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Anonymous asked: 'Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists', seeing this article really shocked me. Where I live, Atheists are not mistrusted as much as they are in the US, and it makes me so angry that people assume that because you're an atheist, you're an immoral, unethical person. Religious people have a fear of the unknown and a need to have an answer for everything. Things in life DON'T make sense, we'll never know why we're here, or what the universe holds, but that's okay, God is an excuse.
It certainly bothers me too. It makes me sick to think that deep down so many people feel that way about Atheists. It is a type of view point you will rarely get to hear though. Unless you happen to overhear Christians discussing Atheists amongst themselves you rarely really hear people’s true opinions on Atheists.
In the comments and reblogs so many people seemed to get upset about it because they didn’t believe it. People were saying “I don’t see Atheists being mistreated, I don’t see Atheists being discriminated against” but even if they didn’t directly say “I don’t see” it still fell in to the category of what they see and what they don’t see. Many of the prejudices against Atheists aren’t obvious because Atheists can blend in to the crowd. If there was some way to distinguish Atheists by look alone though can you imagine how different it would be? Is there any doubt that the persecution against Atheists wouldn’t be just as harsh as many other groups? I would think that people who care so greatly about the equal treatment of people would know better than to only acknowledge what they see first hand. Discrimination and prejudice can fester even more where it isn’t obviously seen or called out.