(Closed) For the atheists out there.

posted 6 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Thanks for sharing! I’m an atheist, but I’ve always lived near Washington DC and have never been very vocal about my views, so this piece is very eye opening for me. It makes me sad to realize that things like that still happen in this day and age

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I really don’t understand what’s so threatening about being an atheist. It’s not like I’m out there actively trying to convince religious people that there’s no god.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Interesting article.  Kind of frightening.

 

I have to say I live in an area where it’s the opposite – religious people get more flak for their beliefs.  Where I live is pretty liberal and agnosticism and atheism’s more prevalent.  In the end, I think it’s a shame that people can’t be more respectful of each other’s beliefs in general.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Thanks for that article. It was a very interesting and informative read. In full disclosure I’m a born and raised Roman Catholic-though as a girl raised going to church on Sundays, but taught to question everything, chase my dreams, and accept everyone. I know I don’t speak for all Catholics, but the fact that there is there is so much blatant hate for atheists out there is-for lack of a better word-stupid. Last time I checked, Catholics were supposed to respect and accept people-even those with different viewpoints. Athiests, agnostics, and anyone on the spectrum of believing in one or many gods-we’re all the same at the end of the day! No one deserves persecutionbecause of theirbeliefs or non-beliefs. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So sorry-it posted twice! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I read the article and I posted it on FB.  I have personally experienced many of the same kinds of reactions and treatment from others, but I am relatively vocal about it despite the treatment.  I couldn’t give a shit less what people think about my non-belief.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

Very interesting. Sad that atheists are so ostracized. I make it a point to “come out” as an atheist to anyone who asks. Hopefully one day we’ll just be treated for the content of our characters. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow… glad I live in Australia thats for sure. Damn America. You scary!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Bears-bub:  I just tried to hit “like” on this, hahahaha. “Damn America, you scary!” Day. Made.

I am pretty astonished by the statistics here… only 0.7 percent of Americans identify themselves as athiest? I suppose the fact that I go to a liberal arts school probably skews my perception on this, but I only have a few friends who actually ARE religious. I feel so badly for the people who live in other areas and do not have this same experience.

I think it’s really interesting that they mention the woman in the military… Mr. Fish says that at bootcamp, they are broken up into prayer groups each night based on beliefs. He and two others are the only ones who don’t pray.

I’m a little concerned about entering into this military lifestyle; I’ve always known that places down south and especially military bases were highly religious, but I didn’t realize what the consequences could be for not believing.

I really just don’t understand why we can’t all be accepting of each other’s beliefs or lack thereof.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m going to have to tackle that article a few paragraphs at a time, but I already feel like I understand what they’re saying. I think part of the problem stems from the association of religion with “goodness”.. or a moral compass… or something. The implicit belief that because someone is “X” religion, they’re a good person. IDK… but I’ve experienced the same thing. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Miss Fish:  I think there are a couple reasons for this low percentage. I have a handful of “non-believer” friends and they identify as agnostic even though they don’t believe in God at all. They just think the work atheist is reserved for people that say they know there isn’t a God and try to convince people there isn’t a God.  

There is so much weight with the work atheist that people hesitate to say they are one. 

I’m a atheist (and a good person) so I try to use the word a lot to desensitize it. 

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