My 16 year old daughter is getting hit from all sides for admitting to being an atheist.  My daughter doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, and hasn't had sex yet..... but she is going to hell according to all of her friends who just happen to do ALL OF THE ABOVE!  

She is a very smart kid and usually just laughs it off and occasionally tells her "friends" that she isn't really an atheist, she just believes in Odin and bases that on of the lack of Ice Giants still roaming the earth. That Odin at least kept THAT promise, a far better record than the christian god.  Blank stares usually follow.

What are some short and sweet retorts she can use?  And bare in mind that, quite obviously she is dealing with kids that have sub room temperature IQs.  

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Sadly, very smart kids can get religion also, even a good-enough mind is needed to keep track of all the good/bad parts. Religion will work just as well as bad shoes, funky cloths, older cars, etc, for youthful 'reasons' for bullying. Sounds like her 'friends' are a little thin on 'christian kindness'. Some of this happened to me in school, so I decided to spin it on it's head and go after them when it suited me. Most religious kids will get hell from their parents for bullying, but they need to know about it. As a mature atheist, this could become a sad duty for you.

You both might look into a local atheist group for training and fellowship, but just report bullying might work as well. 

I was harrashed before, during, and after my HS graduation for my disenchantment with the commencement prayer. I had spend 6 years in a catholic school time share, and was royally sick of religion by the time I graduated.

Well, I am not in high school any more, so I don't know if it would work for her, but when people ask me why I don't believe, I simply say......because there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for the existence of any gods.

    It usually shuts them up     



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