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Are atheists actually spiteful In general or do people just think that?

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People just think that.

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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Hey, sorry to flood u with comments under Rex...once my mind gets swirling with thoughts my thumbs take over! I'm actually more interested in my question to you on an warier question ("is god real"). If your interested to share your thoughts there that is...
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Geese! *an earlier question....
I better call it a night. Check back latter.
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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.

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Atheism isn't a belief or a system. It is a lack of belief... no system required.
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lol, people you know think atheists are spiteful? Sounds like you're not in a city, buddy!

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....not sure what being in a city has to do with anything. Unless u are implying the poster is a "hick", that would be yet another stereotype.
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I am. Not all rural folks are ignorant about atheists, but the reverse sure is true.
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Ah, I see. Lol
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No, they are nice people.

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No I don't believe that. Some people who are Christians can be that way, people of any race or religion can be 'spiteful'.

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Most of them, yeah. There are exceptions, but in general.

Just callin 'em as I see 'em you guys, no hate.

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Yes, because broad generalizations about over a billion people in the world is usually so accurate.
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A billion people? Its at 2.3%. Theres seven billion people in the world. Its not anywhere near a billion people.
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Aren't most people in China atheists? That's a lot of people right there.
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The number of people who are atheist/agnostic/secular is 1.2 billion- it's the third largest "religious affiliation" in the world.

The percentage of atheists in the US is between 3 and 7 percent.
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And not to be touchy, but 2.3% of the world's population is still a huge number of people you are ridiculously stereotyping based on lack of belief in gods as the only commonality.

I doubt you'd like it much if I said most Christians are ignorant. There are exceptions, but in general. You know- no hate, just calling it like I see it.
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Are you thinking of "irreligious" people? I would imagine most of them are deists.
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Nope. According to the most recent statistics that is the number of people who are secular- no belief in gods. Deists are not secular.
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And your "imagination" is not a statistic.
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If you said most Christians are ignorant I would, sadly, have to agree with you. I mean, I think the teachings of Jesus have been corrupted over the years... 'course, you dont want to hear about that anyways. You should watch the video on my other answer. Pretty powerful stuff.
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I thought it was terribly unconvincing actually. I used to be Christian, and intense study is why I'm not any more. I've heard it all.
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Rex/kitten,
In my opinion, statistics regarding actual personal inner belief (as opposed to specific religio-philosophic "affiliation") is dubious at best. Affiliations often do not indicate the one's "existential" stance of their actual innermost belief/disbelief in God. The evidence of how certain "Christians" actually live their lives indicate they really don't believe. Also, the same with atheists. Some I have talked to aren't completely sure atheism is correct or at least live at times as though God is real. Statistics are best left to inanimate entities that have no known self awareness. That's my two cents!
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...sorry to butt in. Lol
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For the last time- no, we really don't believe in your god.

And the statistics weren't the point- Rex's stereotyping of a large group of people was the point.
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I'm just saying, from what I've seen, the majority of atheists are spiteful, or at least angry about SOMETHING. I hate to think that both might be caused by a religious person wronging you, and if thats what it was, Christian or not, I'm sorry. I just dont want you to be another skeptic making their realization of God on their deathbed.
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Oh good grief, more stereotypes.

No dear, we're not spiteful, angry, or mad until the point you shove your religion on us or call us ugly names like you keep doing. We just plain don't believe in your god.
Making a broad generalization about a very large group of people from the few you know is stereotyping- and a bit moronic.

And the "deathbed conversion" nonsense is a theistic myth. That almost never happens. Sorry, we really just don't buy into your mythology or any other. The majority of us are quite happy- no gods required.
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Kitten, lol "for the last time"? Ummm...ok. That's fine, I really wasn't implying either of u did believe in the God I seek (God is not "my" God, btw). If God is real then I am "His". Did I upset u? I'm sorry if I did.
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Kitten, I'm sure Rex will have to speak for himself, but i interpret what he said to based on his perceived experience. I have a little different take on the original question....no big deal, I was just trying to point out that statistics may not serve us well. Peace
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It's just many people on this thread keep claiming we really do believe in some god deep down and it's irritating. I doubt you'd care for it if we told you that you didn't really believe in god, you just SAY you do.
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I know there's a God. I can honestly say I'd die to keep my religion. Would you die to keep your atheism? I'm gonna let you think about that. Rex out.
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It's not a belief, there's nothing to keep. It's the lack if a single belief.

You realize the willingness towards martyrdom does not make your religion true? People if every religion and of none have died for their positions throughout history.
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...sorry I see I have bumped a sour spot. Did u think I was placating when I pointed out that likely many "Christians" don't really believe? Or did u not read that part? I actually have the opinion that there are honest atheists, at least within certain contexts. If you or anyone else tells me they don't believe in God, then I believe them until I see evidence that they aren't always so sure or spend a lot of time criticizing those that believe in God (possibly indicating an insecurity regarding the possibility of God). This cuts both ways...believers also don't seem to always believe what they say they do.
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Actually most atheists I've known that criticize believers aren't insecure but rather are sick of the constant intrusion of religion into their lives.

Or perhaps irritated by backhanded insults. I mean, "there are honest atheists, at least within certain contexts"? What is THAT supposed to mean?
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He asked if u would die for your atheism, not your believe in something u don't believe. You do believe that your atheist position (wether it's a "default one or not) is correct, right? If so, you believe something. Otherwise, it would logically demand that u don't believe what u claim to be true (I.e. God(s) is(are) not real).
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Kitten, just flip the phrase around like "I believe there are honest theists, at least in certain contexts". If u tell me you don't believe, then I believe until I see something to the contrary. That's all.
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Dang it! *I believe you...
I'm flubbing up my grammar more then usual! Ha ha
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Regarding "insecure" atheists, I'm thinking of those that seem to be drawn like a moth to the flame...where there is no real intrusion of the religious. Like here on ask, one can choose to interact or not to. So like if one is an atheist, but chooses to criticize believers or God with no invitation from a believer then for me it seems to beg the question. I'm not saying ALL atheist are this way. I don't really believe that. At least I have seen they aren't always that way. It's just my own intrigue of observation.
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Maybe they just have more faith in their selves and abilities! In a way, a good thing but when all else fails they have nobody to blame but their-selves.

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Don't listen to the hype. Atheists just have different beliefs than followers of religion do. That's it.

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Atheist share only a dis-believe in a god, nothing else. Some have been wronged or harmed by theists and are more likely to be vengeful toward their previous religion or religion in general.

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They just believe there is no religion is all. Doesn't make them spiteful.

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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

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I don't think their religion matters. If there " spiteful" there just a mean person:(

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Consider that maybe spiteful people are more likely to become atheists.
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And ignorant people are more likely to become Christians.

Stereotyping not so fun when someone does it to you, eh?
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Eh? What are you, Canadian now?
Lmao
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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.

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Well stated. Star
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Good point. I think it comes down to what different peoples experiences have been when interacting with atheists (in this case). If someone senses spitefulness often when interacting with them, then that naturally will be the impression they have of Atheists. Your point is very important, since one persons impression may not in fact reflect all the rest. :)
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Thanks, I agree with all of what you just said lol.
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Stina,
Cool! I know it was a mouthful. Lol
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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. ;)

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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.

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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.

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Good answer! Communication is not easy is it? :)
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No, it takes consideration.
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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.

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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.

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I agree on principle of course. I think what it comes down to is that all of us have our own experiences in the matter and no one person's experience can rationally be taken as a literal representation for all atheist (or theists for that matter...there enough examples of perceived spitefulness from believing persons as well!). Also, there is the particularly "subjective" element to interpreting spitefulness (or probably any intention for that matter). Anyways, happy late new year!
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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.

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I have seen that myself, and it is no benefit to the honor of Christ. I have been guilty of it on occasion for which I have turned away from and die to my pride. Good answer!
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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.

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Indeed, its hard not to see spite in the manner of the particularly outspoken ones. Not simply because they don't agree, but when they condescend or name call. I think we have seen believers do the same :(
Good answer :)
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I know non believers who are better people than some Christians I know. Not believing does not mean someone is evil. Good and evil are determined by deed,not word."I believe in god.

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