So here's a reply I received from a Christian when I posted a question to the believers on a thread: Why do YOU believe in god?
To summarize the convo before this: someone asked why I chose the screen name anathema.
It is because I was disowned by my family when they found out i was atheist.
Here's what he said:
"But that's what I was trying to tell you. You are VERY ill advised to try and come between a man or woman and his / her beliefs. You chose your atheism over your family, or rather they chose God over your disbelief. They have NO ROOM for your disbelief. I will never let someone come between God and me. I don't care who it is or how much they offer. Get it? Your views were unacceptable to them. Maybe you can join a cloistered order of atheists somewhere. That's what happens when you challenge a person's belief.
Now, you have no God, and you have no family. I hope your choices were worth it."
Here, a decent Christian came in and told him to be a little less hateful.
This is his reply:
"Yes, compassion is always nice. But what I said needed to be said, because Anathema doesn't understand it. You cannot run around saying, "There is no God." Seventy-three percent of the people in this country don't like that, and there are always consequences for one's unguarded mouth. Heck, I disagree with Anathema, and his view has no place in my heart.
I did say in the previous comment that I was sorry for the situation."
Tell him: Remember when smoking was the in thing to do!? About 90% of the population smoked at one time. They all felt they were immune to lung cancer and second hand smoke. My but science has learned a lot since then. Ask both my deceased parents who died of lung cancer at 60 yrs of age! Not to mention the millions more across the world! These type of people are so stuck in their time (The Dark Ages), that they can't for the life of me foresee what will happen in the future as people become more informed and intelligent. What a fucked-up mentality that guy must have!