I have some very fundamentalist family and high school acquaintances on Facebook who post both bible verses and evil opinions, and I'm trying to decide what the right thing to do is...these are the options I've formulated so far:
a) un-friend them (but I may be the only atheist/anti-theist any of them knows)
b) watch their posts with the same sport as a good horror movie
c) ignore them and try to be a voice of reason through my own posts
d) public ridicule (jk, jk)
The thing is, if I posted my opinions as liberally as some of these people do, they'd be so incensed that my computer would smell like Nag Champa. So to keep the peace, I usually stay silent. And I don't think that's right. Keep in mind, most of these are the typical I-haven't-seen-you-in-15-years-but-remember-World-Geography-in-10th-grade kind of Facebook friends. I can live without them. But is it right to unfriend because their opinions infuriate me?
How do you guys navigate Facebook world?
I don't have many FB friends because of this. It is my choice. There is a setting where their posts don't show on your feed, and they don't know it. Most of the people on my FB page are either not religious, or know I'm not. I did put up one VERY Atheist thing I found and NO ONE 'liked' it, lol. Just ignored it, like I didn't put it there. You do not HAVE to subject yourself to bullshit that raises your blood-pressure.
I might have to find that setting.
The only time it really bothers me is when it gets to be five or ten posts a day. These nuts have an agenda and it's really tiresome to scroll past it all to see the more interesting posts.
Okay, so after reading these posts, I posted a quote about the old testament on FB, because I felt really strong and I'm not friends with many people AT ALL on there. I knew a lot of the people I am friends with would appreciate it. So. It has caused on of my 'friends' and I to just get into it. She basically said "So this atheist-thing involves bashing christians?" LOL. I then pointed-out that actually the old testament was written by and for the jews (of which my mothers side were long ago.) And also that it was okay to post religious-crap, but I'm not allowed to post what I believe or don't believe? Her response was that there are many other religions to pick on. WHAT? K. That's it. I haven't liked her in a long time anyway ( I was at her house the other day, and the way she talked to her adult-daughter made me ill. I would NEVER speak to my daughter in that way. I couldn't wait to leave.) I think I will find that setting also. ;)
I'm going through the same dilemma right now... I have just made my FB page inactive until I decide whether I should cancel it for good or not. I refuse to disguise my lack of religious beliefs and my dislike for all sorts of superstitious nonsense, but I've realized that if I was to filter my FB contacts by that standard, only a handful of friends would remain and basically my entire family, both close and extended, would be gone from my list.
It's nice to see pictures and of friends and family--especially when I live far away from most of the people I love--and to have a laugh at a funny post every now and then, but there's also too much religious BS being posted by some of my FB contacts and I know it's only a matter of time before I am dragged into the same old debate.
I have learned to choose my battles and concluded that if I don't feel truly free to express my views and share the jokes and stories I like, then FB is nothing more than a hypocritical facade. Luckily, there are forums such as this, where I can relate to like-minded individuals. Close friends and relatives know where and how to reach me if not through FB.
My wife had a similar problem with a friend who is a devout Christian. Her latest rant is that the end time is at hand and she know's because her "babble" says so. My wife didn't un-friendl her but she stopped receiving her post's.
"Because my Babble says so". What a great bumper sticker that would make!
Dempsey, LOL! Malachi from down the road... Love it! Melinda
I responded to this thread a while ago. Update: My 'friend' that asked if "this Athiest 'thing' involves xtian -bashing" texted to ask if I unfriended her. I just said yes, I need a break for a while. So she took it as that is the end of that. We 'broke-up'. And all I feel is relieved. I do have some religious friends on there, but I kept very few people, and if we post something one of us doensn't like, we just don't click 'like', and we move on. I'm feeling too old @ 45 to deal with people's crap anymore.
Not only is it a religious thing I deal with but not surprisingly a political thing too. Religiousness I can ignore to an extent but the US presidential race is driving me nuts with some of these 'friends' who are heavily RomniNUT supporting. They spew with zero facts and 100% spin doctored crap-o-la that tends to be very racist and devoid of any ethics, logic, and maturity.
I haven't had any of my republiCON friends on FB say anything yet, but I totally agree with you Jenn!