There are many ways to abuse people. I would like to see how many ways we atheists feel we have been abused by the religious people. If anything, we can use these stories to show what theists do to those who disagree with them.

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I can't think of a whole lot of specific events; I've led a pretty good life and was raised by caring, understanding, and fairly open-minded parents who never pressured me into (or out of) any religion. One particular incident stands out, though...

My grandmother was a Catholic. She wasn't very observant, but she went to church (until she was no longer able to) and, upon her death in 2006, received a Catholic funeral as was her desire. Neither my father, nor my mother, nor my sister, nor myself, are or were Catholics. For those who may not be aware, many Catholic churches, including this one, have a special section they reserve for non-Catholics during services... which leads me to the bit that really puts a burr up my sphincter: we, the decedent's son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren, whom she loved and who loved her and cared for her in her final years, got to sit in the special 'you're not a Catholic' seats. We were not verbally insulted in any way, nor were we ignored in the priest's eulogy (much of which had nothing to do with her actual life), but the fact remains that because I was not a Catholic I was subject to segregation at my own grandmother's funeral. It still pisses me off.




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