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28-08-2011, 03:03 PM
 
Credibility and Christianity
Why is it that when someone says that they're Christian they are automatically perceived as a better person? And when you say you're an atheist, you're automatically perceived as a bad person?
It always amuses me that when people assume that I'm a Christian they have no problem with me, but once they find out that I'm not, their demeanor and attitude towards me changes. I'm the same goddamn person I was when you thought I was Christian!

The way I see it, the religious affiliation that you hold is just another descriptive characteristic like your height/weight, hair color, shoe size, middle name, etc. You don't evaluate someone's credibility based on those things do you?
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29-08-2011, 01:43 AM
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You're an atheist? KIDS, get back in the house!

And YOU, listen here buddy, this is a decent neighbourhood. Good, honest, hard working people. We don't want your baby killing and communist ways of life here; have some morality for God's sake! And I don't want to talk to someone that spits in baby Jesus' face. How can you be so cruel?


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I understand what you're trying to say. I don't know where you're from, but where I live, atheist aren't really perceived as immoral. It also has to do with the people I hang out with. I suppose it could be completely different if I'd be living in a really christian community.

I have the same problem with christians. If someone tells me he's a theist, I immediatly start thinking he's a complete idiot (and react to him as if he were one). I also like to give him hell when he breaks a biblical rule (calling him a hypocrite etc.).

Some christians may be nice people, but that doesn't help me from having very negative feelings towards them.

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29-08-2011, 04:43 AM
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(28-08-2011 03:03 PM)Bunneh Saev Wrote:  Why is it that when someone says that they're Christian they are automatically perceived as a better person? And when you say you're an atheist, you're automatically perceived as a bad person?
Two thousand years of Christian PR - tell the lie often enough and people will believe it's true.

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29-08-2011, 07:14 AM
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I understand why Atheists are viewed as evil - if we aren't "with" Christians, we're against them.

If we're not Christians, we must be under the control of Satan... even though we obviously don't believe in Satan either, and belief is a prerequisite to worship. Yes, it's silly, but try explaining that to a Christian.

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29-08-2011, 05:09 PM
 
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(29-08-2011 01:43 AM)Thammuz Wrote:  I don't know where you're from, but where I live, atheist aren't really perceived as immoral. It also has to do with the people I hang out with. I suppose it could be completely different if I'd be living in a really christian community.

I recently moved to the Bible Belt in America, Texas to be more specific. I understand where you're coming from here though. I had never seen such blantant hatefule rhetoric before I moved here
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29-08-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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(29-08-2011 05:09 PM)Bunneh Saev Wrote:  I recently moved to the Bible Belt in America, Texas to be more specific. I understand where you're coming from here though. I had never seen such blantant hatefule rhetoric before I moved here

My favourite line from "Winnie The Pooh" is, delivered by Eeyore, is this (I find myself quoting often these days):

"And I said to myself: The others will be sorry if I'm getting myself all cold. They haven't got Brains, any of them, only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think, but if it goes on snowing for another six weeks or so, one of them will begin to say to himself: 'Eeyore can't be so very much too Hot about three o'clock in the morning. ' And then it will Get About. And they'll be Sorry."
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29-08-2011, 09:29 PM
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(29-08-2011 01:43 AM)Thammuz Wrote:  We don't want your baby killing and communist ways of life here; have some morality for God's sake!

Um, that's baby eating. If you wanna be in our club, get it right!

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30-08-2011, 10:10 AM
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(29-08-2011 09:29 PM)Stark Raving Wrote:  Um, that's baby eating. If you wanna be in our club, get it right!

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30-08-2011, 12:35 PM
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We look at each other with the same thought in mind, "How can you believe something that's so obviously not true?"

I live in a bright red district in Texas (one where half the houses in the area have yards signs: "Down with Socialism"), and I know I would have a Honda Minivan load more friends if I just said, "I believe in god". But, I don't so I won't.

As a former churchie, I understand their feelings towards me yet am still willing to accept them into my huddle regardless of their belief but the reverse just won't happen. I do view them with a certain amount of pity for rejecting another human for something as trivial as not sharing a belief in something that cannot be proven. We both lose and it is a shame.
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30-08-2011, 06:20 PM
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For this same reason, I am very hesitant to put any atheist bumper-stickers on my car. I've had friends have their cars keyed for having them. They are often not bold enough to say things to your face, but they will scratch up your car when you aren't looking. Isn't it strange that their god is so weak and puny that he needs them to defend them when we aren't looking???

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