I've recently lost a friend I grew up with of 27 years because I am an atheist. No she didn't die. LOL! But she is just as dead to me. We were facebook friends and she kept sending me scriptures and god this and god will find a way that and god helped her and god will do this. Blah blah blah. Every time we talked on the phone, Oh just let god handle it. Like god is some kind of lawyer or accountant. One day I was tired of it. I never dash anyones "beliefs and hopes and dreams" of a better after life cause they are getting the crap end of the stick on earth. As much as we should all be anti-theist because of the dangers of being theist, I am just not confrontational. I wound up sending her some scriptures... from the bible that get passed by the preachers and reverends. Like the taking of virgin wives after "god" commanded you to plunder pillage and kill every man, child, animal and non virgin in a city. I even asked my 12 year old daughter "if the US were invaded by another country and the men from that country took you as a wife, what do you think of that?" she's 12 and said, that would be like rape, daddy! Against my will! If a 12 yr old understood the concept without being given clues, why can't a 30+ year old so called religious woman? My friend then said, "you are getting scriptures from the old testament, that's why there is a new testament". I said so your almight perfect creator started with a rough draft? Then I dug into the new testament and found some wicked stuff in there as well. Her story changed to, if you have to send me stuff like this then maybe you shouldnt send me stuff anymore. You are disrespecting me and if you value our friendship..blah blah blah. She basically put an option that I can opt out of our friendship if this is gonna continue. I said, it won't continue, but I will excercise my option to opt out of our friendship because if you really were a friend you wouldn't have put that option in there to begin with. She wrote me back to think about it. I said I did before I made my decision. I stand on my decisions because they are well thought out. There were no pros of her being a friend besides the fact that she was a friend and I had a place to stay whenever I went to Austin. There were no cons either. So it was sort of like a neutrality. Not sounding like a braggart, but I am the one all my friends come to for advice. I weigh the pros and cons, look at the benefits of a decision, and I give good, sound, logical, low risk advice. "When asked for it". So actually, I was the one with something to offer. I was the ear for venting, and the shoulder to cry on. Not just with her, but with the majority of my few friends. I guess it's because they look to hope and god and I look to making it happen if one can, and persistence. In the end I deleted her off facebook, my cell phones, my email address book, soon my myspace when I get to it. I can't even say that I miss her. If she wasn't callin to just say wassup (which was every blue moon and cool), she was calling with a problem. Nahh I don't miss her. Noramoss P.S. Sorry about the word jamboree. I wrote this from a phone.