Why are religious believers so bothered by atheists?
Why can't we all just let bygones be bygones? Why do some believers so vehemently and viciously oppose non-believers? Why do they care so much what other people do?
Great question. I don't bother anyone about their beliefs and I expect the same or I cut them out. Life is too short to endure these types of people. It appears that some of these folks are anything but religious when they exhibit this behavior. Some of them are rude and uncivilized , others are socially unaware and extremely pushy, and a few feel it is their right and duty to "save" you with their religion by forcing it upon you. Yet, they don't see that these behaviors do anything but make an atheist (or agnostic) want to find a religion.
I only bring it up in the appropriate context. But it is generally because either side sees that the other is doing something immoral by believing/not believing given that each side also has more opposing views than just the belief in a deity.
A threat of a different lifestyle. There is also a component of fear, even jealousy. Traditional, conservative, fundamentalist, & dogmatic religionists tend to look upon atheists w/suspicion because they contend that their purview is the only legitimate one. These religionists contend that everyone, w/o exception, should believe as they do. They exemplify prejudice to the utmost degree. They are so ensconced in their belief system that they cannot, do not, &/or will not see a different respective ethically or spiritually. They are so arrogant to believe that they have the right path to God or a Universal Being. They are also parochial in their religious perspective.
These religionists are threatened by atheists in that atheists are different. Also atheists do not live their lives in strict, dichotomous prescriptions like they do. Atheists are free to question religious perspectives & live life as THEY please as opposed to these religionists who must always submit to SOMEONE ELSE'S religious prescriptions. They are envious of the atheists in that the latter are living FULL, JUICY, & RED lives as opposed to them who are living FEARFUL, even GRAY lives of utter resignation. Atheists are doing & living what they secretly wish they could live but are FEARFUL of doing so lest they will be judged & consigned to hell. In other words, atheists are IN CONTROL while these religionists ....ARE CONTROLLED.
I totally agree! It's hard for a religious person to understand how an atheist can feel so fulfilled without blind devotion to a set of dogmatic rules.
Exactly, the more conservative religionists really can't see other viewpoints at all. To them, such viewpoints border on the blasphemous, even sacrilege. To them, it is THEIR way or DAMNATION! LOVE YOUR QUESTIONS, KEEP THEM COMING!
The same people who defend Islam as beyond criticism though it is both an oppressive religion and political system attack Christianity on its holiest days from publishing prominent articles questioning the resurrection on Easter to challenging Christian dogma throughout the Christmas holidays.
That unfair double standard is why many people don't like atheists. The fact that liberals ignore Islam's far worse recent record on women's rights, killing atheists and homosexuals, is either a massive lack of self-awareness or deliberate denial of reality.
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