Recent survey’s have shown that atheists are at or near the bottom when it comes to being trusted by other people in society. The general population tends to see religion as synonymous with morality, and although I think we are making strides in changing that perception, it is what it is.
Often I have heard comparisons made by atheists, of what atheists experience to that of gays and other similarly disliked minorities. But while I think there are aspects that mirror each other, these sorts of comparisons make me uncomfortable. They can be a way for people share experience, to stand in solidarity, but I think it becomes problematic when people start the race to the bottom… who is more a victim.
“I tell him, ‘You think it’s tough being African-American? Try being me. Try being an atheist, childless, single woman as prime minister.’”
She often makes the joke with Obama when they meet and discuss the prejudices they experience, the newspaper said.
Now, I’m not entirely humourless, but I think there is a difference between agreeing that we share a burden of prejudice and going beyond that to making unsupportable comparisons, even if they are in jest. The prejudice we face is different from gays, it’s different from that of visible minorities. I think the question of who has it worse, distracts from addressing the problem that it exists at all and too easily could be taken as dismissing the importance of the problems others face.