government, which should be unbiased, inclusive, and supportive of its citizens and their quality of life.

Vote how you want to vote, but please educate yourself on what “freedom of religion” truly means. 

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