topic came up in a group discussion i was having with some people (not work or school related, so it was fair game) and i was asked for my opinion. i started out stating that i did not want to offend anyone (since i knew there were very religious people in the group), but i did not believe in a god; that i am buddhist, which in turn is an atheist. i went on to make my point about something (which involved me not believing in a god, but it wasn't a discussion about religion, per se, but just a discussion about how not believing in a deity ties in with my outlook on life and death). during this conversation, i never once insulted, put down, or made fun of anyone's religion/belief in god/jesus. however, now i have these assholes passive-aggressively bullying me when we get together, constantly making snide remarks about god/jesus/religion and subtly implying that if i didn't want to "hurt" anyone, i shouldn't have said [i didn't believe in a god] what i said at all. so, your thoughts? how do you deal with a bunch of religious bullies that want to hate you for no particular reason and had no problem with you up until the point you said "i'm an atheist." i can't kick their teeth in, i can't shoot them, and i dare not bring up the topic again. so what happens next? i have to interact with these feeble-minded fucktards for the next couple of weeks, then hopefully i'll never see them again after this. so what sayeth you? because i know how bullies are-- especially religious nut bullies-- and they only grow more and more angry and resentful as the days go on.