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 K. Naughton on May 3, 2013 at 2:22am

I have had the same problem recently. It amazes me how christian friends expect me to respect their beliefs and their religion, yet do not tolerate me for not being like minded.

I have found myself these last few months becoming more militant anti-theist than I have any other time in my life. Seeing christian friends thank their god for everything, it makes my stomach turn :(

Comment by Sagacious Hawk on May 3, 2013 at 3:51am

Elizabeth, one of the things I've learned so far is that a diversity of opinion tends to be a good thing. When we lose that diversity, we end up in smaller circles that reinforce our opinions because nothing new is ever brought to them. Unfortunately, that means keeping around those who have terrible or stupid opinions at times. Case in point: there are a set of twins who I was friends with back in high school when I was religious. They have become super orthodox over the years. One of them today on Facebook, proposed that the suicide rate was higher now than in the past because the Catholic church moved away from the Latin mass and therefore should return to it. Dumb, I know, but in hi sown way, he gives me an understanding of a completely different type of thinking, which is something I find useful.

But if I was to excise this individual from my life simply because I didn't agree with him, then would I be any better than someone who does the same simply because I said something that favored atheism?

Comment by Yahweh on May 3, 2013 at 4:36am

I think "friend" is the wrong word here. 

Comment by Unseen on May 3, 2013 at 9:55am

I would have thought it her Christian duty to proselytize you, not shun you. Maybe you should call her a bad Christian.

Comment by Unseen on May 3, 2013 at 9:55am

I would have thought it her Christian duty to proselytize you, not shun you. Maybe you should call her a bad Christian.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on May 3, 2013 at 10:37am
@Elizabeth - I know it's hard. I didn't drop friends because they were christian, but of their hypocrisy.

Preach one thing and do another. As Reg said, they talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.

Professor Robert - Why do some christians behave so appallingly. Here in Australia, we are having a trial, where 4 brothers from the one catholic school have been jailed for pedophilia, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. This one school spent one million dollars on the headmaster keeping him out of jail for pedophilia, Do you think these people really believe in Jesus and God?
And what do you think about the term 'Accident of History".

The school chaplain had 67 complaints against him. And this absolutely baffles me, that it can go on for so long, and they still profess to believe in Jesus, and pray to god, and giving mass and communion, whilst abusing and raping boys. How can this be, in your opinion.

Comment by Logicallunatic on May 3, 2013 at 12:52pm

Until ignorant people understand that atheism is solely a lack of belief in deities, there is not much hope.   

Comment by Emperor Milos on May 3, 2013 at 3:39pm

@Elizabeth - I had had to remove a friend recently because they got pissy with me criticizing the thankfully dead John Paul Pt2.

Here is a screenshot of the conversation.

Keep in mind that this fellow is attending a Catholic University and is studying to be a theologian, yet here he is defending a man who hid pedophiles and caused so many deaths with his ignorant attitude towards AIDS medication and homosexuality.

You are better off without people like that in your life, as kOrsan said, it is a free asshole-exposure ticket. I say enjoy it.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 3, 2013 at 4:02pm

Good job Milos. Yes it is the devout (pious) ones that also shun me. They never do it in private. They ALWAYS make it a public affair so others can “tut tut” about the affront my lack of belief in what they believe causes them. They never get that upset with people of other faiths because “at least they believe in something” even though those people also don’t believe what they believe

Recently one of them was good enough to remind me “that people like me” are responsible for the “tear in the moral fabric of society”. I spent the next ten minutes launched into such a tirade about his and his churches hypocrisy that he was stunned into silence. He will need a few days to recover. The pious little prick. Oh touch me Jesus!!

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on May 3, 2013 at 6:20pm

I'll be your friend if, you like guns, fast sportbikes and eating at 4 and 5 star restaurants.


If you will just be true to yourself and your ideas. :)


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