Do you have a point other than that you long for the days when only Christians had a voice? You don't like to hear from us, do you? And you are outraged that we are not enamored of your filthy little religion, and that we dare to say so.
Get used to it. It's only just begun. Can't you tell? Just look at the changes in this thread, which is an epitome of the same phenomenon unfolding on the societal level: first we were nowhere to be seen or heard. Then we began expressing opinions, meekly at first. We were unsure of our place. You people have behaved miserably, antagonizing unbelievers for having the gall to express skepticism. So now we are more aggressive. Now we are calling your church what it is - a blister on the "gentiles" (sic) of society.
It sounds to me like you still only want to "hear" your own Christian "voice." This atheist answered anyway. Get used to it.
What won't you try? Is there no manipulative technique too transparent for you to wheel out?Big strong he-man knows exactly how to talk down a woman doesn't he. Put her in her place strong man and make sure she stays there.
Actually, as I have explained to both of you, I'm not really talking to the Christian even when I am addressing them in a post. My posts are all for unbelievers and the undecided.
That post of mine suggests a point of view that I advocate. We both know that the words would be pointless if only believers were reading them, don't we? I do.
Here I'm illustrating that what the Christians really want is for us to shut up again. I hope to embolden others to recognize this as the motivation for the various manipulative techniques that you people try, like your above, and to not feel any inhibitions about expressing themselves authoritatively to these people.
I want us all to recognize that what we say is appropriate and polite enough. We needn't care that you bristle at criticism. It's not like you have ever cared about anybody but yourselves, have you?(I include you with the Christians because you carry water for them. I don't really care which ghost you believe in or what you've named it.)
Your church has maltreated us from the first day it could. We owe none of you anything, certainly not deference.
What you deserve is to be treated like you treated us. But we'll do better than that. No burning at the stake for any of you! We promise. The worst we'll do is ridicule you into the closet.
I understand that you people can't really distinguish between insults of your church and of yourselves, and feel that people like me throw the first punch. That's probably the way that Here For Now feels. But I really don't care about that any more. It's pointless, it's unilateral, and I don't have to care.
She undoubtedly turned on me because she didn't like my disrespectful attitude toward her religion. Well, her religion deserves no respect, and those that want to fight about that are welcome to do so. She was one of those people.
If you want nice, stand down. Those are the terms.