“Atheist” is a dirty word in America and the idea is repugnant in much of the rest of the world. And since I am an atheist, I sometimes publicly embrace the term in order to fight that religious bigotry.
On returning to the USA after a decade in Asia, I was surprised to have religion in my face — I had pleasantly forgotten that side of America. But worse than people trying to convert me, was the moral disgust and avoidance most American’s feel toward anyone labeled “Atheist”. I never really thought of myself as an Atheist until I was told, with repugnance, over and over by believers that I was one. And so, to fight their ugliness, I decided to identify with the word. See my post here though, on how the label “atheist” is silly.
Below I will compile some links to posts confirming and exploring theist repugnance toward atheists.
Epiphenom Science Research Reviews
- Why are atheists so disliked? 9/2009:
- Safety in Numbers: 6/2011 If atheists are viewed as a small number, it is easier to dislike them. So come out ! Embrace the word “atheist” so, if nothing else, to destroy religious bigotry.
- Atheists viewed with disgust 11/2011
- Distrust Atheist decreases with Rule of Law 5/2012
Further reading: See my other Personal Morality posts here.