This post is not meant to offend anyone, but it is my thoughts and questions, I'd appreciate the thoughts of other atheists.
Well, I'm tired of being looked down upon for my beliefs, It seems that we atheist have a horrible reputation. Ironically, it seems to me that it stems from an idea that we are not tolerant of others' beliefs. Mainly it seems that most of the issues are with people of the christian faith at least in the U.S. Obviously, this is not because of Christianity, but because Christians make up the majority of the people in the U.S. All of this Makes me wonder why we have this reputation.
Here are some of my thoughts:
In the U.S. all the people I have met of other faiths seem more tolerant. This makes sense to me because other religions in the U.S. are treated Unequally. They share respect, and they in turn, want the same respect. I think this is a main reason why our issues are mainly with Christians.
Okay, so now the question I ask myself is, Why does this attitude exist with atheism and other religions? Obviously, I can't speak for everyone, so I'll put my reasons.
It is hard, when it comes up that I'm atheist (I try not to bring it up) and someone gives you that look. Some people assume I hate religion, or that I want to talk them out of their beliefs. (Neither of those are true) Then, their have been quite a few times, that people want to have that one way debate about religion, with questions like how can't you believe... Finally their are people who tell you your going to hell, and look at you like you're scum. But the worse for me is when people dismiss your beliefs, and say something like, "Your just mad at God" or "everybody questions" For me I always think, "How can I be mad at something that is not real?" or "I don't question, I disagree."
Then, I don't like it when people of ANY religion use faith to treat other people wrongly. enough said.
So, why do the issues arise? I don't announce I'm atheist or ask people of their faith. I saw the post by Dragsnick, asking if we would have a problem if someone asked us to church.
I don't have an issue with it, in fact I have gone a couple of times to support family being baptized or confirmed. His question made me think about it. It would bother me if Christians ask me to come to their church, if it is not for support or for a unique experience. I do not like it when other people want their beliefs to mean more then mine. If some one wants me to listen to their faith, shouldn't they listen to mine?
I'm sorry for the late night rant, but sometimes this stuff bothers me, and tonight for some reason it does. Thanks for your thoughts.