Hello! I'd use your name, but before the messages are posted in the forums, all identification marks (email, phone, personal names, ...) are stripped out.
As a reply, I'll keep it short. Details are pinned on (copy-paste) at the end...
First off, I'm an agnostic atheist; I don't know for certain that there are no gods, but I believe there are none. If someone can show me one or more gods are more likely than not, I'll stop being an atheist. It's that simple.
In the meantime ...
I don't care what other people choose to believe. At all.
What I do care about is what they do with those beliefs.
Here are two reasons why I'm interested in this subject;
1. Societies that are less religious tend to thrive more and have fewer problems. Why wouldn't everyone want a better place to live?
2. Religious people ignore the damage they do or that others do in the name of their religion.
That's it. It's that simple.
If you want details, read on. Otherwise, you can stop here.
Comment #1 details;High rates of atheism: low crime, higher pay, better health and educationStudy; More Faithful Nations Are Less Moralhttp://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php?topic=2076.0
Comment #2 details: An essay I provide to Christians;
I have noticed, as you may have as well, that there are Christians that do things in the name of Christianity that are negative. Christians that promote bigotry and ignorance. Christians that advocate actions that lead to harm and even death. Christians that advocate not caring about this world and who want it to be destroyed in a polluted and fiery apocalypse.
If there were enough Christians that effectively dealt with those problems, I would not have any concerns. Believe as you want. As far as I would be concerned, the real world problems would be solved.
Unfortunately, that is not the world we are in. Most Christians aren't doing nearly enough. Many unfortunately are actively promoting these negative goals -- from paying money passively to going out and doing these negative actions themselves. Some of the strongest advocates for those negative actions are the leaders and congregants of the larger Christian churches and organizations; this is not a problem with a few fringe groups or eccentric cult leaders.
Too many Christians not only do not take responsibility, they are leading the charge for these negative actions. They justify bigotry and ignorance, they justify actions that result in the deaths of others that could be easily avoided.
As a responsible person, someone who cares about the world and the future of humanity, I have to act. Even if it is not my fault that these Christians are doing harm, it is my responsibility to do something positive. You can consider it a moral obligation. If that means that I have to hold up a mirror so that my fellow humans look at what they believe, then I'll take that modest step. Maybe that will be enough to drain the air out of some of those bad ideas?
My question to you is not what you believe, but what are you doing about the acts your fellow Christians perform in the name of Christianity that spread hate, bigotry, ignorance, pain, and death?
Side note: I don't mention details on what I think demonstrates or advocates hate, bigotry, ignorance, and/or death. Few Christians challenge it and they are usually able to fill the list in themselves even if they end up with different items than I would.
If you want to see the diversity of beliefs and claims to knowledge on the forums, take a look at this thread;What is your religious position? http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/forums/index.php?topic=833.0
I think your assessment of atheists is based on the fact that most atheists aren't public about atheism ... and why should they be? It's a non issue. It's like being vocal about not believing the moon is made of green cheese. Yet, that's not the case with many Christians. They want special considerations for their beliefs and to have other non-Christians pay for them. The question I have is why is that OK for them, but not agreeing to go along is somehow wrong?