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Christianity &Islam &Judaism Thomas on 07 Apr 2010 12:09 am

How contemptible can religion get? Try reading this story

How contemptible can religion get? Here is one person’s story of the “talk” with his parents, telling them that he is rational rather than religious:

My children will kill themselves, and other things my parents told me this weekend.

At this point, they both hit me with pascal’s wager, but with the awesome twist of instead of betting my soul, I was wagering my childrens. I told them I was not keeping religion from them, but that I was teaching critical thinking and reason as the highest value. My mother, with tears in her eyes, levels an acusing finger at me, and says “The kids that try to view everthing through reason are the kids who kill themselves, and you need to be prepared for when that happens.”

One question: Why is it considered evil when rational people try to help religious people heal their delusions, but it is OK for religious people to go door-to-door “spreading the news” of religion and pulling these kinds of stunts?

2 Responses to “How contemptible can religion get? Try reading this story”

  1. on 08 Apr 2010 at 12:55 am 1.MrQ said …

    My dad and I also had the god-talk on numerous occasions. He was a christian and I am atheist. My dad’s flavour of christianity was deeply personal and more spiritual than most other believers I have encountered. He was not disappointed, I don’t think, that I was a non-believer because he knew that I came to my position through careful consideration and contemplation. His attitude was “Better to be true to yourself, if you don’t see god then don’t fake it for my sake”. He never pushed his beliefs nor threatened damnation, and I never called him foolish for his beliefs, there was mutual respect.

    Of my siblings, one is christian and the other is what I would call a militant atheist. I consider myself atheist and laughing about it. I would dare say we were extremely fortunate in our upbringings.

    So now it is my turn to raise a family. Following in my father’s footsteps, I am encouraging my kids to be open-minded (listen to and learn different views) but also skeptical (don’t believe everything you hear). Trying to encourage their voyages of discovery, just like my dad did.

    Just a few days ago my 8 year old and I were talking about what Easter means. I explained that christians celebrate it as a holy time and, like Christmas, they pray to and worship Jesus Christ. I mentioned that is why she has a break from school. I told her it’s not always about the Easter bunny and egg hunts and Christmas is not just about Santa. Without missing a beat she responded with ” Those people ruin everything”.

  2. on 08 Apr 2010 at 11:27 am 2.Jess said …

    Hi,
    This isn’t a response to this post directly, but I can’t find any contact info on godisimaginary.com and would just like to mention that the Great Pyramid wasn’t built as a dedication to any Egyptian gods as is said/implied in ‘proof #3′. It was built as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu. Not that your point is any less valid, I completely agree. But perhaps there is a better example to use, I mean, there are countless other ancient statues/shrines to gods. The Great Pyramid did have something to do with the Ancient Egyptians’ extreme dedication to their gods, but more indirectly; i.e, they were so preoccupied with impressing their gods so they would have a happy afterlife, that they would even resort to building massive monuments. It wouldn’t be necessary to remove the mention of the pyramid from the site, maybe just clarify its link to religion, or add more direct examples.

    Haha sorry for the rant, and this blog was spot on by the way (:

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