http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/c-b ... meone-else
Apart from the physical trials of cancer treatment, I also had to endure Christians who in my weakened state informed me that despite knowing I didnt believe in god, they would pray for me all the same. Even in my weakest, sickest moments these bastards insisted on rubbing my nose in their beliefs. As the weak sick guy, I just thanked them for their concern. I should not have done this.
If a religious person was sincerely praying for me, they wouldnt have to tell me about it. Yet those people who were praying for me insisted on telling me about it. A good deed remains good whether committed privately or publicly. I suspect this pronouncement of prayer had a rather nefarious hidden agenda. In my physically weakened state, at a time when it was unclear whether treatment would work, these Christians were hoping to trigger some doubt in me regarding my personal conviction of Atheism. Imagine the reverse scenario: I contact a Christian friend enduring the gruelling chemotherapeutic treatment of cancer and tell him, Hey, I hope that all is well, and while Im pulling for you, I just want to remind you that there is no god, but all the best. I am being flippant here, but I stand by my underlying premise. If people did not have a hidden religious agenda, then there would have been no grounds to bring it up when offering condolences to an Atheist. I seem to spend a great deal of time being sensitive to everyone elses beliefs, yet rarely do I find those same people are sensitive to my own.
Theres this old wartime expression about there being no Atheists in foxholes. I wasnt some guy cowering in a hole in the dirt hoping that an adversary wouldnt find me. However, in a supremely tough and troubling time of my life, my Atheism didnt come into question for a second. I was and continue to be singularly at peace with death, no matter what its cause. So-called Atheists who suddenly develop faith in moments of stress or duress are cowards and are likely to betray other values when those are put to the test. So I am proud that my Atheism stood up under supreme duress. The experience also taught me to stop being so accommodating of other peoples beliefs when those same people so blatantly disrespect your own.