Anything but an Atheist

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A short interesting documentary on the social effects of atheism and the repercussions that can come about due to the admission of being atheist in the United States.

Anything but an Atheist, 7.5 out of 10 based on 285 ratings

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  • Philosophical Ponderer

    I love these theist versus atheist arguments. It always devolves into an endless flame war which seems completely at odds with the core beliefs of each group. Here’s the thing:
    Atheists are people who think about existence, in what they hope is an objective way, and come to the conclusion that a godless universe makes more sense than one with a God. Theists on the other hand believe that existence only makes sense if there is a God. As far as I’m concerned both views are perfectly all right. Theists do not need to argue for the existence of God through logic and deduction because they believe. That is not to say that they are any less intelligent than atheists. Belief is a powerful force in people’s lives and is, perhaps, critical food for the human “soul”. Atheists aren’t amoral people either just because they don’t take their morals from holy texts doesn’t mean they don’t have any. In fact they have the freedom to craft their own moral codes through life which allows for more flexibility and the acceptance of others’ choices that don’t correspond with their own world views. That’s not to say religious moral codes are totally inflexible because they do tend to change with the times as well.

    What I’m trying to say is “Can’t we all just get along?” As an atheist I respect theists’ views and wish them all the best. I would just like the same in turn. I accept anyone and their pursuits so long as they don’t encroach on the freedom of others.

    It saddens me to see how to see how people on either side of this issue debate it. They use a rhetoric filled with hate and accusation, claiming that the other side is amoral or stupid. I recognize that I won’t win a true believer over to side of atheism with words, but I sincerely hope that I can help them see that atheists are no more inherently worse people than the religious.

    I hope that with this post I may facilitate a civil and respectful conversation between the two sides of this argument. Perhaps this is is vain but I have faith that neither side consists of inherently bad and quarrelsome people. Ultimately, I think theists and atheists that post in this context are thoughtful, kind people. Please treat each other with mutual respect.

    We are all good people.

  • Infidel

    Don’t forget Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, and countless others who are two afraid to speak out.

  • David

    Besides the discussion on religion, atheism, agnosticism etcetera; This film does not deserve to be called a documentary. It is merely a selective compilation of news shows and other TV programs adding some biased texts. It would be a documentary if it objectively approached the subject of religion and atheism in US society. Now it is merely as objective as FOX or CNN news. As a European I wonder: Why does it seem that American interest groups tend to polarize discussions (assuming this film was made by an interest group).

  • J

    I’m religious and I find this genuinely sad. I don’t understand how people can be so intolerant. I hope that changes one day.

  • Pete Dixon

    Believers just seem so ill-informed to me.. I’d find it very hard to take seriously any criticism or condemnation from them.

  • Marina

    Totally disagree with the last sentence of the first chapter: “the least violent,most tolerant, most intelligent, most progressive… most hated and mistrusted minority in the United States.” I don’t think that tolerance or intelligence have to do something with the personal beliefs or a person. Atheism is just the denial of an idea of a god (or superior being like that) and being atheist doesn’t make anybody intelligent as well as religion doesn’t make anybody stupid.

    • Naia

      It didn’t say that Atheism MAKES them intelligent. It means that intelligent people tend to gravitate towards Atheism.

  • eojhet

    I don’t see why this has such a high rating. Why do I care what celebrities are atheists? Just put it to sad music and its inspiring? This isn’t a documentary this is shit. Doesn’t do us must justice.

  • rosa

    This makes it sound like Atheism is a separate religion. Its just a name for a people who choose not to have a religion. Completely different thing.

  • Keanon

    I tried to watch this, but then I realized I could just turn on Faux News.

  • Bob

    Jeeze guys, don’t fight. I don’t care if the big bad Christians are mean. Show your moral fiber and deal with it in a wise way, not a petty way in a comment section. Personally, I’m an agnostic, so I don’t consider myself a part of this group, but I deal with judgement all the time too. Also, keep in mind atheism takes a lot of faith- pretty much as much faith as it does to say that you believe in a god. So hop off your high horses, and try to act “generally more intelligent, generally more educated”.in the face of adversity.

  • DoubleD

    I’m getting sick of everyone claiming they know what is and what is not. Religious people are 100% sure there’s god, and now I’m reading this comments and some atheists claiming there’s no god and they’re also certain about it. Untill either side can prove there is or is not, the question is open if you like it or not. In time when we’re leaning toward string theory or thinking about posibility that we’re just a simulation (since particle is somewhere only when it’s observed like pixel on computer screen for example) we have bunch of people claiming they know there’s god and bunch of others claiming they’re certain there is none, like they alredy checked all 11 dimensions and infinite number of possible multiverses. We have so much more to explore and figure out that we’re in no position to make any claim about god. I find it especially crazy and blatantly redicoulus listening to religious people talking about god like they’re drinking coffee with him every day. But If you’re brain washed, manipulated in church since your birth, like some Hitlers Youth, there’s no suprise the power of idea is so strong. And yes, I do think comparison is just fine, since it is quite clear, that christians that got overdose of bible never doubt in it, no matter how much proof you pile in front of them. How simple and beautifull must it be, to be so blatantly ignorant.

    Sorry for my bad english

  • Adam Tanswell

    stop looking for a right. people alway will hate atheist, people that want hope will do anything for it. people are scare and this is why gods & faith make a killing out of people lives . it makes them happy. you will never change this! but its funny how science can prove its wrong and we still talk about.. dumb

  • RedAfroNinja

    This was posted on my birthday!

  • Chitra

    Excellent

  • Svn

    probably this is the reason why the rest of the world is laughing at america for their stupidity

  • Bella

    Who did the poll ? . Is this person an expert on this matter? I think its a bit light on content. I don’t live in the US but I am fascinated . If that is the general representation of intolerance to atheism in America then WOW. Its not really an issue in Australia .I guess It depends on what circles you hang round ? I don’t go Shouting It out , but when asked my religious views, I tell whoever asks that I don’t believe in a god . I don’t see the point labelling myself an Atheist , I feel Its a bit redundant needing a name for not believing . Non believer.

  • Tolly

    I’m a believer, a moderately religious person. My best friend is an atheist by nature, not by
    intellectual decision. God simply doesn’t occur to him one way or the
    other. The concept is not on his radar. He feels no need to hammer
    anyone about anything. We can talk about some of the deepest issues in life, and I consider him to be one of the most spiritual
    people I know through his deep humanism. On the other hand, I have found some of the atheists in my life (though not all) to be disturbingly evangelical people. Almost every conversation somehow comes around to an attempt to convince me of the rightness of their view. I’m an intelligent person, but the attitude of some atheists seems to be, clearly, that no smart individual could possibly believe in God. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had that idea thrown at me. So while I have respect for atheist (non) belief, I really don’t agree with this doc’s contention that atheists are among the most tolerant people out there. There are just as many self-righteous, snob atheists as there are in the Christian Right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/greater.celestin Greater Celestin

      All the people who are atheists are not going to heaven. God is not going to let his son suffer and die on the cross for nothing. People rational this with their human minds & that is not how to rationalize this.

      • collardgreen

        *facepalm*

    • Alaskies

      I believe you are referring to the more militant Atheists, people like Penn Jillette come to mind immediately. And in that sense, you are absolutely right. I, as an American Atheist, try to stay away from people like that. I don’t shove my lack of religion down anybody’s throat, as I don’t expect anybody to shove their Christianity down my throat (although that has happened before). I only speak of my Atheism when the subject of religion comes up, and I don’t argue religion and it’s ridiculousness with believers, only a fool would do that. Everybody has their opinions, and unfortunately, not everybody agrees. I still believe that the vast majority of Atheists are like myself, definitely from experience, in that they don’t insult others’ religion or intelligence for believing, and they only speak about it when the subject comes up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Battlestarcaley Harry Caley

    there are too many people in this forum who can’t even state the correct definitions of Atheism and Agnosticism. GO OUT AND READ THE FUCKING DICTIONARIES AT LEAST! BLOODY FUCK

  • Mr.JamPancake

    I live in Ireland, a Catholic country basically trapped in the middle ages. I am Atheist and I get treated differently because of it. I don’t see how we don’t have a plea to human rights just like gay people and muslim/jewish people who are constantly discriminated against. I also think that it shows the true stupidity of christians when they try to argue that I am a satanist, I don’t believe in fucking satan, in the same way that I don’t believe in god. I just want to finish with my favorite Dawkins quote “I am agnostic about god in the same way that I am agnostic about fairies.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.brown.543 Geoffrey Brown

    This is why I moved to Germany….weird right?

  • Alaskies

    While this poll may be somewhat accurate if you go up to random people on the street and ask them what they think about Atheists, from a much broader perspective, it’s completely full of shit. Atheists don’t get specifically treated any better or worse than Christians or Catholics. The only group of people who unfortunately get berated and shunned by Americans individually are Muslims. This is just what I’ve observed from being a 25 year old American and living through the continually expanding and ever-growing Atheism, and also living through the various terrorist attacks and the way the media purports it, and Muslims as a whole. There is way too big of a percentage of Americans who believe that Islam a political state of mind, and not a religion. It’s a quote I’ve heard many times.

  • Dave78

    I avoid religious people, my aunty and uncle are christians and I never talk to them, because in my mind, they are insane and child abusers (indoctrinating their kids)

  • Josh

    This was an interesting documentary. I enjoyed watching it. However, the exact film could be made coming from the exact opposite viewpoint, which makes it seem unbelievably biased and too much like a blatant propaganda piece…