Good work Gallup.
Please! We are considered hateful if we politely try to beg off from hearing fundamentalist dogma. No, we have a right to NOT listen to blather. There is no way that simply by existing as an atheist, I'm a bully, or have no beliefs, or do not consider my fellow man. The ones spewing such drivel are the ones who believe freedom of religion means that everyone should be coerced to believe as they.
They love religious freedom so much they want it all for themselves.
It's not so much that others want freedom of religion, instead they want only their beliefs to be the ones that are heard in the marketplace of ideas.
These are the same people who used to whine that parents should inculcate religion. Now, they insist that they should be the people to coerce from the elementary school to college, at work, and in the businesses as well.
So, I feel I have not only the right to speak out, but the duty.
I think i will save time and use the format onyango makagutu has used, thanks dude! As he says, I can only answer for myself.
Not me. as a group though, I think atheists benifit from not having a religious doctrine which can be easily used to promote hate and segregation.
am i better as a person? no. Do i feel my views are better informed as they are based on reason and evidence? absolutely, yes
again, in my mind, reason and evidence out weighs superstitious non sense
I view myself as extremely tolerant. I think religious people can do whatever they like, so long as they don't enforce their views on my or others that don't want it. Unfortunately, this is exactly what organised religion aims to do. I firmly view the indoctrination of children as tantamount to child abuse.
Again, people have the right to believe what they want. In politics though, you have to win an argument based on measurable evidence and not relevance religious teachings.
I don't think so. If people are religious on a personal level, they are entitled to this. However, when they start to try to enforce their views, that's a problem.
I would like to say, in addition to the answers I have given, atheism is not a belief structure. on the contrary, It is believing only that which you can see evidence of. There is no one way to 'practice' atheism and the people that call themselves atheist are as varied as you can imagine, with their their own views of the world. you get good and bad atheists the same as you get good and bad religious people.
Good post! I share your opinion!
Do we think we are so much better then the religious?
Atheists represent the doubt of the believer personified. The theist has been conditioned to see non-believers as evil. It doesn't matter (to them) how we actually feel about them, why sweat it? They will never accept us until they become us.
You see we are all one thing humans we are all smart in are own way's and we love to challenge people, Sometimes challenging people is okay but it sometimes gets out of hand. Yes we all are kinda the same everyone is hateful in someways, But its are nature. And without hate we wouldn't learn new thing's sometimes we need the bad to learn what's bad and do are best to stop.
So when someone says where hateful and better then other people just say with a smile "Aren't we all at some point in life?" If they say no there in denial and theirs no need to continue to talk with them if it angers you. Some people will never admit and some it takes time to admit but in the end the answer is yes we are at times. I don't think its okay i just think it's apart of life and learning but some don't some do.
I don't know about the government but i don't think religion will ever stop seeping into things, and as long as we fight to keep it to a limit then i believe we will be okay.