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18-06-2014, 07:57 AM
Christian friends
Ya know, I have lost a lot of christian friends because I'm an atheist. I actually understand that.

Because if you believe in god, and are literal about your beliefs, chances are we think so differently about other things in life that we have no common ground anywhere.

Sometimes, when I see a lot of Christians championing pro-life, anti-choice, or anti-gay, I find these people to be ugly inside. And I don't want to be friends with someone who lacks empathy and compassion. Ironic, because it sounds as though *i* am lacking empathy and compassion.

Anyway - does anyone else feel that they avoid friendships with people if that person is staunchly religious?

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18-06-2014, 08:02 AM
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(18-06-2014 07:57 AM)Cathym112 Wrote:  Ya know, I have lost a lot of christian friends because I'm an atheist. I actually understand that.

Because if you believe in god, and are literal about your beliefs, chances are we think so differently about other things in life that we have no common ground anywhere.

Sometimes, when I see a lot of Christians championing pro-life, anti-choice, or anti-gay, I find these people to be ugly inside. And I don't want to be friends with someone who lacks empathy and compassion. Ironic, because it sounds as though *i* am lacking empathy and compassion.

Anyway - does anyone else feel that they avoid friendships with people if that person is staunchly religious?

One of my co-workers and I are close friends. I am a militant atheist, he is a fundamentalist christian. The talks we have had lol.....sometimes it just works, mutual respect, while disagreeing on a specific subject is doable sometimes.

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18-06-2014, 08:09 AM
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If I avoided all Christians, I would have exactly one friend. I do avoid people who talk about their faith all the time. I usually let it be known that I am atheist once I decided I like the person and let the chips fall where they may.

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18-06-2014, 08:47 AM
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(18-06-2014 08:02 AM)goodwithoutgod Wrote:  
(18-06-2014 07:57 AM)Cathym112 Wrote:  Ya know, I have lost a lot of christian friends because I'm an atheist. I actually understand that.

Because if you believe in god, and are literal about your beliefs, chances are we think so differently about other things in life that we have no common ground anywhere.

Sometimes, when I see a lot of Christians championing pro-life, anti-choice, or anti-gay, I find these people to be ugly inside. And I don't want to be friends with someone who lacks empathy and compassion. Ironic, because it sounds as though *i* am lacking empathy and compassion.

Anyway - does anyone else feel that they avoid friendships with people if that person is staunchly religious?

One of my co-workers and I are close friends. I am a militant atheist, he is a fundamentalist christian. The talks we have had lol.....sometimes it just works, mutual respect, while disagreeing on a specific subject is doable sometimes.

I guess I just find too many differences in the way of thinking that even when the topic is completely void of religion, we still can't find common ground. Mainly because of the habit of hypocrisy.

For ex: I listened to my very Christian friend talk about how piercing a baby girls ears was tantamount to mutilation and cruelty. Yet had her son circumcised. Wha?

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18-06-2014, 09:20 AM
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(18-06-2014 07:57 AM)Cathym112 Wrote:  Ya know, I have lost a lot of christian friends because I'm an atheist. I actually understand that.

Because if you believe in god, and are literal about your beliefs, chances are we think so differently about other things in life that we have no common ground anywhere.

Sometimes, when I see a lot of Christians championing pro-life, anti-choice, or anti-gay, I find these people to be ugly inside. And I don't want to be friends with someone who lacks empathy and compassion. Ironic, because it sounds as though *i* am lacking empathy and compassion.

Anyway - does anyone else feel that they avoid friendships with people if that person is staunchly religious?


Yeah sometimes you meet somebody and become friends for whatever reason only to discover later it won't work When religion raises its ugly head & you just have no respect for them.

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18-06-2014, 09:23 AM
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As soon as I hear any hint of religiosity, I mentally slide that person into the "Oh, you're one of **THOSE**" category.

Simultaneously, they are mentally removed from the "Possible BFF" list.

I will converse with these people, chat about whatnot, hold pleasant exchanges, but I'm really just not interested in them anymore in an up-close-and-personal kind of way.

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18-06-2014, 09:33 AM
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I dont have many christians friends, but I do have some. I've lost more than I have.

I don't purposefully push them away...a combination of my loud mouth and their closed religtard mind tends to just lead it that way.

I figure if someone can't be friends with you because of their religion they are a waste of time anyway. So no pain there. No thanks.
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18-06-2014, 09:58 AM
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I haven't really felt like I had to avoid any of my Christian friends, because no one has been there enough to be avoided! Hahaha!

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Lol, jk...Tongue there are religious people that I used to be good friends with that I don't bother with because, when I was one of them, I heard how they talked about outsiders. Unfortunately, their friendship just wouldn't be genuine.

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18-06-2014, 10:01 AM
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I had a Christian friend once...



I don't have one anymore.

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18-06-2014, 10:02 AM
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I don't think I've ever had a close christian friend. There are people I know who are christian and very religious and I get along with them and like them but for me to have a great, fun and close friendship with someone they need to be open minded and christians generally aren't.

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