First I would like to make a short introduction.
My name is Michael, I am 33 (later this month) and I have identified as an atheist for just over 8 years. Before that I was raised as an evangelical Christian which is what my entire family identifies as. For the longest time things were good between my family and friends, that is until I came out as an atheist and libertarian.
While things were definitely strained between us in the beginning, now they have had time to know their hostility towards me will not make me see their way is the right way. Even though we have come to what I would call somewhat of an understanding they still like to cross that line that will always end with hurt feelings and anger...Especially when it comes to my stepdaughter who is only 6 years old. Anyway...
As much as it hurts for my family to not respect my wishes it literally infuriates me to hear how hateful and bigoted most religious people are towards anyone who doesn't think how they do. In my experience most religious people would much rather cause my family and I harm than tolerate us. Because of these constant interactions I shamefully have come to the realization that I am beginning to hate most if not all things that have to do with religion and the people who practice it.
Of course there are the few who you wouldn't even be able to tell are religious and the more accepting one's but that seems to be like 1 in a 1000. Would this make me an anti theist? If so how do most of you interact with these people and not let them get under your skin? I am generally a guy who is non confrontational and try to see the good in everyone but lately it has become harder to keep my composure with these kinds of people...
Thanks for hearing me out and I look forward to getting to know you all.
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