Why do religious people feel the need to comment on my Atheist posts?

I have almost 700 Facebook freinds. Obviously, not all of them are Atheists, as I am. What I find most interesting (and maddening!) is that I can sift through my friends' posts every day and see at least 10 that contain some sort of pro-religious statement, or piece of scripture, or an invitation to 'like' some religious/faith based group (the 'Bring prayer back to public schools' group comes to mind here), and I don't feel the need to make any comment, derogatory or otherwise, about any of these posts. But, as SOON as I post anything that is Atheist in nature, my Facebook wall is crawling with religious people, mostly Christians, who just HAVE to make a comment about what I have posted.

Just this evening I posted 'Good without God' as my status and not 30 seconds went by without me getting a post about how 'ignorant' my statement was. Then, about 2 minutes in, I got a great big old paragraph from a friend talking about how I could believe or not believe whatever I wanted  - not to worry, God would still love me and see me as his own child (blah, blah and on and on).(!)  LOL.

 

Can they just NOT help themselves? Is it their duty to defend their religion, even though I was simply stating something I believe to be true and was not even addressing them or their religion/god? Does anyone else experience this? If so, what is your response? I ask because my first inclination is to tell them exactly what I think of their god(s) and his/her/their religion. I know that this is counter productive so I usually end up not saying anything in response. 

 

It just frustrates me greatly because I just let them alone; they can believe whatever they want. Why is it OK for 'them' to post whatever mumbo-jumbo they want with no fear of being attacked or belittled or made to feel like less of a person, but I cannot make one simple post about who I am and what I believe to be true without derogatory (sometimes NASTY) comment or concern for my 'immortal soul' (LOL)?

P.S. I am new here and I love it already. Thank you for exsisting.

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Comment by Doug Reardon on August 1, 2011 at 3:03pm

Many years ago, similar things happened to me, but when I responded and explained why I thought what I did, and they were unable to shoot down my arguments, they eventually gave up, so that now I hardly ever get these comments, except from those who don't know me.

Comment by Angela Perez Skaggs on August 1, 2011 at 3:58pm

I'm dealing with the same issue right now :( It's really frustrating. I never comment on any religious crazy talk they post but I get TONS of private messages asking what happened to me? 

Comment by Jeremy Lester on August 1, 2011 at 4:01pm
I get the same thing. I don't mind. I completely smash them with arguments that they cannot argue against and then they shut up. It's quite fun. :)
Comment by Coe Parker on August 1, 2011 at 4:17pm

Jeremy Lester is exactly right. YOU are the one in the right and your arguments do beat theirs' so no problem at all!

Comment by Michael Drelling on August 1, 2011 at 4:34pm
Remember Christianity is built on conversion and saving the lost souls, by any means required, including rape, murder, stoning, burnings etc... If they can get through to you then they have secured their place in heaven by saving a lost soul. It all boils down to self esteem, if they were more confident with who they were and their place in whatever it is that we're in, then I don't think you'd see this as much.

I do notice also that if you comment back to their god loving status updates they'll tend to ask you to keep your opinion to yourself. Ironic since that's one thing that Christianity can not do. Keep it's opinions to itself.
Comment by Amy L. Cook on August 1, 2011 at 5:48pm

Heh!

I love this site.

You guys ALL rock!!!

I would love to smash all of their crazy religious talk right into the ground. Unfortunately, some of the people in question are dear friends and relatives who are, though very misguided, concerned about me. It is sad because they don't even know they are wrong. They, in fact, believe that I am wrong and they are right. I am sure that my small Facebook plight is a common one amongst our crowd, here, but it really is discouraging and frustrating to have to look at all their religious lies and make-believe all the time and then get attacked when I make even one statement that is Atheist. It is really sad that people cannot just let it be, you know?

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 1, 2011 at 7:12pm

This happens to me too. There is a simple answer to this idiocy. Put a warning on your wall that anyone who trolls on your wall will be unfriended. Then, unfriend anyone who bothers you. Cheers! You're in good company! ^_^

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on August 1, 2011 at 7:20pm

Just so you know you're not alone in being harassed by facebook theists... here are a couple of examples of my own encounters with them:

1. I didn't stand up for you when you were bullied and so you're an at...

2. How DARE you call God immoral!

 

Comment by matt.clerke on August 1, 2011 at 7:36pm

Hi Amy, welcome to the site. Unfortunately I have no first hand experience with this as I was raised without religion and only recently became that people actually believe in their religions. If it is close friends and family you are dealing with then I would take the live and let live approach and just ask them to leave your atheism alone in the same way you have left their religion(s) alone.

 

Unfortunately, their religious dogma does demand the that you go to hell, so they will probably keep trying for a while... Don't give up, just stick with your moral high ground of live and let live and I think they will give up eventually, probably after 12 months or so.

Comment by F. Brian Fetherstonhaugh on August 1, 2011 at 11:49pm

Amy, there is no reason you can't give a clear polite reply. You may have to determine who might hear it and who is best left alone but THEY feel free to tell you how things are and in that circumstance you have a right to reply. My reply would be something like "Thank you for your concern but I've come to the realization that belief without reason is unjustified. When there is some evidence for the existence of a God I'll consider it. I'm always open to hear evidence for the existence of a God other than 'I just know it is true'. I'm open to changing my mind but not without some evidence. I have come to the conclusion that 'faith' (belief without reason) is nothing to be proud of. Can you tell me WHY you believe there is a God"?

I always ask people to tell me why they believe there is a God. You'd be amazed how many people have never considered that question. You will find that NONE of them can give you a reason beyond "I just KNOW it's true" (which, of course, is not a reason).

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