Hypocrisy is the last thing it is, actually. No matter how many times I hear it, I don’t understand how that certain word deserves to be related to the subject.
I’m an Atheist. I have Atheist friends, of course I do. We share similar beliefs, as you do with many of your friends. I also have religious friends. *GASP* Oh, goodness! Why is it a big deal? We don’t agree when it comes to matter of religion, so unless we’re in the mood to debate, we don’t talk about it. Religious people are not hypocrites for befriending an Atheist, and Atheists are not hypocrites for befriending a Christian.
I was reading a blog that had noting to do with this other than the fact that it spoke of Atheish and Revelife, and I had a memory replay in my head of a friend I made two semesters ago. She was a devout Christian, a very devout Christian with devout Christian friends. Not once, though, did she ever try to tell me I was absolutely stupid and ignorant for believing the way I did and not once did I ever say that to her. I knew how she believed and she knew how I believed from the beginning of our acquaintance, and we basically agreed to disagree. We only spoke of it from time to time but she never let the conversation get heated.
One day, she approached me in tears telling me she had gotten into a fight with her best friend. Her friend had called her a hypocrite who didn’t deserve the love of God because she had befriended a non-believer, an Atheist. Her friend had also told her parents and, apparently, they weren’t too thrilled with her either. She and I began speaking less and less while her friends were around, and eventually we stopped speaking all together.
Not everyone believes in the same things. That’s a fact people are incapable of accepting because they don’t seem to be able to handle that their word is not worshiped above all others. I’m talking about people of all beliefs here, not just Christians. It’s a really, really sad day when two people who actually liked each other a lot cannot be friends anymore because the people around them can’t get over their own religious differences.
Thankfully, that’s the only time that’s happened to me.
Do you have friends who have different religious views than you?