Theists: It's irrelevant that you don't care.
My new biggest pet peeve from theists happens in conversations about evidence for God. Here's the typical exchange.
Theist: Blah, blah, blah, blah, God, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Atheist: So... what evidence do you have for your belief in God?
Theist: Offers one of the following:
2. Kalam/Cosmological/First Cause
3. Complexity of design
4. Personal experience of "miracle."
5. Argument from wonder
6. insert any of the other twenty invalid arguments for god here.
Atheist: Well, that's not evidence. Those are bad philosophical arguments. I was asking for actual evidence.
Theist: Hey, guess what. I don't care that you don't like my evidence. I still love you.
Here's an example off of my favorite atheist blogger, Greta Christina's website:
One thing you might be discounting in your pre-conceived notions of us "God-fearing peeps" is that some of us really don't care if you believe in God or not.
In fact, some of us (Libertarian-minded folk) are happy that you have the right and the freedom to feel the way you do in this country.
I find it humorous that your slant on religion relies heavily on the generalization that all God-believers are there to challenge you. Such arrogance!
Quite honestly, I have faith that one day, in your time of need; be it on a hospital bed when you're dying of cancer, or on a plane that is going down or just amongst your family when they surround you on your deathbed, you will think about what lies beyond.
Only then may you truly consider what you have to lose.
See, if religious-folk are wrong about heaven, no biggie. We all end up stone-cold dead, six-feet deep; atheists and religious alike. BUT....BUT, if athiests are wrong, they have f*cked up royally. Eternal damnation. Sweet.
Here's the thing. That's just irrelevant emotionalism. We aren't asking if you care that we don't believe. That has nothing at all to do with it. Whether you care if we believe or not, we care that you don't have any evidence for your beliefs. That's the difference between you and us, you see. We are firmly attached to the idea that science, reason, and evidence are the ONLY ways to know anything at all. The fact that some of your fellow theists -- many, perhaps most of them -- are insistent on their beliefs being treated as if they are factually true makes it our business to question you.
The fact that we actually argue about things like "In God We Trust" and the teaching of creationism makes your beliefs our business. When you piously assert your apathy, it doesn't help anything. It just makes us all the more determined, since it ought to be obvious to anybody with half a social conscience that when your beliefs affect our lives, it is our business, and our epistemological right to demand evidence.