An atheist myself, I have noticed many angry and disrespectful atheists on forums these days.
Please answer without rudeness and hostility. Thank you
There are plenty of rude people to go around. I've seen rude atheists, but I've seen a lot of rude believers also. Conversely, I know a lot of very kind, nice people here - both believers and non-believers who treat one another with respect. I choose to associate with the latter. The forums are like a free-for-all here on religious/political topics.
I think it goes deeper. I have been attacked for my beliefs on hubs having nothing to do with my beliefs. I think we cannot avoid people who express these views. Nor should we allow bullying against others.
Very true. I'd moderate comments that resort to that, particularly on non-related topics. I see no reason to allow that because it is just instigating.
Good. As a Christian, I obviously completely disagree with your position. I also respect your right to believe as you wish. Would that others come from a similar place, yes?
I know what you mean. But, atheist or not, there is no reason for rudeness in the forums. I think people should be allowed to believe as they believe. Sure, I'm going to share my beliefs with you, but I'm not going to beat you over the head just because you don't believe as I believe. I have an in-law who is an atheist and she is the meanest "you-know-what" on the planet. I have another in-law who claims she and Jesus are buddies. Yet, she's even meaner than the atheist.
By the way, I'm not an atheist, but I have met a lot of atheists who are the kindest, gentlest people on the planet.
People are people. The labels are merely an attempt to give themselves an identity. Atheist or not, character matters a lot.
I belong to another group where one of the most important traditions of the group is to place principals before personalities. Most times, the one beating the pulpit the loudest is the one that just don't get the whole concept. They don't realize that when their personality totally outweighs their principals, their principals no longer have credibility and people just shut them down. I'm guilty of it myself sometimes. We all get carried away a little when the topic is one that we are very passionate about, such as religion or politics. Usually, the overbearing personality is the first one to resort to personal attacks and at that point have only one goal. The Last Word!
Mutual respect is certainly the most important tool for continuing discussion.
I stay away from the forums because it distresses me to get drawn into the vicious battles that pass for debate from Christians and Atheists, Agnostics, etc. Everyone is entitled to believe as they choose, but when everyone is against everyone it is too stressful for me. I have noticed this tendency here on HubPages but it is also done on other forums too. I do not like it.
I did not see anyone angry. I see some hubs not finish because they have bad language. Some people do not know. We are not allow to used bad words.
I have seen some rude black people but there are also rude white people. So you will find rude people of any race or religion, although maybe less with Buddhists since they believe in karma. Actually it is not enough to believe in God. For someone to be at peace and be kind all of the time, he needs to know that God exists.
It is my understanding from engaging these folks - and even observing myself, regrettably, from time to time that it is not the issue at hand that brings on such behavior. We must be clear that what we speak of is not just disrespect but a form of bullying. And a look at that concept brings us to a better understanding. And yes we can look inward to find some answers.
The person showing the disrespect harbors within themselves the reason for the disrespect. It is not the other person or the victim that causes the problem. Something is just haywire in the bad actor. Anger and fear are the primary causes. And anger and fear are inside jobs. People who are suffering from these two siblings of motivation do not need a platform to ply their trade. The wife who gets beaten does not need to give her husband a reason. The disgusting reasons are all within the husband.
Next time you see the negative behavior go and look at other writings from the bad actor. I promise you will find anger and fear in most of their writings. Regardless of platform. We must just concede that some people are basically angry at the world. Generally these people are leaners toward bullying. It just spews forth. We have a few contributors here that are just constantly angry. And some that just have developed a habit of angry speech without courtesy. I can get along with them normally as I get it, that it is not about me but their angst.
Now as to atheists. The inability to have faith and belief in the unprovable is not a good or bad thing. Just as the ability to have them does not make another any better, just different. We need both mind and "soul" to function. And it stands to reason that some would be more gifted in one than the other. It just is. And it just is that we can choose to nourish one more than the other.
Now one who chooses the more emotional track is more likely to have more sympathy and empathy. The one who chooses the more logical and scientific track is more likely to not worry about feelings and emotions.
So what may appear to be disrespect of another is more likely disrespect for feelings and emotions of another. It is not personal. They just nurture a part that is not concerned with warm fuzzies and politeness which wastes their time.
So if we are atheists or believers we should be patient with those that do not value pleasantness and feelings and emotions. Again it is not disrespect of you but of those notions. Remember there is no rule that says we must be nice.
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