I find it very frustrating and hypocritical when theists say things like "atheists are blessed even though they don't know it," when they pray for me, or tell me that God loves me. This is a blatant way of imposing their beliefs on others. For the most part anyone who claims to be an atheist is merely stating their position. I never say that I don't believe in God and that they shouldn't either. I can only imagine how offended they would be if I told a Christian that their God isn't real or that Allah is watching over them. The double standard is absolutely ridiculous.

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Comment by Karen Azimianaraki on May 4, 2011 at 7:10pm
They do this to make them feel better about themselves,pure and simple. My Mom always tells me she prays for me..she is 90 I will say nothing at this point of her life. But it really URKS me when she says it.
Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on May 4, 2011 at 7:25pm
It certainly has a tinge of "I've got the answers, I know the truth as opposed to you, but I hope you drop your opinions and come to an agreement with me whether it's the position you hold or not.
Comment by IEatDinosaurMeat on May 4, 2011 at 7:26pm
And I forgot the end quote.
Comment by Raven on May 4, 2011 at 8:22pm
It's a way for them to verify their beliefs to themselves.
Comment by Brandon on May 4, 2011 at 8:38pm
Any time I used the infamous "I'm praying for you" line. It's hard to express the logic in my own mind in which I used this. It was both an attempt to show them how wrong I thought that were (and I was right-pride) and to plant a seed of doubt.

Sadly in reflection, I inculcated my Sunday school children to these same tactics under different educational disguises. Always with the intent to make them "better Christians" but nonetheless, it served to teach them how to persuade others to our beliefs. Most regrettably I remember telling them one Sunday, "No matter who leaves this faith, and tells you otherwise, no matter who that person is, you KNOW this is the truth. You must believe it with all your heart, in spit of the lies that the devil will throw at you." The pain it causes me to relate this memory is beyond remarkable.
Comment by randy brooks on May 5, 2011 at 1:58am

We should be less frustrated an more territorial in our beliefs. I have no problem telling people not to pray for ME. I tell them to back off when they try to correct me. I say, "I got lucky", they retort, "No, you were blessed." I respond, " I don't believe in blessings." When they open their mouths to say something else, I say, proudly, "I'm and Atheist." My pride and my confidence usually shuts them up. In some instances they want to know more about my non-belief.  

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 5, 2011 at 11:54am
@Rich Hugunine - good retort. I usually ask them to sacrifice a goat for me instead.
Comment by All And One on May 5, 2011 at 12:39pm

Life can understand something about what happens when it comes together with an attention span directed toward someone else doing something different in anyway. The only way they can use themselves that way is to be integrating with do something different life in the environment available to be understood into the CNS area which serves to understand that there is something happening with them not supported to be continued. Integrating with a do something different communication results in pressure and constrictions to their being. It is allowed to be understood into another being if they too are doing something that they do not appreciate or love to do and need to attach to what they will continue to do a part of what is always done. What is good to know, for life doing what it is interested in, attached to themes that can be built upon like Perfect Unity, is that CNS information (prayer, thought) directed at someone who is doing what they can continue to do, it is understood as unacceptable and an immediate actions occur. These actions, all relate to separations in some way that will move that life closer to their understanding of something correctly about God and how to use themselves as they always will. Separations include things like rupture of an area, consciousness relocations to other existences attachment to another body posture where God can is being understood without integrations, tangible losses of things not united with a certain life’s experiencing pathway. All of this will relate to the preoccupation area which when understood correctly is an interest that will continue. So in transition to something else interesting, the Entity, able to be called God for now by some life using itself within names, does not need anyone to pray, it is not supposed to happen and life not caused to be doing something different can't even do it since they are not caused to integrate information into the CNS area. This is sort of like the buddhists understand with the concept of mindfulness. Christians can understand that Jesus Christ did not pray and He understood and provided something that was united with an experience He was having with “Always, Infinity” attached to communication, knowledge, energy and the causation of movement resulting in emotion. These experiences were/are attached to how He would/does always experience what Jews understand as Yahweh.

 

Interests understand a communication attached as areas and when an interest is understanding information into the nervous system there is something else to be understood about the interest in order to attach it to what can be continued. It is also true that some interests pathways a certain life might be using itself within is not the experiencing pathway for them and it was caused by another. CNS integrations, understood as thought say, “shift to understand something correctly or move to an interest that no one has caused you into”. Life does not have to go around and around and up and down with do something different information and some life using itself aware here can use themselves within what is appreciated and interesting using this organism. If there is a question about understanding and experiencing ability, they can be asked, and I can use myself to understand other vocabulary as well.

Continuous experiences to all of you.

Comment by Alfredo Varela Jr on May 5, 2011 at 8:08pm

Thanks for all the comments. I think everyone has good points to make about this. It's something that bothers me a lot and it seems to be very circumstantial as to how it should be handled.

To Brandon Chadock I'd say don't be so hard on yourself man. The important thing is that you know better now and that you should do what you can to promote positive atheism whenever possible.

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