This is my submission to Crommunist’s Because I am an atheist series and has has full permission to reprint on his website.
Because I am an atheist: I am more moral. The confidence that I was doing “god’s work” kept me blind to the harm I caused with my religion. I believed the “hate the sin love the sinner” trope and I did not actively campaign for gay rights. Because I am an atheist, I no longer have doubts that fighting for equality is the most moral path I can take.
Because I am an atheist: I am a trans feminist. If it were not me seeking out other atheists like myself, I probably wouldn’t have found various atheist sites that taught me that feminism wasn’t a dirty word. No matter how cultured I try to be I am limited by my geography. Atheism, and atheists taught me to look skeptically at my own biases toward feminism. Transgender atheists taught me to look skeptically at those feminists who would erase the experiences of women they deem not women enough. Because I am an atheist, I fight sexism against all women.
Because I am an atheist: I don’t indoctrinate my kids. I no longer fear hell for their sake. Because I am an atheist, I can love my children for who they are rather than who god wants them to be.
Because I am an atheist: I no longer believe my rapes were destiny. God’s plan for me was not that I must suffer the consequence of childhood abuse. God isn’t real, and my abuse is nothing more than the actions of a sexual predator. Because I am an atheist, I no longer believe that something “good” must come out of abuse, and I am free to view it for the horror it was.
Because I am an atheist: I am happier. God was not good for me. I could not reconcile the idea of this existence being the product of a compassionate deity. I could not love god. I could not follow a god that hid behind “free will” to escape the consequences of his creation. I could not follow a god that hated the people I loved. I could not find a friend in my prayers. Because I am an atheist, I can find the joy and love in this world without always comparing it to the sadness and hate.