I post a lot of things about being atheist on Facebook; I realize this.  I live in the South immersing me right in the center of all religious perversions.  I have people delete me almost daily because of the things I post.  None of this ever really bothered me because I live a moral, ethical life and if someone didn't want to be digital friends with me because of my beliefs; so be it.  


It was different this time because it was one of my real life friends.  Someone that knows me, and knows how good of a person I try to be.  Cannot be friends with me because of my beliefs.  I'm generally a very insensitive person most of the time, but this hurt my heart. 

I'm becoming more and more of a militant atheist, and it's hard for me to even hear things about Christianity without getting heated in my head.  I need to move. 

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Comment by Belle Rose on May 5, 2013 at 2:49am

Your true friends will love you regardless. They will never turn their back on you. It's probably best that you find out who is NOT your true friend now rather than when you really really need them. I've found that true friends are few and far between. It's their loss ultimately. 

Comment by archaeopteryx on May 5, 2013 at 4:28am

What you're saying is 100% true, Belle, but it's not easy to convince yourself of that when you're all alone.

Comment by Belle Rose on May 5, 2013 at 5:06am

Sometimes being alone is a good way to get a fresh start and build from scratch. It's a priviledge to be able to do so.

Comment by kaito girl on May 5, 2013 at 6:41am

ohw,,that's why i have second thought of posting something about being an atheist on facebook,,

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 5, 2013 at 7:35am

@Prof. Robert - I agree with you on the understanding of the meaning of words from “within” the community and from the outsider point of view certain terms will have different nuances. However could you explain how someone can be a Christian without believing ion Christ? I have often been told by Catholics that all I have to do is accept Jesus as my lord and saviour (into my heart) and I will be saved. Surely that makes me a Christian? If I do not obey the rules or follow the dogmas or all the various tenets I am still a Christian. I accept that I would be a poor example of one but I would still be one.

Speaking of outsider perceptions have you ever given consideration to the Outsider Test?

Comment by Cody Kirchner on May 5, 2013 at 8:36am

    You mean other than the verses in the bible which call us atheists fools, and order you to run us through with a sword for trying to tempt you away from your god, right Professor? Other than those things, yeah, there's nothing in Christendom at all which advocates what her friends did.

   As to the poster that said its not geographical, I assure you, in the south, its geographical. Finding atheists down here, especially in florida where I live, is like trying to find oil in a water fountain. Its possible if you're lucky, but don't count on it.

Comment by Ed on May 5, 2013 at 9:10am

Don't move!!!!

We need logical critical thinking atheists to be lifeboats in the sea of religious ignorance that surrounds us here in the Deep South. We can't all flee to Oregon or Vermont. I have both atheist and theist friends in my area (Arkansas) and our friendship is based on mutual respect. 

You're not alone. There are others nearby who are of a similar mind; you just haven't run into them yet. Sometimes it helps to have a sense of humor about your predicament.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 5, 2013 at 11:06am

Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on May 5, 2013 at 5:54pm

Hey Prof- 

Thank you for proving my point. As you said, you're Catholic. That's a big hunk of Christianity, but Mormonism and Evangelicals are right on your heels. 

Because you can't decide among you what constitutes 'Christian Lifestyle' you have to go with the one thing you can all agree on -believing in Christ. 

I mean, what's the alternative? Taking a majority poll of who actually does what? 92% of Catholic women have used birth control at some point in their life. I bet you most of those women consider themselves good Catholics. That said, there are also lesbian ministers that are of Christian denominations and KKK members that are Christians, too. 

Every one of their beliefs can be backed up by clear verses in the Bible. That's because it's contradictory. 

You don't get to decide if someone is a "True Christian" because you come from within the Christian community. The Christian community isn't in agreement on well..... anything.

You're not the spokesperson for all of Christdom, mate. 

You're not even the spokesperson for all of Catholicism. 

Comment by Eric Diaz on May 5, 2013 at 7:43pm

What kind of things do you post? What is the message? 

If you are posting stuff that is implying that this religious beliefs are stupid, and people who believe them are morons. Or if you are being offensive to their god, their response is expected because you are attacking their identity.

Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly think that religious beliefs should be challenge, but the way you set your challenge forward can have significant impact. Is not what you say, it might be the way you say it.

It  also possible that they are overly sensitive. 

My advice, if you are a free thinker asses your behavior objectively, you don't have to compromise your core values, but maybe the way you present them may be too abrasive. 

I wish you the best of luck with your situation, have a lovely day. 

  

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