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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We lived in a small town in Colorado some years back. A religious 'friend' of ours asked outright if we were atheist and we confirmed it. A few days later our landlord gave us six months to move out. No reason was given, but the timing was mighty suspicious.

Do you know if your landlord was religious?

We knew. He was continually inviting us to church and peppering his language with PTL references. Most non-religious folks don't do that.

Too bad you did't sue, you would've had a free house.

Maybe, but on a month-to-month rental we might not have had a serious base for a suit. Also, the prevailing local attitude was quite religious, and in the years since the Wal-Mart economy has dragged the town through ruin. I'm not sad for having been asked to leave.

I don't feel like I've been abused by a theist.

I live in a very religious country (South Africa) but usually I'm left alone, if anything I suppose I just put my point across quite well and leave them with nothing left to say except "I'm sure god created the big bang..."

A few days later our landlord gave us six months to move out. No reason was given, but the timing was mighty suspicious.


I've been hearing more of these kinds of stories in recent years.

Of course, it's all done in an underhand way. People suddenly, inexplicably, lose their jobs and homes.

I was quite taken aback when I read the poll that defined atheists as the 'least trusted' group in America.

In the past it was 'no blacks', 'no jews', 'no women', and now it's 'no atheists'.

There's some places it's still 'no blacks' and it makes me sad. I'm an amateur radio operator, and I get a chance to listen to some people talk as if they were having a private conversation. One night a few weeks ago I heard (40m band) two old-timers talking about how the only real thing in common between Obama and Cain should rule them both out of the White House, 'If You Know What I Mean'. I was disgusted. But the best way to combat such talk is to be open and honest about one's opinions, and often.

...and Women! Don't get me started... (son of a True Feminist, I am, and well raised)

I was hoping to see much more activity in this discussion. I was expecting to see much more suffering by the atheists of the US. It's only been a day, but I wrongly expected a torrent.

I did as a couple of the atheists here at Atheist Nexus suggested. I did a search for assaults on atheists in the US. I found at most 5 different instances. The plight of atheists is not reported. I wonder why is that the norm? 

One reason is that xtians know it is wrong, so they disguise the acts of hate.

Another reason is that Atheists are so afraid to "make waves", they hide who they are and the only suffering is continually feeling you are not being honest with yourself. 

The fear of bodily harm and death keep us Atheists subdued, and rightly so. US Atheists are hostage to the US xtians. 

I was hoping to stir new activists in our group.

There is safety in numbers and our numbers are growing. When will we say that our numbers have gotten large enough to stand up against the human rights violators of the US, the xtians?

Maybe it's because atheists are less prone to the persecutory delusions and the martyr syndrome than theists.  Since atheists by definition don't believe in things without evidence, most are probably not ascribing every slight or confrontation with their religious acquaintances to actual abuse.  When someone thinks my atheism is wrongheaded, I don't feel abused by them unless they call me names or threaten me or actually assault me.  Abuse is an act that results in real physical or mental harm and most of the time I just shake my head at theistic ignorance and go on my way, unharmed.  If I was fired from my job, denied basic human rights, beat up, or had my house burned due to my atheism, then I would probably feel abused.


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