But that's the thing, I actually went in with the belief that there was a god. I mean, looking back at it all my mother started taking me to services when I was like 8 or 9. Given my non-American background, prior to switching over to Christianity, my parents and I were regular members of the Catholic Church as was the default for just about everyone else in my small town. I was born into a religious family and community. Not once, not through my childhood nor well into adolescence and eventually adulthood, did I experience this supernatural entity or whatever they claim. I kept my faith because others told me it was real and that I would go to hell otherwise, so I believed in the religion and I prayed occasionally, etc. But nothing ever came out of it, not a single sign.
That's my personal experience. I am semi open against religion because it isn't something that's kept in the church as it should be. It's ingrained in the American government, despite the fact that the U.S. was not
founded on Christianity. So yes, for as long as they can remember, Christianity has been injected into our lives whether we like it or not. IIRC, there are 7 states where atheists can't hold office. You have to be religious to work in the government, so when someone mentions religious persecution, I can't help but laugh. When gay marriage became legal, it wasn't an attack on Christianity, it was a move forward to let other people who have absolutely no influence on your life or your ability to get into to heaven, to live the way they want. Why? Because they are a citizen of the U.S., not the United States of Christianity.
People will always talk smack, so I try not to pay them any mind as they don't matter. But just look at the history
of U.S. Presidents and tell me there's an actual attack on Christianity. If the government and the highest office held in the land is based on Christianity and it has always been like that, then what is there to worry about? People who don't necessarily abide by the religion? Once more, that's not an attack, but just an attempt to have the same rights as you and me.
There may be atheists right this second attempting to overthrow Trump and hold every U.S. citizen hostage, who knows. If that is the case, then I'll gladly admit I was wrong as hell.
EDIT: Forgot to add, I meant religion doesn't give back in a metaphorical way. Like, I didn't get anything out of it. Am I still alive? Sure, but I mean, so are millions of other non-Christians. Again, that's just my personal experience and they by no means reflect the experience of others.