At dinner, he was telling us about some friends that had sold their house and land for $7 million. I was dumbfounded! B and I started talking at the same time. I was saying I could never sell to a church and he was saying he'd sell for half that much. His view is that they would be grossly overpaying for the property and then he could use the money for anything he wanted in the name of heathens. I see his point, but I don't think I could do it. How can I take money from something I don't agree with and know we would be helping them spread their crap. That would be like us selling our land so that a factory farm could move in with their big chicken houses and downer cows, even though we don't eat meat. What if some big corporation wanted to buy our neighborhood so they could build a strip mall when we have several empty ones in the area. Or what if some factory that is know to pollute wanted to move in and a by-product would be more greenhouse gasses? It just seems wrong. Sure, I'd love to have $7 million but I have principles too.
But what if they are going to find a way to build their big mega-church anyway, and whomever does sell to them won't do anything good with the money? Shouldn't I think of it that way? If I can take all that money and throw it into a way to promote reason, isn't that a greater good? What would you do?
As we were talking about our different views, my sFIL asked why I wouldn't sell to a church. I didn't have the heart to tell him I think religion is a bunch of baloney. He's been through so much. Our family has been through so much these last two years. I don't know that he would even care but if he holds on to some hope by thinking there is someone looking out for him, who am I to possibly offend him? He's never once said anything religious to me and I don't think it's my place to declare my atheism in the middle of a restaurant. I finally replied that I felt there were more than enough churches around, we do not need another. He was o.k. with that. I am not ashamed of anyone knowing I don't believe in a god. Many other times, B and I have had conversations about religion around him and I wouldn't lie if asked point blank. It just didn't seem the right time or place for that conversation.