I just found a great comment over at Unscrewing the Inscrutable by Hank Fox and thought I’d share a part that hit home with me:
But an Awakened Atheist? I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s any way such a person could ever let religion back into his/her life. After you get religion out of your head, after you start to think your own thoughts and begin to see what sort of damage had been done to you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ after you see the LIES for what they are Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I just canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t imagine going back to it.
I’m one of these. I’ve seen other atheists write lists and essays of what it’d take for them to convert, but I have no such list or essay. If I were to write such a list or essay, it’s subject would be taking apart the lists/essays of other atheists.
Religion is dead to me. Oh, I can argue/discuss things with the believers, but I don’t think I can be (re)converted. Futhermore, I agree with something else Hank said in the same comment:
In social terms, the opposite of religion is atheism. But in personal terms, the opposite of religion is … freedom. Freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom of … everything.
I was supposed to be a fundamentalist Baptist. I turned out “free” instead. I will not give up my freedom. For anything. Including life. Death is preferable to slavery.