Had a student tell me today that an Atheist called her a dumbass because she believed in God. And she asked me why it's okay for him to bash Christianity but it's not okay for her to tell the him that he's a sinner and that God created the universe. So I asked it as a bellwork question to my students (the title of this question is what I gave them), and they all pretty much agreed that Atheists are allowed to insult a Christian's beliefs or another religious belief, but it's not okay to say something to them.
And this isn't the first time I've heard of or was on the receiving side of conversations like that. I've noticed many Atheists, personally and on G@G, who have a tendency to say 'God is imaginary' or 'You don't make sense believing in the Bible' and can criticize not necessarily JUST Christianity, but any religion but if a Christian so much as tells an Atheist 'You're going to Hell', all of sudden you've just offended someone and you're rude. Even though the main argument tends to be 'Well, Hell doesn't exist, so I'm not going there.' However, it doesn't seem to work the other way around.
So what do you think? Do you think there is a double standard when it comes to RESPECTING someone else's belief? Not necessarily agreeing with it, but just being able accept that someone thinks and believes differently than you.
- Yes, Atheists do have a double standardVote A
- No, Christians and other religions have a double standardVote B
- Can't we all just agree to disagree?Vote C
- I think it's pretty equal both way.Vote D
- OtherVote E
Most Helpful Guy
It's an equal amount of disrespect flowing both ways.
Personally, I don't like to out right call Christians** stupid. It's so much more fun to make them trip over their own bullshit with quotes directly from the Bible.
** The exception being Evangelicals. They're an evil cult that needs to be stopped at all cost.5
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Most Helpful Girl
Respect is fundamental, but I don't see how an atheist can be offended when threatened with hell if hell isn't something he believes in.
Moreover, atheism in America does sound to me like its own religion (as in, it's visibly acceptable to try to impose it to others, violently, judging from this post).
There's no scientific proof that God exists, but there's also no proof that he doesn't; and atheist may not believe in God, but he can no more prove his theory to be true than a Christian or Muslim.
Understand, however, that things get extremely frustrating when beliefs start interfering with day-to-day life; religions historically serve the purpose of explaining the unknown, and have repeatedly imposed practices which, with increased understanding of the world, proved to be counterproductive, or even harmful. That's generally when the screaming should start.
But there's criticism of some behaviors enforced by the religion, and criticism of the religion itself. I would advise the former only, and let religion evolve, and adapt, as it does serve a positive purpose. And an Atheist trying to impose his view of the world to a Christian is, in that regard, no better than the Christian attempting to do the same with him.1