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Have you ever lost a "real world" friend due to ignorant Facebook rants?


My heart is hurting because I have a lifelong friend whose path took a real radical departure from my own. He and his wife claim to respect our family, despite the fact they are "born again" Christians and we are atheist/agnostic. We have been able to get along fabulously despite our differences until the last six months or so when they constantly post things disparaging atheism. Today it was a post that atheists lives have no higher purpose or meaning and it really struck a nerve. If that's what they really think then is it worth it to try to stay friends? It's gotten worse over time.

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Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) says

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    That's the thing FB can definitely make people less inhibited to speak up, sometimes that's good, other times it can cause some real damage even when unintended.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    I just can't do that to people I have valued for years who have tons of other redeeming qualities believe it or not. The posts aren't targeted "at me", but at atheism in general, but still irks me because it perpetuates fallacies.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    I agree on FB drama - I do block posts from drama queens or ignore it even when I agree. This one today though was just to the point of "enough is enough".. sad that has to happen. I don't care about disagreeing, but disrespect bothers me a lot.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    I've tried gentle reminders. Some atheists do believe in life after physical death, others do not. That has absolutely nothing to do with one's life having higher meaning or purpose. I tire of judgments from the ignorant even ones who claim friendsh


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M. T. Dremer says

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    Facebook does indeed have a bad side and it stinks a misunderstanding led to that drama for you.

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    amine sehibi (amine-sehibi) 19 months ago

    christin_ as a theist I agree with you,we should both atheists and theists alike learn to respect each other, thank you.


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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    I did have a conversation a little bit ago to clarify why the post is incorrect and why I found it offensive. Hopefully it will clear the air. I am a peace keeper at heart, but I'm also not a doormat. You're right it is important to speak up.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    I agree and sorry you went through it too. It just seems like such a sad reason to lose a deep human bond and connection, but you're right, it's not worth agonizing over the choices these people make. It's just sad to be devalued for no real reason.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    Thank you. It just sucks because until recently, despite their evangelism, they had always been super cool with us. It sucks to lose a friend you had since childhood, but I can't deal with it anymore & they can't agree to disagree so...

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 19 months ago

    "No matter what our belief is, love and friendship are the most important things we as humans can experience. " Absolutely 100% agree.

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