What is there about the word "atheist" that makes normally sane people act crazy?

Help! I just got off the phone with my best friend. I started telling her about an event I attended recently. When I mentioned the group's name (which included the word "atheist") it was like I had rung a bell for Pavlov's dog! She immediately went on a rant about how she is "sick of atheists," and how "stupid" they are to be "angry at God."

This shook me up because normally she is a wonderful friend. She is a non-practicing Jew who was raised completely secular. I've been open with her about the full extent of my apostasy, and I've even identified myself as an atheist to her before. Perhaps she didn't believe me? What is there about that word?

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Have you read any of these Black narratives: 

Frederick Douglass, Life of Frederick Douglass;

William Wells Brown's Narrative;

Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave;

Sojourner Truth, Autobiography, lectures; 

Ellen and William Craft, The Great Escape From Slavery of Ellen and William Craft, lectures;

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son; 

Langston Hughes, Freedom's Plow

Piri Thomas, Down These Mean Streets

James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son;

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

As well as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

There are those who declare that slaves enjoyed and benefited by slavery:

Slavery a Positive Good John C. Calhoun

Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Represent....

Denial that slavery was a brutal and cruel institution continues and remains supported by new and old testament imperatives. Jesus and the New Testament  approved slavery:

 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear.  Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ.  (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed.  If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful.  You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts.  Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.  (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it.  "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly.  Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given."  (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)

Slavery in the Bible.

The word "atheist" makes normally sane people act crazy" because they are not normal, nor are they sane. They are infected with a virus called religion, they have deeply ingrained in their primitive brain the fables of Stone Age teachings without the ability to sort out fact from fiction using their reasoning, logical part of their brain.

These are the same people as deny climate change, delude themselves into thinking they have earned the right to enjoy the fruits of their labor and to steal the labor of others. They imagine there are a heaven and hell and that a redeemer exists, that there is a being that loves them unconditionally, even as the instructions of their scripture are to exploit and manipulate all others who are not covered by their claims. 

Those who believe these fabricated stories also believe their fabricated sense of entitlement. They remain deaf to the cries of those they harm, even their own children. They fail to have a sense of accountability to those they harm, thus prove their lack of a moral ethic that a normal, healthy homo sapiens has.

We are created as social animals, from our earliest beginnings humans needed the clan for protection and for catching wild game or foraging for foods. Not everyone was able to do the work of supplying the needs of the can and therefore there were those who hunted, gathered, protected the weak and the strong. They had an obligation to the very young and very old, infirm, and disabled.

Modern Republicans lack such a sense of obligation.

We continue to be a clan of people, gathered together for the benefit of all. A new law emerges that indicates we need to take the Earth, the environment, and each other into account when going about our business of providing for each clan member. 

LOL, them people you referring too ... are NOT SANE... they are DELUSIONAL!!! 

How about some detail. Are you referring to me? What is it about them that you find delusional? They are all narratives, people telling their stories from their perspectives. Of course they do not agree with someone else's version of reality, they are telling their reality. 

Joan is exactly correct! Such people are highly delusional and therefore not "sane" as most sane people would interpret reality. The "insane" part of them is that they do not live in reality, and they want to back up their own brand of this with "the Bible says."

Anything that you believe as "reality" has to be able to be backed up and demonstrated with LOGIC. (Gravity is an example.) There is no logic in scripture or holy books. Believing it in "faith" does not make it so!

I've had similar conversations with my aunt. I still love her although she's called & freaked out on me several times for being honest. Religion, to me is like mass hypnosis. People are afraid to wake up & understand-I mean really accept that there's no god and we only have one life & each other. I must admit it was a hard thing to accept myself years ago but I'm greatful for the encouragement to ask questions about everything. Anyway, maybe you helped open her mind a little bit. ; )

It is because they truly believe that we are simply here to deny them God. They see atheists wanting crosses pulled out of public locations and think we are evil. I wonder how Christians would react if we were trying to get Islamic symbols taken away? Wouldn't hear a peep! They don't see or ignore their own hypocrisy. It's ok to have symbols or religion in public places but ONLY if it's their symbol! And also you have to realize a lot of people are only ever taught the nice and peaceful stories that are in the Bible, they themselves most likely haven't read it and have no clue of the horrors in it. Also there is an actual phobia that is related to learning things that would question religious beliefs and losing religion in general and if they know your an atheist then they might have actual fear of you telling them something. People (especially in the US) think that they are superior and have a higher level of understanding from religion, they think that jesus actually speaks to them, and in the US they believe that this is a Christian country and that they are the only ones with the right to question, ridicule and impose and now that we stand up for ourselves we are attacking them and the country. Look at the case of Kalei Wilson; she see's christian clubs in her school and attempts to start a atheist club and is fought tooth and nail because that is "evil" or "unpatriotic" and even "imposes on there beliefs." But without batting an eye will want to pray in schools. Just FYI (and you probably know all of this) but she even got death threats once it was approved! HOW CHRISTIAN OF THEM! Like I said, HYPOCRITES!  Sorry for the rant!

Andrew, I like your rant. This is the best place to blow off the steam and then figure out a strategy to respond to bigots and hypocrites in a way that tells the truth and let go of the fury. Haha! I am a fine one to talk. My rage is palpable. 

Anyway, good for you!

Im glad you approve! lol I live in a very religious town, and the people I live with are religious. Once in a while a little "debate" will take place and I get so frustrated. I am open about my atheism and because of that talks happen a lot and usually it is several on one and I just walk away. The lack of reason is to stressful haha. 

Andrew, may I repost your rant on Twitter? If yes, may I use your name as author or I can use your initials or "anonymous"? If I post it for Twitter, it will automatically go to Facebook and back to Atheist Anonymous because I have it set up to do that. 

If you don't want me to repost, just say the word. 

Joan

That's a pretty good rant, Andrew. Remember in your "fights with the christians" that they are the only ones who are right. The other religions are wrong coz they don't have Jeebus Chrust! He was the bread of life. I can imagine all of them claiming you cannot prove god doesn't exist. Remember that the burden of proof is upon the one claiming to have a hundred dollar bill in his pocket. You make the claim, you show me the proof. What proof are they going to show you? "But the bibble sezs" Guess what? It is the only proof they have! Maybe if they had of read it more and also read it's entire history they might begin to understand. But no. Without Jeebus they cannot make it through a single day. It makes you wonder how they did anything before they knew of him.

Andrew, this religious hypocrisy was what provided the first wedge in my doubt when I was in my teens. I looked around at the church I had grown up in and saw it was filled to the brim with gossip mongering, intolerance, ignorance, and anything but love for one's fellow humans (who weren't in the right club). And that's when I began to question. It took 15 or so years for me to come around, but it did happen and I'm glad for the journey. Poking holes in what we believe is an ability reserved for the brave. Everyone else is hiding behind their invisible shield of willful self-righteousness.

This is how the world sees atheists. Somehow not believing made you a monster.

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