What in the hell. And people wonder why I don’t like religion.
The best quote: “You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”
When does atheism believe in destroying anything? I guess if you mean destroying the myths of dogma and the ridiculousness that men thousands of years ago had all of the answers (when they didn’t even know what a cell was, ffs…), then I guess so.
Part of me still has this battle with myself for my kids. I mean, on its most fundamental level, Christianity is instilling the idea that “God is watching everything you do.” which then translates to Jesus (he’s his own father, after all, in that weird trinity thing), which then means you basically subject your children to a psychological notion that they’re always under surveillance. I’m of the opinion that giving them boundaries, rules, and teaching them right from wrong is a better way to go.
It does bring some hilarious stories. For example, this past Easter, my four year old spotted a chocolate cross at the pharmacy.
“Hey!” she shouted to her sister, “We could eat Jesus!”
From their grandmother’s (not-so-subtle) Jesus-speak, they’ve equated the cross to Jesus. Funny
I’ve yet to really ‘confront’ the kids with the subject, as it’s difficult to confront them about anything anywhere near as complex as faith. But that said, I’m not ready to give in just because it would be easy to let them run rampant with the bullshit they would have to believe were they to begin going to a Christian church. Then it’s all about the prayer, the crucifixion (you just gotta love the martyrs!), the rituals, then the tithing, etc etc. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt and every hotel room has bought the book.
We’re so polarized by this shit I can only imagine how long it would take for a hotel to put the Koran in every hotel room and get burnt down because of it.
To me religion is a coping mechanism that is highly effective but ultimately fruitless. The community around religion is great, don’t get me wrong–there are some fabulous people who mean very well doing a lot of good things. That’s great. It’s why I still read up on Christian blogs and the like. They can do good things. But at the end of the day, there’s too much science to ignore. There’s too many facts that don’t add up.
The bottom line is, the Bible was molded, crafted, edited and used as a means for control. Religions throughout time have been used as a means for molding a populace. For what it’s worth, Islam is much worse. They believe a 13th century (I need to check on my Muhammad facts to make sure this is correct) thug knows the secret to life, the universe, and everything. Not ‘allowing’ pictures of him still cracks me up. Blasphemy, in general, is so ludicrous in this day and age…
But hey, one random geek on one random blog about his random religious thoughts. Make up your own mind on these things, and I hope whatever you believe makes you happy. I’m happy not believing in anything but myself and the wonderful people in my life.