Last year I was talking to a black friend of mine about racism and being a minority. He was a little drunk and came out to me about being gay. I made some comment about how I didn’t have it easy either, and told him about how I was an Atheist, and how they are the least trusted, most hated group in the world. He replied with “That just means you’re still searching.” I didn’t know what to say, and I only realized later just how offensive what he said was.
He basically was saying “What you believe right now is wrong, but it’s ok because you’re still looking.” He was very religious, and the son of a preacher. I wonder what his reaction would have been if I had told him “It’s ok, you’re still searching, one day you’ll learn that what you believe is all wrong and that god doesn’t exist.”