Re: The insult of disbelief
Atheists are distrusted and disliked by the religious.
See below.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/study-r ... o-rapists/
I was recently asked not to reveal to my grandmother that i don't believe in god. They just kept telling me it would be very bad to tell her.
It isn't as though i want to run over there and rub it in her face that there is no god. I don't bring it up when i go to visit her, because really, what would be the point? But if she asks me, and one polite deflection doesn't satisfy her, then she had better be prepared for the truth. If you don't want to know, then don't go asking.
Here's the thing that pisses me off about this scenario.
I know she's a christian. Doesn't bother me in the least. If she was a hindu, or a muslim, still no problem with me.
If she finds out I'm not a believer, though, what happens? Does she yell? Does she try to force a conversion through petty extortion through family members? Does she dis-own me for not being part of her flock?
Any one of these reactions is completely un-acceptable behavior for an adult. But who do you think would be looked down upon in this scenario?
My grandmother for having a freak out? or me for telling the honest truth?
Who do you think would be blamed for the unrest, when it is she who will have a melt-down and cause a scene? Who do you think would be cast as the bad guy for HER inability to see things a different way, and to accept others for what they are?
How am I insulting her by my simple lack of belief?
I wouldn't be getting into a theological discussion with her, trying to show her the difference between belief and knowledge, for instance. Or the lack of historical support for the Jesus of the bible. Or exposing the bewildering nonsense of the bible for her to bring a critical mind to bear on the topic.
I would simply say that i don't believe, and yet that would be enough to cause some kind of frackus in the family, judging by the spooky face my father and siblings give me every time i show up at family gatherings.
Who is insulting here? My calm disbelief, or the hysterical condemnations of a deluded believer?