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Fri, Jun 03, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Have you ever encountered anyone who was openly hostile to you after finding out that you're an atheist or a humanist?

Have you ever encountered anyone who was openly hostile to you after finding out that you're an atheist or a humanist? If so, how did you react? What would you say is a good way to react?



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Print Tue, Nov 15, 2016 - 04:32 PM
Yes, multiple times.

In the worst instance (high school) it took the form of a punch in the face, which completely surprised me, and the ensuing fight ended up basically a draw with classmates pulling us apart, we both avoided each other afterward. All other instances (coworkers) have been variations on the person telling me that I need to get right with God or my soul will be damned to Hell, my replying along the lines of there being no God or Hell, the person telling me I'll be sorry, and avoiding me thereafter.

In my opinion, generally speaking, the best way to react is something like, "We all have freedom of belief and opinion; I respect your freedom, you should respect mine."


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