I have a very dear friend and former lover with whom I exchange occasional emails and from whom I get an occasional "feel-good" forward. Unfortunately, she just forwarded me something which had the following addendum at the bottom:
"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point." Billy Graham
Sure, the rest of the forward was fine ... but at the same time, she KNOWS I'm an atheist ... and frankly, I think I deserve a touch more respect than what was conveyed with the above quote.
So I wrote her back as follows:
A point of information re your last forward: you had me right until the end:
[the offending quote]
I am an atheist, Connie ... and trust me when I tell you - I HAVE A POINT. As for Mr. Graham, whatever it is that he thinks he has, I have no interest in it.
Just so we're clear.
Maybe this is no way to talk to a friend ... but at the same time, a friend should know enough about the other party to consider issues like this and respect them. On the other hand, it's possible she never noticed the quote, but just forwarded the piece.
It may be that I'm being more up-front and assertive about my atheism. Or ... maybe I'm just being an asshole (though I don't think so). Second opinions are herewith solicited. [Whether I agree with them or not is potentially a different matter.]