As an atheist, a lot of little things bother me-- two, in particular.
How often, after a tragedy of some sort, do we hear "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families"? How inane is that sentence? Yes, I realize it's meant to be wellmeaning and supportive, but is it really necessary? What else can be said? I heard it many times after my father died last month. I inwardly cringed and said thank you. But I wanted so much to say, please don't pray for me.
Far worse than that is the phrase, "There, but for the grace of God, go I". The crippled, sick, homeless, poor, and all the rest of the unfortunate ones, are evidently not blessed with "God's grace". He must be very choosy. Michelled Obama used that phrase several times in a recent book about her. It ranks right up there with "a poor wretch like me" in "Amazing Grace".
You gotta be thick skinned to be an atheist. We are assaulted everywhere. How 'bout "In God We Trust"? It's ubiquitously found on money and license plates. Okay, my rant is over, and I feel better!