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  •  believing in God... (3+ / 0-)

    ...doens't make someone anti-atheist.

    So again to ask, why are americans so anti-atheist?

    You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. - John Lennon "Imagine"

    by a dumb dreamer on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 03:06:50 PM PST

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    •  They probably don't think about it much (0+ / 0-)

      I tend to think that for some large percentage of Americans, "belief in God" is essentially anodyne in nature, rather than religious: "God" is mainly a source of comfort that they don't really think about too often, like a Santa Claus who's socially acceptable to believe in. Atheists, to them, are people who've made a conscious decision to reject this source of comfort in favor of some weird, bleak unknown, and they can't imagine why anyone would do such a thing--after all, nobody wants to stop believing in Santa Claus if they don't have to.

      On some level, you can call that "anti-atheist," but I think that kind of overstates the case a bit by implying that it rises to the level of conscious thought for these people.

      •  As someone who believes in God... (0+ / 0-)

        ...and is not anti-atheist I reject your assessment.

        I don't consider atheists as having "rejected this source of comfort in favor of some weird bleak unknown..."

        I consider atheists conciencious travelers who just happen to walk a different path than I.  They walk that path because it is the right path for them.  Honestly I consider most everyone with that assessment.  

        While I realize I do not speak for anyone but myself, there are likely many reasons why people find disfavor with Atheists.  It's foolish to try and assign one reason as THE reason.

        You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. - John Lennon "Imagine"

        by a dumb dreamer on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 05:43:23 PM PST

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        •  For an interesting conversation (0+ / 0-)

          try speaking to Muslims (outside of Europe and America). If you are a Christian they can be quite warm and understanding. If you say you are an atheist...watch out. (Been there, done that).

          Just because you can doesn't mean you should!

          by taonow on Fri Feb 16, 2007 at 07:14:00 PM PST

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