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?
62 years an Atheist hell threats and heaven bribes are the double whammy of xians....however the more militant an American Atheist I have been known the LESS hell threats I have received out of the blue by telephone mail and behind my back in other ways....18 thousand phone calls in 31 months operating Dial THE Atheist 515 266 6133 with 515 266 2255 my personal listed number.....my 1st hell threat and heaven bribe was 64 years ago in Sunday School drawing flames and clouds as a 3 year old ....combine that with still common McCarthyism of 1953 when I was 3 yrs old I got it loud and clear nuke war was bible war against gawdless kommnists evil Soviets who would take away our xmas presents cars jobs and make us all slaves to Chairman Krushchev....his successor Putin today wears a crucifix pretending to be xian and zero preachers call him out as a phony content they have won the battle against ReaGUNs "evil empire" ....1983 Year of the bible passed Congress and ReaGUN spewed his lies daily against gays Atheists labor unions and people on food stamps
....xians inside USA hate us Atheists by repeating what they learned everywhere....church radio TV home newspapers boss at work co workers neighbors and even closet Atheists who do scold us militant American Atheists as if we are causing xians to hate them not the xian fascists themselves....Unitarian Universalist UU World publication hates the 20% Atheist membership also with clergy less than 2% admitting Atheism in their sermons or being surveyed....my answer to why all this is a simple confrontation to every xian who is not a KKK member hating Jews: " if you xians who are 99 % Atheists won't hate Jews for killing your jeebush geehobah yhwh ghostholes why hate us Atheists for being 100% Atheists who declare there is no evidence for ANY of the alleged gawds anywhere when you xians claim all are false except yours ??????? Most don't want to be known as anti-Semitic and I equate that with anti-Atheist bigotry. Since 1973 with legal abortions 9 doctors have been murdered and 56 clinics have been bombed killing pregnant women and nurses there....xians are more bigoted there as I call them all TAMPON TERRORISTS seeking to prevent menstruation and keep women slaves to pregnancy.....xians won't go away from friendly Atheists seen as easy targets....stiffen up comrade and shame all xians for their violent genocidal misogynistic pro-violent abortion bibles in 4 separate verses "rip open the bellies of pregnant women "....SHAME THEM FOR THE IGNORANT BIGOTS AND THEIR BOOK DOING WORSE INSIDE worse than KKK xians do outside....after all NOBODY worships Apollo or Zeus anymore and 94% of all world scientists are Atheists....stand with them be less nice to xian hell threat bigots
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 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!
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.