Hi, I haven’t been posting these questions on Sundays lately, but I have one for today.
I’ve noticed that conservative Christians have a persecution complex. They think society and secularism and homosexuals and atheists and Democrats are out to get them, and to destroy their way of life. Most of this alleged persecution is imaginary. I find that atheists and skeptics have a persecution complex, too. They think believers are out to get them. Every time I suggest that we can be nice to believers, I get responses like, “I’m not going to be walked on” or “I refuse to be a doormat” or “believers send death threats” and so forth.Â
I’ve been an atheist for over a decade and the worst I’ve ever experience is a friend telling me she’d initially been appalled when she found out I’d become an atheist and my in-laws freaking out when Mr. WriterDD and I told them we don’t say grace at our house, no, not even on Thanksgiving. I think the persecution of atheists by religious people is largely blown out of proportion and exaggerated. Like urban legends, the stories always seem to be about someone else, a friend of a friend. So here’s my question:
Have you ever personally been persecuted by believers because of your atheism or skepticism?
No hearsay, and no second-hand stories that happened to friends or relatives, please. No news reports. Give specific, concrete examples of how you, yourself, have been persecuted. What exactly happened? Were the persecutors people you knew or strangers?