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Christians are so Mean

It has become ridiculously obvious to me that every time it becomes apparent that I am not a religious believer one of the very first things that happens is that some believer (usually a Christian) will insult me.

When this happened over the weekend, I called the particular person out on the insult and proceeded with the conversation is a very polite manner. I even asked if the person wanted to continue in the conversation because often times religious people talk about religion without wanting to get into a real conversation about it. She said that she wanted to continue the conversation and then started to insult me further.

This isn’t the only time that has happened and it doesn’t just happen to individuals. Recently, an atheist billboard in Idaho was vandalized. The billboard wasn’t even challenging religion it was just a message to other atheists. But a quick comparison between Christian billboards and atheist billboards shows that a large number of Christian billboards are intentionally offensive while most atheist billboards tend to be as polite as possible. You can check out some of what I am talking about on the Billboard Wars page right here on Dangerous Talk.

The point of today’s blog is that it seems that the mere existence of atheists seems to be an open invitation for Christians to be mean, offensive, and immoral. Whether it is billboards or personal conversations, as soon as Christians in general hear the about someone who doesn’t believe they go right on the war path. The tragic irony is that atheists are the ones who get the bad reputation of being mean when all we do is doubt.

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  • http://francoispienaar.wordpress.com Francois

    “…insult and PROCEEDED with the conversation…”

    Fixed it for ya!

  • http://francoispienaar.wordpress.com Francois

    ALSO(!):

    “…the conversation because often TIMES religious…”

    “…as Christians in general HEAR about…”

    Please use spell check thank you thanks.

    I do however agree with your points completely. Christians (and other religious people for that matter) often go on the warpath as soon as you mention that you are a non-believer and I’m all like “Whoa! I wasn’t even attacking you OR your religion!”, but they seem to think that anyone who doesn’t believe in what they believe is either insane, stupid or a satanist (or whatever antithesis to their god there might exist).

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Thank you for the spell check. Believe it or not, for two out of three of those errors, I had it right and spell check told me I was wrong. ARRR. But I always appreciate constructive criticism. Keep it up ;-)

  • http://www.myspace.com/itsahicke Her3tiK

    They can’t handle the fact that some people don’t buy into bullshit (especially not their particular brand) and pull some biblical justification out of their ass when confronted. Of course, anyone whose seen the usual apologetics can tell why more of them don’t try intellectualism to make their case.

  • ProgRockGirl

    To some it is almost like they take the fact that someone’s an atheist as a personal attack. Before being an atheist I viewed atheists as too serious or humorless. I think the Christians are defensive in that way, and “how dare anyone not believe in God?” and probably get mad when they are refuted with logic…when you don’t have logic, just get inflammatory! Yelling is the next best thing to being right! But also there are some atheists who are “mean” too…there are some in every group. I’ve also met some Christians who accept me as I am.

  • http://www.poweressence.com/ Maxwell Jennings

    Some Christians take offense and that’s usually due to low self-esteem in that they consider the atheistic stance as an affront and challenge to their questionable beliefs. If they were confident in their beliefs, no amount of knowing whom and why we’re atheists would bother them. Others take the aggressive stance due to the brainwashing they’ve received from their bigoted religious authorities. We are either explained as people that need to be saved and/or simply under control of their enemy – the forces of evil.

  • http://myspace.com/scott888 Scott

    I tend to throw people off because when they find out I am atheist, they usually already have a good impression of me. So then they are forced to accept the fact there are atheists out there and they are not bad people.

  • Derynie

    I don’t usually get insults thrown my way. Usually I get confusion like most Christians never considered not believing in a god was a viable option for them. They live in such a small world, where they only interact with people who subscribe to the same set of beliefs in all things. How small and confining that world must be. I pity them, really.

    Come to think of it, I worked in a store near an unacredited Christian College and received insults before. Our store was the only one they were allowed to shop in. They would try to hand me tracts and when I refused, they usually took it gracefully. Except I would get a handful of “You’re gonna burn in Heyull” and “Gawd is the only way” shouted at me as they walked away dejected. The best part about it was the dirty looks other shoppers would give them when they acted like jackasses. There is hope for the world after all.

    The only reason they tried to hand out tracts to employees was they think we are obligated to kiss their asses and take them. It’s such a cowardly act. They knew we couldn’t get involved in a debate or discussion about their tracts because we were at our place of employ. Still, I refused their tracts every single time. Even when they tried to sneak attack me by handing it to me underneath their dollar bills. Childish.

  • shawn beam

    I am a christian…reading this blog because an athiest friend asked me to. I would like everyone here to know and understand that not all christians are mean. Just like not all athiests are mean, I am sure.

    I do “participate” in the world outside of my religious beliefs. I have many friends who believe differently than I do. The fact that I disagree with them does not mean that I attack them or have low self esteem like some of the posts suggest.

    That being said…I don’t want anyone to ever “pity” me. I do not live in a small world simply because I have faith in something bigger than myself. I don’t have all the answers, but what seems logical to me is God. Disagree with me if you want, but do not pity or belittle me. I in turn, will respect your opinions as well.

  • MaryL

    One of my uncles asked me why I read SF and fantasy because, “None of it’s true!” I agreed with him, his expression got smug, and I added, “Well, it’s fiction. Made up stories. Like the western novels you enjoy and the romance novels Aunt S (his wife) reads. None of them are true.” He just got angrier at being hoist by his own petard.

  • Stefano S.

    Protip: Most christians have never read the entire bible – and don’t care what’s in it. It’s not a sacred book, it’s a sacred tool that they use to justify things, nothing more.

  • http://skepticink.com/dangeroustalk Dangerous Talk

    I agree with you. I talked about that on the previous day’s post.

  • qbsmd

    I noticed that after posting. For some reason, I started reading posts from the top of the page down instead of chronologically.

  • Peter

    I just wish fundamentalists would read their bibles because it clearly condones homosexuality and smoking weed: Leviticus 20:13 says, “If a man lies with another man they should be stoned.”