Being told that I’m an inherently ignorant person based on the fact that I can’t not believe in a higher power is extremely insulting. Each day, I, along with many other theists, conduct my life and make my decisions based on rationality and science and humanism, and other things that atheists tout as acceptable and desireable. Whether I believe in God, Apollo, Athena, Allah, Vishnu, Kali, Sky Coyote, or the our own Wonderful and Magical Sky Pixie, is really irrelevant. I’d no sooner criticize one’s faith than I would one’s sexual practices, and as long as they’re not trying to cover me in whipped cream, spank my ass, and call me the Pink Ranger while fucking my brains out, it’s none of my business*. I might think it’s disgusting or unsanitary–hell, I might know damn well it IS–but I have the common decency and class not to bring it up**. All I expect is that other people exercise the same common courtesy, and I feel fully justified in thinking that anyone who doesn’t–theist or atheist–is being an asshole.
I’m not an atheist. I don’t preach to anyone. I am a theist, and I’ve been criticized and condescended to by both evangelical Christians and atheists, and, I’ve got to say, no matter who it comes from, it’s just as annoying. Just because the majority of it comes from people of faith doesn’t mean that us nice people of faith don’t get annoyed when it comes from the other end.
(For the record, despite the username, I’m not a fundamentalist Christian or anything of the sort. I’m an agnostic theist, and I am not Christian. Just to dispel any, “of course you believe it’s offensive, God-girl!” responses that this type of thread invariably attracts).
[sub]* - Unless they’re hot.
** - Unless the point of the thread or discussion is the existence of a divine being. In that case, such comments are a valuable part of discussion, and should not be excluded. Pissing on a discussion about, say, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas by going “there is no God!” is, however, quite different.[/sub]