After a recent, albeit brief, interaction on Facebook I'm curious how other people deal with their religious family members online.
I generally avoid discussing religion with my family and certainly keep my views to myself when around them. They often attempt to engage me in conversations about it, but I generally beg off, change the subject or simply ignore their comments. This is after many years of negative interactions that went absolutely nowhere. They won't change, and I'm secure in my worldview, so if it only leads to anger, accusations and so on, what's the point of trying to communicate about it? I've found, at least from my perspective, this has been the best way to have a relationship with them.
So recently when I was moved by an article Roger Ebert had written about accepting death and the unlikelihood of an afterlife, I posted a link to it on Facebook with a few brief comments about how much I had admired his bravery and honesty in that article. A number of my friends responded positively. However, I hadn't even thought about the fact that my religious family members might see it. One did and responded by writing something like "What if he's wrong?! Jesus lives!!!" I went ahead and deleted it, because knowing some of my friends, I didn't want to have an argument break out on my wall. It did make me think that perhaps I should change my settings on Facebook so that only some people can access my wall. The things is that much of the content I post wouldn't be offensive, so I'm not so sure that this is the best approach either. Maybe I'll go ahead and just remove contect like that from my wall and let the chips fall where they may as far as who sees what.
Anyway, it just got me thinking that a lot of other ex-Christians probably deal with Facebook and religious family members. How do you organize that situation?