Were atheists really persecuted in the past by religious people?
- LiliLv 73 months agoFavourite answer
Until recently, it was extremely rare for atheists to ADMIT they were atheists. Atheism would have been considered an extreme form of either heresy or apostasy, and for long centuries, these were punishable by death.
However, most heretics and apostates had SOME sort of religious belief, even if it was not orthodox. True atheists were usually few and far between, and they weren't talking about it.
So, we can't say that a lot of atheists were persecuted, because people were not running around calling themselves atheists.
- JamesLv 73 months ago
In the past? Atheists are persecuted even today.
- Tony BLv 73 months ago
Not that I know of. I don't see how they could have been. Presumably if they were going to be “persecuted” for being atheists they just wouldn't tell anyone?
- Flametard76Lv 53 months ago
You should pray to your god so he makes you less ignorant . That was funny .
Prayer doesn't work and adds ignorance - That's not funny
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- MackLv 73 months ago
There are laws on the books now that prevent atheists from holding office....
- Anonymous3 months ago
They were tortured and killed as heretics for centuries.
- ANDRE LLv 73 months ago
“I'll tell you what you did with Atheists for about 1500 years. You outlawed them from the universities or any teaching careers, besmirched their reputations, banned or burned their books or their writings of any kind, drove them into exile, humiliated them, seized their properties, arrested them for blasphemy. You dehumanised them with beatings and exquisite torture, gouged out their eyes, slit their tongues, stretched, crushed, or broke their limbs, tore off their breasts if they were women, crushed their scrotums if they were men, imprisoned them, stabbed them, disembowelled them, hanged them, burnt them alive.
And you have nerve enough to complain to me that I laugh at you.” ― Madalyn Murray O'Hair
In a lot of the world at present, persecution of atheists still exists.
- Campbell HaydenLv 73 months ago
Atheists became 'victims' from the
very first moment that Christ-based faith originated.
Early Catholicism was its own judge, jury, and dictatorship
and its punishments were beyond measure and survival.
Atheists suffered greatly.
- tentofieldLv 73 months ago
We still are, haven't you looked at R&S recently? Fortunately in civilised countries with good education standards, atheism/no religion is accepted and welcomed and is increasing rapidly to the betterment of everyone.
- 3 months ago
Yes. They're still persecuted today, but they were also persecuted in the past.
- God of ThunderLv 73 months ago
Yes, atheists along with anyone else considered a heretic were tortured, imprisoned, and executed on a regular basis. Only those with a strong need to deny history because it doesn't fit their beliefs about themselves could pretend otherwise.