A boy came to my door today and said he was from such in such church and he was selling candy for his youth group, so they could go to Disneyland. I asked him how much the candy was and he said 5 bucks. I sd " I'll take one box and you pick it out for me." He said "My favorite are chocolate turtles." I said, "Chocolate turtles it is then."
I gave him the a five dollar bill and before he walked away he said, " Thank you, is there anyone you would like me to pray for?" I said, " No thank you, I am Atheist." He looked at me with confusion in his eyes. I asked him what was wrong. He said, " You don't look like an Atheist." I said, " What is an Atheist supposed to look like?" He thought for a moment, looked at me, and said "Like a witch." I told him, "I assure you I am not a witch neither are any Atheist I know." He proceeded to walk away, then turned around and said, " Naah, your not a witch. Thanks for buying my candy." I of course said thank you and shut my door.
I thought for a moment about what the kid said. Me a witch? Is that what the majority of society think of Atheists, think of me? I play poker at a casino with all walks of life. The next time I go, I will ask the players, when they hear the word Atheist, what comes to mind? Not the literal definition, but what they think personally. I will get back with those results, I'm sure there will be lots to talk about. =)