I was chatting to a guy yesterday and religion came up in conversation. The usual "so what religion are you?" question was asked by him and I said I was not religious. He was not sure what I meant by 'not religious' so I told him that I was an atheist and did not believe that there was a god and that all religions are made by man.


This is when it got interesting, he said - "Oh, so you listen to heavy metal and stuff..."??? HUH??


For the first time (or one of the very few) I was actually really stumped by his question. Not because it was a good question * of course* but just at how immense the ignorance was behind it.

I know that the words atheist or atheism can be quite loaded with generalisations and connotations to the religious folk, so I'd like to hear what some of the funniest and absurd ones you have heard linked with atheism?

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Tags: atheism, atheist, connotation, generalisation, music

Comment by kOrsan on June 7, 2012 at 12:53pm

The one I personally got to hear a few times is that atheists can't be artistic. They're stumped when I tell them I draw though.

By the way, the dick fat you were chatting to probably thought

"oh an atheist.. they worship satan and witchcraft.. satan worship.. that means heavy metal.. .."

'so you listen to heavy metal?'

Comment by Remy du Plessis on June 7, 2012 at 2:03pm

Art?? Seriously?? How can atheism have the slightest effect on artistic ability?


Ya I figured that was probably the thought process he had. It's sad that people think atheism and satanism are the same/similar...

Comment by Marc Poulin on June 7, 2012 at 9:17pm

You know, when I see the videos of the Christian zealots who want atheists out of the US, I get the impression they assume since we don't believe in God we must believe in Satan. Which is ironic because if anything they are the ones who fear going to hell, hence they are the ones who believe in an evil entity. 

Comment by Kelin420 on June 8, 2012 at 2:04am

Atheist Artwork  - "Just Blocks Away"

See more at:  https://www.facebook.com/kelinsmart#!/pages/Artist-Kelin-Kreider/27...

I am a professional musician as well.

I listen and play: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Salsa and other Latin styles, classical, ethnic/traditional/folk music, experimental sounds, Top 40, Swing, Opera, Country, Broadway, electronic and other forms of organized noise...and some Heavy Metal.

Comment by Unseen on June 8, 2012 at 10:02am

Gee, you mean we don't all worship The Lord Of the Underworld?

Comment by Brandon K. Boutieller on June 8, 2012 at 12:52pm
I'm in grade 12 and going to a catholic school, I was wearing a shirt I got at a concert for the band "counterparts". I was told I can't wear this shirt because of the lyric quotation printed on the back which is "so i will pray to a god, who is never there to a world, who doesn't hear" apparently thats "too atheist" but in my defense I brought up the instance I read about in "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins in which an American student was told he can't wear his shirt which quoted "Homosexuality is a sin, Islam is a lie and abortion is murder, some things are just black and white!" when this student was told he can't wear that shirt because it was offensive to homosexuals, muslims and half of the female population his parents sued the school... but it gets better, they didn't sue because they were inhibiting his freedom of speech, no, they sued because they were inhibiting his freedom of religion?... So it is part of their religion to insult others who dissent with them. I will wear an atheist shirt with pride.
Comment by SteveInCO on June 8, 2012 at 1:24pm

FFRF does a weekly radio show that often highlights music by non-believers.

Much of the songs from the musicals of the mid 20th century for instance was written by Yip Harberg, an atheist.  Irving Berlin was an atheist (ironically, he wrote "God Bless America").  There were a number of classical composers too, who were either atheist or just non-Christian.  And the list goes on and on.

Comment by Kelin420 on June 8, 2012 at 5:54pm

The Church, at one time, banned the flute because it's sound was so "pure" that women would lose control and have "lustful thoughts" or worse. Even way back then, musicians had groupies. "Money for Nothing and the Chicks for Free". lol

They also banned a musical interval- the flat 5 or #11, (C>F#)- known as the tritone or Devil's interval because it creates tension and sounds "dark and sinister".

Everything from Ragtime to Rock & Roll have been considered evil, morally corrupt, Satanic (especially when played backwards) by the faith-heads.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on June 8, 2012 at 7:37pm

I think that the images portrayed by most, if not all, heavy metal artists have a lot to do with this poor soul's misguided statement. They all portray a very dark, angry image to the world, but if you listen to their music for a bit it's easy to see why. It has a very angry sound and, often, very angry lyrics. Can you see a heavy metal band wanting to portray rainbows and flowers? It would be absurd; oh, and they would never attract any fans. LOL. Couple this dark image with the  unfortunate but true fact that most religious people equate atheism with Satanism and, taadaa! Now, in the minds of people like the one mentioned in the OP, all atheist are really Satanists, so therefore they must listen to heavy metal. Because it's the "devil's music".

Yes, equating atheism with Satanism is absurd if you really take the time to think about it. Satan, if you truly are a Satanist, would be your "god", right? How can a person who does not believe in any gods turn around and believe in Satan? How did people come by this generalization? 

I think their confusion lies in the fact that their preachers and other religious leaders have taught them that anyone who says they don't believe in god is the tool of the devil - whether they are conscious of it or not. People take teachings like this, mull them around in their minds, and then come to the conclusion that atheists are Satanic, therefore they must worship Satan.

A person who is a Satanist will most likely tell you that they are a Satanist, at least from my experience. They are not going to waste anyone's time beating around the bush, saying they are atheist. I have known only 2 people in my life who actually claim to be Satanists, and they were really just looking to portray a certain, dark image. I don't think they actually believe in Satan. Ironically, they are both heavy metal musicians.

I am a bass player in an eclectic band and we play just about every type of music that you can imagine EXCEPT for heavy metal. LOL. I am also a fabric and multimedia artist, so that blows the whole "atheists can't be artists" theory out of the water.

My personal favorite generalization about atheism is the fact that no one religious can wrap their mind around the fact that a person who is not a believer can be a "good" person. I am nice to just about everyone I see; I help people who need my help, I give to charity, I bend over backwards to help the less fortunate whenever I can, my band plays charity events left and right, etc. - and I wish I had a $5 spot for every time someone has told me that the world needs more "good, Christian souls" like me. LMAO. It's actually a very sweet irony.

Peace.



Comment by Gayle Gordon on June 8, 2012 at 9:38pm

Like others, I think the stupidest thing is when people equate atheism with Satanism.  Satanism and CHRISTIANITY have more in common than do Satanism and atheism.  It's just so ridiculous.  If one worships "Satan"--a Christian creation by the way--that is a form of theism, not atheism.

I've also had people express surprise that I'm an atheist because I'm "so nice" and have morals and values..arghhhhhh!!

 

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