When the subject comes up, I say with all the sincerity I can muster.
Oh... you're a Christian... I'm so sorry.
After a few seconds of no response, I change the subject or walk away when I can.
It's actually easy when you really mean it. And I do.
In case anyone hasn't voted yet on inclusion/exclusion of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, here's the link to the single-question poll: www.azcentral.com/12news/
(scroll down - right-hand side)
Which version of which one(s)? A Catholic, a Charismatic , and a member of Westboro Baptist do not worship the same God...even if they use the same names and texts- So far, all Christians agree with me on that...but do not find anything wrong with it...oh yeah, that's right, they practice "true" Christianity.
We cannot all be right, but we can all be wrong.
"I contend that we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer God than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all other possible Gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."-Stephen H. Roberts
I stopped practicing superstition in all its forms.
A free-thinking friend told me recently that she regularly lunches with some people, and an Xian in the group had told her I'm a member of the Church of Satan.
I asked her if she knew where I could find a Church of Satan nearby.
A few days later she very happily told me she'd taken my query back to her lunch group and they'd howled with laughter.
When an Xian scolds you, ask if s/he knows where there is a Church of Satan you can go to.
I say that atheism is much more reasnable.I think too much to swallow abunch of nonsense.A person I thought was a friend decided I was bad and dammed to hell because of my non belief.It doesn't happen often thankfully.
I like Penn Gillette's (Penn and Teller) response:
When someone asks me why I don't believe that we were created as humans, but instead believe that we evolved to become humans: I take a fossil out of my pocket, hold it up in front of them, and say "Fossil!"
If they still don't get it, I throw it just over their head.