a number of years ago, my husband had been deported to Canada from the US, and I had a relative tell me he was praying for my husband never to be returned to me, because he felt my husband was the one responsible for my turning atheist. When I heard this, I couldn't breathe for a while.
he has since changed his mind, due to he sees how caring my husband is. (And that it was my own fault for becoming atheist)
"God has healed amputees." "God can cure transgenders".
"I have this disease cause it enabled me to better understand my son."
I attended a youth group session with my girlfriend, we both just sat and twiddled our thumbs while we waited for the sermon and songs to end so we could get to the stuff we could actually take part in. During this time two girls of about 11-12 im guessing came up to us. they were both humming loudly to the song while waving their hands smoothly above their heads, they were also crying. anyway they just stood there, waving their hands above our hands. i asked them to stop, they didn't respond. I called out to who i thought was their mother (i was right) and asked her to deal with them. She responded by praising "her little angels for bringing the gift of Jesus to the sinners" (Side note: a few days after, i was dumped, i asked why and she said it was because of this incident, she refused to elaborate, so i dunno, but thanks Christianity you cost me a relationship.)
I worked with a woman who said she would kill her daughter if god told her too. I told her she was full of excrement and the only reason she said this is because she knows god doesn't exist and to get attention. Needless to say we never became friends.
The neighbor said "We're going on vacation to hear Sean Hannity and Glen Beck speak and then go to the Creationist Museum!" SERIOUSLY! I would rather stick a needle in my EYE than go on that 'vacation' of horror/torture/ridiculousness, etc.
I have a second cousin who seriously thinks he's a descendant of Atlantis. He's in his mid-50s and has never really had a job, never had a girlfriend and lives at home being kept as a child by his near-90yo mother.
He announced to my family that he couldn't be employed because "in the year 2000, I will be needed". He's still unemployed.
Write4U, I would argue to them that the story of jebus in the bible clearly tells of him telling people to give up their worldly goods and follow him, plus he teaches to share with everyone. I would think he was a Socialist, if he was even a real person, more than a Captialist!
For 'creepy' - I was told recently, by someone otherwise entirely decent and a working molecular biologist , in a way that was very matter-of-fact if not verging on the approving, that his brother had undergone an exorcism in Bangladesh.
I admit this caught me off guard and I didn't equip myself well with a rational response - my gast was well and truly flabbered! - but on reflection I think exorcisms are creepy - and I wonder why on earth people would still practise them in the 21st century.
do pastor's kids count? abt. 6 n 12? year olds said they'd burn my car over not believing in god that's fubar!
anyhew.. it's not what they say but what they do see:
I have a gay friend who has really religious parents. His father thinks that gay people literally worship the devil! And I thought... Oh! That's what gay means! Devil worshipers! I had it wrong all this time! XD