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  1. Trish_M profile image84
    Trish_Mposted 9 years ago

    Is it me?!

    It seems to me that a number of Christians think that it is their God-given right to be rude to non-believers ~ atheists, agnostics, etc.

    This is most certainly not true of all Christians. I know, and am close to, some lovely, kind Christian people ~ and there are some very nice ones here on Hub Pages.

    However, I have certainly noticed that quite a few behave very impolitely to those who disagree with them.

    Perhaps they feel that atheists and agnostics have been rude to them?
    Indeed, perhaps they have!?

    Am I the only one, who feels this way?
    Am I being overly sensitive?

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You probably are.  Keep in mind that the internet is the ideal place for some people to "let it all hang out" and that includes abusing others.

      Nor is it limited to any one religion (or none), sect, race, nationality or anything else.  It is just the way it is.

      Grow a thick skin or stay out of certain forums.  Ignore what you don't like to see.  Remember that none of it is personal - how can it be when, with the click of the mouse, you can end it.  Plus, of course, the rude one has no idea who you are.

      1. Disappearinghead profile image61
        Disappearingheadposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Very true. People can respond very easily in an overtly rude manner when they cannot see or know the person they are being rude to. People would not behave in the way do here if they were instead arguing  across a table down the pub with a couple pints.

      2. Castlepaloma profile image76
        Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this


        HEY, I just moved to Creston BC a little ways to the north of you.

        Have a electric bike and living in an off grid solar house, maybe I’ll run into you some day

        1. Castlepaloma profile image76
          Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Humor aside , I mean I like you, not to run you over with my bike,

    2. A Troubled Man profile image59
      A Troubled Manposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe this has something to do with it?

      Deuteronomy 17
      If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant; 17:3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 17:4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17:5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

    3. TJenkins602 profile image60
      TJenkins602posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      No, it is not you.

      IT'S ME.

      Also it is not enough that you are a believer. A lot of Christians are just rude to other believers, especially the ones that are more "accurate." Look at how they treated Jesus for example.

    4. profile image0
      klarawieckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I am not religious but I am a believer, so I fit a different category, but I'll tell you that the rudeness comes from both sides. It takes two to tango, you know what I mean? hmm

  2. Trish_M profile image84
    Trish_Mposted 9 years ago

    That's very true, Wilderness smile
    Thanks for responding smile

    1. Castlepaloma profile image76
      Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      That was so rude wilderness

      My kind of guy

  3. Trish_M profile image84
    Trish_Mposted 9 years ago

    Yes ~ and, of course, we are not seeing facial expressions, reading body language, or hearing tone of voice smile

  4. TMMason profile image60
    TMMasonposted 9 years ago

    I would be more inclined to believe it goes both ways.

    I have seen both rude Christians and rude Atheists and Agnostics.

    And then we would need to define rude... are you talking about flat out insults? Or simply someone who is refusing to yeild to loiberaliztion of the doctrines, or ewen dismissal?

    I have seen many Atheists and Liberal who think because a Christian states straight out what their God feels about a subject or sin, and will not meet them half way and accept that act, then that constitutes rude... it does not.

    So rude should be difined... and as I said...both sides suffer from rudeness at times and most people on here I have met have had their moments also.

    Including myself.

    1. Trish_M profile image84
      Trish_Mposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, you are, most likely, correct.

      I wasn't really talking about rudeness, in the sense of nastiness, but rather generally impolite attitudes and responses.

      1. Evolution Guy profile image60
        Evolution Guyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Can you give an example? I mean - If I say "Your beliefs are nonsense and cause conflict." Would that be considered rude?

        1. Trish_M profile image84
          Trish_Mposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I don't want to quote anyone, as that would be unfair, but I'll try to come up with a general example smile

          Regarding your own example, I think that, if you were to say: "Your beliefs are nonsense and cause conflict", then that is an opinion, not really an impolite comment ~ though I do think that 'nonsense' might be considered a bit negative.

          This could be worded slightly differently, ie: "In my opinion your beliefs are nonsense and cause conflict".

        2. Castlepaloma profile image76
          Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Evolution Guy
          "Your beliefs are nonsense and cause conflict."

          To many Christians that would be rude, because they think their group is perfect in intelligent design and they think it is for everybody, the be all and end all.

          Personally I find nothing insulting unless it was the truth, then I am learning something I can improve myself most by, you see, I can't lose.

  5. Stacie L profile image89
    Stacie Lposted 9 years ago

    I have to say that people that proudly preach their Christianity values are routinely sending hateful and racist emails all the time.
    i was raised to believe that Christians are not supposed to judge and behave this way..
    maybe southern Christians are different than northern ones..roll

    1. Trish_M profile image84
      Trish_Mposted 9 years agoin reply to this


      1. Castlepaloma profile image76
        Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        If I were a totally honest Christian, then took my core belief to the ultimate level.  Then love God even above all other kinds of love for people and things. Because my only soul salvation narrows down to mastering my after life for my huge soul. Knowing myself doing things at a world class level, I would be selling people everywhere about mastering the afterlife. In which would make me a world class jerk.

  6. Rehana Stormme profile image73
    Rehana Stormmeposted 9 years ago

    Although not a Christian, I am a believer. Now there was this Christian lady who was so rude to me at the orthodontist's, I just couldn't comprehend why she was being this way to me. But I guess she thought I was darned to Hell and all. My God, that was almost 8 months ago but I can't seem to forget it. A true Christian would be full of compassion and tolerance for all.

  7. habee profile image93
    habeeposted 9 years ago

    "I hate rudeness in a man." Woodrow Call, in Lonesome Dove.

    1. Castlepaloma profile image76
      Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      habee People tell me your a kind and reasonable person.

      I do not hate or against anything, it's  just that I ask hard questions to some people and they can't anwers me or give non sense anwers. 

      Sometimes I mock them, would you say I am being a rude person?

      1. AEvans profile image77
        AEvansposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think you are rude, does my vote count? smile

      2. recommend1 profile image61
        recommend1posted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think you are rude either.

        Now I am definately rude if you are looking for a benchmark rude guy. 

        I seem to find it necessary to oppose overbearing, ignorant and bigoted fools who claim to be able to speak for their god, claim that their god gives them excuses to be homophobic, racist, supremacist and who they say condones their aggression and actual physical bombardment of Muslim countries and peoples.

        I think that my so far reasonable stance tips into rudeness when the people promoting the lies, hate and phobias as being the word of their god are so stupid they cannot spell or put together coherent sentences, let alone coherent arguments.

        I am happy to apologise for being so rude to such ignorant and evil people in the spirit of forgiveness from their god so that I can come back and be rude again.

      3. habee profile image93
        habeeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think you're rude! I just saw Lonesome Dove - again - yesterday, and when I saw this post, I thought of Woodrow Call's famous quote! lol

  8. AEvans profile image77
    AEvansposted 9 years ago

    I would say if they are rude, " turn the other cheek." smile  Don't let them bother you. I always pray for those who are acting shrewdly. Jesus certainly wouldn't do that. Keep your head up and ignore them:)

    1. Castlepaloma profile image76
      Castlepalomaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Gee thanks, I wondered if my mocking humor had gone too far, it’s a form of defense for so much of the great unknown stuff.

      I saw a t shirt that had an elephant lying down with 5 turkeys sitting on him, it said- Don’t let the turkeys get you down.

      I think it’s important not to get so angry because that’s inefficient. People turn a simply discussion to a great debate or hard augment which add too much fuel to their fire in the belly.

      After all we are all people, no better or worse than the next guy


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