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Saddlebag 07-21-2013 06:29 PM

Any atheists within this group
I'd be most interested in hearing your take on dealing with religious folks who rudely try to push their beliefs on others.

Joe4d 07-21-2013 06:31 PM

we illegally invade their airspace and hit em and the surrounding village with a drone. Then scratch our heads and wonder why they hate us.

demonwolfmoon 07-21-2013 06:37 PM

depends how rude they are.

I am not a believer but I respect the religious beliefs of others.

To some people I've met, no matter how morally I live my life, Im an evil Jezebel on a path straight to the fiery pits of hell. To those people, like my mom, for example, I poke holes in their shoddy, pot calling kettle black, not practicing what they preach, hypocritical "beliefs".

There are many, many good people in this world of various religions. Just because my beliefs arent the same as theirs does not mean that I dont deserve the same respect and dignity

Darrin 07-21-2013 06:44 PM


Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 3124946)
I'd be most interested in hearing your take on dealing with religious folks who rudely try to push their beliefs on others.

Trust me, this has nothing to do with atheism, they'll do the same to you if you're just another faith than them. Why? It's there personality and desire to convert people. All you can do is avoid these types of people best you can. If it's a co worker tell them politely that you're not interested, if that doesn't work it's HR time.

SorrelHorse 07-21-2013 06:46 PM

Joe, I choked on my soda. I was gonna say something along those lines, but you beat me to it!

In my personal life

I often just avoid the subject, change it if possible, an bite my tongue to stay composed. If someone is being totally uncalled for rude, I politely tell them that it is not their place to judge. If they truly believe I am a sinner, they should leave me to my judgement after my death.

I had one person tell me I was going to hell because I was wearing a short dress and had my hair dyed red on Halloween. I was working at a restaurant at the time and serving her food. I told her that if she wanted to judge me on my looks, she could find somewhere else to eat her chicken strips and fries. She huffed, said a word to my manager (Who burst out laughing at her complaint) and left.

alexischristina 07-21-2013 07:05 PM

It depends. I've had people come into my WORK and hand out pamphlets. I told them I wasn't interested and they asked me to take them, said they were an 'interesting read anyway'. They were polite, but they were still forceful and in a place of work... My boss was absolutely livid. The same people have come to my house countless times, one of the women tried to 'covert' my sister in her kindergarten class. That's too far, we were never polite to them after that.

I've also been told to 'repent or spend eternity in the lake of fire' at the train station. That one was funny.

And then there's the time someone on this forum sent me a PM begging me to accept Jesus or ill go to hell. The message was pages long, and I had half a mind to reem them out and report the message.

The point is- I have never pushed my views on others and haven't known many other people who aren't religious who demand everyone else a abandon their religion because it 'isn't right' and I hate hate hate that people think that because they are 'good -insert whatever religion here-' that they have the right to get in my face about it.
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jumanji321 07-21-2013 07:08 PM

I either change the subject or say I respect their beliefs, but do not share them. If that doesn't work I can just walk away.

Darrin 07-21-2013 07:36 PM

When I lived in NM hardly a weekend went by that someone didn't come to my house to try and convert me. I ended by putting up a gate and chaining it shut on the weekends, luckily they respected that as a sign not to bother me. I moved back to Oregon 9 years ago and haven't had a single person show up at my door to convert me.

Saddlebag 07-21-2013 07:46 PM

Religion has been removed from most schools in Canada. The reasoning behind this is that a child's religious teachings, or lack of, belong with the parents and not the schools. We have more than enough churches to teach religion.

alexischristina 07-21-2013 07:50 PM

Religion was removed from my sisters' school as well- the woman in question was a parent lunch time classroom monitor. I agree religion has no place in classrooms because there is no 'cut and dry' and at that age children can't understand 'options'.
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