Most atheist and agnostics can really care less what they believe in. We just, for the most part, don’t want them trying to force their beliefs down our throats and have the Ten Commandments hung up in the court houses and the constant threats to non-believers or anybody that don’t share their faith. They get their feelings hurt and cry persecution when people question and try to be reasonable and point out illogical things. Tell me I’m not the only one who feel like this.
They are also trying to rewrite our national history with claims we were established as a Christian nation and trying to rewrite our laws and impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us as a result. Look at the fact that political candidates must claim Christian lifestyles in order to get elected, never mine they tend to be crooks.
As I often say, fundamentalism isn't about being good, it's about being right.
Suggest that a fundamentalist is mistaken, and it's an existential threat.
Hence, they feel beset, besieged and persecuted merely by someone declining to agree with them. Much less actively disagreeing, or debunking.
It turns them all into persecution whores, in part because their holy book promises them persecution, so aside from being a threat, it is a validation.
It's actually much worse than you think (their hypocrisy). They whine persecution while making greater and greater inroads into the Federal government (thanks Trump!). They are directly attacking the wall of separation between State and church. It is truly terrifying, in my opinion. You definitely are not the only one who feels this way.
Yeah, but for the average Christian, being denied the ability to proselytize IS (or amounts to) persecution. I don't remember the exact quote - I think Sam Harris said something along the lines of: when one believes - really, truly believes in a magical skydaddy - one cannot just walk idly by and not say something when one sees people commit a sin.
And it makes sense. It you had a cure for cancer, and you saw people with cancer around you, you'd want to shove that cure down their throats, too...
If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people
O no you are not the only one. The Christian Right if very aggressive in their pursuit of infecting our government with their version of Christianity and morality. There are still states where they will not allow you to run for office if you are an atheist. And you are right they are the first to cry “foul” if they are at the least presented with an alternative argument or challenged on their encroachment into our government. Just in my area of Arizona within a five mile radius there are at least 20 churches.