frustrated with a friend
I have a friend who has been a wonderful friend, but we cannot talk about religion. I tried telling her before that I am an atheist, and her reply was "No, you're not. You're an agnostic." Uhm, excuse me??! I am an atheist. She doesn't want to think that a close friend could be so 'wrong'. She often posts religious and politic memes on facebook which make me angry because they don't not simply state her support of one side, but aggressively insults the other side (my viewpoints) to make her support known. Today she posted the article of atheiests losing their case about the crossbeam statue of 911 staying. Personally, if one side wants a statue there, go ahead, as long as they allow others to put whatever religious momentos they want too. Also, trying to pass it off as a secular interst? I'll bet if that same crossbeam was tipped over like an 'x' as a statue, then suddenly would it seem as important? We are not a Christian nation. But she went further by insulting atheists in her comments. I don't say much because I don't want to lose her a friend, and we really are close in all other respects. It is frustrating not being able to be myself on such a big issue, which is why I am venting here. I'm not looking for advice, just a place to say what I want to say to her, which is, "No atheists are not shoving their beliefs on you. It is 99% of the time the other way around. Can you say crusades, witch trials, torture of scientists and outspoken women, gay bashing and murder, child indoctrination, all in the name of Christianity?" That really does feel better.
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