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.