If you know me you know that religion has never played a large role in my life. It's never been part of whatever I've been trying to do with my life and I've never seen the need for it. Over the course of my life, I've met people who feel the same. We don't feel we need religion and haven't tried to. Some of them have tried out different religions and realized that none of them work out. It happens. I've always been a strong believer in having a happy and successful life without the aid of religion. I believe you can pull yourself out of whatever hole you've fallen into and reform yourself without the help of religion. I do see that as being possible.
I don't affiliate with any kind of religion--even atheism--because I just see it as unimportant in my life. But that's the great part; I can refer to my OWN life, and no one else's. Lately, the religious people haven't been the ones who are annoying me. It's been the non-religious ones. It's been the relentless condescending and degrading attitude so many athiests seem to carry with themselves against the religious. I've heard so many people talk about these people as if they're bumbling fools or mindless followers or shallow conformists. They treat religion as a whole as one big joke and treat those who follow it in the same way. Basically, there's zero respect.
Yes, I've come across plenty of religious people who will stop at nothing to shove their beliefs down my throat, and it sucks. It's irritating that they can't just accept my feelings and leave it at that. But what I don't think the non-religious realize that they are doing the EXACT same thing to the others. As soon as someone mentions that they're Christian or Jewish or Muslim, etc they get immediately turned off and go into "Preach-about-your-stupifity" mode and tell them how dumb they are for believing. I've noticed this most with Christianity vs. atheism. Maybe it's just the latter group finally able to speak their minds but I don't think it's that; I think it's just who can be the loudest and most disrespectful.
My mother is Baptist (and not the creepy Westboro kind) and she has been her whole life. She tried to bring me into it but finally, reluctantly, accepted that I just do not wish to be religious. I know that wasn't her master plan but she's gone with it and respects my decision, and I do the same for her. I don't particularly like a lot of aspects of religion but that doesn't give me the right to shit on anyone who does.
Can't people learn to just RESPECT each other's choices? It's really not that hard.