What do you think are some of the most popular, widely accepted, or widely encountered misconceptions regarding atheism and atheists that you have run up against?


One of the most popular misconceptions I've encountered is the idea that atheists don't think that "good" and "bad" exist, and that we think everyone should be allowed to do as they please because deeds are not good or bad.

What are some of the other biggies?

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Comment by Frink on January 14, 2009 at 3:42pm
Pam, that's why I have a problem with the phrase "Evolutionist." Technically, we're all "evolutionists" but the term itself can sound quasi-religious, and fundie nutbags waste no time in exploiting it.
Comment by Dave G on January 14, 2009 at 4:25pm
That not believing in gods is just another form of faith.
Comment by Johnny on January 14, 2009 at 5:17pm
The comments I've heard...
"With all the evidence of God, how can you not believe?"
"Pagans are the same as Satan worshipers, and Atheits are even worse."

And the semi-famous quote by Bush One that I've had paraphased at me a few times:
"No, I don't know that Atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots."

Being an ex-soldier, I'll second the "no atheists in foxholes" rhetoric.

Oh and the ignorance of some associating the words "atheist" and "anarchist" to mean the same thing.
Comment by Cara Coleen on January 14, 2009 at 6:20pm
Atheists hate God and we're just being rebellious by denying His existence...

How can you hate something that doesn't exist? I'm definitely not mad at God; he didn't make himself up.
Comment by Cara Coleen on January 14, 2009 at 6:25pm
Yeah, Nancy... nothing could piss me off more than being called close-minded. I just turned my world perspective upside-down because I didn't want to be closed off to ANYthing... it was an accident that I became atheist, but it was only because I was open to learning.
Comment by Jaco on January 15, 2009 at 9:30am
That Atheists don`t have a meaning to live without the the afterlife and god.
And that without god we are not able to love. :-(
Xians Make me SAD...
Comment by Cara Coleen on January 15, 2009 at 11:44am
Xians? NICE!!! ha ha ha... I'm so using that.
Comment by Johnny on January 15, 2009 at 2:36pm
LOL! First time you've seen that huh Cara.

Technically though, I think I see it appear as "Xtian" much more often than "Xian" (Xian is actually a Chinese name).

Uncyclopedia even has an entry for it: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Xtian
Comment by Dylan Sloboda on July 19, 2011 at 8:55pm

I personally really love/hate this hilarious one:

Atheists don't believe in god because they aren't opening their hearts and "feeling" him.

This is particularly creepy and there is no way of countering that without being blunt and informing them that "feeling" something that isn't really there is a sign of mental disorder.

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