That has to do with just having a minority to blame for their countries problems. Same sort of thing happened to the gypsies. Although there were times when countries in Europe were prosperous because of Jews, like during the inquisition a lot if Spanish Jews left Spain for the Netherlands and the economy boomed there afterwards, while Spain's began to tank
I think this is because atheists are most vocal in the western world, and the dominant religions in the western world are Christianity (and Islam). that's why those two are the "targets". However yes, there are different religion out there. also, not all Christians or Muslims are bad people.
Simple, when they talk about "world" they mostly mean Western Europe & the Americas. They don't really mean the entire world, most of them are stupid like that. Don't worry, you're clearly smarter than them for knowing other religions that is different.
Those religions are just as stupid of course, just less intrusive and of a less immediate concern. The only positions I saw atheists accept are: Agnosticism,begrudingly. Laveyan satanism,once properly explained, and Pantheism where they just go 'wtf ever dude'
Also, Religion at its core difference between right and wrong? The stupid o metre just went through the roof. That's as if saying a train wreck that happened to hit your office, killed 256 people and made you unemployed was ment so you have more time to spent with your kids.
Most of the other non-Abrahamic religions and cults do not curse everyone who does not believe as they do to eternal torture in hell nor do they try to kill the infidels.
That may be the main reason but you should also note that most here are from North America and the vast majority are, if anything, Christians.
I am occasionally asked why I seem to center out Christians and it is simply because there are too few of the others religionists around for me to bother with. I would lose 99% of those who might comment.
It largely has something to do with the power and influence that Christianity has over the western world, and that a large percentage of Christians view all non-Christians as people who they need to assimilate... I mean "save their souls". Other religions in our part of the world are a minority and not nearly as "in your face" as Christianity. I have never seem a Hindu standing on a street corner with a copy of the Vedas in one hand and a megaphone in the other screaming at people passing by.
Well, you said so yourself: "Christians who turn atheist will condemn all religion like they're all like Christianity in particular." All they've ever really known is Christianity. Besides, if they condemn other religions, let them be as ignorant as they were when they weren't atheists
I don't know if this is just me but when I was in grade school, I was curious about other religions and when I learned about them, I only saw them as having some degrees of similarity to Catholicism. It was the religion I was raised in so all I really knew was Catholicism. Christianity and its forms aren't the absolute religion to base comparisons off of because you have other religions too.
I think the better way of thinking, especially for those newly-atheist ex-Christians who probably only are because they can't be bothered to go to church every Sabbath or pray frequently or whatever, is that Christianity is like most religions (not 'Other religions are mostly like Christianity'; you know, like a relativist view where you see things relative to other things relative to other things)
The fact is simple, usually we criticize christianity because it is the most popular and because we criticize some elements commons in the most of religions, alsol ot of belivers in cristianity refuse theories approved and showed...only because someone told them to do it., while belivers of other religions doesn't.
I think it may have something to do with being a Westerner Also all the open atheists I've met are ex-Christians.
The religion I hear about most is Hinduism. Interestingly, though, there's little open atheism in India: the culture itself is very bound to ritual, so it's kind of hard to turn your back on your whole family and not participate in anything even when you don't believe. (Also, the temples are gorgeous and holy food is tasty....)
First of all hell is not where people go which is the misconception placed on man as a place of burning fire and brimstone where you will be tortured through eternity. Not true. There is a hell but it was created for Satan, his angels, and the false prophet and the beast or antichrist. God is a spirit of light. Where HE is there is no darkness. In fact when the new earth is created there will be no sun for God will be the light. So the fact is that those who reject God's provisions for forgiveness will still be in their sins, or darkness. Since God can have no darkness or sin in heaven those who reject Him will be cast into the outer darkness. What the outer darkness involves is not clear, but there will be no light around so you will most likely see nothing. The universe is quite big and the distance between galaxies is great, the perfect place for an outer darkness. Plenty of room to spread out everyone so you got no one to keep you company but yourself.
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People thirst for peace, happiness and contentment. When these needs are perverted by the disorganized nature of human desire you end up with a lot of different kinds of hell that people live in. Atheism can't exist without the phenomenon of religion in the first place. I think its more of a rejection of hypocritical religion and stupid religious violence (physical and verbal) I can see where atheism is coming from. Any kind of religion in one's head (and therefore a fabrication) produces discontent. This comes out as hatred for religion in general, or if not hate, total indifference for religion. Understandable because there are a lot of contemporary religious ideas that are garbage and produce nothing for people besides harm. Religion has to be a practice, not an act for oneself or anyone else. Authenticity and simplicity are essential in any religion for it to bear fruit.
It's just because they run into Christians most. And they dislike what Christians think about religion. Thus, they complain the most about Christians.
Muslims tend to be a smaller group (at least compared to Christianity), at least here in the US, so they often get criticized rather easily as well. It's easy to criticize groups which aren't that big or important in public opinion (just talking about Muslims in the US here, not those in the Middle East). Though that has been changing a bit over the past decade or so.
"Usually when i hear atheists talking about how stupid religion is, the only one they ever seem to talk about is Christianity, like it's the only religion wrong with the world, and if it's not that it's Islam, two of the big proselytizing ones that say that you'll burn in hell for not believing what they believe, and then they go about it like those religions represent all religions."
That's because, contrary to what they think, atheists can just be as ignorant, arrogant, and bigoted as any theist. They think they are correct, and thus have no inclination to learn further.
Not only that, most posters on the internet come from the United States, where christianity is the religion on the majority -- as such, most posters are only exposed to christianity. If you want a different view, you're going to have to go to sites that are mostly non-english.
A lot of it's that the people doing the criticizing live in predominantly Christian countries. Also, I imagine folks from the US, where religious conservatives in some regions do hold a lot of political influence.
Mind you, I do hate it when people conflate a particular religion or a few examples of a particular religion with all of religion. But I have no problems understanding why Christianity is the biggest, most obvious target.