Atheist bullying is a problem in many public schools, where student populations are becoming increasingly atheist or non-religious and are less likely to keep their lack of faith out of school discourse. Atheist students are commonly engaging in persecution of Christian students, encouraged by the out-spoken nature of the growing number of adherents of New Atheism, such as Richard Dawkins. See also: Atheism and mockery
In serious cases, atheist bullying has lead to Christian students being pulled out of public schools to undergo home-schooling or private tuition, as their academic life has become intolerable.
Many school shootings are thought to be related to atheist bullying. The most infamous, the Columbine shooting, was partly perpetrated by an atheist.
Atheist Tom Krattenmaker was quoted in Time magazine as saying about American atheists, "Even though we’re despised in some parts of the country and discriminated against in some ways, we don’t really get bullied or picked on. That makes it harder to gain sympathy for our views." See also: Persecution of atheists and Views on atheists
However, sometimes it can go the other way around. Some Christian athletes, who feel they are above everyone else, may bully less-popular, atheist nerds who are less athletic (see: Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism). At the same time, there is nothing in Christian teaching which condones bullying or pride. Jesus taught to treat others like you wish to be treated and to have humility. And there are many Christian athletes who are known for their charitable acts. Godless/atheistic morality, such as Social Darwinism, has lead to tens of millions of people being harmed/exploited (see: Atheism and morality and Atheism and mass murder and Social effects of the theory of evolution and Atheism and uncharitableness and Atheism and forced labor).
See: Atheist trolls
Internet atheist bullying and profanity
Internet atheists and internet bullies are known for their use of profanity. See: Atheism and profanity.
YouTube cyberbullying at the height of New Atheism movement
See also: Internet evangelism and Internet atheism
In the past, at the height of the New Atheism movement, there was a widespread problem with atheist cyberbullying on YouTube toward Christian and creationist YouTube channels. See also: YouTube atheism
Atheism and History:
- Dimitry Pospielovsky, (December, 1987), A History of Marxist-Leninist Atheism and Soviet Antireligious Policies, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0312381328
- Dimitry Pospielovsky, (November, 1987), Soviet Antireligious Campaigns and Persecutions (History of Soviet Atheism in Theory and Practice and the Believers, Vol 2), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0312009054
- Dimitry Pospielovsky, (August, 1988), Soviet Studies on the Church and the Believer's Response to Atheism: A History of Soviet Atheism in Theory and Practice and the Believers, Vol 3, Palgrave Macmillan, hardcover: ISBN 0312012918, paperback edition: ISBN 0312012926
- ↑ 5 Challenges Atheists Face, Time magazine, Hemant Mehta/Patheos, April 24, 2015