I had some people come to my door with some rather unpleasant messaging and pushy behaviours when I politely told them I did not wish to converse with them further. And, I have a lot of thoughts…
I believe that everyone has, or should have, the right to believe whatever they want in their life. I wish that religious freedoms were available to everyone and that no one had to suffer persecution for their beliefs, or choice to not believe.
I do not believe that any one religion is better than another. No one gets to claim moral high ground because of a religion they do or do not follow. I do not believe that people should be able to push their religious convictions on others. I do not believe that politics should be guided by religion.
I believe that talking about religion should be much the same as talking about salaries. If someone wants to share it, that’s great. But, if someone wishes to keep it to themselves, that should be an accepted answer and the subject should be dropped.
I do not believe that it’s appropriate to knock on a strangers door, beg them to read scriptures with you and tell them they’re bound for eternal damnation if they don’t listen to you. I don’t believe that fear, shame or anxiety should be able to be used as tools of religion to try and convert anyone, or make anyone feel less than for not being a part of a certain faith.
I believe that everyone is entitled (or should be entitled, as I do acknowledge that there are portions of this world where you can be persecuted for your convictions) to their own beliefs and I just wish for a world in which everyone would accept everyone’s own right to choose. Because there are certainly some religious activities that are extremely discriminatory if you don’t follow the same beliefs as say… the person who knocks on your door and begs you to read scriptures, for example.
Whatever faith you follow, I wish you fulfillment and happiness from that. And I hope that everyone feels the same, whether their beliefs align with yours personally, or not.