So a few nights ago, I told my best friend, who wants to be a Jesuit Priest, that I was an atheist, and we had a very long discussion about it. He isn't a science guy, and over the next few days, he told his science-minded friend, Will, (whose also my friend) about our discussion. This wasn't a big deal, I don't really care who he tells about it, it's not a huge secret.
Anyways, we all went out for dinner tonight, as kind of a last hurrah since I'm leaving for college and he's got another year of high school left. It was a good time, me, my friends girlfriend, and Will were all having a good time.
Soon, Will says "So I hear you don't believe in god." It was a little bit of a surprise, but we discussed and I have my reasons and it was friendly, for the most part. For the whole discussion, they acted as thought the word atheist was another way to say "evil" or "arrogant" that we know more. I was even told to make up my own thoughts, instead of just presenting evidence.
What really irks me, now that I've thought about the night some more, is that my best friend stereotyped me, and atheists. The first time I told him, he said he thought we are some of the most arrogant people on the planet. I let it slide, since it was the first discussion. Then tonight he when I was giving my shpeal, he said "keep going, I'm gonna need to know what the arguments are for when I run into assholes like you, not saying you're an asshole though" At the moment, I thought, ok well he doesn't think I'm an asshole (and he really doesn't)But now, thinking about it more, that was a major stereotype, and that arrogance one.
We're not assholes, we're pleasant people who'd rather believe in truth instead of a wishful thought.
that's all, just needed to vent a little.