Gather round followers for the story of how I dealt with atheophobia on Xbox Live!
I regularly used a scarlet A or the circle capital A symbol in online games to show people that we atheists exist alongside them and aren’t a clandestine group that exists only in demonizing and stereotype-enforcing stories shared by their grandparents. It was a humanization thing. At one point on Xbox’s online service I was getting one of those “Ur Gettin Hell!” People every day. Sometimes it was semi polite from people who thought they had good intentions, other times more colorful language was used. Eventually I started just responding with irrelevant nonsense to mess with them like
Nah, man. Not a fan of potato salad.
Actually Gamestop doesn’t close until ten, douche canoe
Clearly energy drinks are beneficial for your heart, kidneys and liver.
Most of the time they’d shut up, but when they didn’t I’d just keep repeating myself, changing the pitch and volume of my voice as if trying to drive my point home. If nothing else it kept me mildly entertained until the match ended and I could leave.