I have been an atheist for roughly 20 years. I made that choice, I do not regret it and I am happy for it. If anyone asks, I admit it openly. My own philosophy has always been “to each his own” and I respect individuals based on their character regardless of religion. However, I do not always get that respect reciprocated when my lack of religion becomes evident. Shock, confusion, hostility, and pity, are just some of the reactions I have witnessed upon the revelation. I have even been called the spawn of Satan. (As if Atheists were Devil worshippers).
Often, some of these individuals will then try to “save my soul”. Apparently, some people equate being an Atheist to mean “undecided”. This of course is not true.
In fact, it shows a complete lack of respect for me. Roughly 20 years since my Atheistic epiphany and not a single moment of doubt. In all those years I have had many people of various religions try to “save” me. For this I am supposed to be grateful for the “concern” I have even read it on the board occasionally about this person or that person is just concerned and wishes to share the love of Jesus. Yet, when I tell people about the joy of living deity free, I often get intolerance and hostile responses.
So let me ask this. As an Atheist, do I forfeit my right to be respected? Why?
And, why do I have to be grateful when someone shows concern over my lack of religion?
How would you like to have me convert you to Atheism? Would you be grateful of my attempt?