Lol I’ve had people literally snatch up their kids when they see me when I was just trying to get on with my life and day cause they think I’m some sort of dark devil out to devour them or their kids. And truth is I’m not even thinking about them like that to go out of my way to convert them to atheism. Atheism isn’t a religion. It is a lack of beliefs in any gods. People who can actually live in the real world without the nuisance and having to worry about angels and demons trying to steal your soul and out to get you. Petty, childish things. The worry god will send me to Hell, sin and repenting. Life’s to short to be worried about petty things like that.
It does several things to me, but anger is not one of them. The two main emotional responses to it is first amusement, followed by sadness. It really makes me feel badly for them that they can buy in so thoroughly to such nonsense. It brings with it a concern for the future for me. If we can't learn our way out of this, what does the future hold?
It depends on the amount of drama that comes along with their expression of that belief, and how much the person matters to me personally.
If it's a person that I'm not familiar with, and they say something to that effect, I just roll my eyes and move on. If they are nasty about it I get annoyed and might try to have some fun by trying to scare them with it for my own amusements.
If the person is someone that I care about, or have the potential to be spending time around, I might try to clarify and set their minds at ease.
If they persist in their thoughts after attempting to correct them it tends to anger me if they persist in their thoughts, especially if they try to convince others that they are correct.
They ( Religious) are often so driven by their religion that they consider anyone who does not believe as they do are sinners going to hell. They never look at the person and the good works they may do. In addition they see atheists as negative people because we try to use the Constitution to keep religion out of the places it should not be like schools ,politics, public places,work etc.We as atheists need to organize into groups that show and do good works and deeds that cannot be viewed in the negative. It would also be nice to form a community to be socialize in.
I’ve had people pray for me to find THEIR god. I know some of them think the devil is keeping me away. One girlfriend told me the reason the devil is keeping me away is that he knows once I would find god, I’d be a great spokesperson for god. I just chalk it up to crazy thinking and try to move on.
Yes to all three at different times but the only reason thier religion exist is because the church possessed them only possessive people buy into that I feel more bad for the people who are honest about their beliefs and get harassed about it not only at school/work but at home as well. My thoughts go out to them.
I read somewhere, that around 80% of people in prison who have been convicted of high level violent crimes, claim to be affiliated with a mainstream religion, like Christianity, Catholicism, etc..
Something like less than 2% claimed they were atheist, and the remaining were not affiliated with any particular religious ideologies, and we're undecided on whether or not god (s) existed.
I wish I could remember where I saw that.
Anyways, it sounds about right to me.