I'm a christian living in the UK.  Some people on here have intimated that atheists in the US are persecuted in some ways.  I have no idea what this means, but would very interested to find out.  So the questions is how?  Its a genuine question, and i'm not looking for discussion on whether God exists etc, just the topic at hand.  Thanks.

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Oh and also, there's a swap meet very near my house that we go to pretty often, and right outside of it these 2 guys stand out there (every single goddamn weekend) and pass out little christian pamphlets and hold these signs that say "the end is coming" "jesus is love" "repent and save your soul" and other things. They also stand out there with megaphones and yell things about god. It's really annoying. But anyways, I went to the swap meet and they tried to give me a pamphlet, but I said "no thanks, I don't believe in god" and he asked me why and stuff and I explained it to him, and we were actually having a nice debate, until I guess I pissed him off... I said something about how god is a murderer, and how he encourages hatred and some other things. He really didn't like what I had to say, and he started yelling into his megaphone "This girl right here hates Jesus, she hates god, that's right, she hates OUR god. Who thinks she's going to hell?" At that point I just walked away. He continued to yell about me and point to me. At one point he said "That girl with the blue hair is an atheist!" So I threw my hands up in the air and yelled "Yes, Yes I am!" with a big smile on my face. It was quite a crowd. 

One thing kind of jumped out at me.... your friends being upset that you want to get an atheist tattoo.  I mean what is god going to do, double damn you?  And if you end up going to Jesus in the end will the tattoo be unforgivable?  In other words, from their point of view I can't see how the tattoo can make a damn bit of difference (pun intended).

I kind of expected her to react that way. But I completely agree. This is no different from anything else she lets spill out of her mouth about religion, it's all hypocritical bull crap.

Leviticus 19:28, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.

Oh the irony.

Oh I know. The contradictory of it all is so irritating.

Leviticus 19:28, "Do not cut your bodies for the dead, and do not mark your skin with tattoos. I am the Lord.

@ Marc - I have always thought tattoos were unattractive on men and especially on women but now that I know about this scripture, I think I am warming up to them lol, just to make a point that you don't have to do what the babble says just because it says it.

I've been thinking about the actual question being asked.

I tend to think of "persecution" as being something a government does.  And so far at least our government isn't persecuting us.  But so many of our christian neighbors will sure attack us when they think they can get away with it.

And so many other Xians don't seem to think this is a common phenomenon.

If not "persecution" then how about "shunning" or even "bullying."

Yes.  Or intimidation or vandalism or physical assault, for that matter.

Not entirely relevant to the original topic but I see alot of other people talking about their own countries too. I live in Australia and openly mock religious fundamentalists. Moderates not so much, they are generally nice people and generally we can live and let live. But the fundamentalists around the world are just too ridiculous to not make fun of.

Matt - we are so frigging lucky to live in a country where religion is no big deal. Generally, we say we are Atheists, with no repercussions. It generally, would not come up. If and when a xian starts talking about their beliefs, I come out and say, Nope, I do not believe there is a god - of any persuasion. Jehovah Witness that come to the door on a regular basis, are very moderate and civilized, and hesitatingly ask do I want a copy of Watchtower, and they know there is no point.  But they leave smiling, probably praying for my lost soul - but there you go.

Can any Australian believe the bullying, name calling and losing a job because of their Atheism, as it seems to happen on a regular basis In America?

I recently came out as an atheist to many of my friends. They were incredulous, and my boyfriend broke up with me. They've come to accept it, but still make little jabs every now and then. My parents would be very angry if I ever told them. Can't wait to move to the UK!


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