I'm an immoral believer in nothing? Jerks.

Being treated as if I believe in nothing and considered immoral because I’m an atheist is frustrating, but it really shows me who’s paying attention, who’s arrogant, and who’s clueless about reality.

Piers Anthony wrote about a kind of atheist in “On A Pale Horse,” completely misrepresenting atheism if his logic were applied to the real world, though it made sense in his fictional world of magic and magical beings. I think this is a common mistake people make about atheism and atheists. The stigma or label appears to tell people that atheists are atheists no matter what, whether the proof of gods exist or not, dogmatically insisting there is no god even if a god proved she existed.

Apparently, the idea that atheists believe in nothing is so common that there are even some atheists that believe this nonsense. “Atheist” speaks to only one supernatural aspect involving deities. Other, broader definitions that include distheists, anti-theists, agnostics, which have the common denominator of no proof of a god’s existence, can be included in this, but just because an atheist sees no evidence your god is real does not mean that an atheist has no belief in anything at all.

So, someone saying atheists are immoral people that don’t believe in anything demonstrates a common mean spirited attack on something they do not understand or are too bigoted to care.

Anyway, that's my rant.

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Comment by Kairan Nierde on December 2, 2012 at 10:24pm

@ Robert- It's tempting to say that those who are enlightnened about the nonexistance of dieties may also logically arrive at the development of a superior moral conscious.  But, I'm willing to bet that atheists have a normal distribution of amoral, immoral, and moral folks, simply because an awareness of one aspect of reality does not create an entire world view.  Compare the Atheist+ers and their critics, and you can see the diversity of values held by just some atheists.

Comment by _Robert_ on December 3, 2012 at 12:02am


Christian child indoctrination rate is very high in this southern region. Atheists are surely a sub population here with a different center of normal distribution for morality. They are the thinkers and refuse the kool-aide. I have noticed that many Christians feel righteous in their behavior, believing they have a scapegoat to pay for their sins. It's hard to describe; perhaps "smug" is the best word for this attitude. Since atheists are so rare in my town, maybe I do give them more slack, but I almost always enjoy their company more than I do the religious.


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