I never cease to be amazed at the irony of Christians. A person on my friends list on facebook just posted that she stayed home from church with a sick kid. LOL! What does that say about faith? Why is it that Christians take their kids to the doctor rather than church when they are sick? Is it because doctors actually have the ability to, you know, make a difference? If God can heal the sick, wouldn't a church be a great place for a sick kid, especially with all of those other believers present to enhance the magical aura? Truly there is a "miracle" to be made here! Instead, this person is choosing to stay at home and do devotionals on what it means to be princesses to a King. That is just some seriously sick and twisted shit, and I don't even know what else to say about it.
On a related note, pretty much every morning I get a coffee from the gas station/convenience store just down the street. Most mornings there is a lady who works there and tends to the coffee station (it gets REALLY busy in the morning, being right next to a major high school). She also lives nearby. She is definitely very devout, always saying things like the book will tell us what we need to do and to trust God and all of that crap.
The other day, she commented to me on how she had just had Jehovah's Witnesses come to her door, and how she thought it was so offensive and rude for them to do so. I chuckled and pointed out that a faith whose primary leaders have made numerous false predictions about the end of the world is hard to take seriously. She agreed. Little did she know, this could also apply to Jesus. I chose not to engage in that discussion with her though. After all, she does make my morning coffee, and I don't want to piss her off. Of course, I assume that "No True Christian" would ever harm a non-believer right?
"If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you ... Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die." -- Dt.13:6-10 (thanks to the Skeptic's Annotated Bible).
Then there's the "Jesus is the reason for the season!" crowd. Jesus Christ, these people piss me off. Even religious scholars admit that Jesus wasn't born on December 25. The only reason that Christmas is celebrated at this time is because pagan festivals like Saturnalia and Yule were being celebrated, so it was easy to get away with their celebration. The Romans (and other pagan equivalents) were too drunk/hung over to give a shit WHO people were celebrating. As Christianity gained more people, its leader saw this as convenient, and a way of gaining converts to New Religion by allowing them to continue to practice their own customs, just under a new Brand Name. It would be like if Reebok took over Nike, and allowed them to have all of their own unique styles still, just under the Reebok name. That hardly means that Reebok can say they are the reason for Air Jordans. Yet the flock insists that we accept this.
Sorry if this is kind of ranting, but I have very few (if any) local outlets in which to vent my frustrations with the believing crowd. It sucks having a hard time being accepted for being an entirely rational person.