Amusing Responses You Got From People When You Came Out About Being An Atheist.

I thougt It would be interesting to see some of the more comical responses people have received upon coming out. I'll start things off with my favorite.

I was about 16 and a guy in class found out that I didn't believe in god and he came up to me and asked

Boy: "So do you really not believe in god"

Me: "No."

Boy: "So.... You worship the devil?!"

I got this one in one form or another many times..... Gotta love the bible belt! :)


Scott

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This doesn't fall under the amusing response, but my sister didn't mind when she found out I was gay, same partner for 23 years, but does not speak to me after I I told her in a nice way that the Bible was BS
I feel this will be an issue for me, also.  I've been an out gay for 20 years, but the atheism thing is really going to make the shit hit the fan.  Is it wrong that I hold it in my back pocket like a secret weapon for a time when someone in my family is being really ridiculous?
My family was positive I was going to come out as lesbian as a teen. They were prepared to accept me coming out of the closet. XD Too bad for them, I came out of the closet as an atheist. And that was a lot harder for them to accept. >.X

I've come out bi, but I'm hesitant to come out atheist.  It may be the last straw...or it may be that I fear they only 'tolerate' their queer relative out of a christian sense of loving the sinner.  If I bring a secular world view into our relationship, would they feel excused to condemn me as they so easily condemn the seedier aspects of secular culture?  I don't think they could associate anything good with atheism since it seems anything positive related to a secular world has been almost completely occluded by christian propoganda/ignorance. 

Being an Atheist is just like being Gay. You should be out and proud.

[I say something snarky at work.]

Coworker #1: Yeah, well you probably don't believe in God either.

Coworker #2: Don't say that.

Me: Actually, it's true.

Coworker #2: Really?!

Coworker #1: You still believe in Jesus, right?

 

EDIT: Another one with my uncle, who happens to be an evangelical minister:

 

Him: So why don't you go to church.

Me: Because I don't believe in God.

Him: So you believe you came from a monkey? Well, if we came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?

[I sit there dumbfounded, because I honestly thought I would never meet a real person who thought that was a convincing argument. In hindsight, he probably thought that he won the debate.]

My grandmother uses that same argument! The difference is that when I tell her "actually no, but I do believe we have a common ancestor. If we truly came from monkeys, we'd still be monkeys"

 

-wry grin- my mother says I'm a bad influence..

That's much more elegant than the stumbling reply I gave. I don't remember exactly what I said, but it probably reinforced his belief that I don't know what I'm talking about.

Heh, I wouldn't call it elegant. I was frustrated, and possibly rolled my eyes. I facepalmed a few times and almost called my grandmother an idiot. Instead, I called her on her obvious dislike of scientists and those who use reason. I asked her "why are you so keen on seeing me and folks like me in hell?".

 

Yeah, I've gotten a bit bolder as I've gotten older, and my grandmother sees it as me becoming a big bitch(lol). My mother on the other hand, just sees it as me standing up for myself, even though she's not a fan of my "atheism" thing.

See AronRa's expose on this.  We *are* still monkeys.

That is a wonderful idea.  It would be a wonderful place to live and work.  Think "Real Garden of Eden

I'd agree with him.  I'd love to live where everyone used reason & evidence and I didn't hear religious stupidity everywhere. 

I think in not too many years, the island would be so prosperous, crime free, and so many new technologies would be invented, that people everywhere would be begging to join the atheist island community, and religions would be bleeding to death.

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