And then I realized: because when I was an atheist, I lived on death row.
Everybody dies, some of us accept this, others feel the need to make up fantasies about how living forever in a paradise with a magic man who is going to give them all kinds of goodies.
I have my doubts that you ever were an atheist.
Seems that is one of the most favorite fundie lies for jesus, They use it to buy credibility wit other fundies, claiming that they have inside knowledge on how hopeless that atheist really think life is, and how atheist really actually worship Darwin, or science, or whatever thing that particular group of fundies dislikes that week, and how course they tell them how much atheists really, really hate christians, and secretly belive in "god" but are to arrogant to worship him. And none of it would be complete without the tale that nothing infuriates an atheist more than hearing scripture and how it sends us into a rage.
Alternetly they try to use it to build empathy with a non believer or nominal christian, saying they used to be an atheist but then they saw the light and found out how wrong they were and how everything is so much better now that they are a christian.
It's a load of bollocks, I don't think that a single person that I've ever heard use that line has ever turned out to have been an actual self identified atheist. It's easy to tell most of the time, they will use words like devout, darwin believing, or similar shite.
Where did that come from? How on earth could I, a middle-class girl who's never even been to the county jail, have the faintest idea what a former death row penitentiary inmate was talking about?
Because like most death row inmates you have both become overly religious, to the point where it becomes quite annoying.