Amanda Marcotte has an article up at AlterNet called “10 Myths Many Religious People Hold About Atheists, Debunked” — none of it should be news to people who visit atheist blogs regularly… or know an atheist or two personally… or listen to anyone other than their pastors. Unfortunately, I suspect some people will actually learn something from this.
You can see more elaboration on the site, but here’s the list:
- There are no atheists in foxholes.
- Atheists are just angry with God.
- Atheists are aggressive and rude.
- Atheism is a white dude thing.
- Atheism is just a faith like any other.
- Atheists don’t have a moral code.
- Atheist lives are bleak and lack meaning.
- Atheists are hedonists who don’t understand the true meaning of love.
- Atheists have no way to cope after losing loved ones without the belief in an afterlife.
- Atheists are out to destroy Christmas.
Why is this list so important? Marcotte explains:
Debunking these myths about atheists in print can only do so much to quell believer fears about the supposed atheist menace. Even better would be for believers to find themselves an atheist, and instead of simply attacking them with these myths in an effort to frustrate them into submission, instead get to know them better. You might find they’re basically like everyone else, except more rested on Sundays and less afraid that invisible beings are judging them for masturbating.
Are there any she left off the list that you think should be on there?
(Thanks to Garrison for the link!)
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