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September 6, 2006

The Wages of Disbelief -- 2

In my little slice of America announcing I'm working on a history of disbelief has been no problem. Found a useful reminder that Americans are not always so tolerant from a Virginia Pilot article about a small, local group called, Freethinkers and Atheists of Virginia:

"We get that all the time: 'It's a Christian nation - if you don't like it, why don't you just leave,' " said Lauren Floyd, a computer programmer who co-founded the local group.
It was a measure of the stigma atheists say they face that five of the 11 members present on this night last month refused to be interviewed. One man said he was job-hunting and feared that being known as an atheist could cost him employment.
Yvette and Matt Edwards, who live in Norfolk, said hostility was plain in the reactions their atheist-themed bumper stickers seemed to elicit from passers-by.
"We've had people raise their Bible and yell at us," Matt Edwards said. The couple ultimately stripped the fenders clean after wearying of finding scribbled messages such as "Go to church" and "God loves you" on their parked minivan.

Curious if others have experienced any of this.

Posted by Mitchell Stephens at September 6, 2006 11:38 AM


Bitching and moaning about goddies messing up your bumper stickers is about as stupid as women who bitch and moan about sexism when they wear tee shirts with pictures or text that's obviously meant to be looked at or read. What's the difference between goddies sticking their beliefs in your face, and atheists doing it? Sticking up for your beliefs isn't the same thing as waving a red rag in front of a bull.

Posted by: Catana at September 6, 2006 12:03 PM

The difference is goddies are clinically insane.

Posted by: Simon at September 6, 2006 1:16 PM

It's true that goddies are insane. All the more reason not to deliberately get in the way of their horns. Besides, it's too easy to slap a bumper sticker on your car. It's often a substitute for doing anything more substantial for the cause you're endorsing.

Posted by: Catana at September 6, 2006 3:45 PM

I have had no threats made against me, but I do not put bumper stickers on my car and I do not belong to any organizations.

But I cannot believe you do not put up with some friends and colleges giving you a hard time for denying God and spirituality. I sure do. And many of them are not clinically insane; they are just following their genetic disposition to believe that what they experience is reality.

If you speak your mind in public about these things you are very likely to get stoned (in a bad way).

The vast majority of Homo sapiens will always believe in superstitions. Extinction or evolution will solve this problem.

Posted by: Jay Saul at September 6, 2006 4:10 PM

Don't you think the "goddies" would go ballistic if you scribbled on their bumper stickers?

Posted by: The Ridger at September 6, 2006 7:19 PM

That which you consider The Ridger would be counted as being persecuted for Christ's Sake. Being a Bible-toting, bumper-sticker bearing, t-shirt wearing Christian opens one up to persecution for the sake of the Gospel.
And in most cases, something like what you suggest would 'build faith'...

Posted by: Bonnie Kim at September 6, 2006 9:27 PM

Masochistic sheep

Posted by: Jay Saul at September 7, 2006 6:16 AM

Jay Saul, In honesty I would not lump ALL believers, Christian or otherwise in that group that would be labelled as you did or act on the thoughts I articulated above your post...

And I will say for coming out of Christian faith, I do find that as some of my past "brothers and sisters" realize my unbelief, their reactions, though some very unkind, are based on fear that IF I could have been a true believer and lose faith, they too are susceptible to a loss of faith. And in more than not, that means to lose out not only on a meaning for life here and now, but to lose out on heaven, and face an eternal place of torment.

Posted by: Bonnie Kim at September 7, 2006 8:14 AM

I've been honked at and flipped off many times, and had some scary Karen Silkwood type experiences, because of my sticker which merely says "Hold Bush accountable". Ok so it's a little off topic, but it seems to me that Bush supporters have become a religion in themselves - maybe they think he's the second coming of Jesus.

Posted by: No More Mr. Nice Guy! at September 14, 2006 12:55 AM

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