• ‘Throwing Atheism In Everyone’s Face’

    Atheist-PreachingI’m an atheist and I write a lot about atheism. People come to my blog or read my articles usually knowing that I am an atheist and yet I get accused of “throwing atheism in everyone’s face.”

    I have a rule in my personal life. I don’t bring up my atheism to anyone unless that person brings up religion first. If someone never mentions religion to me, they would never hear anything about atheism from me. They would not have their religious beliefs criticized by me if they just don’t bring it up. However, religious believers have a really hard time not talking about their imaginary deity and all the absurdly ridiculous other religious beliefs that go along with belief in God. They just can’t help themselves.

    You will not see me standing out on street corners criticizing religion to passersby unprovoked. You won’t see me knocking on people’s doors spreading the awesome news that Hell is imaginary too. You won’t see me petitioning the government to change our national motto to, “In No God We Trust.” Nor would I petition the government to force atheism into our public schools, by forcing every child to admit that God doesn’t exist.

    No, I’m not throwing my atheism in anyone’s face. I am however pushing back against religious people who throw their religion in everyone’s face. Don’t come to me and accuse me of throwing atheism in your face when it says, “In God We Trust” on our money. Don’t tell me about throwing atheism in your face when you plaster your religion all over the place and ring your church bells every hour on the hour.

    The fact is that many religious believers are obnoxious with throwing their religion in everyone’s face. They do it so much they don’t even realize it any more. Do you know how annoying it is to hear religious believers thanking God after an atheist has helped them out? Or gushing over a baby and telling you (the atheist parent) what a blessing your baby is? Don’t get me wrong, some of these instances are well intentioned, but they are still throwing their religion in my face.

    So when religious believers (Christians in particular) get upset about atheists “throwing” atheism in their face, they should really look around a little bit and notice that their religion is thrown in our face all the time. We are just responding to a conversation they started.

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    Article by: Staks Rosch

    Staks Rosch is a writer for the Skeptic Ink Network & Huffington Post, and is also a freelance writer for Publishers Weekly. Currently he serves as the head of the Philadelphia Coalition of Reason and is a stay-at-home dad.


    1. LOL I’ve read 3 of your posts and so far they are all on the topic of atheism and how stupid anyone who believes in “an invisible sky daddy” is.

      1. Well, I write an atheist blog so yeah if you read just 3 of my posts there is a good chance they all on the topic of atheism. You know, I’ve been to church a few times and every time, the pastor was talking about religion. Surprise!

        Second, out of the thousand or so blogs I have written, not a single want was about “how stupid religious believers are.” Not one. So if you read 3 of my blogs and you are claiming that all three were on that topic, then you were on the wrong website. Because I didn’t write that. In fact, I have written the opposite of that!



    2. And in spite of all the religious privilege they enjoy many of them still claim to be persecuted. Apparently this idea of persecution is a seminal one in Christianity and they at least need to claim persecution in order to be seen as properly suffering for their faith even though they are in the majority and calling the shots.

    3. Preach it brother! Oh wait, that probably doesn’t sound right.
      Well I totally agree and have the same experience. If you live in the US, people just assume you are Christian and have a very hard time understanding that I don’t believe and I am not interested in pretending I do.

      Yes, they have a very aggrieved attitude and seem to believe they are being “persecuted” for being a Christian. I suggest they move to the area in Syria and Iraq currently controlled by ISIS/ISIL and they can see what truly being persecuted for your religious beliefs is like.

    4. I agree with most of what you’ve said here. The only thing I (sort of) disagree with is the notion of a blessing. If I understand you correctly (and I may be mistaken), you get irritated when someone calls your child a blessing. While they may mean it as a “blessing from God,” it is just as easy to consider your child a blessing without any religious meaning behind it.

      As an atheist, I still consider my healthy, happy, and thriving two-year-old son a blessing. To me, that “blessing” came from science/genetics (or even just plain dumb luck) rather than from a god, but still a blessing nonetheless. However, I agree that it is annoying when people make comments like that, because they’re assuming you share their religious views. The very concept of Christianity somehow being “under attack” in the U.S. is ludicrous, at best.

      1. That was just the first example that came to my mind. I don’t really care one way or the other, but you can tell when the person saying something like that is religious and just assumes that everyone else is too.

    5. Just a smattering of Christian sayings I find particularly obnoxious…..”whatever happens is god’s will”…….”god will give us the answer”…….”god healed me”……….”god protected me in that car wreck where everyone else was killed”……”god has a plan”……”maybe you just don’t believe enough”…..”we can’t comprehend god’s ways”……”god gave me the power to defeat my tennis opponent.”

    6. Atheists are just as bad as religious nuts. They are both idiots. I would rather much live my life doing what I can to help as many people as I can and knowing that I don’t have all the answers!

    7. I live in a small, conservative community. Our population is around 8,000 and we probably have about 40 churches including a pagan church if you can imagine that. I live in public housing, which is ground zero for proselytizing, and get a visit from some church or another about once a month. My only response is “I’m not interested”, unless they choose to push the issue then I tell them I am an atheist and please have some respect for me and what I believe by not sending anyone else to my house…right. LOL

    8. I have always wondered what would happen if I went door to door pushing my atheism, clutching Richard Dawkins’ THE GOD DELUSION. “Excuse me ma’am, can I ask you a question? If you died right now do you know where you eternal soul would go? Can I talk to you about atheism, reason and the extensive evidence that religion and god was simply early man’s understanding of the universe and that there is no god?”. If I did that I would give it 20 minutes before the police showed up and arrested me for disorderly conduct.

    9. Well said! I’ve seen a lot of complaints about vocal atheists on the internet. Talk about a double standard.

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