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  • First, I gave you + 2 for this. Not DR. Yeah, I think they've been very respectful (even though I've been here for less than a week only). That's what we need here. And anywhere else. RESPECT.
  • I agree. Most atheists respect theist's views and values so there is no reason why anyone should not return the favour to us
  • I think your right i have never seen any bad remarks im all for live and let live what people choose to believe in is their business.
  • Why would you think you would get downrated? If you have had nothing but respect from the atheists on AB, then by all means thank them.
  • As someone who came from an agnostic background, went very into church for a decade and is now atheist, I believe that faith, or anti-faith, is at root emotional. Arguing, with all its logical branches, limbs, and outward flourishes, only puts a respectable mask over what is a heart issue. Next time you are at church, look around and ask yourself if anyone is there because they completed a syllogism and a light went on over their head. And next time you meet an atheist, keep asking,"But why is that?" until they get to the point where they say,"Because life should be..." Logical people (like myself) aren't unemotional; we just don't have the vocabulary to express it. What doesn't get expressed doesn't go away, but it can get ignored.
  • except for that troll, the poorly named "Voice of Logic" who was trashing lesbians the other night, I've never really had any issues with anyone else who said they were atheist.
  • You absolute religious nut! How can even think of dreaming about a question like this? Man I wish I could ban you completely for nonsense like this, Athiests with respect?? WE HAVE NO RESPECT!!! LOL, kidding, yes it is nice to see someone showing respect where it is due every now and again! Thank you :)
  • Thankyou. You are clearly a lovely and thoughtful person.
  • I never thought of atheist being disrespectful. That would be stereotyping
  • well the atheists certainly don't tend to be so judgemental over other people's beliefs (or lack of).
  • I must say I have seen a lot more rudeness from some of the religious side of most questions, but we are all only human. I may not believe in god, but that does not affect my manners, or make me harbor ill thoughts to those that do. I think every person on earth is entitled to their on beliefs. And that was so nice of you to say. And a +3 from me. Thanks
  • awww, Lisa why would someone DR, such a thoughtful question :)
  • I believe in God yet no religion, does that make me an atheist? Bless you my dear and I truly wish you the best. Cheers my dear.
  • You're so very sweet. I'm an atheist, and I've always tried VERY hard to respect my Christian friends, on or off AB. I really appreciate that you brought it up :)
  • Well thank you, Lisa. As an Agnostic with anti-religious leanings (effectively an Atheist), I can say with all honesty that I try to be respectful of people with different beliefs (in as much as I try to refrain from just saying "You're wrong, you idiot" and the like). Quite frankly though, I often find myself thinking that people take offense or consider me some sort of aggressive jerk when I try to have a dialogue with them on faith. It's good to know that at least some people can appreciate sharing beliefs as a two-way street, rather than thinking that any Atheist who tries to talk to them on religion is tearing down their most deeply held beliefs the moment they say word one about logical Theology.
  • Good thoughts. I agree. A quality I value very much in talking with people is that they can respect my freedom to be different and believe differently as I do the same for them. I add my thanks to all the respectful atheists out there...as well as truly respectful Christians and people of all religions.
  • I havn't had that experience. Maybe I am just in contact with the wrong ones, but the ones I have delt with are very disrepectful...and do not understand the difference between opions (or beliefs) and facts. good to hear that good ones are out there. I always enjoy having inteligent discussions
  • people are people and I have had good intelligent debates and I have had some that got a little unsavory but I'm still here on AB and appreciate all people's input and opinions even when I don't agree with them. Thanks for giving some luv out to the athiests.
  • I've seen it go both ways. It would be unfair to generalize.
  • well said...about time someone comes out and says it...Athiest arent bad people. from what of seen some of them have stronger moral value than most christians i know. just because i dont believe the same doesnt mean im worthy to judge another.(that in itself would be a sin on my part)
  • Thanks! It is easy to respect people who show respect themselves. It's very civil around here compared to some places I've visited, maybe because it's neutral territory compared to a believer or atheist site, and it attracts thoughtful people.
  • I think most are although there are a few who push the envelope a bit. Likewise there are a few religious who are pretty far out. The problem I've seen with christians is that some feel that bible-thumping, preaching and paragraph/verse quotes will make a difference to one who doesn't believe the existence of a god (this is VERY interesting to me as I see this with christians but I've NEVER seen this with muslims). I have one person on my friends list who is a christian and is very true to her faith. She doesn't preach, she doesn't talk down and I've had awesome, respectful conversations with her (as I've also had with others who aren't on my friends list. I have muslims on my friends list who don't preach or talk down. I find all of them to be exceptional people.
  • I have only had one athiest show me any respect. The others tend to like argument.
  • Hey, thanks a lot. +5 for the credit. People confuse disrespect with opinion. Of course if we talk about someones particular god as if they were a regular person, they will get offended, but they don't realize that the difference is they choose to worship, we don't have to worship anything we don't want to so why would be kiss the ass of a "thing" we don't believe in.
  • I have strongly-worded opinions, and perhaps a bit of tooth to my words sometimes, but I do try not to to be directly insulting to any person. Good form to attack an idea. Bad form to attack a person.
  • The majority of people on here, regardless of the reason, are respectful. That's what makes this place sweet yo...:)
  • Wow thanks for asking this LOL sometimes people can be harsh and well you get...+2 ;)
  • As an athiest I have no desire to insult or offend anyone else's beliefs regardless of what they may be. As long as I receive the same respect in return I'm interested in what other people think or believe and the differences between us. Just because one person believes in God and another does not should not mean that either needs to insult the other. I forget where the quote comes from and I may be paraphrasing a little but "I may not agree with your opinions but I will defend to the end your right to express them'.
  • I know I am in the minority but some atheists are very disrespectful. Have a look on the Islam category. Salaam +6

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