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Old 07-16-2011, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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When Christians ask you to pray, just agree then say a prayer to the Earth Mother, the sun, or some other pagan non-Christian deity. You can find some good ones online.

I guarantee they won't ask you to pray again.
Who knows what they'll do? I can tell you, though, that if you think an atheist believes in the Earth Mother or some other pagan, non-Christian deity then you don't understand atheism.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Who knows what they'll do? I can tell you, though, that if you think an atheist believes in the Earth Mother or some other pagan, non-Christian deity then you don't understand atheism.
LOL. I don't think he was suggesting that atheists believe in these, but that it would get the religious nuts to go crazy.

You could always say one of these:

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Our saucer which art in a colander, draining be Your noodles. Thy noodle come, Thy meatballness be done on earth, as it is meaty in heaven. Give us this day our daily sauce, and forgive us our lack of piracy, as we pirate and smuggle against those who lack piracy with us. And lead us not into vegetarianism, but deliver us from non-red meat sauce. For thine is the colander, the noodle, and the sauce, forever and ever. Ramen.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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Who knows what they'll do?
Well I do, actually.

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I can tell you, though, that if you think an atheist believes in the Earth Mother or some other pagan, non-Christian deity then you don't understand atheism.
Uhhm I understand atheism just fine, thanks. I didn't say one had to believe in them - just say the prayer.
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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I don't usually spend much time in this forum because honestly I do not know much about religion nor do I have a specific label for myself. I am pretty sure there isn't a god. I have nothing against anyone that attends church and most of my friends are spiritual. So my question is, how do you politely deal with when people ask you to pray for them or a loved one? Recently quite a few of my friends are dealing the stress of family illnesses. I care about my friends but do not feel comfortable saying, "yes, I will pray for you and your family." I usually get around it by saying things like, "My thoughts are with you and your family" Or "Sending best wishes your way." Both responses feel like I am trying to avoid or does not seem very heart felt because I know they want to hear that I will pray for them. I guess I could lie but that seems silly as well.

So just curious what others would do in these situations?
In general, I do what you do, but I am rarely asked to pray in real life situations. Message boards where my online friends ask for prayers accept that I am thinking of them and sending good vibes.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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Uhhm I understand atheism just fine, thanks. I didn't say one had to believe in them - just say the prayer.
No, obviously you don't know anything about atheism or you would not make such a stupid comment. That is the type of stupidity that atheists reject in total I don't talk to imaginary friends that don't exist, and I dismiss as insanity.
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Sorry, but I have a higher price tag for such a travesty. They'd have to teach legitimate science (including evolution), legitimate U.S. and world history, rational thinking and the true history of The Bible and Christianity.
Hobbit......I do like the way you think, thanks!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:35 AM
 
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No, obviously you don't know anything about atheism or you would not make such a stupid comment. That is the type of stupidity that atheists reject in total I don't talk to imaginary friends that don't exist, and I dismiss as insanity.
Nope I understand atheism perfectly fine, shytewit
OTOH, satire, humor and irony (and using them to teach Christians a lesson) are obviously things YOU do not understand.
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Old 07-17-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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I think you handle it very well. It's what I do, so it must be right. Seriously, though, it's about the best one can do.
Agreed, I normally tell them that "I will keep them in my thoughts"
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:41 AM
 
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That is what I usually say as well!
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Nope I understand atheism perfectly fine, shytewit
OTOH, satire, humor and irony (and using them to teach Christians a lesson) are obviously things YOU do not understand.
If you think that going off on your own and pretending to talk to an imaginary being, albeit not the imaginary being the Christian wants you to pretend to talk to, you're a little confused.

If you're just going to tell the Christian that you're going to pray to Odin, Apollo, or whoever just because you think it will teach them a lesson you're more than a little cruel.
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