One of the main differences in Ukrainian Culture from American Culture, and also other Slavic Cultures, is their attitude about Religion. Especially among Atheists.
Now I have met American Atheists who also behave and believe like this, but they are rare in American culture.
I was at a Russian ‘Meetup.’ I was explaining to an American how I loved the fact that in Ukraine Atheists allow you to believe in God, and really do not care. They do not feel threatened by Christianity.
The American was surprised and spoke against what I had said. And he asked what I thought the difference was.
I said, “Well, I think it is about respect.”
The two Ukrainians next to me, said, in unison, “Exactly.” Then the elder brother continued, “Why would I disrespect my grandmother who is very religious, just because I do not believe in God?”
The American was still in shock.
But, the younger brother, who had grown up in the US continued to shake his head yes in agreement with his older brother.
I do not know ‘why’ so many American Atheists demand that all Religion stop. But, I find it a strange contrast to what I encounter abroad, and have encountered in the US. My logic professor and I used to have great and long conversations about this. He had grown up under the communists in the Slovakian Republic from Romanian family – if I got all of his background straight, he was larger than life at times.
Why is it in America that I am supposed to deny my family arriving upon the Mayflower fleeing religious persecution for Freedom of Religion? Since I had an atheist tell me they were not fleeing persecution, here is a link at the Telegraph.
Half of them DIED ….
Why have atheists taken over so many Christian Universities and punished so many Christian students – I received two very low grades just because I was a Christian …. I survived, but it hurt.
What do you think?