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Bzzzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:50 AM
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Does anyone...
have a great reply for this guy who I 'spar' with on another message board. He is a holier than thou R/W xtian who constantly tells me after each of my posts, "I'll pray for you". Thanks. :mad:
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:54 AM
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1. I never worry about that
If someone wants to waste their time talking to an imaginary god, that's less time they have for causing mischief.
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Bzzzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:02 AM
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2. :)
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:23 AM
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3. You could just say...
"Nothing fails like prayer." -- unknown

or

"Hands that help are far better than lips that pray." -- Robert Ingersoll
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:46 AM
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4. The classic response: I'll think for you
Have fun with it. Use it wisely.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:14 PM
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5. I'd ask him if he really thought I needed it!
Yipes! :wow:
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:59 PM
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6. How about a neighborly "Okely Dokely Ned!" right back at him
Of course the sarcasm would probably be lost on him.

This is supposedly from George Carlin, "I noticed that of all the prayers I used to offer to God, and all the prayers that I now offer to Joe Pesci, are being answered at about the same 50 percent rate. Half the time I get what I want. Half the time I don't. Same as God -- 50-50."
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SiouxJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:16 PM
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7. Oh, that's good!
the Flanders' thing. I hope I remember to use that one next time. No, they probably won't get it, but I'll get a good chuckle out of it.
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:21 PM
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8. You suck-diddly-uck, Flanders!
That had to be Homer's best response ever.
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YankeyMCC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:51 PM
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9. This sounds promising
Along the same line of thinking you could say something like.

"And I'll ask my pet rock to transmit my brainwashing code to your brain. It'lll have about the same affect."

Of course I would only respond in these ways to in a situation like this where the guy is obviously being obnoxious. When someone says "I'm in their prayers." or something like that out of a genuine feeling of sympathy I at least try and say something nice back to acknowledge the fact they are trying to express human concern and/or sympathy for me.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:33 PM
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10. Try: "Tell me when it works!"
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 06:33 PM by IMModerate
--IMM
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Biased Liberal Media Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:07 PM
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11. If you have an ignore option, then ignore the dumbass
if you don't, just try not to read his responses anyhow. That's all you can really do....
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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 04:16 PM
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12. I like this one...
The only difference between prayer and carrying a rabbit's foot is a three-legged rabbit.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 06:38 PM
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13. What is your purpose in replying to him?
The nature of the reply should be dependent on your intent. Do you just want to show him up in front of others? Or do you wish to change his position on some subject? There are numerous reasons for engaging in discussions. Know yours and then you will know your path.
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Bzzzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 05:42 AM
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14. In a perfect world...
I would just like for him to accept that I do not believe in his God. He is a good debater and I do enjoy throwing our opinions at each other on issues, but he ALWAYS brings my non-belief into whatever we are presently talking about. I'm realistic though, and just want to reply to his 'I'm praying for you, Bzzz' or 'I'll keep praying for you'...thank you all for your suggestions. :-)
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GOPFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 12:58 PM
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15. Actually, that;'s extremely offensive.
If this guy knows you are an atheist, and on a public forum he says he'll pray for you, he deserves to be bitch-slapped verbally.

Tell him to pray for God to protect our troops in Iraq instead - that their lives are more worthy of his prayers. Then each time another soldier dies over there, ask why his prayers are not being answered. Then tell him that's why you don't want him praying for you!

:evilgrin:
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 04:11 PM
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16. "I'll think for you."
Nice, still a slam, but not patently offensive.

Pcat
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 08:31 PM
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17. "Please don't"
Do something constructive - like spending time with your kids or teaching someone to read or just reading a book or recycling something or giving some old goods to charity or donating the time you waste praying to volunteering.
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