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We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

How are we Atheists seen to the world

Nearly half of all Americans said they would hate it if they had an Atheist in-law, apart from showing how fucked up Christians are in America, this also shows how far the secular movement has to go in convincing people of the validity of their argument. But I would like to turn the proposition around and ask how would you as Atheists feel if someone in your family proposed to marry a “bathed in the blood of Christ, fire and brimstone, Bible thumpers”. Because that I think is the equivalent of how these Christians in America see us Atheist   i.e. strident and  closed minded. I for one don’t believe this is the case, but how do you as Atheist think we are coming across to the wider world.                           

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Comment by Stephen Brodie on June 17, 2014 at 3:57pm

Onyango that's the problem, you try to stay under the radar screen, but a lot of the time they wont let you. In some countries if you are found out for being an Atheist that can mean a death sentence. In some African countries if the wind changes they can turn on a minority like Atheists and do a lot of damage. That's why i have so much respect for Atheists in those places. 

Comment by Onyango Makagutu on June 17, 2014 at 2:34pm

My principle is live and let and live.

I live in a place where each stone you throw without aim will almost every time land on a believer. There is little choice here. As long as they leave me to be, we will have no problem

Comment by Suzanna on June 17, 2014 at 12:29pm

That's true, I don't see the point in wasting my breath reasoning or indeed even discussing things about our many and varied reasons for non-belief, frankly there is no real reason for me to not believe but I know I don't and that is all an Atheist needs to be.

I am very interested in science but this has come a long time after deciding what I am. I get the impression some religious folks think an Atheist is about treating science as gospel but it isn't. Any scientist will tell you we don't know everything but this is irrelevant to what defines Atheism. It really is simply not believing in a deities.

Comment by Stephen Brodie on June 17, 2014 at 11:52am

Suzanna. like our argument with ford humble it reaches a point where even reason and logic does nothing to convince them, they continue to spout there fallacious arguments.   

Comment by Suzanna on June 16, 2014 at 6:21am

I think that when people hear the word Atheist, they think you automatically hate Christians and may even have an agenda to convert people to being non-believers which just isn't true but then I don't think all Christians are fundamentalists either.

It's an interesting point to raise because if a family member married a Christian I think I'd be alright as long as they weren't trying to be all "holier than thou" on me, because that would grate very quickly. My family is Christian so it wouldn't be surprising if they did marry Christians. Although saying that I wouldn't trust a vicar or any other person in a position of power in the church, mainly based on my experience of these types.

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