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Atheists don't claim Atheism in public

brontoraptor
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2/6/2016 10:56:39 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet

When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren't always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone "I am an atheist" without them instantly assuming you were a smug, self-righteous loather of dumb hicks given to making pseudo-clever statements like, "Well, Leviticus also frowns upon having unkempt hair, did you know that?" Things are now so bad that I tend to keep my atheism to myself, and instead mumble something about being a very lapsed Catholic if I'm put on the spot, for fear that uttering the A-word will make people think I'm a Dawkins drone with a mammoth superiority complex and a hives-like allergy to nurses wearing crucifixes.

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Axonly
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2/7/2016 12:18:24 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/6/2016 10:56:39 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet

When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren't always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone "I am an atheist" without them instantly assuming you were a smug, self-righteous loather of dumb hicks given to making pseudo-clever statements like, "Well, Leviticus also frowns upon having unkempt hair, did you know that?" Things are now so bad that I tend to keep my atheism to myself, and instead mumble something about being a very lapsed Catholic if I'm put on the spot, for fear that uttering the A-word will make people think I'm a Dawkins drone with a mammoth superiority complex and a hives-like allergy to nurses wearing crucifixes.

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Well, flaming Atheists doesn't help anyone now, does it? As an agnostic I have met plenty of Atheists IRL and online, almost none of them would act "so teeth-gratingly annoying?" unless provoked.

It seems that this post of yours is due to Outgroup bias, members of out-groups (Atheists) are viewed as less similar so as a result, you may have biases against them, because of this you may be more likely to take notice and remember irritating atheists rather than regular ones. Not you're fault of course, everyone has this bias, there isn't a whole lot we can do about it other than understand it and work against it.
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2/7/2016 12:22:40 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
At 2/7/2016 12:18:24 AM, Axonly wrote:
At 2/6/2016 10:56:39 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
How atheists became the most colossally smug and annoying people on the planet

When did atheists become so teeth-gratingly annoying? Surely non-believers in God weren't always the colossal pains in the collective backside that they are today? Surely there was a time when you could say to someone "I am an atheist" without them instantly assuming you were a smug, self-righteous loather of dumb hicks given to making pseudo-clever statements like, "Well, Leviticus also frowns upon having unkempt hair, did you know that?" Things are now so bad that I tend to keep my atheism to myself, and instead mumble something about being a very lapsed Catholic if I'm put on the spot, for fear that uttering the A-word will make people think I'm a Dawkins drone with a mammoth superiority complex and a hives-like allergy to nurses wearing crucifixes.

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Well, flaming Atheists doesn't help anyone now, does it? As an agnostic I have met plenty of Atheists IRL and online, almost none of them would act "so teeth-gratingly annoying?" unless provoked.

It seems that this post of yours is due to Outgroup bias, members of out-groups (Atheists) are viewed as less similar so as a result, you may have biases against them, because of this you may be more likely to take notice and remember irritating atheists rather than regular ones. Not you're fault of course, everyone has this bias, there isn't a whole lot we can do about it other than understand it and work against it.
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