Conversations I Wish I Had

15 Atheists Describe What It’s Like To Be Judged For Not Having A Religion

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1. “I hate that question, ‘Why are you an Atheist?’ You wouldn’t ever ask someone who’s Christian or Jewish why they believe in what they believe. I just don’t share similar values. I don’t ‘get’ the belief system. There isn’t any disrespect intended, I just see certain weaknesses in religions that I can’t get over and pretend don’t exist.”

— Billy, 21

2. “Anytime I tell someone I’m an Atheist, I feel like they immediately think of me as a lesser person.”

— Sarah, 21

3. “I really admire people who have religion—except for when they’re attacking me for not sharing their beliefs. I sometimes wish I could believe in God, but I also think it’s unfair to pressure me into it. I don’t hate religion, I just don’t understand it.”

— Ray, 22

4. “Look, I went to Catholic school for over 10 years. I know the…

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