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Christianity &Islam &Rationals Thomas on 23 Dec 2010 12:14 am

Why do Christians hate Atheists?

It is well known that Christians despise Atheists. And because the majority of Americans are Christians, Atheists are said to be the most despised group of people in the country.

University of Minnesota Study on American Attitudes Towards Atheists & Atheism

Every single study that has ever looked at the issue has revealed massive amounts of bigotry and prejudice against atheists in America. The most recent data shows that atheists are more distrusted and despised than any other minority and that an atheist is the least likely person that Americans would vote for in a presidential election. It’s not just that atheists are hated, though, but also that atheists seem to represent everything about modernity which Americans dislike or fear.

Why is this? This article tries to find the answer:

Why Religious People Are Scared of Atheists

if you follow atheism in the news, you begin to see a very different story.

You begin to see that atheists are regularly criticized — vilified, even — simply for existing.

Or, to be more accurate, for existing in the open. For declining to hide our atheism. For coming out.


But this “no atheists in the Christmas parade” sentiment was widely expressed. And more to the point: Many people weren’t content to simply say, “I don’t like this.” They were saying that it should not have been allowed. They were saying that atheists, quite literally, should not have been permitted to march.

Just a reminder before we go on: We’re talking about playing “Jingle Bells” in a Christmas parade. You can’t get any less controversial than this. It’s like a freaking Norman Rockwell painting. How much more sweet and agreeable could you be? Okay, yes, they were playing “Jingle Bells” on vuvuzelas. But that doesn’t seem to be the point. The point seems to be that atheists, simply by existing, and being public about our existence, are offensive, mocking, provocative, hateful troublemakers.

So the next time you hear atheists called offensive, mocking, provocative, hateful troublemakers, remember this: We get called that for playing “Jingle Bells” in a marching band. We get called these things simply for being open about who we are.

The article’s conclusion is hard to deny:

In other words: When all atheists do is say, “Atheists exist,” it gets treated as an assault.

It’s hard not to see this as theocracy being threatened.

How else are we supposed to interpret it? When people say that atheists have no right to march in a public parade, and ought to be prevented from doing so? When people are deeply troubled by their curious children asking questions about different religious views, and think these children ought not to be influenced by any view other than Christianity? What is that but attempting to promote your religious views by silencing all the others?

But there’s another, more insidious way that taking offense at atheists’ existence is an attempt to establish theocracy, and to perpetuate the degree of theocracy that we already have.

Very good article. Read the whole thing.

55 Responses to “Why do Christians hate Atheists?”

  1. on 23 Dec 2010 at 10:54 am 1.uke said …

    Anyone who has ever commented on a conservative website like breitbart or fox news knows how the crap storm descends upon any atheist audacious enough to question the prevailing “wisdom”.

    The reactions to atheism are hysterical and universally hostile, in my experience. Granted, I don’t help any by making fun of Sky Fairy, but even if I am nice and just point out facts, I get unloaded on.

    We have our work cut out for us. Religious insanity has a very strong grip on the afflicted. It will not be easy to change their minds. It probably isn’t even possible.

  2. on 23 Dec 2010 at 10:57 am 2.A Christian said …

    How sad for you. I am a Christian, and as such, I hate NO-ONE! THAT, my friend is what Jesus teaches us. Prayer DOES work. He only has three answers: yes, not yet and I have something better planned.
    Since opening my heart to Jesus three years ago, I can tell you that I have been persecuted both in the “real” world and in the spiritual realm. My marriage has been attacked, my faith, my physical health and my emotional well being. I came through each trial a stronger FRIEND of God’s than before. He is very real, very loving and if you don’t believe in him or have faith in him, your eternal future is bleak.
    And just F.Y.I., for those who believe DNA is evolution…..where is the link between modern man and that which he evolved from? The two schools of thought I know of on this are that modern man came from primates….or from fish….
    either way, as evolution goes, there are stages “in between”. Wouldn’t there be some kind of fossils of an in between? God created the heavens and the earth and all that are in them – including you, me and everyone else in the world. I sincerely pray that the Lord God would touch your hearts and have you stop perverting His word and twisting it to suit your agenda. His word is HIS word – true at it’s very core

  3. on 23 Dec 2010 at 2:11 pm 3.Observer said …

    #2 A Christian. Where do you people come from? Your ignorance is breathtaking. No one believes DNA is evolution. DNA of a particular species can tell quite a bit about said species.

    Where is the link between modern man and that which he evolved from? Did you go to school in the Southern United States? Anthropology is the science where this is studied. There are many fossils. You might even refer to today’s NY Times…


    You should be able to get through this. As it is clear you have a computer, you should be able to find science reference resources online to get you through things you are not clear on. Whatever you do, stay away from the parasite xtian pseudo-science sites; these are meant to keep you confused so they can continue to suck out the financial lifeblood from the gullible and ignorant.

  4. on 23 Dec 2010 at 2:58 pm 4.Anti-Theist said …

    I agree fully with the writers premise; people who need faith to function hate we who do not. We atheists are unencumbered by the fear of ignorance and embrace said ignorance’s remedy; by definition the faithful will fear us for our attributes. Make no mistake, if we allowed them the authority they enjoyed during the inquisition we would all burn at the stake; this fact is the source of their hatred. The theists who patronize this site do so only to assault us and are prime examples of my message.

  5. on 23 Dec 2010 at 5:01 pm 5.Clausewitz said …

    Anti-Freeze you are mirthful. We really don’t spend anytime giving atheism deliberation. Atheist, conversely, are infatuated with religion.

  6. on 23 Dec 2010 at 6:01 pm 6.MrQ said …


    We really don’t spend anytime giving atheism deliberation. Atheist, conversely, are infatuated with religion.

    That’s why you’re here, on an atheist site…the irony-meter is pegged.

    But don’t you even think of ending your visits. Personally, the entertainment value is priceless. Born-agains, dyed-in-the-wools, fire and brimstoners, you’re all a tremendous hoot.

  7. on 23 Dec 2010 at 6:42 pm 7.Anti-Theist said …

    I emote successfully; I am glad. Remember though, with your mighty sense of humble self reprieve, that you are hear; an antagonist in a land whom did not seek you out, an irritant amongst those self equipped and sufficient in their beliefs. Say what you want about theism toiling in its own vises; your claims only make you a liar.

  8. on 24 Dec 2010 at 3:20 am 8.A Romatic said …

    Its true. Atheist are not a trusted lot although one I know personally is a good man although strange. Anyone who does not have the common sense to believe in God just doesn’t seem to functioning at a normal level. When is comes to trusting a good Christian or a good atheist I would always lean toward the Christian.

    Just my honest two cents worth. I’m sure atheist feel the same toward their own.

  9. on 24 Dec 2010 at 6:50 am 9.A Follower of Christ said …

    I find it so very sad that this website is dedicated to proving that the God I love and trust is not real. It breaks my heart! I don’t understand how someone can look at our world and not marvel at the sheer complexity of it all. As for hating atheists, I sure don’t. As a matter of fact, I pray for them. No I don’t ask God to slam them to the ground, but to speak to their hearts. How sad they must be to think that there is no future after death. No reason for their existence. No purpose in life. I wish they knew what I do. I wish that they understood that each individual person is created for a specific purpose, to know their purpose and live a life that is so very rewarding. I wish they knew the joy of having a beautiful relationship with Jesus. To find what they are always searching for but never seem to able to grasp – true inner peace. The kind of peace that only God can bring.
    I know many who read this will scoff and laugh it off as “another delusional person’s writings”, but I sincerely pray that someone will read this and began to wonder… is this person onto something? Have they discovered a way to have the kind of life that I have been searching for? The answer is simple – seek Him. You can go to the ends off the earth away from Him, but all it takes is one step back. He is always there, patiently waiting and hoping that you will come to Him. The God I know and love is not someone who throws people into Hell and tortures them for not believing in Him. Yes all sins must be paid for – when we do wrong there are consequences (that happens right here on earth doesn’t it?). Hell is simply where we go when we choose to pay our own debt, instead of accepting the free gift that Jesus offers each and every person on the planet. When we accept the sacrifice that Jesus gave, He removes our sins from God’s sight – and when He does, God remembers it no longer. How much better can you get?
    I’m not saying life will be perfect – it can’t be on earth. What I am saying is that with God, life is so much better. He is my best friend who is ALWAYS there for me, during the bad times AND the good. He comforts the broken hearted, listens when we speak to Him, and rejoices with us in our triumphs. He is a friend who will never leave or forsake you, never turn away from you in anger, and is ALWAYS willing to forgive a truly repentant heart – no matter what your past holds.
    I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas – may God bless you!

  10. on 26 Dec 2010 at 11:22 pm 10.Jesus Who? said …

    Christians. I propose a test.

    Please suggest an unlikely outcome that we can both wish for. You pray to Jesus or god or whoever you like. I will pray to a dead earth worm.

    I believe that my dead earth worm will also answer yes, no, or whatever exactly as your prayers will too.

    Prove me wrong. Prove to me that Jesus is more powerful than a dead earth worm. I bet you cannot. I bet you’re too scared to even try.

    p.s. If you think this is unfair. After all, a dead earth worm actually exists, feel free to nominate a Greek or Roman god of your choice.

    I await your excuses, I mean reply.

  11. on 27 Dec 2010 at 2:21 am 11.Answer Man said …

    Who do you know who of you try to test?

    “Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.'”

  12. on 27 Dec 2010 at 3:17 am 12.Jesus Who? said …

    Pathetic. The challenge was to PROVE me wrong.

    Dead Earth worm 1 : Jesus 0

    Your losing, Christians. Come on. Try harder.

  13. on 27 Dec 2010 at 6:11 am 13.Hell Yeah said …

    “Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the LORD your God.’”

    Why not? Because who ever wrote this doesn’t want you to think? Just believe without thinking? LOL

  14. on 18 Jan 2011 at 1:01 am 14.Truth Seeker said …

    I always find this funny…. Jesus himself says, (paraphrased) “To the world, you [the christian] will appear the fool. Those who trust only what tehir eyes see and their ears hear. Accept it, it IS the way of the World. For the way of the world is a busy highway, but the road to heaven is hidden to EVERYONE except for those I have hand picked, it it a path traveled but a few times. Love your neightbor as yourself, as I love you, for they shall know me by your example so when I do open their eyes they don’t give me the bird.”

    Yet, Christians, when you ask certain questions or show disbelief, they treat you that there’s something wrong with you, because Jesus hasn’t called for you yet. ooooooooooooooooo kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay …. I can’t believe you accept your ancestor’s Flood story (or none at all) but won’t accept this Jewish one instead…. are you ^%$#ed in the head or something??

    Yeah, way to win them over. With witnesses like some I’ve met, who needs demons?

  15. on 08 Mar 2011 at 7:15 pm 15.EmoHeart said …

    i don’t think that all christians hate atheists; i just don’t think that they understand that we want to be left alone or accepted into this world. I still find it funny how they seem to believe that “God” is real. I’m still waiting for proof that he exists. Finding none and seeing that verses from the Bible have been deleted or changed; why does anyone have reason to believe in “God”??? Ill start praying to the dead earthworm(which clearly exists).

  16. on 06 Dec 2011 at 1:48 pm 16.blancer said …

    jesus who? you are freaking funny my dead earth worm was saying different things every time i asked. instead of there jesus who only says one thing “the scriptures also say you must not test the lord your god” lol bitch ill test who ever i want! wait i cant test him. how am i supposed to test something that clearly doesnt exsist. so ill stick to converting christains into atheists by proving how stupid there thoughts are. lol which ive id say around 43 times. ;) happy thoughts to the soon to be disapointed christains when judgment day never comes.

  17. on 06 Dec 2011 at 8:08 pm 17.zeke said …


    Huh? Is dat some kina nu englesh u be a tipin?

  18. on 07 Dec 2011 at 1:36 pm 18.blancer said …

    idk zeke i cant really remember i was high off of having no sleep for 2 days cuz of work and exams and my little brother was playing cod on xbox live so i really couldnt understand what i was even saying when i typed this.

  19. on 07 Dec 2011 at 1:56 pm 19.a man with hope said said …

    You know it might be a sin, but I’m not to sure about that, but i’ll take your earth-worm challenge!
    So my friend I’ll pray for you, I’ll pray that christens will love and accept you, I’ll pray that you and all atheists will feal love and joy, what will u pray for?
    Is my Challenge Accepted?

  20. on 07 Dec 2011 at 2:02 pm 20.blancer said …

    matt shut dah phuck up. lol he just wanted to post that cuz ive been on this subject for days.

  21. on 07 Dec 2011 at 2:07 pm 21.Matt (aka a man with hope) said …

    I like the phuck thing. oh, and i wont force you to convert, but i think it would be nice, but really i belive god loves you no matter what!

  22. on 07 Dec 2011 at 4:31 pm 22.DPK said …

    “Is my Challenge Accepted?”

    Sure… I’ll pray to the dead worm god that you continue to live under the delusion that there is an invisible man in the sky who is all powerful, all loving, all knowing, and needs you to worship him otherwise he will send to to burn in torment and suffering for all eternity. And that you continue to believe that you have a personal relationship with him, and if you don’t piss him off, when you die he will reward you with an eternal life of bliss and happiness in some far off magical kingdom in another dimension.

    I will also pray ernestly that you don’t contract cholera or polio today.

    So, who’s prayers do YOU think will get answered?
    Does that mean you will now believe in the power of The One True Worm?

  23. on 07 Dec 2011 at 11:56 pm 23.Zed said …

    Matt@19, so you’re going to pray for something that I, and others, already have; Love, acceptance, and joy? How about you try for something that wouldn’t happen without divine intervention so as to make it, you know, hard?

    So, go here and pick a problem, take your choice, and pray — really hard — to your god to send you a solution in order to prove his greatness. Now, we all know that you’ll find some excuse as to why you can’t do this, right? And the reason, the real reason, you won’t even attempt this exercise… your god is imaginary and your result would be no different from what praying to the dead earth worm in post #10 would have achieved.

    Is my challenge accepted?

  24. on 08 Dec 2011 at 3:29 pm 24.blancer said …

    2 words for both of you. Kick Ass!!! :D

  25. on 09 Dec 2011 at 1:23 pm 25.blancer said …

    remeber matt your prayer didnt come to be. keep that in mind.

  26. on 09 Dec 2011 at 1:27 pm 26.matt said …

    ok, DPK, than thank you for parying for me, i guess that’s a prayer that will come true no matter what, I won’t stop believing in my god, as it is my right to.

  27. on 09 Dec 2011 at 1:35 pm 27.matt said …

    Zed, i was praying to god about the Riemann Hypothesis, and he responded with http://d2o7bfz2il9cb7.cloudfront.net/main-qimg-4b5f853bcdcfdb220cde0e31867ccf35
    Saying LOL Problem?, math can’t explain every thing
    then he told me to divide by 0 and everything made sense.

  28. on 09 Dec 2011 at 1:45 pm 28.matt said …

    oh, and i do want to add, i belive you can belive anything you want to belive, what do you all belive?

  29. on 09 Dec 2011 at 2:31 pm 29.DPK said …

    I believe you are delusional.
    I also believe my prayer worked, and yours didn’t, proving you get better results praying to a dead earthworm than to a magical sky-god.
    I also believe that if you had any real evidence for the existence of your god, you would produce it instead of talking nonsense about the power of prayer.
    Matt… tell us, why WON’T god heal amputees?
    Should be a simple question for someone who knows the truth about god, no?

  30. on 09 Dec 2011 at 7:28 pm 30.matt said …

    Simple no, god is complex and more grandiose then I can even begin to comprehend! Perhaps it’s because satin has chosen those people to hate more than most, perhaps god lost a bet with the giant flying spaghetti monster, perhaps when god used evolution to make man, he wanted us to know pain, so we would know humility. You could probably stump the pope with that question. perhaps God saw the christens of the word and said they were hypocrites and who didn’t question how to help, and said being my people you should focus on how to help people instead of blindly hating people just because they have a different creed, sexuality, or sex.

  31. on 09 Dec 2011 at 7:44 pm 31.matt said …

    As for my proof of god, I would like to argue that the existence of matter is illogical without god, , the laws of science state that matter and energy can’t be created or destroyed, only converted from one to the other. To this point how could matter exist in the first place? Why was their matter or energy in the big bang? If matter and energy can’t be crated how do I exist?
    Also I have enjoyed this discussion, you sir are a worthy debater! I thank you good sir for this argument, I enjoy comparing and contrasting such different ideologies. But at the end of the day we each keep our own belief’s. as Mahatma Gandhi said, “One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds”.

  32. on 09 Dec 2011 at 9:38 pm 32.DPK said …

    “…the laws of science state that matter and energy can’t be created or destroyed, only converted from one to the other. To this point how could matter exist in the first place? Why was their matter or energy in the big bang?”

    There is no “why”. There is only is, or is not. Why are there billions of galaxies if god created the universe just for us? Why are there rocks? Why do animals need to eat one another to survive, couldn’t god have made them so they didn’t have to do that?
    Your question is silly and meaningless, as is your proposed answer… “well, god did it…”.

    There is matter and energy because that is how the universe IS.

    “perhaps when god used evolution to make man, he wanted us to know pain, so we would know humility.”

    Be careful, you’re going to piss off your fellow theists here who steadfastly hold that evolution is “just a theory” and didn’t really occur. In any event, yes, maybe god hates amputees especially for some reason, or maybe you can think up 1,000 other convoluted, ridiculous other “maybes”… or “MAYBE” the answer is much simpler and VERY easy to understand. God never heals amputees because god never heals ANYONE, because god is 100% imaginary. I think that far more likely than that he lost a bet with the flying spaghetti monster and is now prohibited, by gentleman’s honor, from healing amputees… at least human ones.

  33. on 14 Dec 2011 at 7:48 pm 33.matt said …

    “There is no “why”. There is only is, or is not”
    my response is but why?
    i believe god made the billions of galaxies because he wanted too, they can be quite beautiful, on a night sky with a girl at your side.
    “Why do animals need to eat one another to survive, couldn’t god have made them so they didn’t have to do that?” i think god could have, but then to keep a population alive, survival would have to be much harder for all animals, adding natural predators is simply logical, and it is the way nature evolved animals.
    And on evolution I love my creationist counterparts, with the same love I love all of the natural world, and all that has is it, the spark of life, even you, even if they don’t always 100% agree with me. If a theist who belies in creation comes on i wouldn’t berate him or her. Speaking of evolution how is it that you believe life got started, what is it that first separated rocks from bacteria?

    As always you have put up some the the best arguments for your defense, i hope i can match.

    PS: i hope i don’t sound like a dick by posting any of my comments, their my believes, this is how i justify them, i assure you I don’t hate atheists, they have every right to their own creed, or lack there for.

  34. on 14 Dec 2011 at 8:20 pm 34.Anonymous said …

    Matt, “Logic”. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    “their my believes, this is how i justify them”.

    Exactly. Your justification is circular and is based on a desire to “believe”. Hence, your interest in reality ceases the moment it conflicts with perpetuating your evidence-free beliefs.

    I don’t hate you, FWIW, but I do feel intensely sorry for you that you’d rather justify a belief than examine and embrace facts or reality.

  35. on 15 Dec 2011 at 12:57 am 35.DPK said …

    33.matt said …
    “There is no “why”. There is only is, or is not”
    my response is but why?

    Meaningless response. Doesn’t matter. You are a product of the universe, you will have been here and gone and the universe will continue. It cares not one bit. It simply is.

    “i believe god made the billions of galaxies because he wanted too, they can be quite beautiful, on a night sky with a girl at your side.”

    That’s an answer? God made the entire universe and all the galaxies for you to look at? That’s an enormous waste of space no?

    ““Why do animals need to eat one another to survive, couldn’t god have made them so they didn’t have to do that?” i think god could have, but then to keep a population alive, survival would have to be much harder for all animals, adding natural predators is simply logical, and it is the way nature evolved animals.”

    Read you answer again and PLEASE tell me your joking. That makes no sense whatsoever. You are talking about a god who makes the rules… ALL the rules.

    “Speaking of evolution how is it that you believe life got started, what is it that first separated rocks from bacteria?”

    Don’t know…. neither do you. I can say it’s far, far more likely that it came about from natural chemical processes than by magic. How do I know this? Because I know chemical processes are real, and magic is not. So, the fact that I, not a biochemical engineer, cannot explain to you exactly how the first self replicating molecule was formed under exactly what circumstance, does NOT mean that therefore some god breathed life into dirt, impregnated a virgin in order to give birth to himself in human form so he could be murdered to appease himself for the sin of some woman who was tricked by a talking snake. Can you say “non-sequitur”?

    You’re not a dick. But your “belief system” is absurd.

  36. on 20 Dec 2011 at 2:53 pm 36.blancer said …

    i agree with these guys matt your answers make no sense what so ever. but just let me say this ” It was not your fault but mine and it was your heart on the line i really fucked it up this time didnt i my dear, didnt i?” i think you should look into saying this verse matt. over and over and over and over again eventually you will understand.

    once again no offense friend.

  37. on 20 Dec 2011 at 7:25 pm 37.matt said …

    Blancer no offense was taken my friend, your creed is your creed, and my creed is my creed. We have our differences, but we’ll still be friends.

    PS. i don’t get the verse?

  38. on 20 Dec 2011 at 7:27 pm 38.matt said …

    Blancer, we need to do this.

  39. on 20 Dec 2011 at 9:39 pm 39.Anonymous said …

    I sure hope that #38 isn’t a sex video with trolls.

  40. on 28 Dec 2011 at 11:21 pm 40.Matt said …

    It’s not i Swear!!! lOl

  41. on 18 Sep 2012 at 12:20 am 41.me said …

    why can’t christian’s just let us believe in what ever the f***** we want

  42. on 16 Feb 2013 at 8:41 pm 42.steveincage said …

    I hate that athirst are so hated throughout the world. Why can’t Christians look behind the dense fog of lost faith and just see the world in its natural state?

  43. on 16 Feb 2013 at 8:46 pm 43.alex said …

    dead thread alert! nothing to see here! move along!

  44. on 26 Mar 2013 at 3:21 am 44.Big Sis said …

    I think that before everyone even considers pondering God’s existence, that they should learn how to use spell check. Comments thus far have not been too indicative of intelligence.

  45. on 26 Mar 2013 at 7:00 am 45.Xcanthean Zeno said …

    This is the internet, where grammar and spell check doesn’t mean squat…

  46. on 26 Mar 2013 at 9:57 pm 46.The messenger said …

    We do not hate Athiests.

  47. on 22 Apr 2013 at 4:02 pm 47.Painter said …

    Christians tell me I just don’t want to believe. They are correct. I don’t want to believe, I want to KNOW. Gather all the information you can. Look at both sides and decide for yourself. Be honest with yourself if you are able.
    That is all.

  48. on 22 Apr 2013 at 10:15 pm 48.the messenger said …

    47.Painter, I have presented a lot of info.

  49. on 22 Apr 2013 at 10:44 pm 49.alex said …

    “47.Painter, I have presented a lot of info.”

    you dumbshit. your info is just like the bs book of mormons. oh, that shit is true, too?

  50. on 23 Apr 2013 at 1:07 pm 50.Fluttershy said …

    Dont forget the KORAN

  51. on 23 Apr 2013 at 9:52 pm 51.Painter said …

    48. Thank you messenger for not hating Atheists. I can’t speak for all Atheists But I can say that I don’t hate Christians. I don’t know what “info” you have presented but I am new to this blog thing and maybe I missed something. Do you mean the Bible? What I am looking for is evidence of God because when I honestly and objectively consider both sides of the issue, I see evidence of no God. What am I missing?

  52. on 25 Apr 2013 at 1:24 pm 52.Painter said …

    48. Still waiting for the “info,” messenger… waiting…waiting…and…I thought so.

  53. on 25 Apr 2013 at 1:34 pm 53.Painter said …

    31. You answered your own question. Matter can’t be created or destroyed, therefore it has always been. If it has always existed then it was never created. There has never been “nothing.” the state of nothingness does not exist. Show me an example of nothing.
    I hope this clears things up for you, Matt.

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