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Fools (and Jayson) Rush In

I love talking with people who see things differently than I do. It isn’t so much that I love to debate as much as I love thinking through my own positions as I talk to someone else. This morning was a good example of why it often leads me where I shouldn’t go.

I woke up to this tweet*:

I thought that was an intriguing point. I often get annoyed when things are attributed to God that probably shouldn’t be. On the other hand, I think every day is a gift from God—whether you believe in God or not. So I responded:

“Or do they?”

That didn’t seem to me to be confrontational. I don’t care what this guy believes, I am not trying to argue him out believing he woke up without any divine help.

Okay, so far so good. He doesn’t agree, but asks me why I think so.

Maybe I am not self-aware enough, but I didn’t feel that was overly aggressive.

Okay, here’s where everything starts to go sour.

Maybe this isn’t the intention, but this reads to me like, “Dear idiot. Let’s argue about the God.” It is at this point that I realize that I have been trolled and QF wants to reel me in.

140 characters doesn’t seem like a fair amount of room to have a serious discussion about the issue at hand, especially when it starts with this tone. I am losing interest.

I thought maybe i could lighten things up by pointing out that there really shouldn’t be a connection between QF’s levity and his digestion.

Apparently I am skirting the issue. QF sees blood in the water and isn’t going to be dissuaded from vivisecting this idiot.

Besides, who am I to make a joke about his tone?

Now this is getting annoying, and I have to start getting ready for work

I have no interest in getting into a religious debate on Twitter. But I don’t want to be rude. There is no reason we can’t talk without getting rude.

He was right. In a moment of complete honesty, he tells me I took the bait by responding in the first place.

I ignore his second point. I can deal with him thinking I am a stupid theist, but I don’t want him inferring that I’m insincere.

This is the point I get really irritated. If you are going to be condescending, then own it. Don’t be obnoxious and then try and come back later like it’s a joke.

This is where QF turns into an abusive boyfriend. “Baby, I’m sorry I didn’t mean it. Now come on, get in an argument with me . . . please!”

In my frustration, I forgot to hit ‘respond.’

I let him get that last word.

Well . . . I guess I didn’t really.

This last tweet is basically the bully screaming at me while I walk off the playground.

It’s a bit of a bummer, because I question faith too. As soon as I can dig it out, I will share a similar discussion I had with a dogmatic, argumentative Christian.

I can understand Question Faith’s aggressiveness, there are plenty of obnoxious, argumentative, and irritating Christians.

I’m going to tweet this to Question Faith tonight. You are welcome to respond, I have tried to be fair about our exchange this morning. I would be happy to host a post from you on whatever topic you wish.

The floor is yours. [After spending some time reading the tone of his interactions and the little regard he has for others who are too stupid to agree with him, I am rescinding this offer.]

UPDATE

I passed this on to Questions Faith this morning. And enjoyed these tweets.

I am not sure how I became “so called christian.”

We’re still doing the “changed the subject” thing. I didn’t have the time or wherewithal to get into a discussion like this in such a limiting format.

Also, I gain nothing through debate here. No matter who you are, you gain the right to be heard based on relationship. If you argue with a stranger, does it matter who wins? It isn’t going to change anyone’s mind. I don’t understand what the positives are in getting into a mean spirited exchange to prove the validity of my beliefs.

If you see ideas as blunt objects used to bludgeon others into acquiescence, I’m sure reasonable discussion seems like whining. When truth’s a hammer, every discussion’s a nail.

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Out of all the Titter handles he picked “Questions_Faith?” Sounds like you should get his phone # and offer to talk.
    And we’ve told you no Tweeting before 2 cups of Java. You are easily irritated that early.

    October 16, 2012
  2. Yeah, I think “Questions” is meant more in like “Challenges” rather than “is curious about.”

    I am easily irritated all the time.

    October 16, 2012
  3. I would say “Denies Faith” is a better way to describe a true Atheist. They already
    questioned it and challenged it.

    October 16, 2012
  4. =(

    October 18, 2012
  5. I admire your attempt. I think I would have fared much worse nor would have been as tactful. I don’t believe Twitter is an effective witness, but this blog is. I like how you outline your feelings and frustrations. Point of the matter is, you both are coming from two entirely different starting places: The day is a gift vs. the day is here by accident. I think it takes much more faith to support the latter than the former. But then again, I share your convictions and not the other dudes.

    October 18, 2012
    • Thanks Luke! It’s sad that I spent the day wishing I could have handled that exchange differently. But truthfully, I don’t know what I could have done. I have no desire to become entrenched or alienate someone else. It’s too bad I can’t see what’s fruitless before I am involved. 🙂

      October 18, 2012

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