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 archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 2:28pm

My first choice in music is classical, with jazz a close second - I don't know what that would tell a theist, but then again, I really don't care.

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 archaeopteryx on June 8, 2012 at 6:38pm

RE: "The Church, at one time, banned the flute because it's sound was so "pure" that women would lose control and have 'lustful thoughts'"

NOW you tell me - I took up the saxophone, when all this time, I could have been playing the flute!


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