I recently removed the Obama bumper sticker from the back of my car since the election is over and I decided that I don't want to give people controlling very heavy equipment at very high speeds an extra reason to feel any antagonism toward me on top of their general disdain for humanity. Despite this, earlier today I was pondering what the theoretical reaction might be to a sticker which read, “Smile! There is no hell!” I think the response would be less negative than to most anti-theistic messages, but I'm sure some people would think it's an evil lie intended to deceive people and lead them into hell although its actual purpose is quite the opposite: to help people free themselves from the control of manipulative institutions teaching an evil untruth! This led me to ponder the stark contrast between religion and irreligion with respect to control, and I've complied a short list of differences between Christianity and atheism on this matter:
- We demand ten percent of your money.
- We demand at least one hour per week of your time.
- We demand total allegiance.
- Don't think for yourself.
- Obey all of our rules, even if they're absurd or evil.
- Only vote for candidates of whom we approve.
- If you disagree with us, you will be roasted in the flames of hell for all eternity.
- People on the other side are either knowing or unknowing agents of the devil.
- We don't want your money.
- We don't want your time.
- We don't want your allegiance.
- Think for yourself.
- Live as you see fit.
- Vote for whomever you want.
- If you disagree with us, nothing bad will happen to you.
- Most people on the other side are good people who are simply mistaken.