I think it is best, especially in a family setting, to try to ignore it as much a possible. Unfortunately, my mother is not satisfied with letting sleeping dogs lie, and insists on trying to turn me. In addition to the fact that I am an atheist (which she thinks I am just confused about), I am gay... so the fundamentalist part of her simply can't stop. She often says things I would prefer just to let go, but I reach a point when I can't hold my tongue any longer. It never ends well, but in any argument we have she cannot justify her beliefs rationally. I use rational and logical arguments in response to the bile she calls her religion, and when the conversation reaches a point that she knows she cannot win, she always resorts to talking over me, or prematurely ending the conversation.
I've found this to be the case with most religious people, they shutdown or become extremely defensive when simple logic and reasoning is used to refute the ignorant claims they make.
I can relate to you man, but really, who cares if you gay or not. Personally Im not gay, but that shoud not be a reason for someone to haze. I wrote a blog about how my mother reacted to me telling her I am an Atheist when I was about 13 or 14. She told me she wishes she would have raised me better.
I also noticed when people like that are losing the argument, they get loud and defensive, much like my mother does too. There does come a point when my mother also does not let sleeping dogs lie, as you said. Check out my new blog though, it goes into more detail on my mothers and family's reaction.
No way. I won't collude with the assumption that this is "a christian nation" by bowing my head and playing along. I agree that this is NOT the time for disruptive rebellion but passive resistance. Otherwise, you'll just piss off teh Kehristians and make atheists look like a-holes. Now a days I even try to suppress the eye rolls---it's very hard, but I try! I usually just look around, laugh in my head at the prayers, or take advantage of a pause to reflect on my day. But I always keep my head up and eyes open.
In the private forum, I think it's part of being American to maintain a basic amount of respect for the right of other Americans to practice their religion (or not to do so). There should be an understanding that I'm not going to interrupt their prayers, just as any decent Christian should not proselytize me while I'm reading, learning, or meditating.
How can we have discourse, understanding, and gain tolerance for our community if we don't regard each other with a modicum of respect? Now, if they thrust their beliefs into a secular space (gov.) or begin to threaten others, the gloves are off.
You may want to contact the Freedom from Religion Foundation http://www.ffrf.org/index.php
If this was a public school event sponsored by taxpayer money, this was inappropriate and they may write a letter informing them it was unacceptable. If this was a private party not sponsored by public funds, you're SOL. My suspicion is public funds were used for this event, however.