Shoving It Down Your Throat

Well, it finally happened! Someone on Facebook who had somehow found their way into my friends list sent me a message telling me they couldn’t bear to see any more of my ‘viscous’ attacks on their faith, so they were going to unfriend me. It came with all the usual cliches, like how I was “shoving my beliefs down other people’s throats”, “freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion, “why can’t you just keep your opinions to yourself”, etc…

I’ve been fuming for a couple of days over the sheer stupidity of this person, the unmitigated gall/hypocrisy of a believer making those statements about anyone else, etc… I’d planned to write a very long and detailed rebuttal, and was about three hundred words in when I saw this:


It’s succinct, covers everything I wanted to say, and it’s much less likely to bore any of my remaining readers to death…

About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist ( is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.