First off, I have two facebook accounts. One is work, my kid's friends, family, Xian friends, everybody but the really rude fuckers. I call it my PG-13 facebook page. Its not PC, but its pretty tame. 800+ friends.
On my NC-17 page, I speak my mind much more freely. Less than 100 friends.
I didn't proselytize much (in my mind) when I was a Xian. I ignore most Christian comments and posts, but get in my face and you will get it with both barrels. Occasionally something will rub me the wrong way and I will say something causing a shitslide. I will slam those who post intolerant bullshit on either account.
There is a time and a place for everything. I don't make a secret about being an atheist, but I don't walk around rubbing people's faces in it. I'm happy to have conversations with people if they are civil. I do post atheist links and articles on both accounts, but I don't overrun them. I'm not out to deconvert the world. Yet.
I'm sorry for your loss of your friend but at least it is a good sign that intelligence is poking its tender head into your Facebook.
I share your sentiment, its hard living in a close minded society.
Awesome timing, Christian! I could've almost written this post verbatim, a major difference being I'm married and thankfully my wife is agnostic and fairly tolerant of my frequent rants. We were both raised Seventh-Day Adventist and went to the same SDA church, schools, summer camps, etc.; total religious permeation. Most of our long-time friends are Christian/SDA as a result and their posts annoy me to no end, ESPECIALLY the bible verses (like the reoccurring holy hand grenade, Psalm14:1, shaddup!) Well, except the Song of Solomon ones. Those are kind of nice. Ha!
I wouldn’t call myself a militant atheist either. I’m ardent, don’t get me wrong, but my guns aren’t blazing. That’s just not my style. I've definitely been much more vocal and frequent about my atheistic views on Facebook lately though. Not to the point of debating or arguing on other peoples posts. My line is drawn there. If it's on my wall, however, you're fair game and open season. I still apply a heavy dose of tolerance and respect.
I don't intentionally post anti-religious content for the sake of provoking a crap fest or to alienate morons but to express my opinion as freely as everyone else seems to be able to do. Hopefully it might also spark something that may inspire them to challenge their beliefs for a change instead of swallowing the Jesus pills so unquestioningly. I don't treat it as a ministry though. I'm not trying to indoctrinate anyone (free thought yo!), just express myself freely.
When it comes down to it, you are what you believe (not what you eat). If people can't accept you as you are then that is their loss and your gain. Surrounding yourself with people of many beliefs but who are also tolerant and act with kindness is rewarding. Respectful contrast is important, I believe so at least. Just because I don’t agree with someone doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the opposing insight. Plenty of good reasons for it: One, I don't want to become an angry atheist douche. Two, I find I'm more considerate to other beliefs the more I learn about them. Three, my brain enjoys the thinking and it's often the only exercise I get (I’m a sedentary fatso).
I know there are things I post that go against their views but I’m equally as outspoken that they’re not aimed or meant to be taken personally, just expressing an opinion. To date, I’ve only lost one “friend” and it only stung a little. Nothing an episode of Tosh.0 couldn't cure.