Why do atheists care?
It baffles me at time, of how sensitive some of the people who consider themselves atheists, and I really can't even start to imagine why they care what people think of their beliefs?
Let me, and for the record, state my position on atheism. I'm a believer, but, I respect people's beliefs. If they choose to believe in God, the trinity, Buddha, Satan or nothing at all that's their own decision. I respect it. I don't really care what people believe in. They can be whatever they want to be! That is fine by me!
In fact, I don't care if someone in my immediate family was atheist, or too religious. It doesn't bother me in anyway. As long as they don't start projecting ideas and concepts that applies only to them in their belief system and no one else.
Now, I've known atheists since the 80's (yes, I'm an old timer, I know). I've argued with these folks on every aspects of thought. We agreed, we disagreed and we continued to be friends and relatives. Back in the times when Atheism wasn't such a "cool" trend.
Today, I'm just surprised to see neo-atheists becoming as sensitive as some of the most fanatic religious people. In fact, I've seen some defining the beliefs to the point that you would be surprised if they're really asking for freedom of belief of freedom to force everyone to believe as they do.
What's even more surprising is that some started to claim that everything bad the happens to them in the society is completely based on people hating them. Now, I would never dare to claim the middle eastern societies accept or allow certain ideas to circulate. But that doesn't mean that someone is going to run after you with a stick and attempt to beat some faith into you... It just doesn't happen! At least, not in the societies I've encountered.
Many people, go by their merry lives, completely not caring. I'm just surprised that some feel more sensitive that their ideas are being ridiculed. Some more than others!
So why do atheists care?
Could it be due to the fact that people equate religion to ethics? Does that mean that people are projecting their lack of faith as lack of morals? Or social guidelines!?
I wonder!Disclaimer: With all due respect to any sensitive atheist out there. This is not an attempt to ridicule or make fun of you. For religious people who feel offended. This is not really intended to offend you. I'm just wondering!