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 I have recently seen many post about Atheists. It really has me curious as why any one cares if someone is an Atheist or not. I don't know any Athens that I know of anyways and if it weren't for CM I wouldn't even know there was such a prejudice against them.

Why is there such a dislike towards them, why does anyone care about their beliefs of lack of beliefs?

I guess this same question could be asked about anyone one of any religion really. I don't and never have cared what one be lives or doesn't. I have never picked or choosed my friends or acquaintances according to their beliefs or lack of as long as it doesn't in someway effect me personally which it never has. So why does anyone here care what someone is?

by on May. 26, 2013 at 5:52 PM
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by Platinum Member on May. 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM
I do know a few atheists...some are relatives. It really is not a big deal. And I do not change my behavior when I am around them...I continue to pray or thank God when I feel I need to. No big deal.

I really do not care about someone's lack of belief or religion. But I think it is something that defines them. Just as my belief or faith defines me. And I think we are naturally drawn to those that share the same beliefs and interests. Granted I have a friend that is an atheist but shares an interest in a different hobbie.
by on May. 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM
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Quoting romalove:

First, there are some who fear atheists because they do not trust them to be upstanding moral people without religious rules to guide them. 

As an atheist, that makes me worry about religious folks who feel this way.

Second, atheists tend not to say "no worries" when someone else wants to violate First Amendment protections against religion and government comingling.  This is both worrisome and irritating to Christians who have enjoyed privileges and preferences for their religion because of being supermajority for so long.

And lastly, people don't like what they don't understand.  For many people who were brought up with God, they can't fathom someone would not have God in their lives.



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by on May. 27, 2013 at 4:00 PM

 Ehh atheists don't bother me unless they're rude.  But I think the same way about some religious people too.  

by Thatwoman on May. 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Oh, wonderful!!

Mostly, because it's true, I just say that having been raised completely outside of any kind of church, coming across the ideas (and rituals) for the first time as a teenager made them look extremely bizarre.

Hardly anyone wants to know any more after that :D

My fave 'atheist answer to anything' was when my sister first moved to a real bible-belt area of Michigan and was asked by a total stranger on the street what she'd given up for Lent. Without even blinking, my sister said 'heroin' and kept walking.

Quoting ashellbell:

It's always rather awkward for me when people press me for answers on why. I mean, what do you say to explain? Saying it's mythology pisses them off. Saying you find the book contradictory pisses them off. (Some, not all in general cases. The majority where I live) . There's just no way around offending people with your thought process on the matter. I had an acquaintance ask me what god meant to me the other day (he had no knowledge of my stance ), I smiled and explained that the concept meant nothing to me since I had no belief. He was shocked and said we needed to have a serious talk about it. I smiled and said it wasn't necessary. He asked me how I developed morals without a belief. I just chuckled and informed him if god was the only reason people tried to have morality he had bigger problems than why I don't believe. He laughed and said touche. That was my favorite religious discussion ever.

Quoting LindaClement:

Yes... the animosity that originates in the believer (the determination to get at 'why' instead of leaving it alone) is often perceived by them as an attack on their right to hold their faith.

I always find it fascinating to watch, as it says a great deal more about the believer than the atheist in the conversation.

Quoting ashellbell:

I think some people can't imagine not believing in a god, it's almost impossible and I think someone without that belief can almost incite a fear. Also, being atheist puts you at a disadvantage, no matter how delicately we tell a believer why we don't believe, it can be offensive. Telling someone you think their strong belief is wasted on nothing puts a damper on the conversation. Most conversations I've had, the answer "I just don't believe" is rarely good enough, people want to know why. It's the why that causes animosity. It seems being an atheist is just offensive.

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