Is it just me? Are there more religious crazies coming out of the wood works since the pandemic started? Hearing about those crazies makes me glad I made the decision to be an Atheist nearly 4 years ago and found this community. I'm happier as a Liberal Atheist. I do feel a little shame for being religious for most my life.
Like many people, you were raised in a family of believers, who indoctrinate their children from birth to adulthood. Never feel shame for something that was pushed on you as a child. Be glad that you figured it all out and left that garbage behind. We are glad you’re here!
I think you should be mightily pleased with yourself. You broke the chains of mental bondage in which others bound you.
And yes, the religious crazies are coming out of the woodwork in Australia, which coming out is being orchestrated by dangerous psychopaths.
Never be ashamed of ignorance, never be ashamed of mistakes, never be ashamed of what you have done, for every baby is born ignorant, prone to error and selfish, we all have to grow up. Only be ashamed if you are too lazy cowardly or too uncaring to change and move on, when you have reason to know or do better. You did, so rant over.
All the information that is available...factual, evidence based information flies in the face of religious beliefs. Rather than accept the truth and reevaluate their lives/beliefs they deny it and get pretty crazy about it. Denying reality would make me crazy too, it has in the past actually. I certainly echo your statement.
While they've been with us all along , their loud stupidity and lack of a current war , has increased their visibility in both the news and media . These days we frequently see where religious leaders who stood against any efforts to prevent or reduce the spread of the corona virus , are dying from the disease , and that's how they are making the headlines .
It is not just you. Trumpism, the pandemic, and extremely uncertain times has made more religious crazies come out of the woodwork. Along with this, take a look at recent suicides. From the young to the actor who voiced Charlie Brown. Lies and uncertain times produce confused people.
Put extra stress on the population and there will be many who will turn to anything, including religion. Like a drowning man who will grab at anything, a life bouy or a life guard but those who are already on the fringe will quickly devolve into drinking seawater and trying to swim with the sharks.