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19-12-2016, 11:01 AM
Do you pretend?
My fellow Atheists, do you pretend to be a Christian at times? If so, what are the circumstances?

I pretend if I think it will hurt me professionally. I also pretend around Christians as a form of entertainment (being a POE). It's amazing how an Atheist can get the holy spirit fired up in a Christian. Funny shit.
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19-12-2016, 11:09 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
No. There are situations where I just don't say anything, but I don't ever pretend to be a believer.

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19-12-2016, 11:10 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
(19-12-2016 11:01 AM)KUSA Wrote:  My fellow Atheists, do you pretend to be a Christian at times? If so, what are the circumstances?

I pretend if I think it will hurt me professionally. I also pretend around Christians as a form of entertainment (being a POE). It's amazing how an Atheist can get the holy spirit fired up in a Christian. Funny shit.

I'm still trying to pretend the deus deceptor ain't making all this shit up.

#sigh
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19-12-2016, 11:10 AM (This post was last modified: 19-12-2016 01:36 PM by Loom.)
RE: Do you pretend?
I do it at work. Normally it's due to customers, who insist on telling me about gawd's beautiful creation while I'm working in the garden center. I usually nod and agree everything is beautiful without mentioning god. Other times I have to feign pure Christianity. I'm too scared not to.

Had a lady last year ask me not so politely to tell her Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, and I went along with it just to keep her moving.

It sucks but most people seem to assume I'm Christian because of how nice I am (cuz obviously atheists aren't...y'know, nice people!), so I end up acting the part so as to maintain a good relationship.

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19-12-2016, 11:19 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
I have not had to do that in decades, the most I will do is nod and mutter nice things, but only a complete fool would interpret it as a sign of faith. Sadly it works on most of the faithful.
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19-12-2016, 11:20 AM (This post was last modified: 19-12-2016 11:38 AM by jennybee.)
RE: Do you pretend?
(19-12-2016 11:10 AM)Loom Wrote:  I do it at work. Normally it's due to customers, who insist on telling me about gawd's beautiful creation while I'm working in the garden center. I usually nod and agree everything is beautiful without mentioning god. Other times I have to feign pure Christianity.

Had a lady last year ask me not so politely to tell her Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, and I went along with it just to keep her moving.

It sucks but most people seem to assume I'm Christian because of how nice I am (cuz obviously atheists aren't...y'know, nice people!), so I end up acting the part so as to maintain a good relationship.

When people say M. Christmas to me, I usually just respond with "Happy Holidays."

oops--just reread your post--lovely, she made u wish her one Facepalm some people Dodgy

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19-12-2016, 11:26 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
(19-12-2016 11:10 AM)Loom Wrote:  I do it at work. Normally it's due to customers, who insist on telling me about gawd's beautiful creation while I'm working in the garden center. I usually nod and agree everything is beautiful without mentioning god. Other times I have to feign pure Christianity.

Had a lady last year ask me not so politely to tell her Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays, and I went along with it just to keep her moving.

It sucks but most people seem to assume I'm Christian because of how nice I am (cuz obviously atheists aren't...y'know, nice people!), so I end up acting the part so as to maintain a good relationship.

Bolding mine. That is a very good example of xtian privilege!

I will never pretend to be xtian. If a person writes me off for atheism, I'm better off with them not around. Of course, since I'm retired, it isn't a job threat.
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19-12-2016, 11:29 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
Depends on the situation. I have zero compunction about lying about this if I decide to, but it's rare that I feel the need. Mostly it's when some super-Christian clown comes rushing up to me and I need to end the conversation as quickly as possible. The other day it was being asked to say grace at the table when my Mom's religious friend was visiting.

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19-12-2016, 11:34 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
Yeah. Sometimes for practical reasons like getting free food or getting a visa application approved in a country that doesn't allow atheists, sometimes for my entertainment. And I must say, I play a pretty convincing Christian if I feel the need.

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19-12-2016, 11:35 AM
RE: Do you pretend?
I don't pretend to BE a Christian and if directly asked I own up to my disbelief. But we have dinner once a week with my wife's 89-year-old grandmother who is a devout Catholic. She says grace over the meals she prepares for us in her own home. I remain quiet and bow my head to show respect to her. If I'm at a wedding, or a funeral, or big holiday party or something and there's a group prayer, I don't protest or object, I "allow" it to go on around me.
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