of Imaginary Friends
following is a letter written by one Kate Burdess
of Casper, Wyoming in response to a posting on trib.com.
I could not agree with her more. The bolding is by
In response to "Atheists' lives too easy," Letter/Feb.
Curt Wartick's recent letter was incredibly biased
and misinformed. I find it hard to believe a Christian
can even start to grasp the beliefs of an atheist.
Having been raised Christian, I understand the general
mindset. I remember thinking to myself how sad it was
that people just couldn't believe in a god that wanted
to love them. However, after reading the Bible numerous
times and attending church three times a week for 16
years of my life, I just couldn't live the lie anymore.
The Bible basically disproves itself repeatedly, with
hundreds of contradictions and antiquated beliefs.
How can people pick and choose which ones are "real" and
which ones are "symbolic"? They can't because
it was supposedly written by god and he's not saying
As for atheist lives being "too easy," I
can't even express how false that is. After I realized
that I was living a lie in Christianity, it was devastating.
I didn't just decide one day I didn't believe in god,
it took years to part with the Christian ideology.
I felt like I had been betrayed by all of my spiritual
leaders and my god. Becoming an atheist meant losing
every person who was my friend since moving to Casper.
I was told I couldn't see my nieces. I didn't become
a bad person, I was exactly the same, I just didn't
believe in god and that was enough to shun me. Becoming
an atheist was quite literally the hardest thing I
have done in my life, but I had to be honest with myself.
Not believing in god means that you have to take responsibility
for everything you do. If you do something bad, there
is no devil to blame. If something good or bad happens,
the only person you can blame is yourself. Being an
atheist is the most honest way, I believe, you can
live your life.
Many atheists, myself included, believe that you shouldn't
be a good person to please god, you should be a good
person because it's the right thing to do. I think
it is more admirable to have no agenda for kindness
than to be kind solely to please a god. I know that
every Christian isn't the same and I hope people can
start believing that all atheists aren't the same.
Just please don't tell me my life as an atheist is
easy because it is a struggle every day.