So I was talking to one of my oldest friends via text today- I went to high school with this girl and we graduated in 1986. We didn’t keep in touch after 1990 until recently, when we hooked up via Facebook. She’s fairly vocal about her faith helping her through the demise of three of her four marriages, especially the one with the husband of her best friend, and helping her through her current marriage to an abusive little asshole with short man’s syndrome, and I’m an atheist.
Today she said something about how I should pray about something I’m concerned about, and I responded that as an atheist, I didn’t do much praying. Then she was shocked, omg, claims I never told her that, but I know that I did. She starts being kind of glurgy, and I gently remind her that she should accept me for who I am, as I do her, because I love her. And I do- she was hugely instrumental in getting my geeky nerdy shy ass through high school and I will always feel love for her. She started to back down, but then she said “I won’t do this often but… god blah blah blah god god god.”
I really have an urge to send to her this page, and say, “I won’t do this often!”
That seems kind of mean, though. Damn, I wish I were meaner. I did let her know that her strength and power have always been within her and she didn’t need any Wizard of Oz or ruby slippers or magic sky fairies, and that her world is always made by her.
Why can’t I just be an atheist without 80 percent of people freaking out? What do you do?