Like it or Leave it?

I read all the time about how Christians think they are persecuted in this country but no one talks about how telling people to leave if they don’t believe in their god isn’t ok.

This photo is from a Facebook acquaintance and he took it while going to get fuel.  How can this be considered acceptable?  I know a lot of people who would actually agree with this too.  They think it is patriotic and they don’t think it is discriminatory at all.
If this said something about blacks it would be on the news and whomever did this would lose their job.

On the other hand there is Freedom of Speech.

So this business, though maybe not the smartest move, can put what they want on the displays.  I support their right to do that even if i disagree.  I also support their right to believe in whatever god they do or do not want to believe in.

Too bad they can’t return the favor.




9 thoughts on “Like it or Leave it?

  1. What does ‘One Nation under God’ even mean? What about all the other nations? The US isn’t the only country with a predominant Christian population.

    I also find it rude, apart from that. You have categorised it as ‘Atheist Thoughts’, but I disagree with that categorisation. It is humanist thoughts, and genuine Christians can’t agree that the attitude the sign stands for is wrong. It is certainly not the attitude Jesus stands for.

    • The “One Nation Under God” thing doesn’t mean the Only nation under God. It God is what this country was founded on and that’s why it’s “One Nation Under God”

      I agree with everything you said.

      • Thanks for the explanation… so it is a state-integration statement, not an external statement!

        Come to think of it, it has always seemed strange to me that some Christians defend positions that are in so start contrast to what Jesus stands for. It is actually because it is a group identity-think, that is all it is… ‘If you are not inside this group, you are out enemy’. Jesus was on the contrary a stand-alone man who wasn’t afraid to go against the religious leaders of his time, re-define God and set the moral compass to Humanism (in a context of Fundamentalism / Legalism).

        Strangely, many modern Christians have set their compass back to Fundamentalism – and defend it fiercely, while many Western non-Christians tend to be basically walking the path Jesus paved (=have similar values), but in a secular version. The situation of Christianity today is very tricky. Fundamentalist Christians scare humanistic minded people away from Church with their rhetoric, even if they are not the majority of Christians, while they urge everybody to ‘follow Jesus’ in ways that show they don’t understand what it means. To use the past as a metaphor for the present, they are like the Pharisees and the Hypocrites in the New Testament.

  2. There’s little doubt that convoluting politics and Christianity is bad for all involved. Yes, Christians need to be involved in the world (politics), but we need to be clear that Christianity and American are not synonymous.

  3. I consider myself Christian and I find that picture offensive. It is not “Christ like” at all. It’s plan rude. I’m a very patriotic person and I wouldn’t even think to post the last half of what was said. What good does that do?

    • I think that I am learning that there are a lot of people who agree that it is rude, disrespectful and unnecessary but there are still many who don’t see it that way.
      I would hope that christians that visited that gas station spoke up but i imagine they didn’t and their compliance it in effect permission.

  4. The thing about that kind of frustrating mindset is that they’ve already made up their minds, made a choice and taken action. A few people might be willing to see that it’s offensive, but others, having become “committed” by action would see it as an opportunity to ‘dig in their heels’ and ‘stand for their rights’.
    I wonder how much of the time people really stop and think about what this kind of statement feels like to others?

  5. For what it’s worth, I don’t agree with posting anything like that either. Yes, there is freedom of speech, but there should also be tolerance of others. This is one of the main reasons that free speech was created in this country – to allow the minority opinions, whatever they are, to be heard without punishment or chilling effects. And of course, there is also freedom of religion, which, in my book, includes not having a religion at all, even though that’s not what I and many others believe in ourselves.

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