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Old 09-09-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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You missed my point, but what I said is fairly true.
I've never seen "OMG you believe in God?!! Why??"

But a "Oh dear, an atheist? But you're going to hell!) (nudges their kids away from you)
I have definitely seen both, enough to believe that neither side is better than the other. I've heard lots of "sky daddy", "fairy", "imaginary" stuff from atheists, and general dismissal of any idea the believer may have simply because of that one trait. From Christians, I've seen similar: "heathen", "hellbound", etc. and some tendency to push that individual out of their social circles. This is definitely not a common occurrence for either side, though; just enough loudmouth people for it to be a problem.
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Old 09-09-2014, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Come on, I'm sure you've occasionally heard an atheist say something along the lines of 'You believe in a god? How simpleminded of you!".
The disrespect and stupidity can cut both ways.
I can honestly say I haven't. But I grew up in the south. Many Catholics and Baptists here.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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What people fail to realize or either don't want to admit is that most southerners under the age of 60 can hardly be called devout Christians. Many are lapsed Protestants who would rather sit home and watch football than be bothered with church on Sunday. And even within the church you have a slew of people who aren't very Christian like 6 days out of the week.
This is exactly the way it is.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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While that's sad and all it's not a representation of Atheists a like. The only thing Atheists have in common inherently is the lack of belief in a God. That's the only thing we would automatically agree on.
Oh, I know and I can say the same about Christians in general - we have many, many differing beliefs but the one thing we do agree on is a belief in Jesus Christ.

I gave that example as an example of how militant behavior can come from either end of the spectrum and how destructive and counter productive it is regardless of the source.

I think either extreme is sad and is not a representation of most atheists, or Christians.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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This is exactly the way it is.
Just to add to my earlier comment, if you were to go into any of the churches in my town on a Sunday morning you'd find mostly elderly people. The church right next door to my home was forced to close because there weren't enough younger people attending. I think in the next 10 or 15 years you'll see a lot of empty church buildings in the South.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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I don't beleive in any god and I'm not religious at all. I would say 90% of my friends are non-religious, as well as my family and most of my neighborhood growing up. It's just a non-issue.

There are athiests who are totally AGAINST religion and militant about it, but a vast majority of the non-religious are just that....not interested in religion. I don't care if anyone is religious, just don't tell me about it. To me it's like someone who's really into horse breeding or gardening. That's groovy that you love it - but you don't need to talk about it all the time or waste your time trying to get me involved. It's not my cup of tea. There's no right or wrong answer on religion, if you are into it or if you're not is everyone's personal choice. Believing or not doesn't make anyone "better".

I do feel like religious people are a bit more intense and damning to atheists in their comments and views, whereas atheists are basically just laughing at religious people cause to them it all seems so silly. They normally don't seem so intense or "angry" about it as the backtalk from deeply religious people. Religious people also tend to seem more personally offended by the backtalk.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:15 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Religion in America is mostly cultural. If you say you don't believe in God that raises eyebrows, but if you actually follow the Bible strictly then you're viewed as a goody two shoes, even in the Bible belt.

Did you know lawsuits, speeding, mini skirts, excessive wealth, and getting drunk are forbidden in the New Testament? Still think America is a true Christian nation? LOL
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