Nothing more to talk about

I saw this video from The Thinking Atheist. I’m a fan of the videos these guys put out, but this one I’m not convinced is the right message. It basically says, “Loved ones who barrage me with concern and prayers, you are not welcome in my life.”

Let me be clear. I went to the video description, and the video maker gives a rationale for the video. Check it here.

They probably don’t mean for the video to have the extreme message that I’m interpreting. I think they want to put a kibosh on the families who won’t let it down that one of their family members is a non-believer so they constantly address it, call about it, pray about it, obsess over it.

But there is a divisive element of the video that strikes me as the wrong way to work with family over this matter. I mean, “Nothing more to talk about”? Isn’t that a little extreme? We have jobs, kids, interests, cooking, the weather, dogs, cats, etc. to talk about. I’ve found there are lots of things to talk about that don’t include belief or non.

The declaration of “Nothing to talk about” is too far to take it.

What do you think?

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One thought on “Nothing more to talk about

  1. Hey Cafe,

    I think your point is valid, but in my experience, some family can get, and stay, really in-your-face with their religious beliefs. I can handle my mom’s deism because it usually doesn’t come up, but it does come up sometimes and it’s frankly obnoxious. I choose not to say much about it because it’s a question of investment/return. But it really does bother me that one of her beliefs is that the dead are still hanging around–an assertion disproved by biology.

    I’m lucky. My mom and I can get along with most things, as you pointed out. But if I had a family member who constantly talked about my inevitable trip to Hell, or worse, if I had kids and a family member attempted to indoctrinate, I’d have a serious problem and would likely lean more towards nothing more to talk about.

    I think it is, ultimately, a grey area, but I’m personally getting really tired of setting religious issues aside out of politeness or fear of rejection or because there are other things to talk about. The fact is that people vote and do so often as a direct result of their religious convictions, and so, to some degree, I do feel that if someone sincerely believes that the Earth is 5,000 years old and lets that inform their influence on public policy–my life, then we truly have nothing more to talk about.

    Best,

    Anton.

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