Atheism doesn't equate to a lack of moral fiber and it isn't an indicator of an "inherently evil" person. For some reason, it's a common misconception that "nonbelievers" are void of morals and the knowledge of "right-from-wrong," and that is just pure nonsense. The year 2012 has so far been a great year for free-thinkers and the overall acceptance of them in the United States. Still, it seems that some are finding the need to defend themselves against the general lack of understanding of what it means to be an atheist.
This source shares the account of one atheist who wishes this misconception would end, but he's just one out of thousands of people who live without "god." Honestly, it shouldn't take someone defending his or herself to point out this obvious bit of prejudice that seems to be held regarding atheism.
It seems like nonbelievers just can't win in the eyes of some. While they are perceived as nuisances who want to remove "god from schools" (which is only what the separation of church and state is for), they also live their lives like any other human beings and donate to charities and worthy causes. It's little reported on the positive, though!
This weekend, the Rock Beyond Belief concert took place at Fort Bragg, but not without a small amount of controversy. You see, the atheists behind the event wanted to accept food donations to give to hungry U.S. war veterans. Unfortunately, this plan was stopped. That's a shame, because these people were not only expressing their charitable sides, but it was for hungry vets, the men and women who have put themselves out in front of bullets and bombs for our freedoms. It's easy to misunderstand nonbelievers when their charitable contributions are either not reported or stopped altogether. It's a shame!
So why do people misunderstand atheists? Is it because of only what is seen in news reports about prayers being removed from schools and government buildings, or is it ingrained in religious teachings? Will it ever be understood, universally, that lacking a belief in deities doesn't define a moral category?
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