I'm new here and there is a lot of possible reading. My interest was captured by a topic looking for responses to the famous, "what if you're wrong" question and I have posted there.
I am interested to know how people respond to the smug last word that many theists seem to get when they end a discussion/debate with either, "God bless you", "I'll pray for you" or a combination of the two. I have been working on my response and, depending on how irritated I am as the discussion closes, I generally say either: -
"I cannot give you anyone elses blessing but I wish you health, happiness and prosperity"
or (if provoked)
"I cannot give you anyone elses blessing but I wish you health, happiness, prosperity and freedom from delusion" (The ones that don't become apoplectic generally just blink in speechless amazement ;)
What does everyone else say?
Try as I might I cannot stop myself from forming an opinion of people I meet. I am also more likely to be more tolerant and go easier on those I like. I don't see how superiority comes to play in whether I like a person or not. It seems to me quite a normal thing to like or dislike someone and go easier or harder on them if your so inclined.
Why would I not declare my atheism if a theist chooses to put their beliefs front and center by offering unsolicited prayers or blessings? I am tired of it myself and think they should keep it to themselves especially since anyone offering such to me would have to be a stranger or be deliberately trying to irritate me. How Cool is that? Are theist's not held to the same standard? How often is my peace inturrupted by someone pounding on my door to share unsolicited rubbish with me? Too often. How often do I go around bashing on peoples doors to inflict my beliefs on them? Never.
Answer them as you see them Jessica
I think that I have caused some confusion here because I am strugglng with the structure of this forum. I posted two reply's but somehow they did not appear in their right places. The first one says basically what you say but not as clearly, the second was directed at Jason's tone and attitude in his post and they should not have become mudded. As i said, it's my techno ineptitude that caused the confusion. I agree with every word you have written.