Many atheists I have spoken to over the years have been quick to assert that teaching the Christian doctrine of Hell is psychological warfre, child abuse, torture, or worse.
But what about atheism itself?
“A foreign publisher of my first book confessed the he could not sleep for three nights after reading it, so troubled was he by what he saw as its cold, bleak message. Others have asked me how I can bear to get up in the mornings. A teacher from a distant country wrote to me reproachfully that a pupil had come to him in tears after reading the same book, because it had persuaded her that life was empty and purposeless. He advised her not to show the book to any of her friends, for fear of contaminating them with the same nihilistic pessimism.”
Richard Dawkins Unweaving the Rainbow (London: Allen Lane / The Penguin Press, 1998)