Dear Mayor Taylor,
It came to my attention that at a recent forum you had this to say:
“Since you’re with the Christian Coalition, I’ll go ahead and put it out there that to me, it’s broken people. People not being in a relationship with their creator and therefore not being in a good relationship with their families and their communities and not being productive members of society.”
What is it with my fellow Black people who happen to be elected officials? Between you and quite a few others, I am not sure that you are for everyone that you claim to represent, not making statements like this! Do you realize that you have direct hand in poverty as the current Mayor of a major city? Instead, you scapegoat it on people who do great work without the need for a god to inspire them to do good deeds. I AM a Black Atheist who happens to be gay and remembers how you threw the LGBT community in your city under the bus with your "no" vote against a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance. In both instances (The NDO and recent statement) you referenced your christian background, but what the hell happened to SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE?
I cannot begin to describe the dismay that I feel at the fact that people like you want to lead while discarding people like me in the process. For my Atheism, I make no apologies to you or those who may be offended. The idea of a 'higher power" causes me just as much cognitive dissonance as a believer who might be reading my words regarding what they believe in. I do not live to disavow or disprove the existence of a god, I simply do not care to attack one's beliefs and I demand that you not question my existence or my humanity.
I most definitely see religion and deity as separate, and in my view religion is a means of social control and domination for those who are in control of governments and other institutions that are used to govern the masses. HOWEVER, I am not running around saying directly that christianity is the root cause of poverty. Now if we were to check the receipts of christian politicians, we will find that they do the MOST harm to impoverished communities. In fact, poverty has expanded because of people like you and to make things worse, you are cooning. Yep I said it, coon. Most people in poverty in Texas are Black and all you can think about is your damn sky daddy and how a relationship with him/it will suddenly improve one's life chances.
Atheism - is the rejection of belief in the existence of deities.In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.Most inclusively, atheism is the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is contrasted with theism, which, in its most general form, is the belief that at least one deity exists.
Being an Atheist almost, always leads to a line of questioning where folks like to challenge one on his or her morality. Do we know right from wrong? Yes, we do. we don't need some figure to guide us down a path of righteousness. Let me be clear, I know my know right from wrong. Doing the right thing should not come with the idea or promise of reward from some non existent being for good deeds. You and people like you lose your minds when one is unapologetically an Atheist. You call anyone different from you wicked, AS IF you were vested with power of never ending knowledge and judgment. Like your Wednesday/Sunday shit don't stank!
You christians (ones like you, Mayor Taylor) are the wicked ones, YOU are the Broken ones and you don't get to choose who people should and shouldn't be. You are the reason, CHRISTIANS, YOU are the reason this world is so fucked up. Seek help, because the white man has got you believing that Jesus is real, he was effective when he beat it into us during slavery. It is sad that you really believe that some "God sent his son into this sinful world to die for" us "and so that we might have a chance at eternal life..." don't you? Fuck that, how is this the reason for you to be good? Quoting scriptures like "Philippians 4:13 - For I can do everything through Christ,[a] who gives me strength," chosen for you by some mediocre ass white men!
Ashton P. Woods