But its the other way around isn't it, the "affronter" is the believer, the atheist is the one minding their own business. I was in this position, and I did not turn the other cheek. I reminded her, in my one sentence reply, that not everyone shares her belief system.
As for the whole thing about "educating" Christians, that's not what this thread is about is it? It's about standing up for one's self.
I totally get what you trying to say, but frankly, in a world where the Vice President has to remind people that just because your religion says a certain thing about the soul of a fetus, you cannot force people outside of your faith go along with that, non-believers need to push back once in awhile.
Maybe standing up and being a jerk is not always the right thing to do, but there are times to do it, and the first instinct in any situation should not be to back down and be rolled over.
But its the other way around isn't it, the "affronter" is the believer, the atheist is the one minding their own business.
In some instances it may indeed be a deliberate affront; in others it may be thoughtlessness. You wish to have the person recognize their remark might offend. Why not ask, "Does anyone ever take offense when you say that?"
I see a great difference between simply avoiding confrontation with someone not likely to understand you and "backing down and being rolled over." I do not feel obliged to have an argument with or reply to every idiot who tells me "Jesus loves you."
How about, "I see you have been hallucinating again."
The Flying Spaghetti Monster loves you.
Fock me !!
Lurch always DID have a way with words...
Yes I know, That's why I had to find a new lawn service. I'm not into guys.