Many of my relatives are Christians, who range from moderate through to fundamentalist/extremist with their religious views. Probably the main reason the majority of them fall in the latter category is because they have been a great deal more productive with regards to procreating.
We still get together a few times a year at family birthdays or Xmas, etc., and my immediate family who are all atheists pretty much keep our views to ourselves while our relatives tend to profusely flaunt their beliefs shamelessly.
Several of them are married now, two of which either already have or are currently incubating future empty-headed pious pew-fillers. What gets me though, what really irritates me to the point of spitting, is when they proclaim they are soul mates brought together by the ‘hands of God’. He who has chosen them to be together forever, and that they will only grow closer to each other if they firstly grow closer to God. I’m still unsure as to whether they bring this up as a subtle stab at the relationships we unbelievers have, suggesting they’re shallow and empty in the absence of the Lord, or if they’re so wrapped up in Jesus and the Lord having brought them together they just have to talk about it persistently. I have a feeling it’s probably the latter, though if it were the former I wouldn’t be in the least surprised.
Anyway, what spurred this post was a post, well two to be correct, from r/atheism on Reddit today. The first showed a ‘quaint’ little diagram describing the above trilogy of husband/wife/God and growing together through growing closer to the Lord. The second includes an atheists corrections on the drawing.
Apparently they suck at maths, as the shortest distance between two points is definitely still a straight line.