There are moments whenever I’m over at the in-laws, or they’re over at my apartment for a bit where things are fine and the conversations can be enjoyable. But there are times when my mother-in-law (who is the more christian of the two) can tend to be a little more “preachy” about her faith.
The last time I tried to argue my position, I got an earful of yelling and screaming from her to the point where I had to leave the house. That was back in 2007. She can get very emotional when you try to test her faith, she will get very defensive, so trying to argue against her when you’re an atheist means that you either just smile and nod politely, or you try to continue poking the bee-hive with a stick wondering how bad the outcome will get.
I don’t have a problem with religious people, it’s only when they try to push it down my throat do I have a problem with it. I respect your faith, please have the decency to accept my non-faith. You’re christians, you believe in God, that’s fine. I don’t believe in God or anything related in the Bible and I’m not convinced of anything that’s said related to Jesus that shows he existed.
I get very uncomfortable when she starts talking more about God and the bible. I wonder if christians will interpret that as putting the “fear of God” in me by continuing to talk about it. It’s not. I get uncomfortable because I don’t want to say anything that will get her upset the way she was back then. Arguing my position as a non-believer ended up in a bad way, and I don’t want that to happen again. I just wish there were some way I could state my position and get her understanding on the matter without it becoming a screaming match.
We went out to dinner tonight and they wanted to come back to our place and watch a Stand-up comic DVD. To my non-surprise they were christian stand-up comics. Oh joy. If you’ve ever watched “Thou Shalt Laugh”, you’ll get where I’m going with this.
Some of it was okay, it got a couple laughs out of me when they don’t talk about God openly, but a lot of the time when they do start on the subject, I can’t so much as crack a smile. It gets a little antsy, about as bad as my ass getting sore sitting down for a long period of time (it’s been doing that lately the more I’m losing weight…damn bony ass). The last comic I remember seeing on “Last Comic Standing” doing an audition (can’t remember his name for the life of me, just like how I couldn’t remember Jeff Dunham’s name for almost 5 years, lol).
Felt like the whole “elephant in the room” scenario when it comes to christian in-laws visiting an atheist’s home (my wife is wicca btw). A big Republican-like elephant…
I probably alluded to them before that I’m a non-believer, I just never got around to fully bringing this out. Nor does my mom know about it. Both think I’ve just stopped going to church.
I used to be into the whole christianity thing before I finished high school. Then things change in 10 years…a lot of things…
Keep it real, keep it METAL \m/ \m/