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Amusing Responses You Got From People When You Came Out About Being An Atheist.

I thougt It would be interesting to see some of the more comical responses people have received upon coming out. I'll start things off with my favorite.

I was about 16 and a guy in class found out that I didn't believe in god and he came up to me and asked

Boy: "So do you really not believe in god"

Me: "No."

Boy: "So.... You worship the devil?!"

I got this one in one form or another many times..... Gotta love the bible belt! :)


Scott

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I don't know that I'd call that first one an "amusing" run-in. I'd call it assault. >.>

Agreed.  I find that highly disturbing...and I'm an American.  I'd have reported her to the authorities...that's what camera phones are for. :-)

"But you're going to hell."

I don't think they quite understood what's entailed in atheism.
I related some of my experience with a quartet of JW's in my blog, Morning Encounter, but here's the fun part:

Me: Hi, can I help you?

She: Good morning. We’re from the local Kingdom Hall and we wondered if we could talk with you for a moment.

Me: Indeed – I’m an atheist.

She: Oh, my. I don’t believe I’ve ever met an atheist before. Were you always an atheist, or did something happen to move you in that direction.

Me: Yes – common sense.
Love it!
My mother just cried when I told her, and asked if it was something she had done wrong. My father doesn't talk about it.

Ok, this is kind of a twist on the coming out stories. My father is an atheist and (since he sent me to a xtian school) I was xtian from young. In my 30s, however, I started reading about Buddhism and realised that was what I was looking for in xtianity all along. Anyway, once I had really decided that I was a Buddhist after all, I told my father:

 

Father: Don't worship the Buddha he was just a man, not some kind of god.

Me: I agree.

Father: You mean you don't worship the Buddha?

Me: Nope. He was just a man that woke up.

Father: Well, what god do they worship?

Me: None - there is no all-powerful creator-god being.

Father: Anyway, there's no thing as a soul - when this body dies, that's it.

Me: I agree (sort of but I wasn't going to get into semantics).

Father: Sounds all rather sensible then. Just don't get involved in any cults.

Me: Yes, dad.

 

Hehe - it was all very amusing!

Go, Dad!

"An atheist!?!... But, let me get this right. You do believe in God and the Devil, right?"

My wife told her mother one day. Her mother's reply:

 

"I figured. He always needs proof of everything for some reason."

I've gotten that.

My reply was... "well you didn't think hard enough, It's clearly smarter than having blind faith. Aren't you diagnosed with that mental illness?

My Dad:  "Well, as long as you know that you should never be anything you can't spell."

(I spell 'atheist')

Dad: "I guess that's okay then."

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