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?
This is far and away my favourite response so far and I hope you don't mind if I use it.
Or better yet, "May the Schwartz be with you."
Usually when this happens this sparks a whole new conversation for me. They say I will pray for you, and I answer I would prefer you keep that negativity to your self. To which they normally reply. What on earth do you mean by that?
In which I respond, While I do not believe in prayer I do believe in positive thoughts, and as long as you are wishing positiveness in my life that is great. However I have been a christian in the past and I know how that goes, you are praying , and everything is negative. Not that think that you have any power over me, but if there is some way that your emotions about me can effect me through brain waves traveling through the universe, please keep that negative shit to your self..
Science has proven that emotions are contagious I don't want the negative mojo my way.. ..
I usually go "Eehheheh...uh, thanks." And promptly end the conversation.