यथाहि चोरः स तथाहि बुद्धः तथागतं नास्तिकमत्र विद्धि । तस्माद्धि यःशङ्क्यतमः प्रजानां न नास्तिकेनाभिमुखो बुधः स्यात् ॥

श्रीमद्वाल्मीकिरामायणे अयोध्याकाण्डे नवोत्तरशततमस्सर्गः (३४ श्लोक)

ShriRaama says this gem of a shloka while responding to Jabali maharshi:

“Like how a thief is punishable even though he illustrates great skill while doing the robbery, similarly an atheist is punishable even though he is smart. Such Veda-virodhis must be doubted by the society. The scholarly never interact with atheists”.

Hence, as far as possible, without any apprehension, we must avoid any interaction with atheists.

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