Often the religious see disagreement with their beliefs as "attacks" and therefore say the person disagreeing is being angry, mean, or spiteful when no such intent exists. In addition, some religious people (particularly Christians) seem to think it isn't possible for a person to be happy without belief in their god, or that we don't believe because we're "angry at god". None of these things are true, of course.
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Atheism isn't a bad thing at all, just a different belief. Saying that atheists are spiteful is a stereotype, not the truth. Atheists aren't perfect, no one is, but atheists in general are only as 'spiteful' as everyone else is.
Yes and no the same for all religions there is always going to be judgement disagreements spitefulness etc because they are people the same as their is also going to be niceness and acceptance in all religions it mostly depends on the person
You can't decide how spiteful every atheist is because you do not know every atheist. The thing that separates atheists and those who are members of a religion is that members of a religion are meant to follow a certain way of life, however atheism isn't a religion; the only thing that they share is a lack of a belief in God. I don't think it's possible to figure THAT much about a person just from knowing that they do not follow any religion. I'd say that's stereotyping, or jumping to conclusions.
In my experience I would say that is way too simplistic. Atheists don't have special ownership of spitefulness. It's an imperfect humanity that owns it in common. What I have experienced a lot of however, are that most atheists seem plenty spiteful towards religion (particularly the "Abrahamic" monotheistic religions) and in some ways for understandable reasons. Religion doesn't shine very often...they're full of people after all. ;)
Some atheists just don't believe in gods and leave it at that. For others of us, once you don't believe in god, you come to realize that religion is harmful in so many ways. You realize how pervasive religious thinking is in society and our culture. So while this may well cause you to re-evaluate everything, and usually adopt a moral code which is far superior to religious morality, it may cause you to become anti-theist and challenge religion where ever you find it.
Just because someone believes there is no God, doesn't mean they are spiteful, hateful, negative, hurtful, unforgiving or relentless human beings. Most of them, so I've found, are very informative, educated, experienced & if not pushed too far tolerable & accepting. I posted a Q a few weeks back, asking why religion consumes people, even atheists. This was the intent of my Q, but my wording misconstrued it, & I felt sickened that all the non believers felt attacked. I was so sorry, I couldn't even look at ask for a time. We have to be more vigilant & considerate. peace.
No, atheism is only the lack of belief in god. There are all kinds of atheist people and most of the ones I've spoken with, my self included, are not spiteful. Often times people who don't understand atheism take disagreements as spite when in fact it's simply a difference of opinion. There are religious organizations that focus on slandering atheist people and promoting discrimination because atheism threatens a churches subscription rate. That's often where rumors like this get started. Kinda ironic when you really think about it.
I agree with skeptic kitten, on this point but to add to her answer. there is no reason for an actual atheist to be spiteful. Just because we disagree is not spite. let me define spite.
1. a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice. 2. a particular instance of such an attitude or action; grudge. 3. Obsolete . something that causes vexation; annoyance.
Spite in more of a vengeful act, the only reason for a vengeful act is if religion harmed them. and most atheist are because they've studied and researched religion, not because they've been harmed.
I'm a Christian, but in my experience, Christians get way more "spiteful" and defensive when their beliefs are challenged in the slightest than atheists. Which is dumb. We're supposed to be adding good to the world, not taking from it.
Athiesm is not believing in God so many athiests are not spiteful but the ones that make themselves known usually do so because they are anti-Christian bigots actively and publicly opposing Christianity on all fronts so sometimes it seems like it.