Thanksgiving is a perfect time for relatives who don’t see each other very often to get together.
That also means there’s a lot of potential for discussions about religion — more specifically, your atheism versus the faith of your family.
Reader Paul experienced it firsthand. He mentioned to his aunt that he disagreed with some of President Obama’s policies, and she took that to mean he didn’t like the President at all. She assumed Paul shared her dislike of the President.
It wasn’t true, but Paul’s aunt didn’t know that and said the following:
“I believe he is trying to destroy the country, but at least his presidency will hasten the return of Christ.” She actually said that, ‘hasten the return of Christ’, Obama’s presidency.
I knew the religious right despised the man but this was startling. Here was a woman in her 60s suggesting that he is the antichrist or some such boogieman. I had to bite my tongue not to laugh in her face.
Did any of you have a clash of religious views over Thanksgiving weekend?
How did you handle the encounters?