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Whenever I come out Atheist .. they assume I must have no ethics or morals whatsoever and that I am willing to do just about anything --- like lie, cheat and steal.

Anyone else have this happen to them?

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Right, I try to do that as well. I don't always succeed. But I do try.

Am I the only person here who is genuinely evil? jk ;)

That depends, of course, on who you ask :).

I'm continually astonished by how arguments that would be considered innocuous in any other context are worthy of vilification if they touch on religion.  I've recently been called strident, pedantic and intolerant, and accused of taking myself too seriously by fellow atheists for merely suggesting that religion tends to stifle discussion.  Apparently there is some special clause hidden in the contract for being human in which any implied criticism of spiritual beliefs broaches a taboo.

 

South Carolina is not Wazooistan, and my dear neighbors are cutting my head off only metaphorically rather than physically.  But is this the best that we can expect from 21st century America?

 

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All you can really require of others is tolerance, not acceptance or approval. It's not intolerant to disapprove of someone's lifestyle, that's everyone's American right. As far as religious discussion goes, atheists tend to approach those with superior absolutest attitudes that breeds confrontation. That's not to say that the religious don't do this often, but we can only change our own behavior. A calm controlled voice goes a long way in diffusing any tense argument/discussion.

"Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.” Spock

That's my nerd quote of the day.

Oh hi James! You have such wonderful things to say. Such wisdom. I just love Star Trek and Spock happens to be a favorite character of mine. Anyway, I love the quote. Tolerance is needed for getting along with others. I agree. We all could try to be more tolerant of others. Myself included.

I love this quote!
"Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.” Spock

Good point Jonathan.

come out? as an American with Constitutional rights? OK? ok ok ok
just ask em' "What's the name of your god?"

that always blows... their minds

peace!

Then bring up:

Thank you Rational Robot!
I've found it really depends on the company I happen to be keeping. I don't talk much about it at work or with family outside of my household, because I know I'm in a loathed minority. They all either know or suspect, but it just doesn't make for polite conversation in the case of work & religious family.

As far as the rest of society is concerned, the toxic ones tend to weed themselves out. I have a habit of making myself rather intolerable to the intolerant. I don't just stand for everything that is bad and evil in this world (science, reason, freedom), but I actually *enjoy* who and how I am. The very nerve!

How very dare you!!! ;-) :-D

Intolerable to the intolerant! I just love that! That's my motto!

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