“Many times, I have found atheists to be more tolerant than
Christians.” Does this sentiment sound familiar? Chances are it does due to the
fact that almost every Christian has said the statement at one time or another.
I know exactly why we do too. It can be said to show solidarity with the
unbeliever telling them we know we have some problems in the Church, it can
come after a talk about intolerance (i.e. the Westboro Baptist Church, abortion
clinic bomber) where we don’t know how else to defend our viewpoint, or we may
say it because we know an atheist or agnostic who doesn’t seem so bad and we
don’t want to rile him or her up. No matter the reason we state that atheists
are more tolerant, it can be one of the most dangerous and damaging statements
we can ever make.