Apparently only the religious are allowed to express their beliefs in public forums such as Facebook and Twitter, and anyone with divergent or contrary beliefs such as myself are apparently expected to remain silent. The amount of ignorance I am confronted with on a daily basis is staggering, it seems that belief in god means that one must completely abstain from any use of logic or reason when explaining, discussing or defending one's beliefs. I am also seeing a total lack of historical knowledge, whether it be ancient or modern the faithful seem to ignore the implications of their predecessors actions and behaviors in regards to their religious beliefs and the erroneous claims they continually make about god and religion. Even more ironically, there seems to be a strong patriotic connection for many of these people, god and country often go hand in hand in many of their ramblings. Yet they know little or nothing about the foundations of the United States and the fact that the vast majority of our founding fathers were atheist or agnostic, and the ones who weren't could hardly be described as Christians. Even though it appears to be futile I continue to engage them in debate, I challenge their notions of god and the statements they make and almost invariably their response is something akin to a child plugging his or her ears, stomping their feet and yelling "NO, NO, NO I CAN'T HEAR YOU!" Which is then followed by a list of "amens" and some idiotic and illogical statement about faith. I spend a lot of time and take great care to make sure that my answers/responses are respectful, thorough and insightful. However they seem to barely read let alone actually consider the facts about the issues or what I have to say before they vomit out the same kind of ridiculous response. These people are quite literally brainwashed.
At this point I am not yet sure what it will take to break through the walls of lies and propaganda that have been built up around their feeble minds. However, if I do discover some universal approach to exposing religion for what it is a Nobel Peace Prize will surely follow in short order.
I wish everyone who has to deal with this in their life, whether it be family members, co-workers, friends or just simply the Mormon and Jehovah's Witness door-knockers the best of luck.