An Athiest Perspective at NDSU
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 16:10
Approximately half of campus may hate me after this article, but someone has to say it. Every single day when I walk to class, I see at least five or 10 people with Bison Catholic shirts. Then I get to class and usually have to stare at some more for 50 minutes. Insert expletive here.
I understand some people need religion, but why does that make it all right for me to have to stare at your shirts all the time? Yes it’s just a shirt, but it’s also free advertising for religion. I’m not trying to be mean here, but it’s just annoying.
Add anti-abortion sweatshirts on top of your Bison Catholic shirts, and now I’m really annoyed. It’s a constant reminder for me of how many people do not accept a lack of religion yet. The Bison Catholic shirts are just one example. I will say, however, that they vastly outnumber any other type of religious shirt I’ve seen on campus. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing though.
I’m an atheist, plain and simple. I have only found a handful of people on campus so far that share my views. In this case, I consider myself a minority, and I understand what it feels like to be prejudiced against. This is partly the reason why I felt so strongly about the Craig Cobb article that I wrote.
Prejudice is prejudice, again, plain and simple. Almost every single time I meet new people and tell them I’m an atheist, a feeling of disgust and misunderstanding hangs in the air. Sometime or another, the topic of religion comes up. I’m always asked if I’d like to go to church with them, because their church is, “different.” Gag. I’ll stay home and watch Netflix with my goldfish and Hot Pockets, thank you very much.
Just because I do not go to church and pray for hours on end does not make me a bad person. In fact, I think I am a pretty good person. I do my volunteer hours taking care of homeless dogs and cats; I help little old ladies cross the street; and I’m not prejudiced against religious persons.
I have many religious friends. We get along just fine. Yes, there is the occasional debate about religion, but it’s just that. A friendly debate. We eventually reach some sort of impasse with these debates, and then we keep going with our lives. It’s not the end of the world. We’re still friends.
I wish I could do this with more people, but unfortunately, I think eventually someone would end up punching me in the face. I could definitely see that happening. I am always up for a good debate though, even at the risk of ticking someone off, because I believe in what I stand for. I believe in no god, however, I believe in morals and being a good person. If anyone wants to talk to me about these morals, etc., I’m on Facebook.
In response to this religious trend on campus, I have been thinking about starting a Bison Atheist club. What would this entail you say? A bunch of like-minded people gathering once a week, or every other week, and discussing and ranting and just being together. Knowing that someone else supports you.
In fact, I think there are more atheists on campus than anyone realizes, and I think we should be represented too. And yes, we will also make shirts.
Rhianna is a freshman majoring in psychology.