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#1 flowerrose

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

I'm seeing a lot of Athiest diatribe against Christians in my newsfeed these days. Particularly the group 'We ****ing love science!' Some of it is pretty innocuous but some, I think, would be pretty offensive to most Christians and I'm surprised that some of my liberal friends (who practice religious and racial tolerance in all other walks of their lives) are subscribing to it.

What do you think? Are you an atheist who 'spreads the word' in these ways? Are you a Christian - & if so, does it bother you? Am I the only one who thinks that atheism is taken to with an almost evangelistic zeal these days?

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 09:58 PM

Any atheist has faith, a Creator hasn't been proven or disproved yet smile.gif

I f-ing love science too but that just means we can explain more shit.

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[Thor skims through a book on Norse mythology]
Thor: ...but you call it science. I come from a land where they are one and the same.


Just another bandwagon for people to jump on and not think much about.


But that doesn't really answer your question. Sorry. I may also have not made much sense on your thread about secret santa. I knew what I meant in my head though. I am very tired and have DH passed out after his work Christmas party. But that's ok cause Cait and I put makeup on him and posted it on Facebook. Verbal diarrhea indicating extreme tiredness. Going now ph34r.gif

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:11 PM

I guess I identify as being a non practicing Catholic, and that would offend me. Really, who is anyone to discount another's beliefs?

DH is a strong practicing Christian and has a PhD is science and I'm sure much more educated than most in the group you speak of, yet he can reconcile or separate the two easily enough.

Just leave it alone people.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:23 PM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Dec 7 2013, 07:58 PM) View Post

But that's ok cause Cait and I put makeup on him and posted it on Facebook. Verbal diarrhea indicating extreme tiredness. Going now ph34r.gif

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:28 PM

QUOTE(~AnA~ @ Dec 7 2013, 11:11 PM) View Post



Ps Windsor - I'd love to see that pic of your DH!!!



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:32 PM

Love your work! He looks *gorgeous*!

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:36 PM

Love it Windsor!!!!!!

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:38 PM

I have only recently started identifying as atheist (previously I identified as agnostic), and to be honest a lot of religion-bashing annoys me.

I don't consider 'evangelical atheism' to be necessary - fine if you don't believe but leave those who do alone, unless their beliefs are directly infringing upon your rights (and then, find an appropriate way to remedy the situation, not religion-bashing.)

Having said that, I think some light-hearted poking fun of is fine, on both sides.
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:49 PM


Love it Windsor! laugh.gif


My sister is the worst offender of this and tbh, I've blocked the diatribe from my newsfeed. From my perspective it's no different an intolerance than that exhibited by the religious zealots.

I'm happy with posts that make it a discussion point where open and honest debate can occur, but the bashing just pisses me off.



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:43 PM

I'm a staunch atheist, and I do follow a few "atheist" pages on facebook, but I generally don't repost any of their stuff, or nothing that is terribly religion-bashing anyway. I'm not the sort of person that enjoys "attacking" people, even if I'm vehemently opposed to whatever they believe in.

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I blocked my aunt's posts from my newsfeed cause she was always making religious statements and mentioning god all the time, and I actually found it quite offensive as an atheist. So it cuts both ways, sometimes.
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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:57 PM

I'm an atheist who doesn't preach anything to anybody and sends my kids to school scripture so they can make up their own minds about what they believe.

Being an atheist isn't really central to my identity and I don't seek out other like minded people to reinforce my world view.

I also don't see any God bashing in my newsfeed, so I can't comment on it.
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Posted 08 December 2013 - 01:21 AM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Dec 7 2013, 10:28 PM) View Post

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I'll start out by saying I'm a Christian.

The only thing that really offends me are posts that insinuate that in order to be a Christian, you have to be some kind of ignorant, judgemental asshat. Just because my choice is different doesn't mean that it is less intelligent.

That would be true of any sweeping comments of any group though, similar to saying that 'everyone on government benefits are lazy bogans'.

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:18 AM

I started this thread in 2008 and haven't changed my mind. The annoying athiests in my life have actually become less extreme though - I think 2008 must have been a big year for Richard Dawkins et al and it's not quite as front of mind for them anymore.

To me, atheism is non-belief, so why do I need to tell people about nothing?

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:19 AM

Well I'm not on Facebook so I can't say I've seen it, but I think I'd defriend anyone that wrote anything bigoted or intolerant, regardless of whether it was religion based, racial, sexist, etc.

I am a Christian and when I hear stuff like this, honestly, I just roll my eyes. I have some thoughts about why it happens but those would also be offensive so I keep them to myself, just the same as any other sort of religious intolerant should. I don't get offended at atheists' opinions, but I have gotten very offended in the past hearing people be really rude about Christianity.

I agree with Gretch, if you don't believe, what is there to tell?


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE(Sariele @ Dec 8 2013, 12:43 AM) View Post

I'm a staunch atheist, and I do follow a few "atheist" pages on facebook, but I generally don't repost any of their stuff, or nothing that is terribly religion-bashing anyway. I'm not the sort of person that enjoys "attacking" people, even if I'm vehemently opposed to whatever they believe in.

I won't tell you what sometimes goes on in my head though... ph34r.gif

I blocked my aunt's posts from my newsfeed cause she was always making religious statements and mentioning god all the time, and I actually found it quite offensive as an atheist. So it cuts both ways, sometimes.


This is me to a tea!

I don't agree with attacking anyone for their beliefs in any regard, and while I don't agree with some things, and some things I might hear/read on Facebook make me see red, I generally rant about it with DH and stay out of it elsewhere. You are not going to change people's mind, so it's pointless to try! A respectful discussion between people with different views is different to just attacking everyone with a particular belief though, and that is just plain wrong in my book.

An example that I saw recently was something on FB that was essentially a rant at those individuals in the media recently using the bible to stand against gay marriage (think it was the spokesperson of the ACL). I think if I was a christian (with those particular beliefs - I am aware that not all Christians feel this way) then that post would've offensive, but to me, the initial comments that led to the post are offensive, so like Sariele said, it can go both ways. If it's just an outright attack on Christians/Muslims/Jewish in general I am totally against it, even as a athiest, but if it's more of a "response" to a specific comment, and isn't directed at every Christian as a generalization of all the people in a religion then I see it more as "healthy discussion."





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