In my life I have found that more prejudice and racism has come from Christian people. Ironically I was told to not be "unequally yoked together with non-believers." Well, those are the very people who treated me as an equal human being.
I think to be atheist is maybe to be a freer thinker, possibly more acceptant of other belief systems because they don't threaten us - I would never ever put down someone else's defence system against a cruel world - if it helps to believe in something that eases the pain of humanity - I'm all for it - sometimes I wish I had that simplicity myself & yes I share your last sentiment - and I was brought up to make my own mind up freely about what my spirituality would be.
By statistics no but then again racism is very high among the blind(that seems ironic doesn't it?). In Australia where I'm from the Census dipped Christians all the was way down to 52% total, Catholics at about 32% of that which are the least willing to change area of mainstream Christianity. Next 'religious group was Islam as 2.5%. Though after Christian about 30% ticked non-religious. That number used to be 60 and then 90% years before that. People are protective of their group, so if you're out to 'get' Christians you're after the majority and maybe these non-believers are trolls. I think there should be freedom unless it impedes another's freedom and your religious or lack of religious belief shouldn't matter.
If anything, I've found that atheists are a lot less likely to be racist (or even very judgmental in general). They are usually people who have the ability to think things through and not leap for the first convenient answer...I believe this results in atheists being more open-minded and accepting of differences in others...To put it another way, I doubt that there are many atheists at KKK rallies
Yep. Can't add more to what's already been said other than -- I completely agree. ????
@mscee65 It can be difficult, for sure. My place of business is predominantly populated by people of color. I don't discuss my non belief unless the subject comes up and, good grief, you'd think I nailed Jesus to the cross all over again.
I usually end the conversation with: I don't insist that you NOT believe in a Higher Power; why do you insist that I do?"
@SeptemberWoman Girl, I feel ya. I've lost folks who used to say they were my friends, but I learned that they really were not. I got no 'love' from sisters on my jobs, but hey they did not know why they believed in something outside themselves as being real. I would always tell them: please continue your belief, i'm not tryna change you, so please don't let my confidence, warmth, sincerity and respect for you frighten you. I am who I am and just because one believes in something unseen does not make it real. I usually would say this because confusion is where most beleivers operate and feel comfortable--I find this a lot w//my own.
I am glad to see you on here. I can relate to "...nailed Jesus to the cross." being notheist is the happiest I've ever been. I feel so free, alive and unhindered. look forward to more convers w/you. there is a site called Black Humynists [spelling humanist] if I recall that is the address. Unfortunately, for many AA's who are unconscious nontheist, they don't know that they don't know. it's kinda sad.
There’s bad people in all, but I have noticed lots of religious people seem to ha e a racist view of things. I once knew a woman who would brag to her other white friends about the joys of being white because God’s chosen people were the white Jews. Kid you not. What I absolutely hated about the Bible is how it supports Alavert and even goes into detail about how you should treat them, calling them property.
I think atheists are more open minded in their attitude to people, having no inbuilt bias for any particular group or sect. Having no atheist church, means each atheist thinks for themselves and is not influenced by the prejudice of religious dogma. Which accounts for quite a bit of inter-racial strife.
I believe that atheists usually have arrived at atheism by examining their own minds and conclusions. Atheism is not taught as a belief as other religions are. The reasons atheists do not join together is because they have not been taught faith. They believe in their own minds and abilities to distinguish bias. In my past, I realized that I could not love or respect a god who demanded allegiance above all as in the first three commandments.
I don't believe that atheists are as racist as religious people. They have at least one less bias to begin with. In addition, atheists usually have arrived at their decision by themselves and each has slowly realized that they are individuals and respect others for that reason.
I am origionally from the Netherlands. Many people are agnostic or atheist there. Churches are closing. People are running away from religion. Most racism there came from the religious people. I moved to the US in 2010. People are way more racist here and way more religious. Makes you wonder if there is a relationship between religion an racism.
Religion is a practice that teaches its students to accept things as truth without proof, it even teaches them to find proof where none exists.
That, itself, is the definition of prejudice.
I'm quite certain that if you asked any mental health practitioner worth their salt, they would confirm this.
It is no surprise the religious are among the least intelligent and most uneducated, and often lack critical thinking skills and are accustomed to 'not seeing the obvious'.
Now, religion aside, it is also not uncommon for people to have a difficult time understanding that words, especially those describing the non-corporeal, can often have many multiple, non-congruous definitions, and have a very difficult time responding appropriately to certain ones, especially words with religious backgrounds, and especially if they are emotional about the topic.
The above, failed to mention the reality of those who have great success in small, closed off groups whether they be family units or work or friends, 'culture shock', you know.
I think not . Atheism offers a level playing field to all.Most causes of racism can be traced back to religion.
Racism can be just as prevalent amongst non believers.Too many people equate Islam with race disliking Pakistanis, Iraqis and others as much because of their colour and perceived personal and family ways as due to their religion.Those of other religions may dislike Muslims for the same reasons but also due to the claim of the Koran to be the final Word of the same Christian and Jewish God.
From what I have seen on here and in other forums, people are people, regardless of belief. Much of racism is based on fear; fear of the unknown, fear of the not like us, fear passed down through generations. Fear can also be enhanced by the media. If your most common exposure to people of color, Muslims or even Jews is movies or television, you are going to have a very skewered view of these people. Though there has been some improvement, dark skinned people, especially men, were always portrayed as the drug dealers, the pimps, the criminals in most TV shows and movies. Muslims are generally portrayed as terrorists and thieves, Jews as money hoarders and con men. If your primary exposure to people not like you is the media, chances are you are going to have low opinions of those “others.” I ran into this a lot in the small villages of Pennsylvania, where the only contact many people had with anyone not white was very limited, but they had TV and movie theaters. Even if you were a non believer, your views on race were being formed in negative ways.
Southern churches were historically huge supporters of slavery and attempts to twist scripture to make is seem as if Jesus hated black people and that God loved slavery. Many churches still seem to have that frame of mind. I read that recently of a new pastor in a southern church, for his first sermon, spoke of the evils of racism and accepting people of other races. The congregation fired him before the next Sunday. I know that all southerners are NOT racists but racism is alive and well in many churches.
Most of the reason I have become agnostic is because of the hypocrisy of devout religions. They lie. They judge. I have found people who aren't religious have more of a live and let live attitude.
I have had a godless life and found that on the whole the people I meet are kindly souls and fairly acceptant of others - I make sure that no one talks to me about gods because it will always end up with them showing me their prejudices and that isnt much fun.
hi September. it's refreshing to see another AA womun on this site who is nontheist. Just taking a leap of hope here--i'm quite sure you know what it's like to exist in the AA community and be a non believer in an "invisible sky daddy. so it is refreshing to me to see your beautiful brown face on this site.