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Started this discussion. Last reply by Gail Apr 17, 2013. 10 Replies

Why is it as soon as people you have known for years find out youre an atheist, they look at you in disgust and disbelief. The follow up question sometimes can be "What happened to turn you away from…Continue

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Gail replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
"I told my best friend that I was atheist and described my belief system.  Her response: You're not an atheist.  You just don't know it."
Apr 17, 2013
GoalFreedom replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
"The most common response that I have gotten:  "But you're such a nice person!""
Jun 28, 2012
damian replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
"That's very common for religious people to automatically assume that you've had a bad experience with god. I try to keep it short and and sweet, and say "nothing happened, that's the point", or something similar. How do you…"
Jun 22, 2012
Shawn replied to booklover's discussion SO tired of talking to people and then hearing "the dumb" come out of their mouths...
"You think I can win an award for using "healthcare" so many times in a response...:) "
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to booklover's discussion SO tired of talking to people and then hearing "the dumb" come out of their mouths...
"I applaud your standing up. I feel people get away with this crap because they have no one to challenge their unwillingness to accept others. I find it hard to understand how anyone wouldnt want people to have healthcare. This healthcare issue…"
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to Goz's discussion What's the creepiest thing a theist has ever said to you?
"That is funny....:)"
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to Goz's discussion What's the creepiest thing a theist has ever said to you?
"That is funny....:)"
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to Goz's discussion What's the creepiest thing a theist has ever said to you?
"That I was cursed because black people are decendents of Ham. WTF?"
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to booklover's discussion SO tired of talking to people and then hearing "the dumb" come out of their mouths...
"As a black man I feel the need to add my two cents. I hope you have room in your piggy bank. When I became an atheist it really opened my eyes to humanity as a whole. I used to view people as races separate from one another. I know culturally we all…"
May 20, 2012
Shawn replied to Daniel PD's discussion An atheist that doesn't like dawkins.
""they" need to prove that or "their" belief is "unjustified" Damn I hate this stupid iPhone."
May 15, 2012
Shawn replied to Daniel PD's discussion An atheist that doesn't like dawkins.
"Maybe its not my place to tell someone else they're wrong, but I think people should be taken to task for what they believe. Belief and knowledge are two different things. If something is true it's true whether you believe it or not. I…"
May 15, 2012
Sarah replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
May 14, 2012
Shawn replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
""in" psychology..."
May 14, 2012
Shawn replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
"Did you ask your friend to show you their degree on psychology? I'm stumped myself as how someone can be agnostic and spiritual. That kinda makes me think about how some people say god "exists" but not in the physical world. He's…"
May 14, 2012
Shawn replied to Shawn's discussion Friends and family reactions
"It's amazing how polarizing belief in god can be. The odd thing is most of the people who have looked down on me were Christians. So much for love and compassion huh?"
May 14, 2012
Shawn posted a discussion

Friends and family reactions

Why is it as soon as people you have known for years find out youre an atheist, they look at you in disgust and disbelief. The follow up question sometimes can be "What happened to turn you away from god?" When my mother asked me that I told her "it's not what did happen but what didn't happen." I heard someone else say that and it definitely applies to me. Anyone wanna share their experiences and thoughts?
May 14, 2012

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At 9:25am on May 14, 2012, Steph S. said…
Hello Shawn! Nice to meet you too! I hope you are enjoying the site!
At 6:49pm on May 13, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 5:56pm on May 13, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Shawn! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like No Nonsense. After you've searched for stuff that interests you in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 11:07am on May 13, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hi Shawn
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know well as an atheist. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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