let me preface this by saying that i don’t adhere to a specific religion. i’ve toyed around with the idea of spirituality and have my own beliefs that i prefer to withhold for the sake of this post.
this morning, i found my cross from confirmation in 8th grade and decided it went well with my outfit, so i wore it to school. i thought nothing of it until people started asking me why i’m wearing a cross. working off of the knowledge that i may or may not have given them (honestly, i don’t recall) about my apparent atheism, people accused me of being disrespectful to christianity, and others made wild assumptions on my religious beliefs.
i’m not going to say i wasn’t expecting these assumptions about my spirituality. i was wearing a cross, after all. it’s an expression of religion.
but at the same time, people who assumed that i am an atheist called me out on being disrespectful. without a doubt, they would not have said a thing if i were wearing the symbol of a different religion. say, buddha was on my shirt, or a wheel with eight spokes. but a cross around my neck is disrespectful.
put a cross on a shirt, and it’s fashion. fashion a cross around your neck without proper reasoning, and it’s blasphemy.
may i also point out that i wore this exact cross throughout the summer and the first semester of school, as i explored my beliefs in christianity. during this extended period of time with the cross, i was subject to multiple occasions of blatant disrespect.
people reached down my shirt to ensure that they saw a cross on my necklace. they stared me straight in the eye, proclaiming their atheism to me. as if it were supposed to anger me. they wanted a fight over religion  and an excuse to preach their hackneyed “i never bought into the jesus story" speech. the one i’ve heard a million times. the same one i’ve given a few times, myself. 
i’m not even a christian, and i am sick and goddamn tired of these double standards about christianity.
i’m not allowed to "disrespect" the religion by wearing a cross when i don’t believe in it. but i’m allowed to wear ying-yang symbols or put the symbol for “ohm” onto a t-shirt; in fact, i’m culturally aware. i’m creative.
i’m not allowed to wear a cross around my neck without “asking for" a religious debate. people seek it out. i am goddamn finished with teenagers spreading hate about a religion and claiming originality. "i’m fine with every other religion, but i can’t stand christianity.” aside from the fact that what is being said is hypocritical, it’s also extremely disrespectful to say to someone with a cross around her neck. someone that a stranger would assume to be christian.
this has been a psa
tl;dr : teenagers are trying too hard to be unique and spreading hate about things they don’t need to spread hate about. they are also extremely rude.

let me preface this by saying that i don’t adhere to a specific religion. i’ve toyed around with the idea of spirituality and have my own beliefs that i prefer to withhold for the sake of this post.

this morning, i found my cross from confirmation in 8th grade and decided it went well with my outfit, so i wore it to school. i thought nothing of it until people started asking me why i’m wearing a cross. working off of the knowledge that i may or may not have given them (honestly, i don’t recall) about my apparent atheism, people accused me of being disrespectful to christianity, and others made wild assumptions on my religious beliefs.

i’m not going to say i wasn’t expecting these assumptions about my spirituality. i was wearing a cross, after all. it’s an expression of religion.

but at the same time, people who assumed that i am an atheist called me out on being disrespectful. without a doubt, they would not have said a thing if i were wearing the symbol of a different religion. say, buddha was on my shirt, or a wheel with eight spokes. but a cross around my neck is disrespectful.

put a cross on a shirt, and it’s fashion. fashion a cross around your neck without proper reasoning, and it’s blasphemy.

may i also point out that i wore this exact cross throughout the summer and the first semester of school, as i explored my beliefs in christianity. during this extended period of time with the cross, i was subject to multiple occasions of blatant disrespect.

people reached down my shirt to ensure that they saw a cross on my necklace. they stared me straight in the eye, proclaiming their atheism to me. as if it were supposed to anger me. they wanted a fight over religion  and an excuse to preach their hackneyed “i never bought into the jesus story" speech. the one i’ve heard a million times. the same one i’ve given a few times, myself. 

i’m not even a christian, and i am sick and goddamn tired of these double standards about christianity.

i’m not allowed to "disrespect" the religion by wearing a cross when i don’t believe in it. but i’m allowed to wear ying-yang symbols or put the symbol for “ohm” onto a t-shirt; in fact, i’m culturally aware. i’m creative.

i’m not allowed to wear a cross around my neck without “asking for" a religious debate. people seek it out. i am goddamn finished with teenagers spreading hate about a religion and claiming originality. "i’m fine with every other religion, but i can’t stand christianity.” aside from the fact that what is being said is hypocritical, it’s also extremely disrespectful to say to someone with a cross around her neck. someone that a stranger would assume to be christian.

this has been a psa

tl;dr : teenagers are trying too hard to be unique and spreading hate about things they don’t need to spread hate about. they are also extremely rude.

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