Atheism Contains Those With the Same Hatred as Many Theist Beliefs
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Hatred: A feeling of anger resulting in biased behavior towards the other party
Theistic: A belief system based off spiritual beings i.e. Catholicism, Satanism, and Islam.
To address Con's second question, I do believe there is a connection. Atheists tend to be very scientifically minded people, and rather narcissistic as well. It's common that this causes atheists to look down upon theists, who have no substantial evidence to support their beliefs.
Anti-theist: Someone who is directly OPPOSED to theism
Atheist: Someone who does not believe in a god
Notice that the two are not synonymous, but are often used interchangeably. While the Flying Spaghetti Monster facebook page is a good example of Anti-theism, not all atheists are like this. While the media portrays all atheists as scientists or as snobby middle-aged white men, atheism can also simply be a philosophical view. Many philosophers and extremely spiritual people have also been noted to be atheists. Take the Greek Philosopher Diagoras for example. Diagoras was often considered the first atheist, and at that time, there was no particle accelerator to smash apart hadrons to search for quarks. Diagoras based his beliefs off of unpunished crime, claiming that if there was indeed a divine being, criminals would receive divine justice.
As for your response to my second question, I don't think a lot of atheists hate theists. There are plenty of radical anti-theists all over the internet, but for the majority of atheists, there is a since of sympathy for theists. Many atheists feel religion corrupts and brainwashes people, and while they don't hate theism, they do feel sorry, but not in a disrespectful sense. It is the anti-theists that mess up the public image of atheism.
The very foundation of many theistic beliefs is the idea of co-existences and tolerance, however that does not stop the few radicals from stereotyping the entire group, just as happened to atheism. My point on this debate is that, both theistic systems and atheism contain the same radicals who soil the name of the entire ideology.
Let's look at the radical groups associated with Islam, such as ISIS. Simply because these few numbers of a wide-spread religion choose violence and hatred, it is stereotyped over all Muslims. Because of churches like Westboro, Christians are stereotyped as bigots and closed-minded. Because of people like the majority of FSM (Flying Spaghetti Monster), atheists are stereotyped as rude and narcissistic.
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