I would say I am a friendly atheist, not militant like some prefer to be. Yet, when asked about my religious preference I answer honestly. I am often told I am going to hell and many other bigoted things. Why do people with religion think that this behavior is okay? Am I the only one receiving this level of hatred? Why are we allowed to discriminate against atheists but not religions?
I had (very) close relatives that told me I was going to hell, before I ever became an agnostic...when I questioned the real Jesus and other ideas. Actually, I was always questioning...which lost me friends and family. Once (but not the only time she told that I was going to hell.) my oldest granddaughter and her self-appointed preacher husband attempted to verbally attack me (and save my soul at the same time) over a story that I told my g-granddaughter! That...Jesus if he existed, inspired people, and did not perform miracles like reported in the Bible! It was a terrible sight and I hope one day the memory of what they put me through, comes clear (as it should) about how their actions were so hurtful.
I always loved this from "To Kill a Mockingbird":
“You know old Mr. Radley was a foot-washing
“That’s what you are, ain’t it?”
“My shell’s not that hard, child. I’m just a Baptist.”
“Don’t you all believe in foot-washing?”
“We do. At home in the bathtub.”
“But we can’t have communion with you all-”
Apparently deciding that it was easier to define primitive baptistry than closed
communion, Miss Maudie said: “Foot-washers believe anything that’s pleasure is a sin.
Did you know some of ‘em came out of the woods one Saturday and passed by this
place and told me me and my flowers were going to hell?”
“Your flowers, too?”
“Yes ma’am. They’d burn right with me. They thought I spent too much time in God’s
outdoors and not enough time inside the house reading the Bible.”
i have been told i am going to hell... for being jewish. for being an atheist i am just told i can't possibly be a good person because my good behavior is my own idea and not in obedience to a god (that sounds backwards to me) and that atheism is a religion.
I have most definitely been told that I am going to hell. Ironically, though, I got told that more when I was a Catholic than as an agnostic/atheist. Protestants told me that I was going to hell because I was a Catholic. Other Catholics told me that I was going to hell because I was not sufficiently Catholic. I am not particularly worried as hell is not real.
There was a fight in my family after a family friend died. She was a Presbyterian or something, and no one could agree if she was going to heaven or hell just because of that. I don't even mention that I don't believe to most of them.
But yeah, I've heard it to. Usually the same shit.
I can't recall ever being told that I'm going to hell directly, but it's been said about others in my presence. I mentioned to my Mom once about a friend of mine who constantly posts nothing but memes about being Atheist on Facebook. Not that I care that he's Atheist, it just gets annoying when that's all I see from him. Anyway, she said something along the lines of, "I feel so sorry for people like that because they're going to hell." She doesn't know that I'm Agnostic and it really struck a nerve.
I've always held the mentality that it's not my place to decide what others should do with their lives. It shouldn't matter, especially when it's not effecting me personally. Same as the lady who told me that I need Jesus to be happy. Just mind your own business.
My Highway To Hell experience was at Uni in a seminar about Philosophy of Religion when I was told by another student that I was going to Hell because I had taken communion at a RC church and not been confirmed. I just replied that I wouldn’t because I don’t believe in its existence.