glad to hear so! sadly, most atheists I've come across were far from nice. they tried to force (bully, if you will) me into accepting their views. this was not a behavior I expected of one who boasts freedom of belief.
Theres also the other part of us that comes off as hateful but in reality is not hateful at all. That is a larger part of the community. But yeah, there are few extremists in all religious and areligious groups. The number may vary, but its always the small part of the ideology that makes it look bad.
Well, to a lot of Christians, when one points out a mistake in their claim they can sometimes explode (or at least, the extremists). Pointing out the mistake in their claims however has nothing to do with actual hatred, rather just making sense of material from a different perspective.
For instance, I ran across this not very long ago. Somebody said that god makes lightning storms, since it doesn't many any sense otherwise. Another person said "Yes... Massive electrical discharge and thermal displacement." They immediately accused this individual as hating on them for pointing out the science of the subject.
Basically, what I am saying here is that while one may come out as insensitive to another's belief, they're just giving an honest explanation of phenomena in their own perspective. Its why a lot of people say Islam is sexist; it isn't at all though. Its only the extremists who are anti-theist.
Though, I think a better word than hateful would be impudent.
ForgottenmemoryeFeatured By OwnerOct 19, 2014Student General Artist
I am too! Even though, one of my friends are atheist as well, but she has so much negativity towards the smallests things in religion. If somewhere were to wear a cross, she would ask, "How can you wear them?!" If we would be talking about god, she would begin to get furious. I've been trying to turn her around on these things, but her apperantly, her mind (AND MOUTH) are stronger than her body itself
I'm afraid I'm one of the religious folks that have been around more nasty Atheists than friendly ones, but I'm willing to believe it's because the friendly ones don't talk much.
Anyway, I think it's good there's friendly atheists around, I try to be nice to atheists and people from other religions, and for *some* atheists to be nasty to me no matter how level headed I try to be is just...unpleasant (one guy who's an open atheist says that worshiping any religion of any kind is a "mental illness")
I mean, I agree that people have used religion to abuse their power, or for unjust personal gain, it's sad, but I know it happened, I don't tell Atheists that they'll end up in hell (I don't even believe that, I'd think it was awful if it happened), I'm trying to "do things right" when it comes to how I behave as a religious person, and it's not to get into paradise, hell, I'm breaking two or three of the commandments just by acknowledging that there may be other gods out there besides the one I worship and showing their followers and their places of worship respect.
But that just doesn't seem to to be good enough for what I hope is the vocal minority, and that's really frustrating ;-;
A large portion of us generally stay quiet. Its only the loud minority that is noticed most of the time; unfortunately, the loud minority is pretty toxic. Just like any other loud minority within a group of people, I guess.
Its a good thing some people out there have an open mind.
*sighs* well, then I think we have something in common, I'd like to think there's lots of Christians who are open minded, but only the narrow-minded jackasses are the ones other people find out about, and I know right? They give the other ones a bad name >.o
Yeah, I think it's a good thing too for people to have an open mind
I'm a friendly atheist unless you bug me about things like "you're just misguided!" "you haven't felt God's love yet!". Then I just stay quiet, because unless it involves my friends I am not one to look for a fight.
It's hard to explain. I think this fits under some sort of atheist thing though. I basically think there's a god but im not sure who it is. i also only want to believe in a god that sees the good in me instead of forcing me to follow them before i know they're real.
Hmmmn. I'm an Atheist, but I also take a very Pandeistic approach to the universe. What I mean by that is I "see god in all things". That would seem contradictory, seeing as how Atheism means "without god(s)", while Pandeism means "all god(s)". I view the term "god" as a placeholder, used to fill the gap of what we don't yet know and understand. I do not require a "god" in order for my existence or the universe to make sense, but I also do not rule out the possibility and I can understand how religious people can remain so sure in their faith despite the evidence against them. When I refer to "god" in a secular way, I am referring to that which predates our universe. Whether or not "god" is an all power deity, an inter-dimensional extra terrestrial, or an absolute "nothingness" predating time and space, I will be satisfied with my understanding of how the universe functions and my place within it. Because all I have to work with is evidence, I choose to follow said evidence. My conclusion? That it is irrational to assume that which is unnecessary and unsubstantiated, which has led me to Atheism.