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My standard comment to an attack like that by a Christian is "Oh, come now, that doesn't sound very Christian.”
Well, I guess it's a lie to make it look like I ALWAYS got attacked for being atheist, but when I was, it was pretty bad. I was called a fat pig, a stupid cunt, a retard that will get what's coming to her, etc., all by "religious" men.
Once in a while, I was complimented for being "bold" enough to put my beliefs out there, but was subsequently rejected for them.
"Wow, it's really brave that you tell people you're an atheist! I'm impressed....but I'm a devout Christian, so good luck to you!" Blugh
Most of the emails I got were just from.....unacceptable people.
I’ve only been single for a little while (4 months, divorce isn’t even final yet, was married for 9 years) so I haven’t had anyone trying to convert me yet. I had one even say I was brave to state I was Atheist and another guy said he puts himself down as Baptist to keep from running women off. I’m in Dallas and I would think I’d get the same as in GA. I try to be humorous so I think that softens it. And the site I’m active on seems to have lots of Atheists (OKCupid), so I really haven’t gotten anyone trying to convert me… yet.
I also find I can deal with some brands of theists better than others. I find Pagans the least objectionable. But then as a friend pointed out, Pagan rarely try to convert. Their view usually is: If it isn't your path, it isn't your path.
OH! Here's another question. I used to have profiles on a lot of online dating sites, but I gave up on that too. How many of you have done all of the following:
-had dating profiles online
-listed yourself as atheist
-gotten more emails from people bitching about you, making fun of you, or criticizing you for being atheist than you got from people wanting to date you?
I dunno, maybe it's just me because I'm in GA......
Frankly, I've kinda given up on non-atheists. I dunno, maybe there are some agnostics, Jews, or Buddhists I could deal with, but definitely no Christians or Muslims. For some reason, those last two are particularly toxic brands of the dessert dogma and even those that call themselves "non-religious" cling to it at the core. My mother, for example, is "Catholic" but has to be one of the most secular people I know....never goes to church, never prays, doesn't agree with the pope on anything, etc., but when my dad was in the hospital, she was practically begging for people to pray for us. She said the kids at the Catholic school I attended where she substitutes were all praying for us and that's why he got better, "because God hears the prayers of children louder than those of adults."
Oh, and she also vehemently refuses to eat meat on Fridays in lent.
Honestly, if they haven't really let go of god, I won't be able to deal with it. On a friendship level, I give everyone a chance, but on a romantic level, no way.
Zel - Can I use her response and just change the last word to Christian??? Because that is how I feel. Of course in my profile I say that I do not reply to people that are listed as Christian (unless they tell me they are willing to convert… LOL). So they should expect no response.
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