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Shakir Saifee commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"hey do not try to justify things... keep going on if they believe in God so that is their true, and you believe in nothing that is your true"
Mar 27
Suzanne Patterson replied to ME's discussion The myth of the incompatibility of science and religion
"I now see why this site has become so understandably paranoid about who it lets in.  The desperate mandate of the believer (I must save them coz jesus said so!) will keep them throwing themselves against the fence whereupon their heads will…"
Mar 20
Suzanne Patterson replied to Sean Curry's discussion Where are all the genuine atheists?
"I have noticed this around a bit - new atheists making other atheists leap over some bar of what they deem acceptable.  I do not think posing the question this way necessarily means this person is a theist. Doesn't accusing him of that,…"
Mar 20
Michael Penn commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"Jay Stride was talking about making up a bizarre religious belief. The more bizarre the better. Here's one from many years ago heard on the old Hudson and Harrigan radio program. They were claiming to belong to the Church of the Holy Frisbee.…"
Mar 18
Loren Miller commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"Suzanne, I'm gonna tell you this once:Wade on in; the water ain't deep!!!  [big grin!]Seriously, this is an open forum.  Please speak your mind.  As regards your comment about hurt feelings, this is a common complaint heard…"
Mar 18
Jay Stride commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"I usually say to the religious "I just don't share your beliefs." & leave at that. There's very little point in arguing unless you really enjoy that sort of thing. It's really none of their business anyway. That being…"
Mar 18
Suzanne Patterson commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"Thank you for your comments everyone.  I am new here and decided to jump right in, but I still feel a little insecure about the protocol involved.  Every community has its rituals and hierarchy... How PC I sound.  I am noticing so…"
Mar 18
Loren Miller commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"Jay, that's a point I've thought about time and again, and it's worthy not just of consideration, but bringing up to those who believe.A LOT of the strength of believers' faith comes from group reinforcement.  One-on-one, I…"
Mar 18
Jay Stride commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"We're here to talk. On another note, if people flip out because you politely disagree with their belief just how secure are they in that belief?"
Mar 18
Loren Miller left a comment for Suzanne Patterson
"And while we're at it, here's another site to try: http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/183733315515"
Mar 17
Napoleon Bonaparte commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"Your blog is interesting, well written and gives good insight. I was vaguely aware of the status of religion in South African society because I have a long-time friend in Pietermaritzburg and we keep in touch. She is very attached to her…"
Mar 17
Loren Miller left a comment for Suzanne Patterson
"Hey, Suzanne!You might give Global TV a shot as a source for episodes of Cosmos, and perhaps other shows as well.  I just tried it and (not very surprisingly) Cleveland, Ohio is shut out, as I suspect most of the US is.  You may have…"
Mar 17
Suzanne Patterson replied to matthew greenberg's discussion So excited for Cosmos' return!
"I found a way to watch the 1st episode last night (in Africa, you do what you got to do). Wept with joy.  Loved every beautiful minute of it. Neil DGT has such a wonderful honeyed voice and the tribute to Sagan at the end (have a non creepy…"
Mar 17
Randall Smith commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"It isn't easy being an atheist--never was, never will be (although it is improving). Stick to your principles. You look to be a happy person on the outside, according to your avatar. Good luck."
Mar 17
Loren Miller commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"@Suzanne - Well, PLEASE unmuzzle yourself here and feel free to speak your mind!  Ain't nobody here but us nasty-terrible-awful infidels! [giggle!]"
Mar 17
Suzanne Patterson commented on Suzanne Patterson's blog post Atheists - Are we doormats?
"@Loren - I find myself here, because I feel completely muzzled and frustrated by regular social networks and I am desperate for a place to speak my mind without half my extended family sulking with me or getting fingers wagged at me about tolerance.…"
Mar 17

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Atheists - Are we doormats?

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 7:39am 13 Comments

I recently had an experience which reminded me that being an Atheist does not hold you in the neutral category. We are seen instead as ‘the enemy’ and as much as you try to exclude yourself from fanaticism, the very act of exclusion enrages believers who would declare non-belief to be a far more sinister threat than belief in something, even if that something is in direct opposition to their worldview.

Study 1 (at my current place of employment) : A group of my colleagues and I…

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At 1:14pm on March 17, 2014, Loren Miller said…

And while we're at it, here's another site to try:


http://www.cosmosontv.com/watch/183733315515

At 9:49am on March 17, 2014, Loren Miller said…

Hey, Suzanne!

You might give Global TV a shot as a source for episodes of Cosmos, and perhaps other shows as well.  I just tried it and (not very surprisingly) Cleveland, Ohio is shut out, as I suspect most of the US is.  You may have better luck.  Doesn't hurt to try, at least!

At 4:19pm on March 15, 2014, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Greetings  Suzanne   

Welcome to this cheerful Internet community of rationality and peace, common sense and freethinking wisdom.   

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 900  discussion topics and 4000 members. http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

At 10:03am on March 14, 2014, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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