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Apr 30 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Beliefs Affect Actions

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

Why do many atheists care what other people believe? Because people act on their beliefs. If religious beliefs only affected the people who held them, most atheists wouldn’t care very much about them. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

3 comments

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    Ahmed

    Once again, more “proof” that atheists and religious people aren’t as different in how they conduct their lives as atheists would like us to believe.
    I can just imagine a religious person saying “Why do many religious people care what other people believe? Because people act on their beliefs. If atheist beliefs only affected the people who held them, most religious people wouldn’t care very much about them. But when atheist beliefs lead to people believing they can get away with anything and not be held accountable, then it does affect the rest of us…”
    (of course, there are many good atheists with good morals, but that is not the point. If atheists can use the bad actions done in the name of religion to condemn religion, surely religious people can use the bad actions done because of someone’s belief in atheism to condemn atheism).

  2. 2
    Maria

    One of those again… *headdesks*
    Ahmed, atheism means a lack of belief in gods. There is no such thing as a ‘belief in atheism’, (unless you refer to a person who believes atheists exists) it’s a lack of belief. There are no things to be done in the ‘name of atheism’. Your whole argument falls apart on the account on you not understanding what atheism is.
    But when atheist beliefs lead to people believing they can get away with anything and not be held accountable, then it does affect the rest of us…
    Good then that there are no “atheist beliefs” and that it doesn’t lead to this. Why on earth would we think we would not be held accountable for the bad things we do? To believe that as an atheist you would have to believe that there are no laws, no police… heck, no other human beings at all. We don’t believe that an invisible skyfairy arbitrarily condemns people to everlasting hell for their sins, no, and you seriously think that that would mean that we then think we can do whatever we want? Is that what you would do if you stopped believing in a god? You would suddenly go on a rampage and steal and kill? You would never once consider that other people would stop you?
    Yeah, well argued…

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    Israel Dillon

    The whole comment from Ahmed is false. The hypocrisy is mind numbing.
    I can just imagine a religious person saying “Why do many religious people care what other people believe? Because people act on their beliefs. If atheist beliefs only affected the people who held them, most religious people wouldn’t care very much about them.”
    I can’t. I cannot imagine any religion where people do not care what others believe. What are missionaries? Religious people are all about converting everyone else – from no faith to other faiths. It is their job to save my imaginary soul. Shut up and get off my door stop and stop putting fake $20 bills in public restrooms and putting up religious billboards, voting for national prayers, trying to make kindergartners pray in school…
    If you do not care about my behavior then why try so hard to outlaw sins and put religious behaviors into law?

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