Atheist meme of the day

I’m just stealing everyone’s blog posts today.

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

Atheists are open-minded, and we are willing to consider the possibility that we might be mistaken. In fact, most atheists used to be believers — it’s the fact that we are open-minded and willing to change our minds that made us become atheists. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

Via Greta Christina

4 Responses

  1. Most Western atheists used to be believers, I’m pretty sure China is winning the whole atheist race with people who never believed in the first place.

  2. Greta Christina has another good one – Why are you still Catholic?

  3. Well, it’s not really true, is it?

    Atheists are just people who don’t believe in gods. That in no way means they can’t be completely closed-minded and believe in all sorts of other crap, such as astrology, numerology and weird spirituality. Even if they don’t, they can still be stubborn about non-belief for all the wrong reasons.
    Unfortunately I see way too many of the former around here. It’s quite rare to meet a Christian in Denmark, but atheist freaks who believe in healing and horoscopes are all too common.

    Saying that “atheists are open-minded” is just childish, self-congratulatory bullshit. Some atheists are, some aren’t. It doesn’t follow with the label.

    I’m not at all sure she’s right about most atheists being former believers either. In the US probably, but there are a lot of atheists in parts of Europe and Asia, and with lots of atheists comes lots of atheist families who don’t pass on religious beliefs to their children.
    I’d at least like to see a source for this one.

    Sorry, I don’t think she thought this one through at all.

  4. She is speaking in generalities, but I think her point is primarily responsive rhetoric to fight the stereotype that since non-belief is a negative and atheists have non-belief that atheists are therefore closed-minded or take an automatic negative view towards everything.

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