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Hard to say- probably depends on the individual theist. Dislike for those who believe differently, fear over those differences, self- consciousness about their own beliefs, belief in ridiculous myths about atheists ( like we have no morals, just want to rebel, really believe in god deep down, want to make all believers leave their religion, etc).

And for those claiming Christians don't hate atheists, the research shows otherwise. At least in America- the Pew Forum's recent research shows we are the most hated and mistrusted minority group in America. Since America is 75% Christian, that answers that.

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What a great answer. You are so smart!
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Nicely done. Covered so much ground in so few words.
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She is indeed, Rath, but I wonder if those figures are COMPLETELY correct. Judging by the comments on Ask I'd have thought that Democrats were the most hated people in America.

And good morning to Rath, Cal, and Kitten.
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Because they don;t believe in what they do.

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What does that even mean?
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people tend to dislike others if they don't share the same beliefs. But of course not everyone is like that...
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Suzie17

I don't. No one I know does! I was one once. The same might be asked as why atheists hate Christians. But I won't ask that cause the ones I know don't. Odd question....

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Atheists don't hate Christians: that is propaganda. Atheists are interested in empirical evidence. If it's not there, they say so.
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I was making a point.....
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because people think their religion is Superior then someone who doesn't believe in any religion

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Derek54

well, i dont... my best friend is an atheist. other people might not like them because of bad interactions between the two, or just from ignorance. it can go both ways though

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Because some people feel that to not believe in their god is a Deadly Sin.

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because they refuse to be logic and are religious intolerant.

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You probably don't even know what logic is. There are strict rules to follow in logical discourse- none of which the bible encourages and in fact the bible explicitly guides you to be illogical in your methods. Or have you never understood what a logical fallacy is?
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oh no you got me wrong, i was talking about religious people.
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Oh, well skeptikittens answer confirms your assertions in that case haha I cannot tell you how many times I must remind the religious of what logic actually is. Too many theist think its a semantic game where calling an apple a banana makes it so when in fact an apple never ceases being what it is and does not become a banana no matter what you call it. I thought you were one of my kindergarteners but no you are exactly right. Atheist attract much unmerited hate for intolerance and fallacious logic.
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they are threatened by logic, science, and reason. atheist want evidence of god, and since there is no god, there will never be any evidence, but believers still want to cling to bronze age fairy tales.

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stupid theories like gravity and biology. what a crock of phooey.
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A crock of phooey? Wtf?
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yeah stupid theories like gravity are a bunch on phooey
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Well sure, I could go back in time when that's possible and change the name to thatoneguy97 then it would be the theory of thatoneguy97.
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Yea, you can't even prove gravity exists. It ridiculous to think an unintelligent force pulls everything to its center of mass. We all know that the Flying Spaghetti Monster is using his noodly appendages to pull things towards earth. Science is for over educated wanna be geniuses. They don't understand that to be truly wise- you have to be a total effing retard.
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Are you really saying gravity doesn't exist? Your a moron who refuses to see logic. You say science is for over educated wannabe geniuses but thge truth is that you are an under educated fool.
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Trystan- I was being sarcastic haha, how'd you like my Christian impression? It was pretty convincing yes. You sounded just like me on a daily basis haha
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I don't blame you for taking me seriously- moronic religiotards sound like this every day.
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wow... You really had me convinced that you didn't believe in gravity. Great impression I applaud your performance!
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Thanks. The sad part is how believable it it was when I explicitly say "to be wise you have to be a total effing retard." The reality is that many people still really do think this way. I got my inspiration from real people so the performance has real personality to it. I want my acts to touch people like they did you and reflect the world to itself. My dream is that I might jar someone loose from the matrix by showing them how stupid they sound.
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JamesKaeberle

Who says they hate them? Just don't agree with them. The bible says Love your enemies

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I know several good people from school that are atheists. If there's one thing that's true about atheists, it's that they're very smart (logically at least)
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They may be smart in worldly wisdom but not spiritual wisdom. God says worldly wisdom is foolishness to Him. Even King Solomon said of all his knowlege and wisdom ( And He was the smartest man alive ) was like chasing after the wind.


1 Corinthians 3:18

18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.



1 Corinthians 2:6-16

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written:


“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
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Good scripture, James!
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Thanks God Bless! All Glory goes to God.
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Yes God bless you to!
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Umm, Jimmy, that "Love your enemies" quote is a bit off. Who says we're your enemies?
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Actually it's right on.


James 4:4

4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.


Luke 10:16

16 He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”
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spicygirl

i believe in God but don't hate atheists cause they're human and can choose the way of their life.

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People Generally Speaking Hate
A Lot; Not Just Atheist. Your
Question Is Very Broad
and Does Not Apply
T o All P e o p l e.
Everyone Hates
Or Have Hated
Some o n e
At Some
Point.

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I see your point but i diden't mean my question like that i wanted to see people opinions on things
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None of that excuses racial intolerance. We did not choose to be atheist but we are.
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Religious people hate being wrong and think there the only good people in the world I'm an Atheist and I wish
Religious people wasn't this way not all but most

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I don't think that. God loves you and everybody on this earth.
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Relgious differences, but there is no hate, although it can sound lke it if you are not careful

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CaptainThorLoki his entire answer was deleted, I didn't see whatever you typed if anything.
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Yeah Ninja jackie got it deleted and sent his profile to customer support so hopefully his entire account will be deleted. Im forever grateful to her.
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Oh good. Ninja Jackie is great.
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I feel like I'm probably making things worse here, I'm sorry.
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Buddy_The_Elf

all of my friends a either atheists or Muslims, and I am Christian I respect their religion they respect mine, but I have met some bloody atheists who give me cr@p about my religion

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Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20 NIV)
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thatoneguy97

We don't hate atheist, the way I see it, atheist hate us, and want to attack us and argue with us about our beliefs.

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No, we just want you to keep your beliefs to yourselves and out of our laws, schools, and government. You could believe in tree fairies for all I care if you keep it to yourself.
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Skeptikitten, can I ask, why are you so serious all the time? Do you have a sense of humor?
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@thatoneguy, you have just generalized atheists into a big group of hate, this is probably based on your ignorance. Your generalization is not true.
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Wow haimai how's it been going? Haven't talked to you in a while. Hmm your comment says I'm basing this on my ignorance, hmm you see I don't have ignorance today, so maybe you can leave me alone, because as I said I don't want to be attacked by atheist, that was one of the first things that skeptikitten has said that I actually got, but if you excuse me, haimai, I have to go do my schoolwork now like a normal kid.
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Now you're going to claim you're joking? What, because you've been called out on generalizing an entire group of people insultingly?

I'm serious because the issue is serious. When The religious no longer shove their beliefs down people's throats, when they no longer try to legislate other people's behavior and rights based on their beliefs, when they stop trying to inset their beliefs into public schools, when they stop interfering with scientific progress and dumbing down our children by protesting the teaching of scientific facts that don't line up with their religion, when atheists are no longer discriminated against and publicly maligned in this country- then I'll stop caring so much.
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Skeptikitten I'm not trying to shove my beliefs down your throats. I don't care what anyone else believes or disbelieves anymore, you can be an atheist all you want as long as you let me be a Christian without questioning me. Now I understand, atheist want evidence, obviously I don't have evidence, or at least the evidence you claim to be evidence, so I've really got to go do my schoolwork, and please, can we be nicer, I'm sure we can agree on something other else, because obviously it's not religion.
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And I wasn't claiming I was joking.
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Okay, cool. And a factual statement that disagrees with your answer is not a personal attack of any kind.
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Ok. Thanks for the info. I'll try to remember that.
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@Thatoneguy: Sorry, but in the real world no one gets a pass from not being questioned. You can always refuse to answer, but anyone willing to make a stance on a public forum can be expected to be challenged on that stance, and should be ready and willing to defend that stance. Anyone not able or willing to do that, should sit on the sidelines and watch the exchanges amongst those who are willing to meet those challenges.
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I know caltex. I like to answer questions. I'll stay away from religious questions now so I won't deal with you guys. I'm sure you're all wonderful people, we just don't agree on some things, but that's how it is, no one is exactly alike. Thank you for letting me realize that.
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@Thatoneguy: Fair enough, but I hope you don't deprive yourself of an education by staying out of the fray. And I don't necessarily mean an education by atheists. I mean there is something about putting your feelings and beliefs out there for everyone to see that really make you know what is important and what is worth fighting for.

I know from personal experience that I have presented a view in a controversial subject and have changed, to differing degrees, based on the exchanges I have had. But in other instances, the experience has solidified my stance as I was forced to defend myself which required that I really dig down and examine what is at the core of my stance. That has served to make me even more confident that I am right. If you are worried that you might be bested in a debate, there are always the two basic fall-back, face-saving statements with which you can conclude, "We will just have to agree to disagree until some later date" (when you will be armed with more information) and "I concede your point." I hope to see around in the religious topics soon. You're a smart guy. You'll do fine.
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Well put caltex
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I don't think people hate atheists. As a Christian I wonder why a person wouldn't believe in a God that created heaven and earth. I think it's maybe the realization that we as people will die and suffer in this world and a person that doesn't believe in god ask why should they believe in a God that lets people suffer and let bad things happen. It's a debate that I've not been involved in but there's no need to hate because someone has different views than mine. They are human just as much as I am

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you wonder why someone wouldn't believe that god created the heavens and earth. because there is no evidence to support this theory, that is why.
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There is no evidence to support what you say either, adolf, but our evidence is within us, but since you only believe what they world tells you, you can't see the evidence.
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Monte, the vast majority of atheists don't believe in gods due to a lack if evidence, not because of the philosophical "problem of evil". That is merely an argument with Christian claims of an all-omni god.
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I must admit I'm enjoying the phrase "the evidence within us".

But I'm also reminded we have a colon.
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I do NOT hate them ... But they seem to hate me as a christian.

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I don't I'm glad you are a Christian
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What an awful *sob* thing to say, Betty. Just when I thought we were getting to be friends, too. Excuse me while I go get a tissue to wipe away my *another sob* tears.
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@Betty: When I was a theist, my belief in God was inextricably linked to who I was. It was my identity. It was my life. Any challenge to my belief was seen as a personal attack on my life. I can see how you feel you are being attacked, and I'm not saying you aren't. But it is probably happening less than you think.

Atheists are as motivated to express their worldview and challenge others as anyone else. But challenging a belief is not the same as hate or an attack. Otherwise, atheists would consider themselves to be under constant attack for being told how we hate god because know he really exists but we choose to deny him, or are immoral because we don't have God's word to guide us. Those things may seem like perfectly rational statements to a believer, but they do illicit a negative response from atheists.
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I've heard of another martyr, Betty.
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Should be "...but they do *elicit* a negative response from atheists."
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Dodgy.. Are you ok sweetie ... ? .. Ha ha
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Yes, Betty, *sniff* *sniff* I'll be fine. I'll just go and get a tissue to wipe away the tears.
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Simply-put, fear.

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Don't HATE Atheists - I was one for 30 years. Just seems like Atheists hate it when I talk about my God, so arguements start. Both of us are stubborn, to tell you the truth...

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And what happened to make you switch sides?
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Truth revealed.
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Wasn't asking you, James. You have no credibility with me, anyway. I was asking MarSch.
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What makes you think I was talking to you? Most people who come to the Lord in cases like this is because as my statement says They found the truth. The truth shall set you free. Also you have no credibility with me either. so lets do each other a favor. You go your way and I'll go mine.
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I hope you find a better way to deal with your addictions.
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Skeptikitten's answer is an excellent one. I have found that many people look at "atheist" as a dirty word. Many people also equate atheism with satanism. I also think it is fear from ignorance about atheism, so people start making assumptions that stick with them when it comes to atheists..

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What is it? Why is your name cosmic owl?
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I had to make a new account. And the news is my cousin is going to set me up with someone she knows to "swipe my v card"!!
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TMI, TMI, lol. Good luck, man. But I hope you go out with this girl because you like her.
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Well I haven't really met her yet.
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Jealous? ;) lol. :P
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Just wow *face palm*
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TY, Truth. I'm not sure if your comment scared him away or yet another of his accounts was closed.. He harasses women all over the place, and while ignoring him usually works, this time I fell right into his trap. :(
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I'm sorry. That's creepy... My comment was fairly telling so maybe it did scare him off. He does make a lot of accounts. I keep seeing his face on different names.
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This is like asking why do people hate Christians. The answer is, very few hate atheists, but just like some Christians, our behavior is largely responsible for the way we are seen. There may be residual prejudice, as well as fear of those who are different (the Freudian One vs the Other), but in general, it takes a lot of emotion to hate someone, and without hostility directed toward you, it's difficult to muster hate toward another. Suspicion is not hate; we are careful when dealing with those that believe differently, and a healthy dose of observation is normal.

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I don't. There's no reason to.

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I'm not sure it's usually "hatred" but most people distrust all minority opinions, especially those that challenge emotionally reinforced belief systems. Did the church hate Gallileo? No, but he presented a threat and they wanted his opinion to remain in the minority. But that didn't work out in the end.

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Have you noticed that most atheists are REALLY smart? Probably because they don't have religious beliefs to change their opinions on their choices.
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Maybe because they are educated in science ?
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I had to think about this "smartness" issue and look up some links. There are more links indicating atheists have higher IQs but 1. I have grave doubts about IQ measurements, 2. Cognitive reasoning isn't the only kind of intelligence and 3.If there are more atheists in academia then it tends to be self-reinforcing.

And then I found this article that explains it in terms of environment.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/the-real-reason-atheists-have-higher-iqs

Even I must admit that personal bias makes me perceive atheists as smarter, and I have more atheist friends then your average Christian does but my skepticism about IQs keeps me in doubt about it all. But then I see how dumb many Christians here are and that makes me swing the other way.
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See that? I used "then" instead of "than". That's a mistake a Christian would never make.
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Why do people hate Jews?... Why do people hate Catholics?... Why do people hate buddhists?... Why do people hate satanists?... Why do people hate christians?... Why do people hate pagans?... Why do people hate pastframium (the spelling is wrong oh well)... It's okay... I hate everyone equally...

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I hate the humorless mods who delete mild jokes about hating people who ask too many questions.
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I hate people who complain about the mods...
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Your_Little_Helper, come to my school. Nobody is interested in religion so nobody talks about it. You could spend all day hating the footballers, volleyballers, people at the office, people outside the office, the neighbours, etc., but not people talking about religion. If somebody did that, everyone all around would roll their eyes and change the subject to something more interesting, like socks.
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@Rath, It's so good to read your comment. That's what life's like in Oz. Resligion has little relevance. For the most people those people who go to church mind their own business, and we who don't mind our own business, and we all co-exist peacefully. It was a real eye-opener for me to join what is predominantly an American site and find all this religious stuff bandied around. It's almost as though, somehow, the US got lost about the middle of the 20th century. Very strange from my side of the world.
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Meh..... I might miss the ignorance here...
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Little helper .. It makes me feel better that you hate everyone equally .. Ha ha
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Aw... I do my best...
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Christians should love the atheist, but not their world view.
We're just trying to reach the kind of people we used to be.

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I think maybe its not so much hatred as mistrust, misunderstanding or bias. We tend to fear what we don't understand, and many people get agitated over stark contradictions to their deep-held beliefs. Neither tends to foster rational discussion, so there is often lashing out. Consider this forum, of how the safety of responding by keyboard emboldens those who may otherwise be more reticent.

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It's because we reflect an inalienable truth of all humans that Christians are desperately trying to stamp out from them selves. They want to rid themselves of skepticism and doubt for their mental master and atheist simply being present make this very hard because we are the embodiment and acceptance of that doubt and skepticism. They don't hate atheist necessarily- they hate themselves for being like us deep down and become upset when atheist presence reminds them of just who they are.

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Now THERE'S a truth that is really obvious, Truthisobvious. Nicely said.
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Thx dodgy I knew you could appreciate that. It doesn't take a genius to peer into others minds when they so openly fold them outwards anyway so this is obvious but I say it because my life is an anthem, sung to the tune of approaching sudden reality. With nothing left to regret all that remains is the words that broke you and inevitably built you back stronger than before. I sing for my brothers and sisters and for the dead ignorant to their condition.
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Tio, that's almost poetic. You're right, of course. It takes dedication to be a believer. It's necessary to set aside anything that challenges your faith -- either reject it outright or try to rationalise it. Few succeed as thoroughly as Jimmy K or, perhaps, need to. Perhaps all his ranting is only an attempt to convince himself.
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Yes he is dedicated. I am certain he is so immursed in his delusion that nothing could shake him of it. I'm sure he'd take that as a compliment as well. The dishonesty it takes to have faith is what gets me. How can one be so aggressively dedicated to deceiving ones own self? And for the sake of others in some cases. Few are like Jim, its true but if they were all like him some gangster would have control of them all- it wouldn't be pretty. He gets the wrong idea more than anyone I've met on ask. I think his ranting is entirely to convince himself and I think it's why most proselytize. I have never got a satisfactory answer from theist to the question "if your god is omniscient and all powerful, why do you defend him if he won't stand up for him self? Is it that your god is impotent or is it that you presume to know your gods will moreso than god himself?" James suffers from the same thing- he presumes he knows gods will better than god himself for his little book and that if god will not act on its own accord the it's, pun intended, his cross to bare. Though we know he must be fully immersed in his delusion of bible being the words of one true god, I still cannot help but shake my head at the dishonesty it takes to maintain this delusion and just to feel powerful like that god agrees with you. From a very basic psychological level it actually appears to be born of insecurity. The feelings and knowledge of being utterly powerless are too much for some but instead of accepting his wretched fate- he reaches to something that demands power, without actually receiving that power for it commands none- we see him go on his marry way pretending he is saved and sure to be one of gods favorites. Surrounded by the truth our fool blinds himself to the world, just as you say, rocking back and forth ranting to himself "there is a god there is a god there is a god there is a god there is a god." He believes whole heartedly that if he makes his mad raving into a complex narrative- the bible- the complexity will make it true-
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The atheist knows better and that is the big difference I see.
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Yes, nicely said Truth man.
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Thx solo, it's been a while I think, welcome back :)
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Deep-- and an alternate view not yet voiced. Star.
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Thx shiny. I in investigate deeply so I develop some unique world veiws we won't see often expressed.
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Having grown up Christian in the 1950s amid the "red scare", we were taught that communism and atheism pretty much were interchangeable--and there was nothing more evil than communism and atheism--both of which were believed to be hand-crafted by Satan himself. Remember the dope fiend in the film "Reefer Madness"? That is what we thought atheists were like. That concept was so pervasive and ingrained into society that it is still being perpetuated. Read anything about the golden age of freethought from the mid-1850s to the 1920s, and you will find atheists were quite respected for their scientific rationale and promotion of social reform.

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I don't hate them, but what they might do makes me sad.

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What might we do?
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We might live with free minds and the belief that we, as people, can do more for the well being of our species then an invisible, absent, hateful, and petty "god". Sounds terrifying, right?
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What we might do? The only thing we "might do" is not believ in your god or any other.

Or do you also buy into that myth about atheists having no morals?
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I'm a people, and I don't.

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People don't hate atheist not agreeing with them doesn't mean we hate them

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It is ok to disagree with otheres and still love them as humans people all people deserve love
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I don't think we even have to love each other since I really don't know anyone here. But you are absolutely correct that disagreements are not the same as hating. Somehow as a society we have acquired this sense that we cannot disagree with someone unless we demonize them. We seem bent on making everything personal--as if we are the center of the universe. If people won't take personally those comments which challenge a particular way of thinking, we will all get along just fine.
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Hate is a strong word. I don't hate anyone, nor do I hate atheists. The fact that I may not agree with their beliefs or ideas does not mean that I hate atheists.

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well its wrong to hate and christians who hate atheists should know better because God didnt get permission to Christians to hate atheists

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I am a minister. I have an friend I have known for over 20 years who is atheist. I don't hate him at all. He is a good and trusted friend.

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I'm a Christian and I do not hate Atheists at all. I merely disagree on theory, but I do not hate them. In fact, it's wrong to hate anyone...

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Everyone not all religious people hate atheists and vice versa it's just those select few people that just can't shut up that makes a specific group look bad.

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idk im a atheist and all the christians judge me and i didnt do a single thing to them >.< but i think it has to do with them just being ignorant people and not respecting someone elses belief as that other person probably respects theirs and they feel they have to degrade them and call them names sometimes and just be insanly stupid i hate people that do this BLEEEEEEEEEEEHHH

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Not all theists hate atheists, but some do. It's just because you don't believe in what they do. If you get threatened with Hell, don't put much thought into it, and don't get discouraged.

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i don't hate atheist matter of fact i have a friend and he's atheist (i think bout i know he's not christian)

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I don't hate atheists. Some of them are kinder to me than many religious people on this site have been. I used to come here a lot and am getting my toes wet again just to see of there is still the hate as before. Not all were like that but of the ones who were, they were vicious. The atheists were kinder to me. I remember the name calling of a few of them.

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I see a lot of hate from particular sects. If you are a jw, I know jws get flamed by other sects a lot because they don't believe hell. I don't see reason to be mean to anyone not being mean first but I'm probably one of the kind atheists you mentioned. It's always nice to see an accepting face.
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I remember you. I used to joke around with you a lot.
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Are you a returning member? What was your handle before?
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You knew me. Jenni18. I left after being ganged up on and called names by 3 fundamentalists.
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I thought it might be you, hello again jenni. We've driven off some of the more zealous ones at ask and the mods have all but come out and stated that the harassment needs to stop. I'm glad to see you again. Is that your dad or your funny looking boyfriend? (Endearingly, I like mustaches and wild hair)
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That is my soon to be ex-husband. Our divorce will be final in March. My dad died, don't you remember that? I asked a harmless question yesterday and they deleted it. It was Atheists and Christians: Have you read the Bible in its entirety? They removed it and it wasn't insulting or anything. They removed a different one too.

Yeah, my husband does have bushy hair. Now he has a beard and I hate it. I used that picture because I don't want those Fundies that hated me to recognize my picture and I am little in this picture.
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