Mar. 26th, 2013

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I am troubled by the assertion that discrimination based on belief is trivial compared to discrimination based upon supposedly innate or immutable traits such as gender, race, or sexuality, because I am not convinced that belief is actually something you can control.

I can't make myself believe in things which aren't real. My brain won't let me.

As for aligning your beliefs with a particular identity, that's not necessarily something you can control either. If I'm obliged to keep quiet about my atheism in order to avoid unpleasantness or discrimination, that is a form of oppression regardless of how important my atheism is to me, or whether I'm interested in proselytising about it. You can't tell me white girls in hijab don't get some kind of kickback; and no, of course it's not possible to separate Islamophobia from racism, but if visible signifiers of belief are an integral part of your own belief system then you don't get a choice to go stealth.

Taken to its logical conclusion, I guess this means I can't be mean to misogynists because it's not their fault they hate me.

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