I'm against it as well. I don't mind the religious talk as long as they don't mind knowing that I think it's a load of crap. Sometimes people get snippy like "I know YOU think it's a fairytale...." (read: you intolerant ass, you) which I think is a load considering they obviously knew that this was an atheist forum (and therefore yes, we think your superstitions are just that, superstitions.) So that whole "playing the victim" thing gets a huge eye roll and zero sympathy from me, but if they wanna keep hanging out, let 'em.
I do know *you think it's a fairytale and I thought that dialog in that context might help understand the fairytale ( yet not believe )...but as I can see, I'm simply here calling *you an ass.
Nothing is farther from the truth. But I'm deluded, so you're right.
For fuck's sweet sake, this is exactly what I'm talking about.
I would be happy to have a civil conversation about religion, but when you preemptively put provocative language in our mouths ("fairytales", "deluded") then I lose that motivation pretty quickly. I wouldn't have called your religion a fairytale or called you deluded, but it you're going to make out that *I'm going to get nasty like that before I've even had the chance, then sure, let's go there. If you're going to play the martyr to my uncivilized jerk, then I may as well have the pleasure of actually being the uncivilized jerk. It's not self depreciating or endearing in any way - it's actually a not so subtle insult that you think that we can't possibly play nicely, and so you will beat us to the punch. Her Snarky Priestessness is NOT AMUSED.