Let’s pretend my sister found this blog. We’ll call her Chana. This is how our conversation might go:
Chana: Hi OTD! How are you?
OTD: I’m fine, thanks. You?
Chana: Same. Great blog!
Chana: What’s it like?
OTD: Not bad. However, in the beginning, it was very difficult. My audience assumed the worst. (I guess “judge every person favorably" only applies to frummies.) Without knowing a thing about me, they attacked me and treated me like shit. I was so depressed about it that I was suicidal for a while.
Chana: (shocked) Omigosh, that’s horrible! May they all fry in hell for ever and ever! I’m so disgusted to hear that, I feel like going off the d myself!
OTD: Yeah, it’s not easy dealing with crazy bigots.
OTD: Ok, sorry.
Chana: So…what do you believe?
OTD: I believe lots of things. God is not one of them.
Chana: Why not?
OTD: Look, I’ve learned in yeshiva for a zillion years. I’ve also read up on bible criticism, science and atheism. I just don’t see how it’s logical to conclude that God exists.
Chana: Okay. Take care of yourself.