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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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.
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.
Facebook does indeed have a bad side and it stinks a misunderstanding led to that drama for you.
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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
amine - try google for the definitions of atheist and agnostic. You have both definitions wrong.
Austin_ in my opinion you don't represent any of them, so keep your comments for yourself, or simply don't address me anymore, because I have no inters in what you have to say, still have a nice day.
Let's be respectful amine; what did she do besides direct you to a resource to learn more about the definitions you are not understanding?
No christin, I didn't give that reply because of that comment, but because she proved to be a disrespectful and vulgar person in the past , although I didn't disrespect her, I asked her not to address me, or am I wrong?
still I apologize Austin.
Amine - perhaps you will take the recommendation from me then - please look up the definition - you do have both of them at least partially wrong. I've even got a hub you can look at for the definitions. But otherwise, good advice
Okay Jacqui, I'll look them up and check out your hub later, and thanks for your advice.
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.
christin_ as a theist I agree with you,we should both atheists and theists alike learn to respect each other, thank you.
I just saw that you'd commented with an update after I wrote an answer above. Sorry! But I'm so happy that you were able to resolve things with your friend through talk. That's how it should work when people love each other and keep open minds.
No Worries Amanda, your answer was great and very on point and can help others in similar situations :)
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.
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...
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.