I'm posting this here, because it's not so much an argument as a rant.
My mom is dying of cancer. It has spread to her lungs, liver, bones, and probably other places as well. I asked my Mom's husband not to bring up God, Jesus, or Christianity around me at all when I'm visiting her, told him that I don't believe it, and I don't want to hear it. I said that I do not want to be preached to, and I do not want to be witnessed to! He him hawed around for a while as he is quite the Christian fanatic but finally agreed.
Last night, some retarded propaganda-filled show was on the history channel, full of "prophecies" from Nostradamus and Revelation that the narrators were trying desperately to link to current events, and Mom's husband just couldn't help himself. He began rambling to me, in front of Mom, about how prophecy was being fulfilled all around us (really "force" fulfilled just like the "this happened in order to fufill" bullshit we find in the New Testament). After that little spewing of nonsense, he proceeded to tell me, "Your mom and I are just (Bible Belt Christians always throw in the word, "just," somewhere) so disappointed and saddened that you walked away from Christ. What in the world made you decide to do that? It must have been a book by some atheist somewhere (as if that is just a horrible thing). All I can conclude is that you never had any faith in the first place (a classic and often-used fundamentalist cop-out)."
Given as he had slammed open the door, I proceeded to nail down every reason I could think of off the top of my head as to why I had left the Christian faith, literally slamming Christian doctrine at every turn. When he had a chance to speak again, he proceeded to tell me again how he and Mom are and said I should ask her what she believes. I told him I did not want to bother her with that, because she is bedfast with cancer and sometimes experiences a lot of pain. He then informed me that he used to have a lot of respect for me because I was so a strong believer at one time and that he didn't understand how I could just make a 90 degree turn like I did.
Well the whole thing upset Mom and made her sick at her stomach. And Mom's husband had the audacity to tell me "we probably shouldn't talk about that stuff in front of your mom anymore because it upsets her. She told me that was why she got sick." So I informed him that I had already asked him not to bring it up.
One wonders why do Christians have such selective hearing in instances like this? Not only did he bring up again the fundamentalist bullshit I didn't want to talk about, but he brought it up in front of my sick, dying Christian mother whose heart was broken when I walked away from faith! People set "witnessing" to the "unsaved" above anything else in importance and I'm tired of it!!!