Dear Legislating Christians,

Alabama just passed a law allowing religious organizations to deny adoptions and fostering to LGBTQ couples on the basis of their religion. This was done under the guise of honoring religious freedom because the Christian Churches feel like if they’re forced to adopt out to LGBTQ families that the government is interfering with their religion. I’ve seen supporters saying, “This is protecting Churches from having to accept lifestyles that are in conflict with their Church teachings.”

This is a pervasive attitude with a lot of “religious freedom” legislation, that Christians are being forced to accept LGBTQ people/clients/customers. They can fight this because neither gender identity nor sexual preference are protected classes on any sort federal level. There’s no large-scale anti-discrimination legislation to deem then entire group of trans or gay people as “protected” so these laws and executive orders can be passed and people can hide it all under “religions freedom” in a way they couldn’t with age discrimination, or racism, or misogyny.

But I need to let you guys know something that you might not notice if you are a Christian.

Christianity is shoved down my face at every turn, so these legislating Christians acting like they’re being persecuted or stifled in some way is simply laughable. Before most races I run someone says a Christian prayer. God is on my money. My bank called the other day and she ended the call with, “God bless you!” My kids hear the Bible referenced at school every day, forcing me to teach Christian history and beliefs when it’s not even ours.

Can you imagine if your kid came home every day talking about the Quran? And you had to explain references to a religious text you didn’t even believe in?

It’s pervasive. There’s prayers before legislative sessions and while – if you push – they’ll invite other religions to lead, 99% of the times it is a Christian prayer. We are requiring our high-ranking government officials to demonstrate they participate in the Christian Church or we won’t elect them. Therefore they quote the bible and reference God FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

Can you imagine if you were trying to decide who to vote for and all of the candidates started discussing how their agenda will help us all achieve enlightenment so we could one day escape samsara and reincarnation? How would that make you feel? Trying to decide who to vote for?

I just know that none of these things stuck out to me when I was a Christian. NONE of them. But they do now. Not a day goes by that I don’t have to think about Christianity in some way. There’s a quest for mission trip funding from my Facebook friend, there’s something claiming “God is Good!” when their prayers have been answered, there’s pictures from services and pretty sunsets with bible versus written on them. IT IS EVERYWHERE.

And I try not to be the angry atheist hell-bent on removing Christianity, but when I hear and see Christians claim they’re being persecuted in our country where THEIR GOD IS ON OUR MONEY, I can’t muster any sympathy.

There is serious religious persecution in other parts of the world, but in our country? Christianity is King and I can’t abide by the “protecting” of it being used to discriminate against entire groups of people. It sickens me.