This sort of thing does not belong in Faith Issues. I'm moving this elsewhere, but please do not do this again.sprtslvr1973 said:Well shut my mouth; if these celebs don't believe in God, I guess I can't
And people most certainly have lost jobs, been disowned, had marriages end, etc. because of atheism. I was in the middle of a job interview about 7 years ago and the interviewer outright told me (and thus broke the law) that he tried to only hire Christians and wouldn't hire an atheist. Why he'd divulge that I am not sure. I guess he was being 'brave' and 'standing up for morality' or whatever.From the perspective of some atheists, religion(s) have oppressed human rights (gay, pro choice, etc.), stood in the way of science and technological progress (evolutionary biology, etc.), thwarted medical research (from using cadavers to stem cells), cultural suppression (in the old world and new), causing psychological fear and manipulation (go to hell if you don't do X, God will punish society if you accept Y as normal, etc.), killed and conquered, all in the name of God. I'm not saying I'd agree with them in all this, but considering how much bad stuff has been done in the name of God--often with the official stamp of God's supposed organization/leaders on earth--it doesn't surprise me that some people might get a bit fed up. Really, it is the religious trying to explain away the motives of the atheists that usually strikes me as "protesting too much"