Right, so... someone posted about their buddies being 'deeply hurt' about all the antitheist posts he was making on Facebook. Like Catholic Priests aren't FB fodder enough? :)
So hey man..I can't find your thread cus I'm reaaaaaaaalllly drunk right now, but I wanted to share this with you:
I've been 'out of the closet' to all of my friends and most of my relatives for like three years now. For the most part, the dust has settled and we are all begrudgingly on speaking terms again. I am sort of growing out of my 'angry atheist' stage, where I felt the need to challenge everyone and everything that misrepresented logic. Part of it is because I'm growing desensitized. I think that's inevitable. The other bit of it is also because I'm just sort of...sick of it all. I am so desperately exhausted from the constant goddamned struggle. The same stupid fucking arguments...the same rehashed issues. It's tiring.
So anyway, my latest approach is to kill 'em with kindness.
I dunno honestly how it's working so far. The last few times I've tried it, the comments simply stopped. I guess it's a real conversation killer.
Holy crap. I bet you didn't think it would be so awkward to just..acknowledge I exist, eh?
So, one of my RP buddies (quit snickering. I've traveled the world teaching an extreme sport for a living. I am also a chick...and pretty damn cute. I can admit I'm a gamer. I make it look goooood.:) ) is a Xtrian extremist. I mean, this guy is like, a priest or something. Not Catholic, though. But he went to college to teach the Bible in some way. So he is always posting all this shit that sometimes I honestly believe is just for the benefit of his church friends. For the most part, I don't say much. But the other day, he posted this:
"To live for the Kingdom is to live behind enemy lines."
So of course, I'm all thinking, 'what a fucking douche bag. That's the sort of attitude that brought you...the Crusades! 9-11! Every-goddamned-religious-atrocity-known-to-mankind sort of bullshit. That 'us vs. them' attitude is why we have one asshole burning a bit of binding and paper and another few assholes inciting a mob of barbarians to behead innocent civilians. Ugg.. You are killing each other over your imaginary friends, you divisive fucks! Get OVER yourselves.'
But..I took a breath, and decided that sounding defensive (even rightfully so) would only further back up his Xtian friend's assumptions of me.
So I posted this, instead:
"Hey there. Not sure if you were just posting this as a quote you like or if you are simply feeling a "them vs. us" vibe today. Either way, I just wanted to let you know that you have friends of different faiths (and at least one with none at all) who care about you. You might feel a little like being behind enemy lines, ( I know I sure feel that way some days) but I hope you also realize you are surrounded by friends while you are there."
-Wow. Fucking awkward, huh?
All conversation abruptly stopped after I posted that. Go figure.