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 13, 2009 at 11:46pm
That despite the example you gave, we're still obsessed with doing evil things.
Comment by Frink on January 13, 2009 at 11:47pm
Another one that really pisses me off: that atheism is a religion.
Comment by Audio on January 13, 2009 at 11:51pm
that we are too small of a group to cause any real change in the world.
Comment by Gina on January 13, 2009 at 11:54pm
Atheists fear dying, because there is no heaven to look forward to.

Atheists are selfish and lack any motive for love or altruism.

Atheists choose not to believe in god out of convenience, because they want to have unmarried sex, or do something equally immoral, and believing in god would give them a conscience about that.

Atheists don't believe in god because they haven't looked at all the evidence or thought it through properly.
Comment by Ross on January 14, 2009 at 12:54am
Yeah I get called cynical from time to time by the religious here. Almost think they have no clue what it means seeing as how I also get asked "Why do you help other people when you don't believe in an afterlife?" a lot as well.

As for the good bad thing I always tell people I don't believe in good or evil. I believe in people trying to survive and then a few crazies.
Comment by Tim Hager on January 14, 2009 at 2:36am
I get Atheists are stupid. "What do you believe in if you don't believe in God?"
Comment by River Otter on January 14, 2009 at 6:31am
Atheists are communists.

Atheists don't contribute or make donations. This one really gets under my skin.

No Atheists in Foxholes. This one is a hot topic here lately.

Atheists are imaginary. God doesn't believe in Atheists, so they don't exist.

Atheists are heathens. I like to tell them, "No, I am a Heretic."

Atheists are fools. Yeah right.
Comment by Liam on January 14, 2009 at 6:45am
Atheists are just lazy. They just decided not to believe in anything because you can stay in bed on a Sunday.
Comment by Pam on January 14, 2009 at 7:11am
Expanding on what Frink said...

Evolution is a religion.

Science is a religion.
Comment by PsycChick on January 14, 2009 at 3:26pm
Silly Liam... that's exactly why I am an atheist.

My most despised is that atheists don't do kind things for other people.

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