A very devout guy I know of mine created a Facebook profile last week and added me as a "friend." I confirmed his request, and all was good. This week he removed me as a "friend," blaming it on my profile picture:
It wasn't a surprise, or a big deal to me -- what was surprising was that he added me as a friend in the first place, knowing that most of his other friends were devout like him.
Regardless, today I decided to fuck around with him, via e-mails to a mutual friend (who is still one of his Facebook friends), on which he was cc'd.
Me: "Can you (the third party) believe he deleted me as a friend from Facebook because of my profile pic? Isn’t that censorship? Or is it discrimination?"
Him: "Dude, you have giant Ouija board tattooed to your back."
Me: "And??? Is that akin to having a naked lady tattooed on my back?"
Him: "No, that’s like having a tattoo that says, 'the devil is cool.'"
Me: "Um, a Ouija board has less than nothing to do with the devil. (If one existed.) It’s a toy made by Parker Brothers, sold in toy stores across the country. It’s a board game."
Him: "Please, they were originally 'talking boards' created in china in the 1800’s. If it was so tame, why would you get a tattoo of it in the first place? Why not get the monopoly board tattooed on your back?"
Me: "Who did those people communicate with these boards back then, the tooth fairy? Santa Claus? El Chupacabra?"
Him: "Look, it all falls under 'spiritism' which is condemned in the Bible. The act of even trying to communicate with spirits, or the dead is condemned in the Bible. The problem is that even though there are no such things as ghosts, (dead people are just dead) there is Satan and his demons. Any time you 'communicate with the dead' your (sic) communicating with Satan or his demons. They are more than happy to pretend to be your dead relative because that all throws doubt on what is said in the bible. Satan would love everyone to just think it’s a kids toy, just like he loves that many people don’t think he is real."
Me: "First of all, I am not trying to communicate with anyone. It’s a piece of body art. Second of all, are you for real?"
Him: "It’s a warning. Don’t forget that Satan thrives on deceit, trying to make God out to be a liar. So, when God says that there are no ghosts yet you see a spirit medium communicating with something that really appears to be a dead person you would naturally start to wonder. So God not only tells us these things don’t exist, but gives a good warning about who is behind these things.
The bible condemns spiritism (talking to the dead, ghosts, whatever) because of who is behind it, Satan. God says there is no such thing as Ghosts, spirits and the like. Satan says ‘No, God is wrong, these things do exist.' If you get involved with spiritism, your getting involved with Satan, very simple. Also, when these bible verses were written, spiritism was VERY popular. It was believed that you could talk to the dead and to spirits. God’s people were being warned not to get involved with these things because Satan was behind it and it was contrary to what God taught his people. "
This is where the communications ended, as I realized I was talking to a crazy person. As crazy as the day is long. How is this guy different from the drooling lunatics they have wearing straight jackets in rubber rooms? Other than the fact that the majority of the people in this country are just as crazy as he is (including the Republican Vice Presidential candidate). What year is this again?
Excuse me, I'm going to feed my pet invisible pink unicorn.