Hey, guys. Just wanted to know if there are any atheists here who adore U2 like I do. I love U2 and have no problem with their beliefs, I know many of their songs contain Christian themes, such as God and Jesus, and I just wanted to see if there was anyone here like me.
Don't worry if there is an atheist about, they'll tell you about it....repeatedly.
That's a cheeky remark, but a funny one. If a vegan atheist who runs marathons and owns a shelter dog sits down beside you at a bar, which fact about themselves will they force into a conversation first?
...Well, at least the atheist will still sit beside you. Put the religious profiles in the mix : some of them won't sit next to each other and others won't even dare enter into the bar in the first place...
Jerks come in all shapes and sizes, colors, creeds and nationalities. I respect people's choices, but I must insist that everyone be kind, or I am going to call an ******* an *******, whether they are wearing a cross around their neck or not. I know plenty of Christians who are miserable people. I know agnostics/atheists who are terrific to be around.
The key to me is recognizing the difference between an 'atheist' an 'agnostic' and a 'anti-theists.' Anti-theists are typically as obnoxious as the 'everyone who doesn't attend my church is going to hell' crowd, because both presume to have all the answers and project them onto others. I have no issue at all with people who either don't believe in God or don't care either way, BUT, the people who call God 'the flying spaghetti monster' or 'your imaginary friend in the sky' are obnoxious and disrespectful, and it is my pleasure to call them on it.
Live and let live cuts both ways. I am truly sorry for people here who have felt attacked for their lack of faith, but I didn't do it, so don't stereotype or project that behavior onto all Christians.
1/We're sliding off topic on a topic that is banned by forum rules
2/You've been stereotyping atheists in a thread reaching out to atheists with this quote : "If a vegan atheist who runs marathons and owns a shelter dog sits down beside you at a bar, which fact about themselves will they force into a conversation first? "
I guess you thought it was funny, hence your smiley
3/If I stereotyped anyone then I'm sorry but my post didn't even named christians, it just said "religious profiles". I don't know where you got this.
4/You know... chill out, dude.
1. That is getting REALLY tiresome. If we can't have a free dialogue here as long as we are polite, I really don't understand the point.
2. That was a JOKE. I am sorry to have offended you, truly. And yes, I do think it is funny. Very funny, actually. Lighten up. Take your own advice from your own point #4. The smiley was included to indicate HUMOR. Again, sorry if you didn't get it or like it.
3. None of my post was directed at or meant to describe YOU. I don't know you. I am sure you are a great person; you like Star Wars and U2; how could you not be? You haven't said any of the things that I described, so why would you think I am directing them toward YOU? We are just having a conversation. I very plainly said that jerks come in all stripes. I was simply saying that, while I am sorry you have felt attacked by your lack of faith, disrespect, sadly, is a two-way street, and just because you are a nice person, many of your fellow atheists aren't, just as many of my fellow Christians aren't either. There's this notion that people of faith are intolerant and those who have no faith are more open-minded. I've not found that to be the case at all. People are people and have the same flaws regardless of what they believe or don't believe. Those flaws just manifest themselves in different ways.
4. Like I said; take your own advice. I thought we were having a friendly conversation. You are the one who flipped out buddy, not me. I am honestly shocked at your response.
Thinking I need to spend time elsewhere. I am used to a more honest exchange, as long as posts remain clean and civil. That's not where we are right now, and I am kind of over it.