So I have this friend who keeps talking about how awesome her church is every time I see her...which is weird. I get it, you love your church. I'm sad that you're wrapped up in the lies of a religion, but relieved that you're not part of a particularly evil sect...and if you're happy, I'm happy for you. Can we not talk about this for a sixth time? I think she has this fantasy where I'm supossed to say, "Oh yea, they don't hate gays at your Church? The music is modern!? Your husband doesn't fall asleep mid-sermon? Hot damn, let's go, now!" I mean, how bizarre would that be for an atheist to do? And it's mildly insulting for her to think that I am an atheist because my old church was shit (it was actually pretty alright, seeing as it was UU).
Recently my aunt said we should hang out more. Seriously, I haven't ever 'hung out' with her, so that came out of left field. I like her. She's a good person and fun to be around at family parties and holidays...but she's my aunt, not my BFF. So we could do something, I guess, but it might be a little strange. Oh well, why not give it a shot? Ok, I say, we should hang out. Then she starts talking about how you hang out with some friends to do different things than you would with others...like some friends would be really into doing something spiritual but she wouldn't dream of doing the same thing with her other friends. Oh, yeah, I say, that's funny how friends can be different like that. Inside I am thinking, wut is happening!??? Does she think 'hanging out' involves spiritual conversion? That is seriously not the type of casual socializing I associate with the term 'hang out.' I guess I'm an atheist 'cause I fell in with the wrong crowd. Damn you, TA. It's all your fault. I just need to chillax with some good old Catholics down at the parish, and that'll set my silly head straight.
These two dear women seem to have the opinion that I lost my faith in the old Jesus-god because of peer pressure and shitty, immoral, alienating church-going experiences. Really now? I'm not a lapsed Catholic! I'm an atheist. I did think about all of this a teensy bit (many years) before up and jumping ship.
This is akward. I appreciate their sentiments, becuase it probably comes from a place of love and concern...but it's mildly offensive. I'm not that flighty.