After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.
The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…Continue
I stopped going to church over 40 years ago. I have friends from that time who are still Fundamentalist Christians. My parents and some of their parents are still Fundamentalist Christians. When I talk to them they usually avoid talking about religion to me. I think that it's for…Continue
John Zande wrote a fantastic post about why atheists care about religion. In it, he addressed the idea that a comfortable lie should take precedence over potentially uncomfortable truths. I've written…Continue
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on December 6, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
So I was vehemently opposed by another individual when I told her that all babies were atheists. I also said that no innocent child believes in the supernatural beings until they are proselytized to believe so. Doesn't geographic determinism prove this? If you're born in the United States, you'll probably end up Christian, and if you're born in Iran, you'll end up Islamic. Doesn't this prove my point? I'd appreciate any devil's advocates.
I don't know about you, but that sure sounds like a guy I'd want to worship!
No. My thoughts are more similar to this point of view:
Really, it's more like a dad who drowned all of his children except for one kid and was like, "Don't worry. I won't murder you or any of the kids I have from here on out! Well, at least not by drowning all of them in a massive flood... You know I mean it too because I made you a pretty painting."
Added by M.M.J. Gregory on June 13, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
I hope several people got a chance to read my first blog post. This is, obviously, the second entry in what I hope will be a long-lasting and informative blog. As per the first entry, this one will take the form of a narrative recounting an experience which, in my opinion, highlights just how far-reaching indoctrination really is. So here goes:
A couple weeks ago as of this writing, I was on Facebook chatting with a good friend of mine. It was your basic friendly banter and…Continue
It's a common theme among those with faith. They say something that just makes you go 'Wait...what?'. I'm sure most of you have seen the video in these pictures. (if not, look it up, it's fantastic). My friend posted it on FB and I watched it and I noticed that a friend of hers had commented below. I responded in kind. It's a bit to read, but it was a civil conversation, if not a bit strained on my end.
Anybody who was homeschooled in a religious home can agree, it is VERY different from family to family. The Joneses let their kids play with Ghostbuster toys....the Robinsons watch the Simpsons...the Higgins let their daughters wear pants to church while the Williamses all wear dresses.
Growing up in a religious home that did not allow TV and actively sheltered me made my life VERY interesting growing up. I dealt with suicidal thoughts when I was sixteen and had a lot of…Continue
Added by tim on November 17, 2011 at 10:05pm — No Comments
My 9-year-old daughter would like to spend a month this summer visiting her cousins in Texas. Her cousins are the children of my ex-wife's sister. She and her husband run an evangelical Christian youth ministry from their very large home. In addition to their 4 children, they have adopted at least 2 more (I've lost count), and usually have 10-15 other preteens and teens on site most days as part of their mentoring program. Their project is to prepare misfit teens to become better…Continue
If anyone says that religion is not a form of programming, ask a Christian why he, or she, isn't a Hindu. Upbringing and environment have more to do with what religion you are than anything else. Why else are you more likely to be a christian in a christian country, or a Muslim in a Muslim country. Choice seldom comes into it, especially for children, which is the ripe…Continue
I enjoy coming up with acrostics…Continue