I find myself constantly bewildered at the pretentious attitude of some atheists – who seem to believe they’re intelligently and culturally superior because they don’t believe in ‘God’. I identify as an atheist myself (sometimes I practice Buddhism), but I fully appreciate and respect the belief of others – as long as that belief is not harmful to others or used to justify terrorism or preventable things (“It’s God’s will”)
What I don’t understand, or have very high regard for, is these self-proclaimed “intelligent” people who go around promoting anti-theologic views in the same radical manner as the ‘annoying religious people’ that they’re arguing against!
Like… seriously, have you not learned by now that not everyone is going to have the same views as you? Respect that, don’t try and lecture someone into how you’re “more intelligent” because you don’t “rely on God” – if anything, it makes you seem embarrassingly un-intelligent. Like it or not, God and religion brings comfort to many, many people. Faith is perhaps one of the most fascinating things in the world; it gets people through seemingly impossible times, and to many; it’s all they have.
Atheism isn’t ‘cool’ and I fully resent any self-important, pretentious idiot who approaches innocent people minding their own business and pesters/questions them about their personal beliefs as if they should need to explain themselves. That’s called bullying.
I am an atheist. but it doesn’t mean I view myself as superior or ignorant to religion and the consolation it brings people.
My grandma is a Roman Catholic and seeing her talk about it is almost inspiring; she believes her faith in God helps her do things and without Him, she would not have the strength to do half the things she gets done; I try and tell her that by crediting her faith completely, it’s almost undermining her own strength… but at the end of the day, it’s what she truly believes.
Now whilst I am not a fan of radical religion by any means (my Grandma and I are always keenly debating Catholicism), I would never dream of dismissing her, or anyone, as ‘dumb’ just because they rely on something bigger than any of us.
Just be a kind person. Religion (or lack thereof) shouldn’t play a part in human decency.