Originally posted by Phranny
Frankly, I have never felt attacked for being an atheist. If there is a Prime Mover, it is some sort of force. It is neither omniscient nor omnipotent. It has no direct or indirect awareness or interest in me. Organized religion has caused far more suffering and pain on the planet than good. So to answer Duchesse64, I really don't think most people would make a big deal out of Jenner declaring to be an atheist.
Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner was a minor celebrity, so most Americans would hardly have
cared about what she believed. But I was writing in the context of Soothfast's post, which
referred to coming out as an atheist as an ambitious politician rather than as a private citizen.
My point was that if a transgender woman ran for public office, she would encounter
bigotry and hatred but there also would be people praising her courage and supporting
her as a pioneer for LGBT rights. If an atheist ran for public office, however, one would
encounter hostility (particularly from fundamentalist Christians) without people expressing similar support.
I do believe, however, that a transgender woman is more at risk than an atheist of
being physically assaulted by hateful bigots.