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How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mads Kapstad Jun 10, 2011. 32 Replies

Hullo everyone! :)I was just wondering-how important do you think it is to tell people you're an atheist? I suppose I'm talking about both people you're close with and just people in general. I came…Continue

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Rose commented on robert mcbean's blog post '"If God didn't exist, Atheists wouldn't exist."'
"A beautifully crafted example of circular reasoning. Meaning it's absolute drivel. ;D"
Jun 16, 2011
Mads Kapstad replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"Hi Rose This seems to be a common problem especially in the US (Don't know if thats were you're from, I just recognize the religious belief-"pattern" from my stay there as an exchange student) that being an Atheist is like a…"
Jun 10, 2011
choSenfroZen replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I became atheist long ago without really ackowledging it. For the reasons you state is why I think I have become a bit of an activist though. I don't like religion and politics mixing, I don't like that 1 voice can be heard, but a…"
Jun 10, 2011
Brian Wood replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"When  someone says, "god bless you" when I sneeze, I respond, "The "soul" does not begin to leave the body during a sneeze and doesn't need to be called back."   When a homeless person says, "god…"
Jun 8, 2011
Hank replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"Offline, I'm as private about my lack of religion as I wish a lot of religious people would be about their lack of atheism. "
Jun 7, 2011
Jeremy Wells replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I think it is extremely important to tell people of your atheism. First of all, there are so many misconceptions about atheists being evil people that want to rebel against god. Most people don't realize that they come in contact with atheists…"
Jun 7, 2011
atheistrising replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"It depends where they are asking you about. If you are in an islamic country and you tell you are atheist you could be executed lol I would not dare saying that there. In the west you should be ok more often the cases of ellen beth wachs or high…"
Jun 7, 2011
James W replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I hear ya! Just today, going into Walmart, I was accosted (TWICE, going in & out) by some church people trying to raise funding for a mission trip to Brazil. Like Brazil WANTS southern baptists! :) A woman, my age, jumped right in front of my…"
Jun 7, 2011
Ed Magowan replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"For me it's a situational thing.  I live in the bible belt and constantly have to listen to people talk about how they were 'blessed' in some situation.  ("The hurricane destroyed our house, but we were blessed and…"
Jun 6, 2011
Dustin replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I love this!   I was asked once to play piano for a church ... I was offered a communion wafer and I just made a nod that said I wasn't interested.  How DARE they presume I wanted their cracker!  I was just there to play the…"
Jun 6, 2011
Alice replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I think the best thing to do is to tell people as it comes up. Then tell them like it's a totally normal thing, which it is."
Jun 6, 2011
Sassan K. replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"It is very important for me because it is who I am. If someone can't like me for who I am, then there is no reason to be friends with that person. That is how I feel about this."
Jun 6, 2011
choSenfroZen replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I don't hide that I am an atheist, I have covered my car in stickers lately, a good "no God" sticker on the door also keeps the nutters away. As for friends, I don't think it is a great subject, it ALWAYS starts with someone…"
Jun 6, 2011
Eric Youngstrom replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"I don't hide it that's for sure but I do admit a small joy in letting, mainly christians, know (online or if they are preachin') that I don't believe in their silly fairy tale."
Jun 6, 2011
Brian Wood replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"If their religion is more important to them than our friendship,they they ain't friends, and screw them."
Jun 6, 2011
Brian Wood replied to Rose's discussion 'How important is it to let people know you're an atheist?'
"www.ffrf.org ; www.landoverbaptist.com (?)  www.bettybowers.com And, of course, I google "atheist t-shirts""
Jun 6, 2011

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