Ok, folks, I'd really like to get honest viewpoints and opinions from both theists and non-theists on this matter...
This is one of the few times I'm biting my tongue, where I would prefer to speak my mind. So I'm coming here, to not only speak my mind, but ask the even more important question - why should I have to bite my tongue?
Here's my situation - my uncle suffered a massive heart attack last night. He's still considered critical, and his condition isn't really improving. Most of my family is very religious, so on the phone and online there has been much 'please pray for him' talk. Fine - that is what gives you comfort, and gives comfort to one another in time of pain in crisis. I get it - I really do. I don't knock it - seriously. Whatever makes you feel better, whatever comforts you, is what is good for you.
Here's the issue - my mom has been updating his condition on facebook. Every single response so far has been 'prayers' and the like. I'm not religious, but I want to show my love and support. I make a comment along the lines of 'I hope he's got some good doctors that can do their best'. I'm not trying to be offensive or anti-religious in the slightest, but I'm not going to jump on the prayer bandwagon.
A lady responded to my comment with 'the only doctor he needs is the Supreme Doctor of us all - god bless!' Several other people also chimed in to support her, in a nutshell saying 'all he needs is god, and god is the one who will save him'.
*Religion aside for one moment, this pisses me right the hell off - it's a slap in the face to the crew of intelligent, highly trained doctors and technicians who quite literally have his heart, and thus his life, in their hands. I couldn't believe that it wasn't just one person that dismissed the humans working relentlessly to save his life.
My normal reaction would be to speak up. I'm not going to, because it's a tough time for my family right now, especially my mom and grandma - this week is the 15th(?) anniversary of when the most wonderful man I've ever known, my grandpa, passed, due to heart attacks/complications.
So here's my question to you all - why is it (seemingly) acceptable for her to "correct" me, because of her beliefs, but it would not be acceptable for me to "correct" her, according to my own? Because she's the majority? Is that it?
Am I just tired and cranky right now? This seems really lopsided to me.