You’re Not Welcome in This Church

This pretty much explains why a lot of us walked away from our faith in the first place:

(via nakedpastor)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Godlesspanther

    And they accuse atheists of driving people away from their faith. We don’t have to — they are doing a great job of that themselves. 

  • ctcss

    And for those of us whose church didn’t mind questions being asked, maybe that’s why we stayed.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      I listen to this show on the radio at times called Pastors Perspetctive.

      http://feeds.feedburner.com/kwve/pastorsperspective

      It is an hourly long show in which Christians call in and ask questions and when they are asked really hard questions they never answer them. They have this way of dancing around them and Christians do call in with some serious questions but they rarely get a serious answer.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      It may also be that some people are willing to believe the answers the church gives them, and other people are not.

  • Robert Freid

    I would say propaganda: but because I am nice, I won’t…

    • Coyotenose

       I would say passive-aggressive whining, but since… oh wait, I’m only nice in person. You’re a passive-aggressive whiner. Might want to go back to your know-nothing ranty posts where you pretend to intellectualism. That’s SURE to work.

      • Robert Freid

        Hey, buddy. What the hell is so “No-nothing” about my posts. Do not believe me on any of the shit I am saying: GO RESEARCH IT. “Passive-aggressive whining”? Funny, if that is the case, then I must sound like Christopher Hitchens then. And they say atheists are supposed to be open-minded.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      You do know that Naked Pastor isn’t an atheist, right?

      http://www.nakedpastor.com/about/

      • Robert Freid

        Thank you for being open-minded, Anna. Your respect is much obliged, truelly.

  • Aaron Scoggin

    Most questions are met with “God did it” or some such thing like that. When asked why, they either tune it out, get angry at you, or say that we insignificant human beings can’t understand why God does what he does. The best you can hope for is that they dance around the question and pretend like they answered it.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      The sad part about the dance is they truly think they are answering the question. Deep down inside they feel what just came out of their mouth is the truth.

      • Coyotenose

         ”Mystical explanations are considered deep; the truth is, they are not even shallow.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1078695333 David Kopp

      I was actually going through confirmation as a Catholic, and I kept asking questions. Eventually the assistant priest said “If you don’t just believe, why are you even here?!”

      Gave me something to think about ;)

  • Trickster Goddess

    That’s pretty much why I got away from religion. Except it wasn’t them sticking out their finger, it was me. And it wasn’t horizontal…

  • houndies

    yup, been there. never went back.