It's sort of an interesting predicament I find myself in. On the one hand my coworker (we'll call her Jane, for the purposes of anonymity) is a perfectly lovely girl, and I rather enjoy her company. On the other, some of the things that come out of her mouth well and truly offend me.
The problem with being secular is that every time I find myself offended by a non secular comment, society makes me feel as though I don't have a right to be offended. But when someone literally says "I feel sorry for people who believe in evolution," or "Can you believe those freaks actually believe in evolution?" or even worse, "He could change the fact that he's gay." It's hard for me not be offended. These comments ARE offensive. Not only, are they offensive, but they're meant to be offensive. Yet, for some reason, I'm not really supposed to be offended because it's my choice to be secular. So I try not to let her know that I'm offended.
But you know what? I AM offended. I am no more a freak for believing in evolution than she is for believing in an invisible entity in the sky. But somehow, because she believes in this entity, she is generally more accepted by society than I am.
But again, it's an interesting predicament. As many offensive things as she says (I'm not entirely sure that she understands that she's offending me, as she's been so brainwashed her whole life), she still accepts me for who I am. Face value. Lack of faith and all. Does she think that I'm just going to die? That I won't have a chance in the Witnesses perfect paradise? Yeah, that's what she thinks. But she knows I'm okay with that, so she is too.
It's so refreshing that someone so involved and so surrounded by her religion, could look at me, someone surrounded by just the opposite, and accept it. Just let it go, and still be my friend. Because that's what we are. We are friends. I accept her, everything that is her, and she returns the favor.
Why is it that more people can't figure that one out? It would make for one hell of a better world.