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How many of you have been told you are going to hell?

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?

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Yes, I've been told that a few times since I deconverted. Interestingly enough, I exited hell the day I became an unbeliever.


I could drive you there. It's in Michigan and really disappointing.

I've got friends near there. They sent me pics of Hell frozen over in January!

@Stevil I think it is pretty funny that people would name their settlement Hell.

@BufftonBeotch it keeps the undesirables away

My parents thought it was hilarious that my first boyfriend was “a boyfriend from Hell.”
The next year I brought home a typical “boyfriend from hell” and it didn’t seem so funny anymore ?

Actually, there is a crater on the Moon with the name of Hell. Soo... start walking.

@starwatcher-al Hell is in Michigan.


But as one of my old friends from the Air Force once said, “When I die, I want to go to hell, because they won’t have Jack Daniels and rock and roll in heaven”

My Mom’s long said she wants to ‘go wherever Pat Boone isn’t’ smile002.gif


@OtherPatrick Yea...that’s hell

@Varn that’s HILARIOUS!


We don’t have the same issues in Europe that the US has on this stuff. Being religious is now the minority over here

Agreed! I'd probably report it if someone said that to me

We're (NZ) in the same boat too being a secular country.

@Amisja Who do you report that sort of thing to?

@OtherPatrick Hmmm well at work, HR

I agree. Here in Portugal, at least in Algarve. no one cares. ;P You care to much about that in US

@Amisja Well, HR obviously while at work, but it doesn’t say work in the comment. I know some countries have laws against hate crimes, but I’d be curious what organization you’d turn judgemental people over to.

I highly doubt that my supposed rights in the United States on this issue would be treated fairly.

@OtherPatrick UK has hate crime laws. I suppose the police.

@Amisja yeah - but it would be so laughable I’d just laugh. And ask them if they wanted a coffee and to discuss it a bit further...

@OwlInASack Yeah actually, I have no idea what I'd do. I would think they were a bit unhinged.


I often reply to the 'You're going to Hell' remark by saying, "I forgive you."

The shocked looks I often get... LOL 😀!

DGJ0114 Level 7 Apr 14, 2019

I just laugh and tell them that that's where all the fun people go...

xyz123 Level 7 Apr 14, 2019

You mean we're not there now with the orange devil vampire??


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.


Maybe I have not been told that, probably because I live in Australia. Seems to me that in the US there are a lot of religious nutters, just like in Saudi Arabia.

Jolanta Level 8 Apr 13, 2019

The same with me here in Portugal. But even if someone told me that I would prefer. It would be warmer in hell than in even smile007.gif

I can say first hand yes this is accurate.

Ha ha ha, it is kinda funny SA came to mind at the same time as the US! I want to come down there!


I was told twice Friday last - 'speak of the Devil'. my response was 'At your service.' 😎 so where the hell should I be?

Donna_I Level 7 Apr 13, 2019

I have been told that. I suspect I was also pushed out of a job due to my agnosticism.

bingst Level 8 Apr 13, 2019

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.”

Me too. Probably my favorite book of all time.


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.


genessa Level 8 Apr 13, 2019

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.

piphirho Level 6 Apr 13, 2019

I was told I was going to burn in hell for my non belief. Does that count???? LOL

Yes, it counts. Here you are burning in hell for your non-belief and god says "I bet you believe now don't you?"


Does being told to go to hell count?



Often, when the Bible-Thumping Faithfools tell that I'll be going to Hell I respond with a simple " That's okay, I'll see you when you get there then ,won't I?"
Boy, the look that crosses their faces is priceless to say the least.

Triphid Level 8 Apr 14, 2019

When I was nine years old one of my Mom's friends gave me a vivid description of hell and said I'm headed there.

Buxx Level 7 Apr 14, 2019

That's so very sickening.


Jeez, I've told I'm going to Hell so much I'd reckon that by now I must have front row seats.

Triphid Level 8 Apr 13, 2019

I'll pass through the hot gates a legend.


Haven't we all.

freeofgod Level 8 Apr 13, 2019 least once or twice.


Hell has all the good bands anyway...


While I've been told I'll go to hell, I don't feel I've been descriminated against. Which option do I choose?

Good point. I should reword that.


I was told the devil was making me think I was an Atheist, on a long haul flight. This former catholic, now christian claimed I was possessed! Religious bigotry was one of my reasons for being Atheist, but intolerance of Christians to others, was a bigger reason.
I tried to get him detained for religious hatred but the chief steward was too dubious to organise a police meeting party for him, his wife and children!


Remind them that according to their own bible, only 144,000 go to heaven. All the other billions go to hell.

Tell your accuser that according to their own bible, they are also more than 99% certain to go to hell with you.

racocn8 Level 6 Apr 17, 2019

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.

Kynlei Level 8 Apr 17, 2019
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