I am finding something to be very annoying when I make it known to a believer that I am an atheist.  The person will typically assume that I became an atheist due to me being angry with god or life.  The most recent episode occurred at my job when a co-worker asked me if I was catholic.  I stated no and told this person that I was an atheist.  This person looked at me and stated, "Oh something bad must have happened in your life."  In other words, I must have had an experience which caused me to become ANGRY with god and this in turn caused me to reject him.  This is not the first time a person has reacted to learning that I am a non believer with "oh you must be angry with god".  I find this to be such a condescending reply!  In my opinion, they are basically saying that my beliefs could only come from an irrational and emotional response and there was no way I could come to my belief through reason and clear thought.  In this latest case, I told the person that I am fortunate to have lived a pretty good life overall and my current life is great as well, so I had no reason to be angry (other than with his condescending remark).  I told him I came to my conclusion that there is no personal god through reason and critical thinking.  He just smiled at me when I stated this as if amused by my answer.  Why do so many believers find it so hard to accept that someone can reject the belief in god due to evidence-based reasoning and critical thinking?  I know I am not the only deity denier that experiences this silly reaction from believers, as it is a well-known among atheists that we are stereotyped as an angry and miserable group of people.  I guess I am just starting to experience what other atheists have been experiencing for a long time.  

So let me set the record straight.  

I am an atheist due to the overwhelming scientific evidence in geology, paleontology, and biology that we are the products of a natural process that does not require a god.  

I am an atheist because the bible and other holy books are full of stories which show their god to be anything but all-loving, all-powerful, or just, and who condones genocide, rape, murder, slavery, and many more immoral acts.  It is pretty obvious to any honest person that these holy books and gods were created by humans, not the other way around.  

I am an atheist because I do my best to base my beliefs on evidence-based reasoning, critical thinking, and science.  I reject the notion of faith as it is useless.  How can anything that encourages belief without evidence, belief without proof, or belief in the unknown be of any use to anyone?  Faith is not a virtue, it is something that should be shunned and banned from our lives.

I am an atheist because I would rather say, “I don’t know” than depend on wishful thinking (faith)  or make the general statement “God did it”, when I encounter a mystery or the unknown.  

I am an atheist because all the unnecessary suffering in this world leaves no logical room for a just, loving and all-powerful god.  

My rant is over, but I want to mention that my anger is not with all believers.  It would be hypocritical and dishonest of me to get angry with the stereotyping of nonbelievers if I did the same toward those who worship a god.  I know believers who respectfully disagree with my beliefs without labeling me as angry or immoral.  I can only hope that their ability to disagree respectfully with those who hold a different belief system will rub off on their condescending and annoying brethren.  

George Kiely

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Comment by Nerdy Keith on July 8, 2012 at 8:29pm

They are in a world of their own to cut a long story short. They have a inability to think outside the box of their comfort zone and quite clearly a misunderstanding of the definition of atheism. 

Personally I would simply respond by saying:

"Atheism is the lack of faith in a deity. One cannot hate a negative. For example an atheist does not hate god the same way as any other rational person does not hate the Wicked Witch of the West. They may hate the "idea" of the character of the Wicked Witch of the West, but that doesn't change the fact that she doesn't' exist. 

Comment by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 8:57pm

@Morgan- Cool! Thx!

Comment by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 9:04pm

@Mabel & Reasunach- Exactly! 

Comment by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 9:04pm

@Michael M- Very creative and hilarious :)

@Dale- Another reason they believe I became an atheist is that I didn't want to follow the rules of the bible, so if I don't believe in god I won't feel guilty about sinning.   Retarded!

Comment by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 9:07pm

Thank you all for your input!  This is why I joined Think Atheist.  I wanted to share my thoughts with those who would appreciate them and develop connections with like-minded individuals.  

Comment by SteveInCO on July 8, 2012 at 10:28pm

Here's something I cross-posted quite some time ago.  I argue that sometimes we might be encouraging this line of thought among believers, without realizing it.

http://letreasonreign.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/you-are-just-mad-at-...

Comment by Georgie Kiely on July 8, 2012 at 10:58pm

Great post, Steve.  Your point is very valid and I will keep it in mind in any future discussions with believers.

Comment by Cara Coleen on July 9, 2012 at 1:38am

As a former Christian, and as someone who's pretty familiar with the indoctrination thereof: Christians are taught that everyone knows in their heart there is a god and that "nonbelievers" are merely being rebellious, and inexplicably hate him. I don't think they mean to be condescending. I mean, I suppose this guy probably thinks he's in on some secret you're not aware of... that you DO actually believe, and all your reasons for saying you don't believe are only excuses so that you can go on sinning without accountability.

But, condescension or none, this Christian doesn't believe you don't believe. He can't. If he believed all your reasonable reasons for not believing, that would mean the Bible lied to him or was wrong about something. That would undermine much of his own worldview. That would mean you're innocent! God doesn't punish the innocent, right? Only the rebellious and sinful.

I get frustrated as hell over this very thing because even my mother doesn't believe I don't believe; she tells me she thinks atheists just say they don't believe because they want to do whatever they want. First of all, I have to say, this is very poorly reasoned out. If I actually did believe there was this big, judgmental asshole of a god, I wouldn't be so careless and cavalier about shirking his commandments... not if there was a real possibility I'd end up burning for eternity. I mean, yeah, I'd prefer to ignore some of his arbitrary rules... but not at the risk of eternal torture. Who's that stupid? I mean, you'd have to be out of your mind... and anyone that out of their mind should be pardoned because they clearly have mental handicaps. Don't we get to plea insanity at our own judgment? Because that's insane.

I feel majorly invalidated by my mother, and a couple of friends of mine. I thought they knew me better; knew how analytical I am, and how thoughtful. I don't ever make any decision or come to any conclusion lightly. Well, a Christian can only know another individual through a very limited scope. They cannot know that part of you that doesn't fit with the Biblical narrative of human nature. They cannot believe someone's homosexuality is genetic because that puts the responsibility on God's shoulder's. They cannot believe you're a nonbeliever because you came to an honest conclusion about the universe since that would imply God did not reveal himself to you when you were searching.

It's nothing personal. They're just brainwashed. They flush out anything that doesn't fit the narrative.

Comment by James Cox on July 9, 2012 at 1:50am

Sadly, I think I started out being 'mad at God'. But I do have to tell you that the theists did make it easy. After a while I realized that the 'angry/mad' part did not seem to have a target to drop that load onto. And the more I dealed with theists, I just figured that most of their claims and personalities were not working for me. After that is a slow drop to zero interest. I guess I am still intriged by the 'idea' of 'god', but that might be more a habit of thought due my childhood, like Star Trek. Even Star Trek has dropped off to zero. I catch the '700 club' for a good laugh or a 'what the f--k', a few times a month. I tend to like gardening, it seems more civilizing..;p)  

Comment by Kathyleen Pitner on July 9, 2012 at 5:05pm

Sometimes I am completely speechless when it comes to believers. I find it tiresome and annoying to have to explain my thoughts. When ever I encounter such insanity I just say, "What ever gets you through the day"! That usually throws them for a loop. When a co-worker found out I was atheist she stopped talking to me. Oh well, one less person praying for soul (smiling)!

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