Mhh... I don't really find it offensive at all. To be honest if there is anything I don't like about it its that I was told I was an atheist when I was young (which wasn't actually correct). My mom raised me to be Christian but at a young age I quickly realized it wasn't for me. I didn't know what I really believed in though but I didn't "fight" against "God". But since I didn't know anything people told me I was atheist when I said I didn't believe in God.
It wasn't till a while later that I truly found out that slight difference between atheist and agnostic. But really, to be absolutely perfectly honest, I just don't care. I have my own beliefs and theories about how things really are and everyone has theirs as well. People could yell at me about what I believe but I could just ignore them without a second thought. I've traveled the whole world and to be honest having your own religious belief shouldn't get in the way (and it never has thankfully) of meeting new people. Heck, I'll still take the time to at least thank the people handing out free Bibles on the campus even though I don't take one. Luckily most people I've met (and I've met allot of people from different religions) have always been fun and awesome to talk to regardless of how we choose to make our way through life ;D.
I'm an atheist. I, personally, don't believe in God, or rather the One-God that Christians/Catholics/Muslims/Jews believe in. If Ishtar had a thriving religion today, I might consider worshiping, as the world is filled with equal parts Love & War. But even as a small child of four, I believed that the bible (which I have read cover to cover a few times) was just as much made up stories as those by Hans Christian Anderson and other children's tales authors.
However, I am not a zealot. I don't appreciate that in any belief system. I was born and raised in the USA, which, supposedly, gives me freedom of religion, if not freedom from religion. I know that both the Pilgrims and later the Founding Fathers had religious beliefs...it was a given in everyday life at that time that you believed in "god". And while there shouldn't be a mixing of Church vs State...there is, at least on some levels. But I also believe, because of that foundation, that history...we don't need to wipe the reference to "god" off the face of every government building, piece of currency, etc. Wastes time and money, let alone the issue of editing history.
I've been told I'm "Un-American" because I don't believe in "god". These are the same people that overlook the fact that Jesus, if he ever existed, was Jewish. The same people that don't realize that the "Under God" (as in One Nation, Under God, Indivisible...) was added later on, and not by the author/writer. I still stand and cover my heart when the national anthem is sung...I just omit one particular word as I sing along. When I got married, in a courthouse, I made sure the word "god" was not used in my service outside of a Jewish blessing (my late husband was Jewish) and an American Indian blessing. But that is personal choice.
Everyone's personal choices, belief's and non-beliefs, should be respected, even if you don't agree with them, or even understand them.
It's not offensive, is what I think. I'm really tolerant for whatever people believe in, but when it hurts others is when I say STOP. I mean, if you think everyone except the ones that believes the same as you will go to hell, or that others are "dirty", keep it to yourself. One can care for one's own circumstances, that should be enough, no difference for family or friends or strangers. Being an Atheist..... I considered myself being one not so long ago. But now I pretty much just come up with my own "stories" and if I like them, I tell myself it's true and there I've got my own religion, following only what I believe is right. I think people should start thinking more about what they feel inside, instead of trusting others too much. (Lol, I have spare time during lame lessons, or walking to/from school, and religion is like #1 on the list of random things I think about ) But, hey, that's just me. Whatever is fine, as long as you are fine with it.
No offence intended, really, I'm sorry if anyone is offended; Religion tend to be a very sensitive thing.
no word is offensive. It's the thoughts or hate or whatever behind the word that offends. nobody holds all the answers. Nobody knows every truth. find your path find your truth live your life and let others do the same. maybe some day this world will figure that out.