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Has your disbelief ever stained your reputation?

The A words-- Atheist, Agnostic, A-hole. Okay, just kidding. Only the first two... has being non-religious ever "stained your reputation?" Or, otherwise ruined how people view you?

silvereyes 8 Jan 29

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Many people assume I’m christian and become startled when I tell them otherwise. Saying, “ but you’re so nice,” or “how can you be so happy?”
Like my being an athiest makes me a depressed grouch by default.

Wow! Imagine that... a nice Atheist! Who would have thunk it??

It just breaks some peoples reality. @SKDeitch

I go through similar experiences....but for my last name (is extremely religious); people can't understand that a person whose last name starts with "saint" is an Atheist. Everybody in my family have had the same experience.

It sounds similar to a white person being surprised by a very articulate black person.

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I have some siblings that pull out their cross when i come around lol
Its kinda funny to me! Makes me feel all supernatural and shit!!!

@silvereyes here's the one!

@silvereyes while unrelated, here is one I made myself (except the original pictcha)!

@silvereyes lol

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you'd need to ask them i reckon. I didn't.

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Nope! Everyone still thinks Im awesome and amazing 😉

Sacha Level 7 Jan 29, 2018
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No. Not professionally or to anybody who matters to me.

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I wouldn't say that, but I do have relatives that say "I know he was raised better than that", and church members that have said to my friends "I don't know how such a good young man got sucked up by the world".

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on the contrary, it strengthened my reputation as a rebel.

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If by stained my reputation you mean the loss of my marriage, loss of my social network, loss of friends and loss of 2 jobs, then I'd have to say yes.

Their loss, not yours

@jeffy 🙂

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I live in a small town a little over 500 people in Missouri. All Christians here. They know I am a Atheist. We all get along and respect each other.

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I don't see how it could. People who won't accept you for who you are in a religious sense are condemning themselves for passing judgement according to their own doctrine. Non-believers are free and there's peace in understanding that.

I agree with you.

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I get what you’re asking, but these words partially describe me. They don’t strain my reputation, they are part of it.

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From the day I could verbalize it...but I agree with Joan...

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Nope !

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Everyone knows I do not care about their religion, so they usually do not care about the lack of mine

I know the feeling.

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Well, I'm not sure my reputation has been ruined so much as carefully cultivated in a negative direction. I don't mind the connotation and perceived association so much, because it kind of fits with my general misanthropy. Where I live, despite being a rural community, there doesn't seem to be a lot of backlash for being nonreligious — until we get to personal relationships, like relatives, who are convinced I'm the most extreme godless liberal they've ever encountered.

My family turned their backs on me.

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Not yet... I'm really not out there yet..

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It has never stained MY reputation but it possibly has stained another's perception of my reputation.

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No, I'm in New York. Not a problem here, thank god! 😉

Nor here on the other side of the country.

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On the contrary. It embellished it.

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A couple of times with family and former friends.

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Most of the people who really care about me don't mind that I'm an atheist. Once when dining out with a couple of family members, I remarked that I am not a Christian. They fell silent for a moment, but the conversation quickly resumed and didn't criticize or try to change me. On a number of occasions, I've encountered disapproval here and there, but it hasn't caused any serious harm in my life.

@Jello_vero Yes, it is. And perhaps I'm taking their apparent lack of disapproval a bit too much at face value. I guess it's a situation where we get along by just seldom bringing the subject up.

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Only in the eyes and minds of the convoluted. Which equals I do not care what people think of such twisted morals as religion has to dictate. For they follow the path of lies mapped out in a book of such deception as the bible that not even Dante`s inferno can pareal in the depravity.

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It might, but I don't practice atheistic evangelism. Politically though, I don't accept nonsense and it has better defined who my friends are.

jeffy Level 7 Jan 29, 2018
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Not yet...that I know of.

After my involvement with a church, I'm sure certain heads would explode if they found out. Like, full-on crisis of confidence moral dilemma time.

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Not that the other person showed on their face or mentioned verbally.

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