I feel for your situation, Remember. I also have several (formerly) close friends from school who have "tipped over the edge" (my assessment) since we graduated. We all really had a good time while we were in school and that may have been due more to the common experience than the personal 'values', but I still feel like we were pretty connected. We still communicate fairly regularly; OK, we send Xmas letters once a year
. What I find I really
resent though is the apparent need of both of these individuals to put it in my face how deeply faithful they are. I am not interested in their religious feelings, but if I were to say something along those lines, it would definitely be construed as harassment/intolerance on my part. Never mind that I just might consider it at the least impolite that they feel it necessary to keep bringing it up every time they contact me. I sent one of these friend's kids some Halloween fun stuff one year and she had the gall to have the kids call me and proceed to tell me that they didn't believe in this because it was the devil's work
! How f_____ing rude is that??!! But you can damn well bet that if I
were to make any comment on the other side, then I'm the one who is the intolerant one.
And both of these former classmates are home schooling their kids. I have no doubt at all that it is done to keep them from being exposed to any ideas or thoughts that the parents don't agree with. Won't this make for good future citizens - NOT!
As a potential employer, I would not consider hiring someone who spent their educational career before college in home schooling. When I see that they attended a private, religion-based college, that is the final strike.
But I digress. I admire you for at least giving it a try, but I also predict that there is no way he won't be preaching to you at every opportunity. Up to you how much of that you feel you can take because the zealots never accept "not interested" as a legitimate response.