At 12/30/12 08:06 PM, Ilssm wrote:
Yeah. The few athiests that I've met in real life are usually pretty mellow, but unfortatley the majority of the ones I know are online and are almost always assholes. I really hope most aren't like that out in real life.
I think that's just the general effect of the internet. When there's anonymity involved, people are more likely to be more brutally honest or just upright disrespectful because there's no social consequence.
I go to a very liberal college, and as a consequence, I know many atheists. Some are closed minded and difficult to talk to while others are more willing to have a civil debate. I don't think it's any different than other issues. It depends a lot on how the person handles debate and having their opinions challenged in general, which is related to who they are as a person rather than the issue they're arguing about.
And where I live, I've personally never seen discrimination. Atheist, gay, different religions, etc. So I guess I'm out-of-touch with the rest of American society.
As stated, I'm in a very liberal environment so I don't really see discrimination against gays and the like. Though, I do see discrimination against people who don't share beliefs. If you're too conservative around here, some people--not all--will to hold it against you. I'd say liberals and conservatives are equal in the proportion of people who are closed minded versus those who are open to discussion, just in different areas. Same with atheists and religious people.