On a penpal forum I patronise, the above question was raised and I could not resist responding.
> I’m wondering what athiest think about Christians…
I’m a humanist rather than an athiest, but you could argue that the latter is a sub-set of the former. Thus, I reject the theist premise regardless of other consideration in the first instance.
My regard for Christians (or of people of its sister religions of Islam or Judaism for that matter, i.e. Muslims and Jews) is focused on who they are and what they do rather than their faith, the broad teachings of which are generally highly moral and respectful of people (particularly Islam).
Generally fundamentalist Christians who force their beliefs on others, or who significantly hinder the rights and freedoms of others are people I have a low opinion of. I would also have a problem with Christians who indoctirnate their children in just one religious belief rather than giving their children the information they need to make up their own minds (whilst still applying a moral framework to protect the children and respect the key tenants of the parents’ beliefs whilst the children live in their home).
You will not be surprised to learn that I therefore object to children only being taught creationist principles in schools, this is a Christian behaviour I find unacceptable.
I find the increasingly non-secular nature of American politics troubling.
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