Personally as an Atheist, I class myself as enlightened from the delusional oppression of religion. I sure many feel the same?
.. But I often see (and am guilty myself of) the attacking (not physically of course) of those do have faith in a religion. Which makes me wonder; What the fuck are we doing?!
Basically, when someones beliefs are attacked, generally it triggers a kind of "safe mode". Something similar to a child putting their fingers in their ears and screaming LALALALALA!!! .. My point is, this is actually reinforcing their belief and just brings hatred to the Atheist community. The arrogant belittling of Theists only strengthens their distorted perspective and gives them no reason why they should take on board a single word we say.
.. The moment we become insulting or in any way classing ourselves as "better" than those who are religious, we have failed. Not as Atheists, as a species. Always keep in mind, these people are, by no means, inferior to us. We too would be lost in religion had we been as heavily indoctrinated as them. It is through education and the environment we are raised in that lead to the rejection of religion, not through us being superior. We are not. We are the same. And only through rational logic and reason, along with challenging questions can we help a person to figure that out for themselves.
An absolute way of looking at it is; if you're not one of the ones cleaning up the mess, you're one of the ones making it
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