I do not wave a sign or go running into churches screaming "Hail Satan!". I do not stomp on wooden crosses, spit on the Holy Grail, or pee on the Virgin Mary.
If you ask me straightforward what religion I practice or what God I believe in I will quietly and firmly let you know...I don't believe in sparkles and I don't practice fairy tales. But in a nice way.
And inevitably they have questions. Questions and questions....and oh...did I say questions.? If I happen to be in a group of friends who are religious and someone outside the group finds out I'm an atheist it's like my friends just became space ghosts and are all on their way to Mars.
So I answer their questions with my own. Countering their diatribes with ideas of my own.
And...oh...I think I see...yep there it is.
They start to get mad. They begin to fluster. They look at me as if I skinned a child.
I'm not giving the answers they want. The answers they need. All coherent conversation seems to cease. I am then subjected to the boring language of "God loves you" and "I'll pray for you."
Here's the thing. I consider myself a reasonably intelligent and thoughtful adult. I absolutely love a reasoned and sometimes spirited(pun?)debate on a number of issues. Gay rights issues(pro LGBTA), legalization of marijuana(very for), guns and war(completely against) as well anything and everything to do with all the arts. The way it's supposed to work is people or a group lend their voices and opinions in a rational discussion where ideas are exchanged facts, are revealed and knowledge is uncovered.
I would love to have a wonderful discussion with a person who has religious views. I would love to consider what they say and counter with my own thoughts. I would like to ask serious questions and get a reasoned , non aggressive response.
But it's not gonna happen. Not once. Not ever. It makes me sad. It makes me sad that people can be so delusional and so fearful and want to grab onto their fictional Gods so much that they will become unreasonable and unkind and unsympathetic. They will teach their children fear and submission. They will turn away friends and even family in the name of illusion.
You'll pray for me? I pity you.