Just a tad bit annoyed, just a little...

This is something like a rant...
There's a turning point taking place in my life right now and I find myself wanting to share this experience with someone else. Someone who wont tell me to pray when things arent going as Ive planned or give me naive optimism because they believe 'god will work it out', someone that wont give credit to the supernatural for my successes! Im meeting new people and trying so hard to see people beyond their religious beliefs but no matter the conversation it always seems to find a way to seep in and stain a perfectly good moment/conversation. Im just fed up at the moment ::rolls eyes:: Maybe I just need a break, some space...a vacation? How do you deal with the same religious bullshit everyday without wanting to crack!?

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Comment by Jennifer Anderson on July 6, 2010 at 7:34pm
Wow, I feel your pain. Most people don't realize how often this happens. Way more often than we think. Very sad.
Comment by ryan cameron on June 26, 2010 at 12:04am
Thanks for posting this. I like to say "god is imaginary" and leave it at that. Its the most powerful statement I can think of to defeat god and his pointy hatted minions, and acknowledging his existence seems like the most important thing to him in the bible - which is funny because no one on earth really cares whether or not you believe they exist, its self evident so they dont make a stink about it. Check out www.godisimaginary.com for cool insights.
Comment by Dani on November 2, 2009 at 4:33pm
Hey Jeanetta!-
Ive actually found someone on this site (whoo-hooo) that of course is an atheist that I share this stuff with...Idk about anyone else but Im not really a loner and my lack of religious beliefs were really isolating at this time. So I just felt alone and although I was still being my normal friendly self I was so freakin annoyed by my christian "friends" and peers. So for me, just one person to lend a nonreligious ear can mean a lot!

Also on a daily basis I just try to find some amusement in it all, really it's better...healthier to laugh at stressful things (assuming there's no other effective solution). So laughter does the mind and body good!

Im also taking a course in school, Stress Reduction, which involves a load of eastern philosophy (which basically helps you focus on your perception of things and how you respond to daily stressors...also yoga's added in there). I really love both methods, this class has been a major help!
Comment by Jean on November 1, 2009 at 7:34pm
Dude I feel the EXACT same right now. It looks like this happened to you back in June though. Are you still going through it?... & if not, what ended up happening?
Comment by Jean on September 27, 2009 at 11:33am
I know exactly what you mean...
Comment by Joey on June 23, 2009 at 5:17pm
I usually say "Wow, you believe in that stuff?" in the same tone of voice you'd use to question a 40 year old's belief in Santa Claus. It doesn't make them happy, but it does make them quiet. The people that do stick around to talk aren't likely to bring it up again.
I've found there are enough people that'll stick around without beating you over the head with Jesus that it's worth offending the rest of them. Not that I'd shed any tears over offending them anyway.
Comment by K. Walker on June 23, 2009 at 2:51pm
Anything we say is pretty much going to sound somewhat offensive and so I throw it out there and then quickly change the subject, chatting and interating with positive, agreeable conversation so darn fast that the opposing party instantly forgets what I just said; until it sinks in 20 minutes later and by that time, there is no come-back, all they can do is brood. Yes it's sad any of us have to do this, our opinion should count too but you have to roll with the punches. Make your point, change the subject as best you can, move on.
Comment by Dani on June 22, 2009 at 11:17pm
Cozmikzen: I love the site, I bookmarked it!
carver: I def take the open approach, I find that it helps to get rid of the fanatics but it's the "open minded" Christians that are really making my blood boil...open minded christian--oxymoron!
kj & cliff: I AGREE! Im def trying to find a balance. I really dont want my distaste for the way things are w/ religion to make me a bitter person!
Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM: those suggestions made me laugh but Im sure it send a few people I know into a state of, what I call 'Savior mode'. Some believers think that they can
'save' someone like me...they think Im going through a 'normal stage of doubt' that can be helped with their 'gentle' influence and constant nagging!
RealType: That sounds Perfect, really good idea! :D
Comment by RealType on June 22, 2009 at 10:15pm
I moved to the gay community to get rid of religious people. Only educated and open minded people can stand gays. I dont see any religious fanatics around here. Mostly atheist gay men and women and atheist young couples.
Comment by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on June 22, 2009 at 6:21pm
Another approach is to give them a hoax phamplet (an article from Landover Baptist Church, for example) and ask them to read it carefully and consider it. Collect some of these and put them in places where you can find them quickly (in your purse, next to the front door, at the back of a text book or note pad).

A variation on this approach is to present them with a selection of way-over-the-top stuff from various sources: Fred Phelps, The flat earth society, Alien Abductors, etc. Include a collection of Old Testament stories in modern English and some parallel verses from the Koran and from Greek and Roman mythology. Ask them to consider them all and see whether they think any of them should be taken seriously. [Hint. They usually cannot tell if they are a hoax of not and frequently exclude the Old Testament stuff along with the rest.]

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