In many places, Christians live as a minority and are threatened. In America, however, Christianity is in a privileged majority position. Last night, Christmas Eve, my 9-year-old daughter lamented, “I think I am the only Atheist in our school. I get tired of people teasing me.” Our family huddled on our big bed and tried to strategize ways for her to avoid the teasings.
In order to minimize abuse, minorities develop strategies. In America, as studies have shown, Atheist are envisioned as immoral, untrustworthy and unclean. To fend off such inaccurate, cruel stereotypes, Atheists have developed ways to signal to Christians that they are safe and Christian-friendly. Here are two such agreement-methods where Atheists try to establish common ground with believers. (in parenthesis I offer links to further posts describing these):
Are these concessionary appeasements actually true?
Do these appeasements work?
I will write more on this later. Meanwhile, can you think of other concessions that Atheists make in a Christian nation?
Let me add, however, that I know this works both ways. I know Christians also make concessions which they may also find distasteful. For instance, certainly 6-day Creationists, being a minority, feel like they must hide at times. Perhaps even liberal Christians make concessions they later regret when they are surrounded by Evangelicals or Fundamentalists.
Let us know your experiences!