So this is my first blog post on TA! Hurray! I'm relatively new to the site but I'm already in love with it. You people make me think and I'm grateful to you.
I ran into an old neighbor today who I had not spoken to in a very long time. She belongs to an infamous church in my community which holds a fall festival to give children a place to go on halloween. They think it celebrates satan. Anyway, during this conversation, my neighbor informs me that the devil is trying to shut her up. I guess she is having a wisdom tooth removed as well as some other dental work... oh and she hadn't been to the dentist in about seven years. Basically this woman talks constantly so I was not able to tell her that I didn't believe the devil had it in for her.
The REAL story:
I was talking to my father about this and said that I wondered if she would have continued talking with me if I had been able to communicate to her that I am an atheist. My dad then said, "I hate that you've given up. You should really say you're agnostic." I told him that they are very different things and that "I won't say I'm something that doesn't apply." I then attempted to explain that I had not "given up" and, if any evidence surfaces during my lifetime, I would reevaluate my position. He didn't get it. I'm a little frustrated.
To end on a happy note, I think TA is the bomb diggity.