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Atheist Meme of the Day: Criticism Is Not Disrespectful

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day, from my Facebook page. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

There is a big difference between criticizing an idea, and being disrespectful or intolerant of a person. And that’s just as true for religion as anything else. It’s not intolerant for atheists to say we think religion is mistaken… any more than it’s intolerant to say any idea is mistaken. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.


  1. John A. says

    Nobody says that you are criticizing. It’s just many atheists start whining as soon as we say the same, that we “think atheism is mistaken”. We get arguments such as “NOOOO like STOP being IN MY FACE about religion! Like oh noo! Like stop trying to convert me and preach me stuff! Like whaat!?”
    Then when we try to defend that we get stuff like, “I NEVER criticized you the first place?! Like SERIOUSLY! Like seriously it is SOOOOO different and this is not EVEN the same thing! Like you’re just being IN MY FACE and all I said was I did not like your idea! Like why are you so against us atheists?”
    Of course that’s not to say that some believers ARE very IN YOUR FACE (WBC, for example). However, I believe that for many other Christians, they are not even close to this misrepresented image.

  2. DSimon says

    John, I think you’re, like, confusing your atheist stereotype with, like, your valley girl stereotype.

  3. rose says

    Greta, can I just say that you are my hero?
    Seriously. You’re posts make me think, and I love reading them even on the few occasions when I disagree, because you really explain yourself and make me look at things in a new light, and because you express your opposition to things so…positively. Not “I’m right and you’re wrong” but “this is why this makes sense to me” as you explore ideas.
    But you’re also my hero because you help me affirm that I’m not a bad, mean person for wanting to ask people to look at religion, or other opinions they hold, and have a logical, friendly debate.

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