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Comment by James Cox on June 10, 2012 at 10:52am

Dear Folks:

I try to not wish ugliness upon another, but I do feel the bile rise rather often..;p(.

Given the numerous postings mentioning the possible 'delayed' correlation between action and the 'diety' responce, it is unclear if my prayer for your receipt of the 'Darwin Award', matters. If we could find a reasonable correlation this might be helpful to generate belief. If it works, I expect that the human population should be much smaller than at present. Since our networks of 'friends' could contain atleast one desiring your untimely demise, knowing when the prayer was made and then executed, might be very interesting. Like many social experiments, I expect the necessary oversights would be demanded. For the best income, a military contract could be pursued..LOL 

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on June 10, 2012 at 11:15am

Mr. Cox - I am very sorry that you had to go through that. It seems that some christians just can't handle their friend becoming an atheist. I certainly know what it's like to lose a best friend because he happens to think the path you've chosen is evil. The fact that he was afraid of me stung even more. But I would highly recommend that you terminate any efforts at a relationship of any kind with this woman. It would already be next to impossible to have a relationship with a theist that believes that you're "corrupted/ evil." That is why I am no longer friends with my old friend. But the fact that she stiffed you and tried to rationalize it as "you don't deserve payment because of your atheism" says that she has no more respect or tolerance for you what-so-ever. She is passive aggressive and spiteful and she is taking it out on you. Drop her like a stone.

Comment by Peggy Kemp on June 10, 2012 at 12:55pm

When my friends tell me that they will pray for me, I say,"Thank you, do so, by all means, if it  will make you feel better." 

Comment by Unseen on June 10, 2012 at 4:08pm

"If you pray for my soul, I'll shoot this kitten."

Comment by Peggy Kemp on June 10, 2012 at 5:10pm

That might be effective--provided, of course, that you have both a gun and a cat. 

Comment by Diane on June 10, 2012 at 9:43pm

I was once selling a French door that was in my garage.  A man and a woman came to look at it, and the man eventually asked me why I was getting rid of the door,  

I don't remember what I said exactly but I know I started crying.  My ex-husband had moved out on my 44th birthday to move in with a blond sex toy consultant with whom he had had an affair.  I could not afford the house on my own, and was facing divorce, foreclosure and bankruptcy. As you can imagine, I probably did not look like the happiest camper.  I tried to keep the conversation about the door but this guy was intuitive.  He knew there was an ugly story behind why I was selling the door.

Somehow some of this came out as we talked.  The man did most of the talking.  In the end, he did not buy the door since the dimensions were not right.  However, before he left he asked if we could pray.  I politely said something like, "I appreciate the thought, but I'm an atheist and I don't pray.  Please feel free to pray without me."  They both looked slightly shocked.

I can't remember the rest of the conversation, but he asked a few questions and told me he was a pastor at the church down the road. He offered an invitation to go to the church or to talk to him any time.  I thanked him and they left.

About a year and a half later I had one of his congregation as a patient at work.  I am an occupational therapist in a skilled nursing facility.  He came to visit her often and was involved in her care and discharge planning.  We didn't talk about that day except once, when I told him that things had gotten better.  

He said, "I've been praying for you," as if his prayer carried me through.  

I wanted him to know that I had survived my ordeal and gotten on with life without his god, thank you very much.  I don't think he got the message.  He is a nice man and a caring pastor as far as I can tell.  What he said was so condescending though.  All he had to say was something like, "That's good."  He had to get his plug in for Jesus though.

Comment by Obfuskation on June 10, 2012 at 11:39pm

"You'll pray for me?  How lovely.  In return, I'll think about your pretty mouth next time I twist one off."  :)

Comment by Unseen on June 11, 2012 at 12:37am

"Twist one off"...is that a beer or masturbation reference?

Comment by Mabel on June 11, 2012 at 1:34am

"Twist one off"...is that a beer or masturbation reference?

@ Unseen - Hmm, I'm going with masturbation on that one. Let us see what the answer will be lol.

Comment by SteveInCO on June 11, 2012 at 1:36am

Mr. Cox,

You may or may not find this helpful or at the very least, entertaining.   (It's from my blog, and I crossposted this here quite some time ago):  http://letreasonreign.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/open-letter-to-chris...


I do agree that many times "I will pray for you" is passive-agressive for "fuck you."  Of course if you return it in kind (and less veiled) they may have an excuse to blow you off ("oh he is just some foul-mouthed angry atheist with no couth")--even if they deserve it.  So I will throw out for consideration a snarky rebuttal that is somewhat more printable than "Well fuck you too!", when someone says they will pray for you, is "And I will think for you."  The fact that they can't just ignore this as a turdfling from a foulmouthed jerk, I think, could make it sting more than "well fuck you too!"

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