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Despite Her Atheism, I like Megan Wells *edited*

Turns out the title of this post should be “Despite His Atheism, I like Hemant Mehta”… thanks for the follow up, Hemant!*

Earlier this week Friendly Atheist writer Megan Wells posted a blog posted entitled “Despite His Christianity, I like Jeremy Lin” and it really rubbed me the wrong way.

Now first of all – I’m assuming that Megan is an atheist as she says “as an atheist sports fan”…so I think it’s fair to think that. I also don’t really agree with her overall sentiment that religion needs to be kept 100% personal – but that is simply a personal opinion. But here is what bothers me about her post… the content is all well and good – if you feel like talking about a dude’s religion all the power to you. What bothers me is simply the title of the post.

“Despite His Christianity”…

Is something inherently wrong with being Christian in the first place? I know some atheists would say yes. I however disagree and I think that if a Christian were to say to Megan “Despite your atheism… you’re pretty nice!” I feel like she (or others in the atheist community) may get a little offended because it implies that there is something wrong with being an atheist. I think if people are going to friendly atheists or do atheist activism you need to become super cognoscente of the way you talk to and about religious people. Maybe I’m being a little nitpicky here – but it is the title of the post and it does come with this underlying idea that there is something wrong with Lin being a Christian which I don’t think is a very positive message to convey.


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  1. February 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm —

    Well the thing that’s inherently wrong about being a Christian is that, well, you’re inherently wrong about the fundamental way the world works. Now being wrong isn’t always a problem in itself (well not a serious one anyways), but obviously Christians tend to try to enforce their wrongness on everyone else through the government and various sorts of social pressure.

    The “Despite being an atheist” thing is offensive because Christians believe that atheists are mostly likely immoral and certainly going to be tortured for all eternity. Atheists just think Christians are wrong, the assumptions don’t carry the same weight both ways.

    • February 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm —

      The “Despite being a Christian” think is offensive because Atheists believe that Christians are immoral, wrong and deluding themselves about reality.

  2. February 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm —

    I wouldn’t say Atheists believe Christians are inherently immoral. They are wrong and deluding themselves about reality, but they only cross into immoral territory when they try to force their beliefs on others.

  3. February 26, 2012 at 10:16 am —

    I agree with Katie here. The title isn’t about whether they are wrong or right about their beliefs. It’s not “Despite His Christianity, Jeremy Lin Is Right about [some claim].” It’s about his likability. It implies that Christians are inherently unlikable, which is pretty ridiculous to assert based on any belief or lack thereof.

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