Anger at God common, even among atheists
January 1st, 2011
12:15 AM ET

Anger at God common, even among atheists

If you're angry at your doctor, your boss, your relative or your spouse, you can probably sit down and have a productive conversation about it. God, on the other hand, is probably not available to chat.

And yet people get angry at God all the time, especially about everyday disappointments, finds a new set of studies in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

It's not just religious folks, either. People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image - that is, what they imagined God might be like - said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist.

In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers. A separate study also found this pattern among bereaved individuals. This phenomenon is something Exline and colleagues will explore more in future research, which is open to more participants.

It seems that more religious people are less likely to feel angry at God and more likely to see his intentions as well-meaning, Exline's research found.

And younger people tend to be angrier at God than older people, Exline said. She says some of the reasons she's seen people the angriest at God include rejection from preferred colleges and sports injuries preventing high schoolers from competing.

The age difference may have to do with cultural norms, she said. Perhaps previous generations were taught to not question God, whereas younger people today don't have any qualms about it. On the other hand, it might be that as people get older, they learn how to handle these types of feelings better.

Anger at God can strongly resemble feelings you may have against another person, Exline found. God may seem treacherous or cruel when bad things happen, just like another individual might. Your anger may fester even more when there's no good reason for the negative event, such as a natural disaster or a disease, to occur. And strong, longstanding negative emotions of any kind can lead to physical ailments.

Moreover, distress at God is associated with mental health symptoms. Exline and colleagues found that among cancer survivors interviewed once and then again a year later, those who were angry at God at both points in time had the poorest mental and physical health. But the study cannot prove whether anger at God made them feel worse or that feeling worse made them more angry at God.

Just like with people in your life, you can respect and feel anger toward God at the same time. And you can move toward forgiveness by reframing the way you view the negative event: Perhaps God was not responsible for it or that he acted in that way for a reason.

"When people trust that God cares about them and has positive intentions toward them, even if they can’t understand what those intentions or meanings are, it tends to help to resolve anger," she said.

Granted, these studies aren't definitive; they are steps forward in this emerging field of inquiry and not the final word on the subject.

But we see it in the real world, too. Jeff Crim listens to people's anger at God all the time - specifically, people who are dying. He's a chaplain and bereavement coordinator North Star Hospice in Calhoun, Georgia, and has found that it's important to find a way to express your anger at God in order to deal with it.

Expressing anger can be cathartic, and help you move on, but how you do it is deeply personal, Crim said. Crim himself will speak aloud to God, but others find solace in a trusted spiritual leader or other person to confide in about their anger at a higher power.

"What they need is a safe place to express their anger, to know that their anger has been heard and listened to," he said.

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  1. Brooklyn Boy

    This has got to be one of the dumbest articles I have ever seen on a major media outlet. As an atheist, I DON"T BELIEVE IN GOD. Why would I get angry at an IMAGINARY CHARACTER?

    January 3, 2011 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. deejay

    Interesting discussion. Too Bad This "University", isn't listed on any Top 1000+ universities/colleges in the US, it isn't even ranked globally on any list, that I could find. As always, everyone has an angle, gotta write to eat I guess..

    January 3, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Case Western Reserve University? Why it's the 127th best University in the world, tied with the University of Rochester. If you got "gentleman's Bs" in high school, this is a great opportunity for you!

      January 3, 2011 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • Nonimus

      Just curious, what are "gentleman's B's"?

      January 3, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      "Gentleman's C's" reputedly came from the old days of Harvard and Yale where the wealthy students who did poorly in a course were given nothing lower than a C. Back then the well-funded intellectual lightweight could get through those Ivy league schools. I turned it into a B because it was high school, and these days a 3.0 grade point average won't get you into a very good college. I think I was too obscure.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:36 | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Masters

    First of all, it's impossible for atheists to be angry at God because they don't believe in God. This article is just dumb. Second of all, most atheists used to think unreasonably at one point in their younger lives, and therefore believed in Christian nonsense. When an atheist "gets angry at God", it's probably because they are still used to being angry at this nonsense and is just a temporary attempt to focus the anger towards something and they do so towards another person because it's easier. Since they used to be Chrsitain, they might think of God when they do this. But I believe what's mostly true is that atheists are more angry at the Christians themselves, not God, because it is the nature of the Christian to be evil. Not surprising, since they worship an evil god. And atheists generally don't like evil. So there you go.

    January 3, 2011 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Saying that the nature of a Christian is to be evil is a little out there.
      My parents were Christians so I was brought up as a Christian.
      That's reasonable.

      I just looked around, and if it didn't make sense, I didn't believe in it.
      I don't see religious people being inherently evil, I think most are common decent people.
      The difference is they believe in some creator or divine being and I don't.
      That's about it.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      You have it exactly Joe. I'm not angry at any god. I don't believe there is a god. And even if there is, the very idea that we humans could even remotely understand or know the mind of any god is beyond arrogant especially when said people thought the earth was flat and that demons created disease.

      No, the people I'm angry with are the followers. The religious people themselves are the problem. I have never seen so much evil as the evil that has come out of religious people. They are cruel, thoughtless, and selfish, and they do it under the guise of love, when its obviously they've never known love or they wouldn't behave as they do. The bible, the quran, and all the other religious books are just books. Not worth any more than the paper they are written on. But the behavior of their followers... THAT is something to truly hate.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • raforrester

      @Melissa I would take you more seriously if you said "some followers" instead of making a blanket statement about all of them. But if you look at Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Mao, and all of THEIR followers, I think you'll find that there is much more evil by atheists than by followers of most religions. Headlines always point out the most horrible incidents, but most Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc. are actually kind to each other and to people of other religions, and their religious beliefs help them in that direction.

      Another thing is that regardless of the beliefs of any religious group, they may still try to justify greedy or warlike behavior in terms of their religion, when it is just their human nature that is driving them. In other words, often religion is an excuse for bad behavior, not the cause of it.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • Joe Masters

      @ Raforrester: Anyone who claims to be a Christian or such and who is nice, is NOT following their religion the way it was meant to be followed. And don't tell me that bad Chrsitians only use their religion as an excuse when we have the Bible specifically commanding its followers to kill, torture, and harm just about every type of people in the world. The best example there is of religion causing evil AND someone who has used their Christian religion as an excuse to do evil is Hitler, the most famous evil Christian in the world. Perhaps you heard of him. Further more, when atheists do someohting evil, it is becuse they are evil, and not because their atheism is commanding them to to do evil like your Bible does.

      January 3, 2011 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
  4. STLBroker

    A wise man once said. "Nobody talks as much about God as those that claim not to believe in Him".

    That is very evidently true from reading these posts.

    January 3, 2011 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Your wise man sure lacked wisdom. Maybe you should shop around for a better wise man.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:23 | Report abuse |
    • Anglican

      I agree. So much said about the God they do not believe in.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:26 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      Wow. Your wise man is an idiot. And much is said about it because you bloody people won't leave us alone about it. If you'd butt out of atheists lives, you wouldn't hear from us anymore.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      These posts were caused by an article saying "Atheists were mad at God."
      That's really all there is to it.
      Most clarified that you can't be an atheist if you are angry at god.
      Next think I know its a debate.
      Hey! I'm all game! 🙂

      January 3, 2011 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
  5. Andy

    1..Article implies most atheist "at some point in their life" (before becomming atheists obviously) was the most angry with God.
    2. The article mentions that youth is more angry with God than older people
    3. You do the math, but sounds like good news to me for the future...

    January 3, 2011 at 16:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tommas

      " According to a recent survey by Trinity College in Connecticut, 15 percent of Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. That number has almost doubled since 1990. And now a growing number of atheists are forming their own congregations of sorts, with atheist and humanist societies experiencing a surge in new membership."
      ..... there is hope for man kind

      January 3, 2011 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    those of us who do not believe in God would never talk about him again if those of you who believe in God would just f***ing stop it.

    January 3, 2011 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay

      forgot to hit the reply button.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
    • jbutler

      You are so right jay. I have to drive by numerous christian billboards everyday.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
    • Anglican

      Jay, that makes no sense. If one believes in something, or anything, he can and should talk about it. If there is no belief, discussion is moot.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      So you're saying if I believe in something that you don't believe in, I should talk about it constantly and you should have to shut up because you don't believe in it?

      How about evolution, gay marriage, freedom of speech, science, materialism, and humanistic ethics? Are you saying that Christians should never discuss those things?

      January 3, 2011 at 18:00 | Report abuse |
  7. Drew

    Natural selection..... the sheep is the only animal known to man without a natural offensive weapon or natural means of defense. In short, they need us to survive and there is no human argument against that . They are the answer to all the questions you have been asking yourselves this whole time whether you choose to accept it or not. Its not a trick or a farce. The opposite of the Truth is a lie, lies are far easier to live by than the truth, its your decision to take the easy path or the more difficult one.

    January 3, 2011 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sjenner

      Drew, you're wrong. Sheep have natural offensive weapons, in the form of horns and a thick skull. They can be quick and agile. But like any prey species, their greatest advantage lies in their numbers. Ultimately, like all domesticated animals, sheep have had the aggressive traits and dangerous defensive attributes bread out of them. For a wild sheep, in full muscular and dangerous glory, see the Mouflon. Ultimately, all that's happened is that humans have supplanted evolution in picking and choosing traits conducive to reproduction. Accordingly, like dogs, cows & etc., sheep will die out if we cease to exist, as the traits that made them successful with humans will no longer be an advantage in a wild and hungry world (either they'll all be eaten or they'll evolve to a more aggressive, stronger and more agile form–which has been proven possible in only a few generations).

      January 3, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • Ituri

      Drew, I don't think you've actually thought this through.

      Sheep, as in modern sheep today, were ARTIFICIALLY bred by man for domestication. They have no survival weaponry because we bred every potent instinct out of them, just like we took the wolf out of the chihuahua.

      Now, the wild cousins we bred sheep from, something like goats, have some rather potent horns they use to bash one anothers heads in. Tell me thats not a natural defense. Or, at least, come up with an example that doesn't include mans influence toward domestication.

      January 3, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • sjenner

      Drew, Ituri and I are coming at this from the same angle. We've shown where sheep come from. You need to substantiate your argument, either by submitting a better example, or plausibly defending your original example.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      sjenner, you are talking about a ram, I am talking about a sheep, bahh bahhh

      January 3, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      pitbulls are domesticated too right?

      January 3, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Isn't worshiping sheep pagan?
      I'm not sure where you're going with this.
      I thought this was a discussion about religion and atheism.
      I'm pretty sure this is kinda off topic.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • sjenner

      Drew, a ram is a male sheep. An ewe is a female sheep. Further, yes, pitbulls are domesticated. They evolved like all other dogs from wolves. (Dogs are over 99% similar to wolves, and mitochondrial DNA studies have actually traced the dog genome directly to the wolf.) Actually, the great diversity of different dog breeds proves my point regarding sheep.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • taildragon

      How old are you, Drew?

      January 3, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
    • taildragon

      I only ask because the idea of a debate is you present your point, the opposition reduces it to rubble, you try to resurrect it. Focus. Sheep...evolution...

      January 3, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • Not Anonymous

      Hamanahamana-wha?! I’m not even sure what your argument is here, but if it’s what I think it is (that since sheep have no defense mechanism except for humans that they could not have been naturally selected for and thus were created by god) you’ve a bit more research to do before drawing such a broad conclusion from such a dubious statement. First off, last time I checked Sheep have hooves and can kick pretty hard like any other hooved animal. The tendency to herd together is also a defense mechanism. Second off, just because Sheep don’t have razor sharp teeth or 5 inch retractable claws and a coat of wool which changes color to match its surroundings (awesome though that would be!) doesn’t mean they couldn’t have survived the pressures of natural selection. Consider that the sheer ratio of numbers of Sheep to their predators is enough to ensure that each generation is not likely to be wiped out by such creatures. Lastly, your depiction of truth as a dichotomy is misleading. There is actual truth to be found in this universe, but it is impossible for any human to be 100% sure of anything as to do so we must know everything to do so. Knowledge is a spectrum.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Man you all just made Mary's little lamb out to be a killer. The point being is that sheep have been domesticated for roughly 10,000 years we are to believe. You all have created your own illusions for what you want a sheep to be. If it was not for us they would not be around. I do not need to paint a clearer picture for you. Narrow minded is the conclusion I am coming to from your responses.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Um, Mary's little lamb was a baby, not an adult sheep. Adult sheep are quite capable of butting and can do some serious damage, even the domesticated ones.

      You really have poor science understanding. Drew, I'm sorry, but you are seriously outmatched in this discussion, although obviously you have no concept of your complete lack of mental abilities. Don't bother to try for medical school dear, keep to sweeping the floor.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:26 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      @ Drew

      I'll bite.
      If not for us sheep would not be around.
      If that is all, can we get back on topic?

      January 3, 2011 at 20:53 | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Sheep "are the answer to all the questions you have been asking yourselves" ? Let's try it out.

      What is the best way to describe Christians? Sheep.

      What is the answer to Drew's dating problem? Sheep.

      You are right, Drew! Sheep is the answer! Wow, I never thought that would come of your post, but there it is.

      Thanks to our resident theologian Drew, who has proven conclusively that the existence of sheep proves the existence of god.

      January 4, 2011 at 01:48 | Report abuse |
    • Not Anonymous

      Drew, I’m only writing this in the thin hope that you are not the troll you appear to be. You drew a conclusion from an assertion that is demonstrably wrong, and have been called out on it. The slightest bit of googling will back up this fact. Rather than respond to people countering your conclusion and assertion with either a counter-point or an admission of your mistake, you ignore them and claim that those people are being narrow-minded which, even pre-supposing you are correct and they are wrong, makes no sense as many substantive responses were given to your post and the issue was not just dismissed without validation as a narrow-minded person would.

      If you really care about knowing the truth and not believing lies, then it behooves you to double-check your facts when they are called into question. Not to do so is your decision to “take the easy path” by choosing to go on possibly living by a lie as opposed to the more difficult path, which could result in an admission that you are incorrect. Even though I thought there was little chance I was wrong, I still did a small amount of searching to confirm what I thought about sheep defense mechanisms and even learned something in the process. The least you can do is make a similar effort rather than dismissing the many responses to you without validation.

      January 5, 2011 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
  8. Amanda

    If an atheist gets mad at God, then they are not an atheist. What a stupid article.

    January 3, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Drew

    Oh and Melissa take a chill pill girl, Lord have mercy on your troubled soul 🙂

    January 3, 2011 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Melissa

      Religious people learn to butt out and there will be no need for a chill pill. I'm sick to death of being ambushed by Mormons on the street who seem to think its their duty to harass a woman alone while they are two big men whether its about religion or not. And I'm sick to death of constantly hearing religious people think they should get their butts kissed and not pay taxes like the rest of us.

      I don't care what you believe in, just leave everyone else out of it.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
  10. Joseph

    I simply refuse to believe that the reporter involved in this farce actually spoke to a single real atheist. Yellow journalism has no place here. I'm greatly disappointed that CNN allowed this to happen.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      I agree.
      That's honestly what got me posting.
      God doesn't make me angry, dismissing me like I don't exist did.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
  11. raforrester

    Just as many people believe in God for the wrong reasons, I am sure that many atheists also disbelieve in God for the wrong reasons. Many people posting comments here assume that all atheists are rational, intelligent, well-informed people, who have thought out their atheism very carefully. Well, maybe many of them are not so rational about their beliefs, and are just angry at something that happened, like the loss of a parent or spouse or child. That doesn't make them hypocritical, just bitter. And I repeat it doesn't mean that all atheists are that way. I have known some of each.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kate

      (shrug) I never had, and I know several hundred atheists. I do know some people don't have clear definitions of the words agnostic and atheists. Most theists have both completely wrong.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:22 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      I think you are mistaking lapsed religious people who have chosen to shun their old god out of anger or hurt with atheists. Those people are not atheists, they are just pi$$ed believers. I've known sever ex-evangelicals that lost faith and had many anger issues with their god. They were not atheists, though they tended to hangout with atheists (perhaps to further pi$$ off their god?).

      January 4, 2011 at 00:45 | Report abuse |
  12. STLBroker

    There are a lot of passionate atheist on here with very passionate opinions about not believing in something. One would think that if one doesn't believe in something, they wouldn't have a strong feeling about it one way or the other and certainly wouldn't seek out every opportunity to tell everyone that they don't believe in something.

    I can understand a Christian being passionate about their belief because there are so many out there that want to call them insane or stupid for believing what they do. I don't understand an atheist being passionate about not believing in God. Just don't believe and respect other peoples right TO believe.

    All this passion suggests that the article might be true. Atheist secretly realize there is a God but for whatever reason they continue to publicly denounce him and attack anyone who claims to believe in Him.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Melissa

      What a load of idiotic crap you just spouted.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Let's use Zeus as an example.
      Let's say that I wrote an article saying Christians actually pray to Zeus.
      Wouldn't that get you a little hot?

      It's the same thing.
      My lack of belief is just as strong as your belief.
      Both sides would therefore get angry.
      Seems like common sense to me.
      It's not a mystery.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • SeanNJ

      Yeah, that is pretty bad. lol

      Anyway, I'm done for the day. Gotta get back to trying to convince everyone the sky isn't purple, which means it is. And the louder I proclaim it's lack of purpleness, the purpler it gets.


      January 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "Atheist secretly realize there is a God but for whatever reason they continue to publicly denounce him and attack anyone who claims to believe in Him."

      In fact you did it too.
      Now do you see where the anger comes from? LOL

      January 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      Wow broker, you really need to learn to think outside the box. Atheist care because we are HUMANISTS and can't sit ideally by as the rest of man kind is stuck in a dangerous lie. We want are species to evolve to its full potential and religion is greatly hampering that possibility if not threatening the survival of our species.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
  13. Ani

    I feel the headline and study is a little misleading.

    The key piece: ". . .People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image – that is, what they imagined God might be like. . ."

    So this hatred toward god could be seen as "past hatred" or a "hypothetical situation." Right. Some atheists once believed in god and probably held hatred toward their god. But they weren't atheists at the time so that doesn't mean anything. You cannot hate something you don't even believe to exist. You can hate what a belief in god might do to people, but that isn't hating god.

    And atheists were asked about "what IF god existed?"? Really? Please. What a ridiculous poll and what a ridiculous article.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. STLBroker

    Melissa, thanks for helping prove my point. There is no reason for you to be that angry about someone having a different belief system.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Yes there was.
      You said she's a liar and actually worships a god.
      That is a VERY GOOD reason to get upset. LOL

      January 3, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      You called me a liar, you twit. You don't think that would make me angry? Are you five?

      January 3, 2011 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • jcourt

      Exactly. Atheists simply do not believe in any god, just as they don't believe in unicorns or fairies. I'm an atheist and very happy, and I know a lot of atheists who are happy, not angry, not bitter. We only get angry at PEOPLE who constantly try to shove their ridiculous fantasy god-belief system down our throats. Atheist don't care what anyone else believes, but when you theists keep trying to put your fantastical beliefs in our laws or try to impost them on me, then I get mad. Why do you all have such a desperate need to think atheists are angry and bitter and actually really, secretly believe in god? On a side note, the only people who I see preaching and spreading hate and intolerance and violence in the world are people of religion, ESPECIALLY Christians.

      January 3, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      STLbroker, you are abusive and a liar.

      Which is par for the course for theists.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:20 | Report abuse |
  15. rev.larry JOHN cazer

    on ,sunday night CNN news showed my home town,out side of LAKE CHARLES,LA. call mossville,thoses refinery,are killing my people,i have said that 2 say THANK YOU CNN. now let us get 2 this ? is there a GOD,that made everything.if i say yes there is a GOD,that made everthing,i will have 2 back it up with PROOF!!!my PROOF is,coming this place call mossville,la.we were 2to 3 years behind the schools in st.louis,mo.,they put me out of grade school because i was 2 old ,the SISTERs put me iinto a all boy highschool,it was the same,i could not read good or write good,so,i got put out for about a week,so,i told THE FATHER,the man in charge,and my MOTHER and my older brother,rudy,i want 2 be a SOLDIER,FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,they all yell out loud,you are 2 young,you only 16,years of age,so,the FATHER talk 2 my mother and daddy,and they sign for me 2 be a SOLDIER in the ARMY.NOW I TELL YOU THE TRUTH,YES THERE IS A GOD,i TALK WITH HIM,AND HIS,ANGEL,30 days after the big storms hit the gulf coast.you say ok, where is the PROOF,MY PROOF IS THE HOLY WORD OF GOD,AND OVER 200 PHOTOS TAKEN FROM APRIL 2005--DEC.2010,THE WARNINGS ,HAVE NOT CHANGE,{STEM CELL} IS AGAINST HEAVEN AND THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD,WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.

    January 3, 2011 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Well there you have it.
      Larry says there is a God.
      That makes it hard to dispute 🙂

      January 3, 2011 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas


      January 3, 2011 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
  16. Greg

    Oh, God, why did you create me an atheist? I hate thee ...

    January 3, 2011 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. rev.larry JOHN cazer


    January 3, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Not even a god could fix that capitalization, punctuation, and grammar bomb that you just dropped on us.

      January 3, 2011 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
    • Tommas

      He makes it sound like a single giant stem cell (not cells) is going to destroy the earth, like something out of a star trek episode.

      January 3, 2011 at 18:15 | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      And when you good Christians get to heaven, you will get to spend the rest of eternity with Rev. Larry John Cazer.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:26 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I'm angry at Optimus Prime for sacrificing himself to save humanity and leaving us with racist robots and a whiny white kid that got to go to robot heaven.

      January 4, 2011 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
  18. eddie

    haha thats awesome

    January 3, 2011 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. billy

    I think my crazy uncle larry is off his meds again

    January 3, 2011 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Matthew

    I just arrived here, so why is there a section in the comments that is just giving me facts about sheep?

    January 3, 2011 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tommas

      Because sheeple don't understand the concept or artificial selection. They think god created corn and pink pigs

      January 3, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      That would be Drew.
      He never got around to explaining whatever it was he was trying to say.
      I think he was trying to disprove atheism or something.

      January 3, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
  21. Debbie

    Believers seem to continually misunderstand what atheists feel about God. We are not angry at God because we don't believe he exists. It would be like being angry at Zeus or Vishnu. They are all mythological beings to us.

    January 3, 2011 at 18:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Peanut

    All atheists are mad at God because no one is born atheist. We are curious beings and ask questions all the time about everything in life. Who made this toy? Who made this car? Why is the sky blue? and so on. We know that we are created by the mounds of evidence showing his handiwork. The REAL QUESTION IS THIS: Why does God allow suffering? The Bible clearly answers that question as well as WHO really is to blame. He gave us free will. Free will for the person who chooses to smoke , he will suffer those consequences. Those who have found the TRUTH about who God is and all the accompanying why's are not confused by this at all. Seek out those who visit you to tell you the TRUTH about God. They will tell you the truth.

    January 3, 2011 at 18:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jay

      "All atheists are mad at God because no one is born atheist." – Nobody is born a Platonist, either. Atheism is a complex idea and you have to arrive at it. I reject your assertion that this statement necessitates the opposite–that people are born theists. Asking questions like "why is the sky blue" does not make you a theist. You are not born believing in God. You are born asking questions, and if your parents are not Atheists, then a lot of the answers they give you are "God." That's where it comes from. As for the question of why God allows suffering, I do not see anything in the Bible which suggests free will. The God in the Bible knows everything that will ever happen before he even says "let there be light." He made the garden, the snake, the fruit, the man and the woman... he decided what kind of man to make Adam, what kind of woman to make Eve... God could make a man who would not take the fruit. Why didn't he? The assertion that the Bible supports free will just doesn't add up. And what about my free will? I don't have the same choice as Adam... to eat the fruit and see or leave it and stay ignorant. I am born seeing. If I have free will, some kind of free will in spite of the sinful nature mentioned many times by the Apostle Paul, surely it is a diminished free will, a free will which is seen "through a glass, darkly," when compared to the true free will God supposedly offered to Adam. Adam had free will not tainted by natural proclivity for sin... or so the story says.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      LOL, you have to tell a kid about a god before they can believe in him. Curiosity about how thing originate does not imply belief as you would, well like to believe.

      Nobody has ever had the same 'Truth' when asked. So I guess you all must be liars, which I'm sorry to say includes you. Not a moral thing to do, now is that?

      January 3, 2011 at 19:18 | Report abuse |
  23. Simon

    I can get angry at anything that I have an appropriate mental representation of. As a kid, I got angry at the Easter Bunny for putting eggs too close to the heater and at Santa Claus for getting me the wrong toys. Finally, proof that I really believe in the existence of both! I also find Bugs Bunny can evoke mirth in me, so presumably my emotional response is proof I believe in the existence of all the cartoons I've ever laughed at. I get angry at cupboards that I bump my head on, and sometimes even hit them back – that'll learn 'em! The cupboards exist, but I don't ascribe malevolent intent or infinite supernatural power to them.

    Belief (and disbelief) are part of the functioning or the reasoning conscious mind. Emotions are part of the unreasoning instinctive mind. I don't see a good argument for the action of one necessarily implying a certain state in another. Living in the society that I do, I have a fairly well established mental representation of God. Anything that I have a mental representation of can become the subject of an emotion. Having a mental representation does not imply that I believe the subject of it exists.

    January 3, 2011 at 18:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. peter

    Wow peanut do you generalize much? How can I even consider you comment credible when you have such huge gaps in your reasoning?

    January 3, 2011 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Justina

    No, the younger generation in free countries today is sickening spoiled; the reason they are angrier all the time. Atheists make up their own imaginary god and are angry, not knowing the true God. Both are hopeless. Christian education urgently needed world-wide.

    January 3, 2011 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      Well sure, yeah. That was logical...

      January 4, 2011 at 00:35 | Report abuse |
  26. peter

    Ya because there is a huge amount of evidence for creationism right?

    January 3, 2011 at 18:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Gigi56

    Why are atheists always so worked up about what everybody else believes or believes in? If you are not a believer then, it's irrational to spend all your time being angry at said non-existent deity. Get on with your life and leave the rest of us alone. If there is such a thing as a good-quality atheistic life then prove it by living it. Personally, I have yet to see it.

    January 3, 2011 at 18:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anglican

      I agree. There seems to me a good amount of anger from the Atheist in this blog toward the Faithful. Whether this can be demonstrated in behavioral sciences (re. the article above) remains.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      My my, do you know no atheists? Atheists are upset at being pushed around, which they are constantly. I'm sorry you don't like it when people stand up for themselves. We aren't going to stop just because it personally annoys you.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Gigi, Atheists are a persecuted minority. If anybody even hears that you're an Atheist, you're sure to have a bunch of people around you trying to get you to see the light in no time. Some Atheists have fun with it, because they like to argue, but others just want to be left alone! Some want to argue at times, but often find they can't get away when they don't want to talk about it anymore! The point is, you people have a thing called "evangelism" and it means we can't be left in peace for even a moment unless we take great pains to disguise our disbelief. I, for one, will not be marginalized and put on the fringe of society because I won't sign up for your faith. I won't simply stand by and keep silent, living in a society where Atheist is a dirty word and it is taken for granted that "The American People" want things that only Christians would want. Everybody assumes Christian dominance, and I don't want to be dominated. I have to speak about being an Atheist because I have to shout at the top of my lungs, "I EXIST," simply to be acknowledged in a country where my world view is constantly vilified and railed against by politicians and reporters and ignorant Christians who have learned to use the internet.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:21 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      "Why are atheists always so worked up about what everybody else believes or believes in? If you are not a believer then, it's irrational to spend all your time being angry at said non-existent deity."

      You just hit the nail on the head actually.
      Like this article you are saying we are angry at a God.
      None of us really care what you believe, but when you try to tell us what we believe it gets annoying.

      Atheists don't believe in (nor are we angry at) a god.
      Those that tell us we do get us angry.
      That's the basics of it. 🙂

      January 3, 2011 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
    • jcourt

      Please. It's the Christians and their fantasy belief system that CONSTANTLY keeps trying to shove their belief down everyone's throat. As soon as you Christians STFU, stop trying to tell other people how to live, stop trying to get your idiotic beliefs codified in the laws, stop putting up tens of thousands of billboards trying to sell your fantasies, STOP giving money to causes that interfere with how others choose to live...
      So until then, Christians/et all STFU.

      January 3, 2011 at 19:59 | Report abuse |
    • TikiHead

      Gigi56, Please stop posting on the Internet. I accidentally read your post and lost some brain cells.

      January 5, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
  28. Clark1b

    without God ... who gets to be the final arbiter of "good" .... you? or me? or somebody like Hitler? or Mother Theresa?

    and if each of our oppinions of "good" or of equal weight and value ... then, why have laws, or ethics committees .... and why is peace any better than war?

    January 3, 2011 at 18:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • HS

      I'm not sure what morality has to do with anger. *shrug* Perhaps morality is an argument for God, but it's not an argument for atheist to be angry with a being they don't believe in.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:34 | Report abuse |
  29. Angry Voter

    Aren't you a little old for imaginary friends?

    Maybe it's time to grow up and take responsibility for your own actions?

    January 3, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Kate

    I've never known an atheist or agnostic that reported being angry at a god. Makes as much sense as having a Christian being angry at Zeus. If you don't believe, you don't believe and that leaves out having an emotional relationship with whatever it is. Seems like something is being left out here in perhaps people's definition or as other people have notice, the anger was in the past when they were believers.

    January 3, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • REasoned1

      Perhaps, deep within their sub-conscious, many so called atheists actually believe in a higher power.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:39 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      AC or DC?

      January 4, 2011 at 00:31 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Or perhaps deep down we all believe in magic carrots. Makes as much sense.

      January 4, 2011 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
  31. Jennifer J

    My only comment is "why is this article is in the Health section?"

    January 3, 2011 at 19:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lauren

      Because of the minuscule portion that mentions mental health. That, and faith and beliefs are largely mental.

      January 4, 2011 at 01:07 | Report abuse |
  32. shawbrooke

    I think that some people really believe in God, but they feel that if they say so, other people will discriminate against them for it. A child I know came home from school with the idea that God, the Easter bunny and Santa are all either real or not real, and she was tending to not real. As to what brought this up, it was her teacher who said that God was mean and hurting people and then later that day that God was just as real as the Easter bunny. To the 9 year old mind, that's a contradiction and therefore it sticks because she expects the world to be logical.

    I think that the teacher actually does believe in God, and she wanted God to protect her from something that was happening to her. But she could not say so, because in the public school system everyone has to be a secular humanist, so the teacher "corrected herself" with the second comment. I hope that she talks to someone who is a believed to work this out.

    But I doubt it. She married someone exciting but not reliable and she is always hoping that he will change. Most likely something that he is doing is affecting her badly, again. I'm not sure if she wants God to fix him – which he would strenuously resist – or whether she wants God to protect her from him even though she won't protect herself.

    January 3, 2011 at 19:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. Sniffles

      You know a 9-year-old who got married?

      January 3, 2011 at 19:57 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Your speculations on someone elses 9 year old childs teacher do not bring much relevance to the topic.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:02 | Report abuse |
    • jcourt

      Ahahahaaa! What in the hell are you even talking about??? Your nonsensical blathering is hilarious.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse |
    • ctaya

      "I think that some people really believe in God, but they feel that if they say so, other people will discriminate against them for it. "
      I am afraid that it is the other way round.


      In a study by the researchers in University of Minnesota in 2006, it was found that "Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society”. Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry."
      "Atheists, who account for about 3 percent of the U.S. population, offer a glaring exception to the rule of increasing social tolerance over the last 30 years"

      January 4, 2011 at 05:39 | Report abuse |
  33. Blessed Geek

    When we leave and go to heaven, there will be 12 tribes – one of those tribes are called Atheists.

    January 3, 2011 at 19:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      I think I saw that episode on Survivor Valhalla.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:04 | Report abuse |
  34. Jesus The Saviour

    For me, I get angry about people than God, such as the American dream of greed and apathy especially in the Republican party with it goal to destroy heath care and trying proof that global warming does not exist.

    January 3, 2011 at 20:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Mr. Sniffles

    And just what do people believe in? According to polls,
    – 60 percent believe in the devil;
    – 42 percent believe in ghosts;
    – 32 percent believe in UFOs
    – 29 percent believe they have been in touch with the dead
    – 26 percent believe in astrology
    – 23 percent believe in witches
    – 20 percent believe in reincarnation – that they were once another person
    – 18 percent believe they have experienced ghosts

    Belief is a wonderful thing.

    January 3, 2011 at 20:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mark

      Whats wrong with witches? 🙁
      Mark me down as one of the 23%.
      My neighbor is Wiccan.

      January 3, 2011 at 20:28 | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      I am a bit confused. You say you do not believe in God, but you believe in witches because your neighbor is Wiccan. Wiccans believe in the God and the Goddess. Do you believe in alternative gods, or are you just feeling solidarity with your neighbor. No insult intended; you seem an interesting person.

      By the way, I would have been far more likely to vote for your neighbor than Christine O'Donnell.

      January 3, 2011 at 21:31 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      It has nothing to do with my personal beliefs really, she introduced herself to me as wiccan and told me she was a witch so I do believe they exist having met one.
      Unless she lied to me. hehe

      January 3, 2011 at 22:00 | Report abuse |
    • James Wentworth

      I have Mormons and evangelicals as neighbors. I will happily trade you for your Wiccan. Any day. Seriously. I will pay the costs of moving them. Feel free to add some Druids and Church of Satan neighbors, too. They could not possibly be as nosey as my neighbors, and they would be a lot more interesting.

      January 3, 2011 at 22:45 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      You just may be suffering from pagan envy!

      January 4, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
  36. HS

    I'm an atheist, and I'm not angry with God. I wish there was a God, but I don't believe there is one. It's very difficult to be angry with imaginary beings, except Voldermort perhaps, he was really evil. I'm glad that Voldemort is dead.

    January 3, 2011 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Darwinfisch

    Worst. Article. Ever.

    January 3, 2011 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. JimmyCracksCapriCorns

    God damn it CNN – stop trying to imitate Fox News!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • burno

      They keep sliding to the right, but can't go far enough to win over Fox watchers. That's why they're failing so spectacularly.

      I can't say I'll miss CNN.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse |
  39. Dave Donahue

    Psalms 2 verse 1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing.
    Psalms 14 verse 1 The fool has said in his heart,There is no God.

    And such a fool was I, until I had a life changing experience with the Holy Spirit out in the bush. No church, no music. Just me and the Holy One Blessed be His Name forever. Dave

    January 3, 2011 at 20:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sanjosemike

      Dave, please do not quote from the bible. I know it is authoritative to you. But to many of us, it is simply senseness drivel.

      January 3, 2011 at 21:42 | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      I'm sure Muslims, think of you as "heathen", or at least being mislead as a person following the wrong prophet.
      I'm sure there are Bantu who feel sorry for those mislead by their false gods.
      I'm sure mystics everywhere who have had their authoritative experience in the bush would laugh at yours.

      Dave, you were in desperate straits, perhaps starving or life-threatened or fully confused, and the idea of Christianity you had been exposed to your whole life was there to take advantage of you when your mental-immune system was down.

      That's all.

      Read "Losing Faith in Faith. From Preacher to Atheist" by Dan Barker. If you do, I will read the Bible again. Not the OT (can't stomach the unnecessary violence again), but I can read the NT and my favorite book by a Quaker mystic, "A Testament of Devotion" by Thomas R. Kelly if it will get you to a better place.

      January 3, 2011 at 23:19 | Report abuse |
  40. John T

    How on earth can an atheist be mad at a god that does exist for them. It's nonsense. It makes more sense to be mad at a guy from australia that has never been seen or heard.

    More silly and misleading headlines.

    January 3, 2011 at 21:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Booker T

      Is not being seen or heard a common problem for Australians?

      January 3, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      If an Australian falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?

      January 4, 2011 at 00:09 | Report abuse |
  41. sanjosemike

    Like many have posted here, it's really hard to be "angry" at something/someone who does not exist and never did. It seems like an exercise in futility. That said, the "god" of the Old Testament certainly appears to be a narcissistic psychopath. The god of the Quran comes in at a close second. sanjosemike

    January 3, 2011 at 21:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. JimmyD

    I think that Marx's famous quotation that "Religion is the opiate of the masses" is inaccurate. I think that religion is actually the benzodiazepine of the masses. But if Valium had been around in Marx's day, I am sure that is what he would have said.

    January 3, 2011 at 21:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      Valium and opium do not cause their users to torture people in inquisitions, burn people at the stake, fly airliners into buildings, protest funerals hang witches, go on murderous crusades, exist in extended states of delusion, and oppress everyone who does not agree with them.

      Religion is the meth of the masses.

      January 3, 2011 at 22:17 | Report abuse |
  43. rak

    I think that Atheist are crying out for attention. They are lonely and never had the nurturing of friends and family. They want someone to lead them to the answer they are so searching for. They want to believe but are afraid to feel vulnerable to everyone else

    January 3, 2011 at 22:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      If you actually believeTHAT fantasy, it is no wonder your believe in gods. 😉 wow.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:11 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I think atheists just want to be left alone.
      We are happy you have found God.
      That's great.
      But do you have to tell us about it?
      You really don't.
      That's what atheists really want.
      To quit having god shoved down our throats. 🙂

      January 4, 2011 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      No, I don't want to start lying to myself that there magic beings. That's entirely against my being. I have no concept how people can do that. Pretending is fine in the bedroom with the wife, but trying to do that all day to yourself? That's a disgusting idea!

      January 4, 2011 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • Mike B.

      I grew up in a very nurturing and loving family. I myself have a wonderful family (wife, daughter, and son). I would consider myself very lucky and happy.

      But I do not want to believe in fairy tales or myths. There is no god or all powerful spirit pulling levers behind the observable world. And I am not angry. Did I just blow your mind?

      January 4, 2011 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
  44. Lance

    I'm an Atheist who is not crying out for attention. I have an incredibly loving family, and friends to match. That's part of why I don't need a comforting, invisible, alleged God. I searched for my own answers and don't need anyone to lead me to an answer.

    That's the essence of the difference "rak". People like me find our own answers to our questions. People like you "want some to lead them to the answer".

    Those are your words. You let someone lead you so you could stop deciding for yourself.

    I let know one take my decisions and conclusions away from me.

    The existence of God would be extraordinary. It would require extraordinary proof, correct?

    And yet there is no evidence at all.

    Otherwise you guys wouldn't call it "faith".

    January 3, 2011 at 22:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Earl

    To be a "God pusher", you have to have the arrogance to believe that you are right and everyone else is wrong. On the other hand, if you believe you can be "good", isn't that good defined by wisdom passed down through religion? As we go round and round, if something speaks to you, go for it!

    January 3, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • MarkinFL

      "ggod" defined by religion? Certainly not MY definition. Now "evil" is well defined by religion and it is frequently called "good".

      January 4, 2011 at 00:13 | Report abuse |
  46. Singingdrum

    I think it's true that atheists are angry at God. I have read many articles on this site, and you can count on anger in the comments every time. It's like they can't wait to burst out with their logical minds, making believers look stupid.I think you will find that atheists are subconsciously angry because they have a belief there is no God.They may not have a conscious thought that they are angry at God, but I think the anger comes from the feeling of having no God. If there is no God, then there is no purpose to life, and that makes them feel let down. It comes out in anger at the believers.

    January 3, 2011 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JimmyD

      I think there is just as much anger in comments made by believers toward atheists.

      January 3, 2011 at 22:54 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Actually, you seem to be mistaking amusement for anger. I only get angry if a believer tries to force his/her belief system onto everyone else ( particularly me and mine ). If you wish to believe in fairies and don't expect others to do the same, more power to you.
      I feel sorry for the faithful whose only purpose in life is to fulfill a fantasy. I have had, and continue to enjoy, a rich and exciting life. I've currently moved on from my more adventurous young life into the fun of raising a family and hopefully growing old to die peacefully surrounded by family that I love.
      I've noticed a tendency among certain believer to harbor the fantasy that to be an atheist must include being as miserable as they are without faith within which to find solace. I'm sure there are plenty of miserable atheists, but it is not a condition of being an atheist, it is just one of the less desirable human conditions common to many people of all walks of life.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:06 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      But other than Melissa (Who was called a liar in her defense) there isn't a single angry atheist in the comments.
      Were having fun with you people 🙂

      There have been maybe one or two good arguments from the religious side, but the majority of the posts were angry, about sheep, or the Rev Larry.

      It's the sheep and Larry posts which keep me coming back. 🙂

      January 4, 2011 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Wow – you can't feel it when people don't like it when you lie? Are you a sociopath or something Singingdrum? Lies are evil and that's why believing is all about. Lying to yourself that there is something after death and all the stupid embellishment that comes with it.

      Do you also think that everyone secretly love Bernie Madow and wish he could handle their finances?

      January 4, 2011 at 12:11 | Report abuse |
  47. jimmy smits

    i call troll.

    January 3, 2011 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Lance

    Atheists are NOT angry at GOD.

    Atheists are angry at having to deal with people who's belief systems are based on the equivalent of Santa Claus. We are angry that you fools are willing to court Armageddon. That your ilk strap bombs onto yourselves and kill innocent people at markets. That you have a commandment (with no exception) that says "thou shalt not kill", yet people from your group murder doctors and conveniently forget that even if it's a Muslim in Iraq - it's STILL KILLING!

    Atheists are angry that people like you judge gay people and prevent them from entering into life-long covenants with their significant other. That your religion was used to justify slavery for years (which you will conveniently forget), that you considered women possessions and lesser lights (which you will conveniently forget), and that some Christians (which you will conveniently forget) even espouse beliefs that there is no reason to be environmentally wise because "the end is nigh".

    Atheists aren't angry at God. They are angry at the people who believe in their version of Santa Claus, who then justify horrible behaviors on planet Earth –the only place we know for sure that exists, and that we share. Yet you're willing to pollute it with violence and judgmentalism, in pursuit of your version of Santa Claus, at war with the other people who believe in their version of Santa Claus, while condemning your neighbors who don't behave according to your Santa Claus's morals.

    That's what we're angry about. You.

    January 3, 2011 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mr. Sniffles

      You're kinda hard on Santa Claus. All he is guilty of is an annual massive burst of ultra-capitalist consumerism and self-inflicted indebtedness, and lousy music in stores, and whipping up heavy greed in children, and wasting hard-earned money on ridiculously priced Christmas cards and wrapping paper, and not being able to lay into those freaking carollers with an Uzi, and radio nutters everywhere shrieking about this imaginary "war on Christmas" and insisting you are some sort of criminal for saying "happy holidays", and yet another year of even worse Christmas movies than last year that someone in your family insists on seeing, and Santa's favoring rich kids with lots of absurdly expensive gifts when he gives almost nothing to poor kids, and . . . .
      Okay, you're right. Santa is a swine.

      January 3, 2011 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Thanks a lot, Mr. Sniffles!!!!! Now I don't even have Santa....

      January 3, 2011 at 23:54 | Report abuse |
  49. givemeabreak

    Ever consider the idea that many atheists were forced indoctrinated and still forced to deal with this god stuff in society all around them? We grow up hearing parents swear and curse god and so it gets embedded as just another habit and after so many years, everyone knows habits can become hard to break. Being mad at god when you don't believe is due to society induced ignorance from theists.

    January 3, 2011 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. coupe31

    Being an atheist is not about a scientific process or method. Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of a Supreme Being. Man will never truly know if a Divine Spirit exists. To be an atheist or a faithful believer both require a leap of faith. Good Luck to the atheists!!

    January 3, 2011 at 23:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lance

      Yes, and religion cannot disprove Santa Claus. Nor the Flying Sphagetti Monster that created God in it's image and commanded it to make a universe where people use horrible logic skills in an attempt to "prove" God exists....

      It's not up to anyone prove God exists. It's up to YOU to prove God exists. There is no "leap of faith" in being an atheist. Atheists don't claim to believe in something supernatural that can't be seen that is alleged to have created the universe.

      You do.

      You sound incredibly ignorant of the definition of faith. Faith is belief in something in spite of the lack of evidence for it. So, tell me...what do you (wrongly) think that atheists believe IN, what thing that have have faith in? What invisible thing that there is no evidence for, do atheists believe in?

      Answer: Atheists don't operate on faith. And you can't tar-and-feather them with the pejorative label that applies to your thinking. Atheists operate (almost always) on evidence and the scientific method. They don't believe in Santa Claus/God/Zoroaster/Zeus because there IS NO EVIDENCE FOR THEM.

      So please keep your ookey faith to yourself. We aren't infected by it. You are. And so are people of other faiths. You all believe in your version of Santa Claus, and you all have no proof for your Santa Claus.

      A-"without" THEIST-"belief in god" Atheist = a person who doesn't believe in God. And until you learn what the definition of "faith" is, you probably won't understand these last three sentences....


      Science, nor atheists don't need to "disprove" a Supreme Being.

      January 3, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse |
    • Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

      There is no way to prove the non-existence of something which does not exist.

      January 4, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Thanks! Good luck to you too.
      Tell the Sun god I said hi. 🙂

      January 4, 2011 at 09:42 | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      For the zillionth time. Atheism means not believing in gods, not believing there are no gods. A- without Theism – belief in gods. You mistake it for Hard Atheism which actually does have some small evidence of no gods, or at least gods that give a crap about us.

      January 4, 2011 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
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