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Stay classy man!
Yeah, I've run into the same sort of thing, dating Christians, before I realized what a horribly bad idea it was. You get about 2 or 3 months into the relationship, and then they start wondering why you don't want to go to church with them. At least that's always the way it's worked with me.
I think that lots of Christians truly do believe that everyone believes in God, and atheists just don't want to follow him, because ... I dunno, whatever reason they feed themselves. They must figure that after we've got a sufficient emotional commitment to the relationship that they can start exerting influence, and they can 'bring us back to Jesus'.
I've read the Bible ... cover to cover, with the exception of a little skimming over I did through parts of Numbers, the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom. Song of Songs was also pretty painful, but it was short. The Wisdom books after Job are pretty mindless.
Reading the Bible has done nothing but reinforce my stance about what a horrifying, immoral, made-up piece of crap Christianity is. The New Testament is only slightly less horrible than the Old.
I was in boy scouts from about 5-10th grade, although I lost interest and didn't do half the activities after 8th grade. Once at a camping trip they said some christian prayer and bowed their heads before eating and I just stared ahead. For one session I went to a week long scout camp and they all went somewhere to do some non-denominational christian service or prayer, but I said I was Jewish and they let me skip it and hang around my troops tents...
I never did do all the Jewish stuff I thought I was supposed to do that I was taught in Hebrew school, because my parents were less observant than the hebrew school teachers and I didn't want anybody to think I was crazy.
Actually, I am, Fred. We have an openly atheist ... mayor is it? I dunno, it's somewhere out in the boondocks, in the western corner of the
state. He was in the news a bit.
Anyway, it's not enforceable, so it doesn't matter that it's in the state Constitution. It needs to be removed anyway, but it has no actual effect.
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