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 Unseen on June 8, 2012 at 11:31pm

arc, just a minor comment: It's Abel not Able as far as I know.

Comment by Unseen on June 9, 2012 at 12:12am

I'm always right. You know that! ;)

Comment by SteveInCO on June 11, 2012 at 1:16am

"Like others, I think the stupidest thing is when people equate atheism with Satanism."

This is in part why the present day church of Satan (started, I believe, by someone named LaVey) is so irritating to me in spite of the fact that a lot of the "doctrine" makes some degree of sense.  Stuff I could tolerate a hell of a lot better than Xianity is being labeled by its proponents as satanic!  Here, let's just hand the god-tards a free point in the debate.

(e.g, According to the wikipedia article, the nine "satanic sins" are: 

  1. Stupidity
  2. Pretentiousness
  3. Solipsism
  4. Self-deceit
  5. Herd Conformity
  6. Lack of Perspective
  7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies
  8. Counterproductive Pride
  9. Lack of Aesthetics

And honestly I can't really claim anything on that list isn't actually bad.


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