Please don’t assume that atheists, such as myself, are bad people. Just because we don’t believe in your god, doesn’t mean we don’t believe in things and are empty vessels.
Over the years I’ve had many conversations with friends, relatives, and strangers about atheism and have found many misconceptions.
We don’t believe in God, yes. We also don’t believe in Satan. We don’t believe in sin, but that doesn’t mean we try to be bad people. Personally, I believe in kindness. I strive to show that cashier at the grocery store the same exact respect I would show a student in my classroom, a family member, or a kind stranger on the street. We don’t NEED a God, or a book, to tell us right from wrong. I don’t wrong others because I know how bad it feels to be wronged. That’s just called human compassion.
We believe in science. We’re able to admit to ourselves that we don’t have all the answers, nor could there every be one person or one being with all the answers, but collectively we can find the answers, which leads me to…
We believe in humanity. We don’t think we’re better than you. We don’t want to “convert” you, so please don’t try to “convert” us. I promise, many of us came from religious families. I was baptized Catholic. It was in-part due to a Catholic priest that I am an atheist, if you ever want to hear that store I would be more than happy to share it. Many of us are actually extremely educated about religion, and it is because of this knowledge that we are atheists.
Please stop misunderstanding us. Please stop assuming the worst in us.