yeah agree , islam as an ideology is doing a great job ... muslims are sure that they believe in the only right religion. They think they are happy , they are sure that non-muslims are having troubled souls and unhappy lives ... I have another friend who , unfortunately lives in another city and who is also a best friend ,who knows that I am atheist ... he knows my story and he is cool with that ; I didn't notice any change in his behaviour towards me... he jus isn't sure wether there is a god or not and he doesn't care.
It's impossible , for me, to try to discuss religion with everyone in my country , I tried that with these friends because they are real friends and also because the are educated .
I once tried to mention this , indirectly , to some other good friends (not open minded and not that educated) and their reaction was not good at all .I wouldn't say killing me , but hating and avoiding me for good !
Yes, there is a point. Just remember it is all about patience and presentation, especially patience. Don't ever actually argue with them because then their pride will become involved and your task will be impossible. Just throw in little thought barbs--the things they obviously never thought of--and walk away. Let them think it was their own inherent intellect that came to the correct conclusion. (Religion is driven primarily by pride.)
Usually, the cracking sound is made at home, never in front of you. When you speak to someone with a different opinion they might consider it and in the long run that idea is the driver.
My best approach so far is the friendly atheist coat. Just don't be a jerk, don't be passive, don't be militant, be friendly to the person itself but not to their ridiculous beliefs. Overall, you add patience to the mix and you can crack through a message or two.
Yes, religion is the scourge of mankind. It is a tool for repressing our natural sense of morality. It blinds the believers for the benefit of the charlatans who manipulate them.
I have found this to be quite good. I have adapted it since I first posted it. Instead of challenging theists, especially the Fundies directly, it is almost forcing them to challenge themselves.