(Closed) Do you think there is a stigma against atheists/agnostics?

posted 7 years ago in Secular
  • poll: Is there a stigma against atheists/agnostics
    Yes : (159 votes)
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    No : (58 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I definitely think there is a stigma, especially against atheists.

    I feel like all too often people assume that if you are an atheist then you are an anarchist and am amoral person (which doesn’t make any sense!).

    Just because atheist and anarchist both start with “a” don’t mean they are the same thing.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I don’t know if there’s a stigma…but I do know there are people who assume that athiest/agnostic = amoral, which is very offensive to me. Those are usually people who identify strongly with their personal faith and think that everybody needs to be on board that train. I don’t belittle folks who do believe in a specific religion, I expect the same respect in return.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I don’t hear negativity about atheist/agnostic any more then I hear it about any other religious choices. By that I mean, it’s there, but probably not disproportionate.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It seems like we (atheists) are the group that all of the religions have gotten together and agreed to hate. I think it’s because we scare them. They are threatened by us because we are growing, because we are freethinking and because we believe something a whole lot more sensible than invisible friend(s) in the sky. 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    There definitely is. I’m agnostic, Darling Husband is atheist. All the time, we get people who want to “save” us and are quite vocal about it. :S No bueno. On the other hand, if I tried to plead the case of being agnostic (no proof either way, and all that stuff), I know someone would rip me a new one and tell me I’m going to hell for not being sold on the belief thing. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    @missrobots: This, exactly. I like not being spoon-fed a particular moral code from a book–it gives me more freedom to decide for myself what is moral/immoral. I like being able to create my own set of values. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I think it depends entirely on where you live. In some places there is a stigma against atheists, in some places there is a stigma against the religious, mainly Christians.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee

    Unfortunately, yes, there is a stigma. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. Maybe my view is skewed, because I reside deeeeeep in the bible belt. Just a month or so ago, a co-worker was wearing a Wiccan pendant, (yes, she’s an atheist) and everyone jumped on the bandwagon that she was a devil worshiper. Ugh. No, no, no! I defended her, and tried to set everyone straight that Wiccan/atheist did NOT equal devil worship.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I haven’t felt much of a stigma.  I don’t know that I qualify as agnostic (I believe in something but don’t care to define it / understand it now b/c I can’t) but it has never come up in an awkward setting. 

    I guess that most of my peers are the same as in not overly religious,  but at any rate I feel less judged about this than anything else in my life.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I also live in the northeast in a major city,  that might have a lot to do with it.  I imagine it would be much harder in say the Bible Belt.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think it does! I don’t deal with it much in my profession in academia but I still think there is a stigma associated with it!

    This was a massive thread from awhile back. But it was discussing this exact topic and some really great posts were made all in a civil manner. You may want to check it out!

    Atheists and/or Agnostics: How Do You Cope With Naysayers?

    Post # 15
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    For sure. I’m agnostic, Darling Husband is an atheist. I don’t even know how many times I’ve been told that I’m going to hell, or that they will pray for me or that my parents raised me wrong.

    For real, I just want to be left alone to believe as I see fit. I don’t mock others for their faith or lack-thereof so it really ticks me off when people do it to me.

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