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Why are atheist so obsessed by religion? I get this question all the time usually in the form of an attack.
I will briefly give my reply but I would like to know what you think and how you respond to it.

I was indoctrinated as a child into Christianity by a very religious family. The teachings of Christianity I found to be harmful and are endorsed and promoted openly in the United States. The religion led to a suicide attempt whem I was 14 years old due to the guilt of not being good enough for god. It promotes sexism, bigotry and has often led to war against "unbelievers" to just scratch the surface.
I care about religion because it directly affects my life as it is imposed on me and the culture I live in. The idea that if I ignore it it won't hurt me is a misnomer.
I address religion to minimize its harm to society. I am passionate about it, no doubt. The term obssesion is a bit strong meant to invoke emotive misrepresentation.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Why are cops so obsessed with crime?
If you are aware of The Wedge Strategy and the trial around that, you will probably agree 'crime' is not an exaggeration.

I'm not obsessed with religion. I merely respond to lies and narcissistic reality denial whenever it becomes a topic of discussion or conflict. If that happens on a regular basis, that is a consequence of religion overreaching into everything and I am not obligate to shut my mouth when it does.

Reality denial may seem harmless when nice people pray in church, retreating into narcissistic fantasies about being not only the chosen people, but the very reason existence itself exists.
But it's dangerous to teach people to rewrite reality to suit themselves. I believe this is the core of beliefs like racism or sexism. There is no evidence either of those are true, but they give comfort to weak and cruel people who feel small and respond by doing what the have been taught to do when reality gets harsh. Lie to themselves and then impose those lies on others.
This behavior is very active in politics. Right now it allows people to delude themselves that a "race-baiting bigot" to quote a republican senator; is a genius and chosen by god to grab women by the p-- (cough). "Make America great again."

Perhaps a mental health professional could tell you the difference between this and utter insanity, but I can't.

MLinoge Level 7 Jan 16, 2020

People of all spiritual persuasions come with many different personalities. Some are fanatics, some are live and let live and some are just curious.

Lorajay Level 7 Jan 16, 2020

I am so pleased that I live in a secular country. I have several church going friends but the subject of religion rarely arises

Moravian Level 8 Jan 16, 2020

Atheists aren't, Agnostics are. Waaaaayyyyy too much IMO.

t1nick Level 8 Jan 15, 2020

I just have a problem with people coming at me with “where do you go to church” and shit like that not even taking into account that I may not even believe in a god.

snifflz Level 7 Jan 15, 2020

Yeah it to me is just like people saying where do you get your anal sex. WTF? So inappropiate, so wrong.

Yeah its annoying when people just assume you believe in a God. I also remember when I grew up religious I didnt think any thing of it, So I understand they just don't know any better...


I am not obsessed with religion. But when I see a harm, I should do something about it. If it is something I cannot do anything immediate about it, I should speak out against it. It isn't just religion that I am unhappy about. There are lots of things in life that should be questioned.

It does far more harm than it does good. But that doesn't mean I care about religion. In fact, I don't care about religion at all.

We are morally bankrupt. We don't know right from wrong and have no morals. You could not possibly care about people heathen! Oops I just vomited out some of my past.


Well, luckily for me, I don't give a shit about what the faithful thinks of me.


I personally am not obsessed with religion. For the most part, any displays of religion in town I pretty much ignore. My grandma, may she rest in peace, use to say all the time, "I just let God take care of me."

I normally just ignored her God quotes, and just continued our conversations. I felt no need to be concerned or interested in religion when discussing anything. I live in a city so most people are concerned about trying to make a living, or anything other than religion really. You get a few religious people trying to spread their religious views. In the city, religion is pretty meaningless. The culture of the city probably affected my attention to religion now that I am thinking about it.

When I'm online, I don't debate religion, I debate politics; well really I debate economics because I love Capitalist economics, so I don't really get into no religious conversations because I don't care about it. Unless someone is talking religion with me, then I would discuss religion, but that is rare and only happened to me once when I was explaining the non-physicality of moral principles on YouTube and a Christian contacted me.


Why are fucking god botherers so obsessed wih Atheists.

They want us to conform to their beliefs in order to validate their beliefs. They fail tomunderstand that group think can be wrong.


If matters stopped at mere belief which could be separated from the functions of the state without being imposed on others, I wouldn't be bothered much by the existence of the religious. But if simply being a religious institution or a part of it entitles them to privilege, that I cannot accept.

DSGavde Level 6 Jan 15, 2020

In some countries, atheism is pretty much the default, and as a result it's probably not on peoples' minds that much. When few believe, there's not much impetus to discuss it. In the United States, though, many many people believe, in one way or another. There is such a wide variety of beliefs, and such polarization, that it is an important subject and has a real impact on everyone's lives. Even here, of course, there are atheists and agnostics who really don't think that much about it, and that's fine. Personally, I just find it difficult to avoid noticing all the ways that religion is having a negative impact. It's not entirely bad, but it's mostly bad.

Omnedon Level 5 Jan 14, 2020

When one takes the good with the bad there is never balence.

Everyone I know has no interest in atheist or not atheist. The default position is who actually gives a fuck. “Pass me another beer from the fridge and a snag from the barbie”.

I think lot of you guys stuck in the Bieber belt would find it refreshing.

@Geoffrey51 The thing is theist commonly don't think about religion until they are aware their beliefs are challenged. Say athiest and they become instantly ultra religious.

@DavidLaDeau So true


I am more concerned with climate change especially now a whole continent is on fire. while their leaders keep denying it. this is distressing as i knew a massive die off was coming.I pictured Bangladesh going under water as the Bengals have always been victims of others. now we are killing off massive amounts of poor creatures,

john20 Level 3 Jan 14, 2020

I would simply say: "I am obsessed with religion for the same reasons you should be obsessed with what somebody tries to use their penis. If it is in private and everybody consents, I don't care about it. If you whip it out in public and try to force it down somebody else's throat, we have a problem."

PadraicM Level 6 Jan 14, 2020

Okay lets go with this. When everywhere you go in public everyone wants to tell you their penis is the best it really gets old. All the penises begin to look look alike which is sad becuase you don't care in the first place. When you say I don't care about hearing about your penis or want dick pics you are accused of being obsessed with penises.

@DavidLaDeau Remember to whom this was initially addressed, a Christian who asks why atheist are "obsessed" with religion. It drives the point home about how it is less obsession and more about public decency with an example they can understand.


It is in our faces all time, shoved down our throats by an ignorant populace. And we are often attacked for NOT believing in it. Of course we sound off. Fuck them

Seeker3CO Level 8 Jan 14, 2020

Very true.


My usual reply


If you are beholden to doctrine then your reasoning and logic abilities are suppressed and retarded.
Basically, I'm sick of dealing with retards which are caused from religious indoctrination.

powder Level 8 Jan 14, 2020

At first I was not happy seeing the word retard. But then I finished the sentence, very well said and appropiately used!

@DavidLaDeau it's a word with negative connotations but the appropriate word to use for those beholden to doctrine.


My response would be. "I'm not obsessed with religion. I am devoted to ending it and giving people freedom from con artists."

motrubl4u Level 7 Jan 14, 2020

I don’t think all atheists/agnostic are obsessed with religion, however the one ‘s from the US seem to be. Maybe because religion is so prevalent in some or a lot of US society.

Jolanta Level 8 Jan 14, 2020

And because the separation of church and state keeps getting chipped away by the religious.

@Greatlakesgal Well said.


Because we're angry. Angry at how it has perverted every aspect of our lives and society and we want it to stop.

Cyklone Level 4 Jan 14, 2020

Why are people who have survived being hit by cars so obsessed with looking both ways before they cross the street?

Obviously because they just hate all travel and can not face the fact that cars can not hurt people.


The conservatives would rule us or burn us at the stake

bobwjr Level 9 Jan 14, 2020

That sounds like an outragious statement... that I agree with!


The religions which cause me the most grief are Leftism and Islam.

PBuck0145 Level 7 Jan 14, 2020

What about bigoted atheists?

@Geoffrey51 With interest and curiosity, I await your answer to your question.

Leftism is not a religion, for me being a Democratic socialist it is the opposite, I don't require anyone to believe as I do. I rely on science, history and facts. I take exception to laws based on religious belief that directly affect me. That is theocracy, no different than theocratic govetments like Iran etc.

@Geoffrey51 we are not bigoted, we are saved!

@DavidLaDeau Sorry, I didn’t mean that atheists are bigotted. I meant the atheists that are bigots.

@Geoffrey51, @DavidLaDeau
The "bigoted" atheists are the few who reject regressive leftist group-think.

@wilbo420 How you describe yourself corresponds to classical liberalism, to which I subscribe. Unfortunately, regressive leftism has hijacked the liberal agenda and narrative. It has its own dogmas, and whoever disagrees with them is considered to be an "infidel", a bigot or an apostate.

@PBuck0145 so many labels, so little time!

@Geoffrey51 Lets play the label game. It goes like this, others label you and you are wrong if you disagree! You rageing god lover!


I've decided not to waste any more time on it..

Larry-new Level 7 Jan 14, 2020

I'm vigilant and proactive with regard to conservative religions, one, in particular, that is having an impact on U.S. legislation. We shouldn't let our guard down. The religious right is flushed with cash and has an army of religiously conservative attorneys, such as Alliance Defending Freedom. That is code for "only our rights matter."

"It’s time for Americans to wake up to the harsh reality that the religious right, fueled by their fear of loss of power from the changing demographics in our country and their support from the Trump administration, is emboldened and aggressively pursuing all means possible to maintain white Christian power in America,” Rachel Laser, president of Americans United For Separation of Church and State

As to other discussions about religion, I find the subject interesting from a neurological, psychological and sociological standpoint because it has such a huge impact on our species.

Speaking about Trump, is it just me, because I don’t believe he’s a Christian at all.

@woodstar He's an opportunist and so are the Christians that support him.

People don't generally understand why I a hard atheist is so interested in religion. It appears that you certainly do. Even if it did not directly affect my life I would find it very interesting.

Well said, my friend.

@Grecio Thank you. smile001.gif


I grew up Christian and felt terrible about myself most of my life. Once I gave it up, I turned a new leaf and learned to love myself and not blame things on “God”. I realized things just happen and are out of mine or anyone’s hands. I am passionate about it because I’m thankful I was able to educate myself and move on & would like for others to have that freedom as well. Everyone should get to be themselves without feeling guilty about it!


I am NOT obsessed by it. I am obsessed with the human nature of reifying beliefs of any kind. It is interesting that the word REIFY is closely related to the word DEIFY.

But there are many bad beliefs abundantly increasing in our society.

ToolGuy Level 8 Jan 14, 2020
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