I had a super religious/ fundamentalist Christian recently attack me when I said I was an atheist. She had asked me, "Aren't you a Christian?" and I said, "No way, I refuse to buy into that superstition." She became very upset and told me she couldn't talk to me anymore.
Just prior to that, we were having a conversation about what to do with all the people who were having children they couldn't raise (were too poor, had "bad values," etc.) She told me there should be a way to take the children from those people (essentially, the Medicaid dependent or poor) and have them raised the "right" way (the Right way). I asked her, "who decides what is the "right" way and what child gets re-homed? Is this sort of like a Rescue Program for human children, like the Humane Society?" and she said that was exactly what we needed-- a rescue program for kids being raised in a way she thought was not "right" (Right). I was totally creeped out. Then she asked me if I was Christian and blah blah blah....
Holy mother of all that is wtf...
That woman sounds like you should never, EVER be in a room alone with her. She sounds unstable.
When I was in college one girl out of the blue spotted my peace symbol earring and promptly informed me that it was a broken cross upside down.
I blinked at her for about 10 seconds before replying "Stupid me! All this time I thought it was an ancient Greek symbol representing the paths you can take in life. Who knew? Thanks for setting me straight!" And walked off.
Actually it was designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Holtom) and it's based on the semaphore for N(uclear) D(isarmament). Its meaning got broadened to "Peace" during the Vietnam war.
Actually the peace symbol is actually N.D. (Nuclear Disarmament) in semaphore.
There is a very popular evangelist on Christian radio who promotes the notion that the earth only appears to be old because God wanted it like that. He used the example of Jesus turning water (the "new" into wine (aged, or the "old")- i think it has something to do with fooling us non-believers, while the really smart people, like your typical Christian, can see through this deception and thus strengthen their belief.Just like Hitchens used to say, if you believe in the Jesus story, you will believe anything.
"There is a very popular evangelist on Christian radio who promotes the notion that the earth only appears to be old because God wanted it like that."
That line of apologetics has always baffled me. Why would anybody want to believe in a god that they knew was lying to them?
I once (for fun) tried cataloguing the different forms of Creationism. I counted 7. That was #6 on my list - it has a name Omphalism - named for a book published in 1857, I think (prior to Origin of the Species, note) called "Omphalos" - attempting to reconcile the developing understandign of geological time-scales with the bible. Omphalos is greek for "navel" - and contains within it the argument proposing for the first time, that Adam the first man had a navel becuase God created him that way, because obviously there was no-one around to clip his umbilical cord, which he never had on account of never gestating as a fetus inside a womb. From this one can then extrapolate: the rings in trees for instance are there not becuase trees are x many seasons old, but simply an aesthetic detail god chose to include, stratified layering, geologic columns and a few unconformities here and there and voila - it's all a cunning facade, is the argument. By the time you work all the way-up the isochronic radiometric dating and standard candles - the omphalatic creationist will keep right along pace with you.
In fact an omphalatic creationist could be a working, functioning scientist daily taking measurements of the age of the earth using the scientific method properly and finding the results in the upper 4-and a bit billion for the earth and so on - they would be distinguished only in believing that all such findings are, in fact false, and are only what 'god wants them to see' - but they know the truth as revealed in scripture.
In this they are to be distinguished from the Young Earth Creationist (#7) - which is where the train of rational thinking skips the tracks completely - they believe that all scientific principles that affirm things counter the bible are wrong axiomatically and, by extension, that all the science supporting these theories is wrong: a bubble of un-reality that eventually expands to include most forms and expressions of physics, chemistry and biology and all disciplines and discoveries therein. In their place the young-earther will switch in alternative, biblically-acceptable and bastardised 'versions' of scientific theories (see Flood Geology and T-Rex's eating coconuts.)
The Omphalatic Creationist and the Young Earth Creationist - agree on only a single point: that the Earth did not exist 10,000 years ago.
a number of years ago, my husband had been deported to Canada from the US, and I had a relative tell me he was praying for my husband never to be returned to me, because he felt my husband was the one responsible for my turning atheist. When I heard this, I couldn't breathe for a while.
he has since changed his mind, due to he sees how caring my husband is. (And that it was my own fault for becoming atheist)