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What's your opinion towards Atheist?
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I'm sry but they do get in my nerves. The ones I know are never open to the idea of Christianity.
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Yea sometimes when they're not respectful DX
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As long as they're not forcing their opinions on you then, its no big deal besides sometimes they have solid arguments in the end, it is still up to faith for one to decide whether God does truly exist as for me, I believe in God but that's my opinion.
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Well I am atheist (non believer of the all mighty one) but id respect people religious view because it important to them and maybe I learn something. Now the weirdest one I witches or Muslims not sure?You said it best just don't push it on me that my way of dealing with them.
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I find people who are pushy about any their religious beliefs (someone who states "There is no God" is making a statement of religious belief) annoying myself. Personally I feel freedom of religion essentially boils down to the right to keep my mouth shut about. I should never have to tell anyone what my religious beliefs are, to get a job (excluding one as a teacher or arbiter of a religion, duh), to join a club (excluding explicitly religious clubs), or to be permitted to speak in public. In all such occasions I should be permitted to say None of Your Business.

That said, I also feel free to discuss my beliefs with those whom I think it's worth the time and effort. That's what freedom is.
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I too am an Atheist, a Strong-Moderate if that makes any difference, and I think you irritation is exactly why we get a red flag thrown in our face on a daily basis. What you have to consider is literally having no formal acknowledgement in a country that was founded on principles of freedom of, and therefore from, religion. I do not express my beliefs on others unless they bring it up first or do something which calls into question their own religion hypocrisy. I'm not saying every single Atheist does a good job at being respectful of others' views but I believe most take at least as much, if not more, flack than they will ever give out. I don't condone them being irrational or disrespectful but true (at least in my definition) Atheists or Secular individuals try their best to understand others and let them understand why they feel as they do, perhaps helping them understand that they don't need to hate Atheists or think lesser of them along the way.

Atheism is the fastest growing religion (or lack thereof really) in the United States but we get no special mention or rights like organized religions do. There's I think one or two members of Congress that are Atheist, far from the 10-15% of the population which currently aligns itself to the "No Religion" check box... how well do you think our group is represented compared to Johovah's Witnesses, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc? I'll give you a hint-Combine all their percentages and it still won't amount to the percent of Secular individuals in this country... and yet for some reason we barely are acknowledged, and when we are it's with an air of indignation and dislike.

Please tell me how that would make you feel?

Atheists get a bad reputation because people like you don't understand our viewpoint or think we're simply smug and arrogant, but that's far from the truth. I have to defend my belief that humans are responsible for themselves and weren't created by an omnipotent being because I prefer to believe that somethings are simply outside of our current understandings, however DON'T require the god-card to understand.

Aztecs held the belief that only human blood and sacrifice could satisfy their god, leading them to hunt and capture thousands to be slaughtered in the name of their religion. Greeks believed their gods lived on a mountain and repeatedly fornicated with humans, creating demigods such as Perseus and Hercules. Even the common saying "Bless you" after someone sneezes comes from the idea that someone could lose their soul by sneezing, hence giving rise to the superstitious practice of blessing someone to keep their soul.

Which is more realistic of those examples? You may not believe what I believe, but you don't have to post a question on a forum essentially saying "Hey guys! Don't you dislike that one group of people who has differing views than us?"

It's called bigotry and you should probably try to break from that habit.

"I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours" -Stephen Roberts
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Posted 6/17/10

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Yea sometimes when they're not respectful DX


Just curious. what is required to be respectful? are they rules that can be followed when interacting with someone of any faith, do you follow them when interacting with others who do not believe as you do or does only your faith matter?

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It depends on the atheist. The majority of atheists are simply people who have come to the conclusion that there is no God/gods. They have as much right to their belief (or lack thereof) as I do to mine.

The ones who do annoy me are the ones who seem to believe that their lack of belief in "sky fairies", "imaginary friends" and [insert derogatory term for someone's deeply held belief here] is a sign of intelligence, whereas people with any religious belief are somehow deficient, or as one Mr Dawkins put it, "scientifically illiterate." Such people come across to me as no better than fundamentalist preachers who cannot tolerate anyone with different beliefs. IMO, they also put people off science as they seem arrogant and bullying.
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Some Atheists get on my nerves as well, though I am agnostic.

I, unfortunately, know an Atheist who believes in "psychic abilities." He is only atheist because his parents are....
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Otherwise, I see no need to dislike Atheists. They have just as much right to believe in nothing as you want to believe in God.
To debate and argue with them is your own choice. I have not seen any Atheist trying to impose his views on someone who does not want to listen, unlike the many Christians who knock on my door >_>.
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No. I love have discussion with them when they are individual who speak with the purpose of seeking knowledge and wanted to know the truth. What I don't like is when atheist is just conveniently give excuse 'we do not see it' as a basis for supporting their claims and statements. That's not the real atheist I know, the real atheist is always give their best to search the evidences before making a statements, so their claims can be proven. However, there are many fake atheist who only following the trends that 'God does not exists' and 'Evolution is true' without proper explanation like when I had discussion with them here many times.

But I respect their opinion, if they can have logical discussion and respect when addressing the topic. Unfortunately, some are not like that. They're often bashing you for expressing your opinions. =(
Posted 6/17/10
Just the highly opinionated ones who believe their answer is only right. And attack others for having a different opinion than theirs when it comes to the religion topic & more and try to call that "debating."
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I am entirely atheist, but see the significance of theism in history. Cultures are shaped by their belief's values, and the imagination that goes into all religions makes them a work of art.
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I just think the entire faith argument is just an excuse. In my opinion faith is just another word for ignorance. I'm a realist. I believe the things in front of my eyes. I don't delude myself with fairy tales about fluffy clouds, dudes with wings, dead relatives, and a giant in the sky controlling everything. A person with faith is a person who is biased towards those who don't share that certain faith.
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Posted 6/17/10

popcornpuffs wrote:

I'm sry but they do get in my nerves. They are just mad because God is the uncaused cause.


I apologize if my post gets on your nerves.
Posted 6/17/10 , edited 6/18/10

popcornpuffs wrote:

I'm sry but they do get in my nerves. They are just mad because God is the uncaused cause.


Everything has an origin. Nothing can come from nothing, since there had to be something there to begin with. Not God nor any other gods could have created themselves from nothing. All things began at one point from existing matter and energy, and this will all remain a bit out of our cognitive reach for some time. There is a cause and effect to everything. To think that God is an "uncaused cause" (as you put it) means that he doesn't exist. Something always causes something else. Beautiful, magical thinking pertaining to physical reality is tantamount to insanity, and the insane don't realize that they are insane unless finally convinced.

If God is real, then why do people have to fiercely defend their faith in him? Wouldn't God or whoever just appear and smite down the unbelievers for their blasphemy? No, since they are supposedly punished beyond the sight of mortals in the afterlife. Only by some coincidence do things appear to happen to those denying the existence of Gods here. For this kind of thinking, there are no feasible patterns to observe in reality, just mental trickery. Religion was created with incredible and devious precision by very intelligent people to completely brainwash the masses into a false hope. Beliefs allow the mind to stop functioning. Therefore, I believe in nothing.

Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Never.
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