"God is more important than a girl"

I'm just so damn disturbed by this, I needed to share it.

I teach computers to elementary kids, so I have a lot of friends on Facebook who are middle schoolers (former students of mine). Often, I find it entertaining to watch the myriad varieties of adolscent dramas taking place, but throw religion into the mix and it can get damn disturbing.

There's this one boy, who we'll call "Carl" (not his real name). At some point in the last few months, Carl got "saved" and nearly every status he posts and every reply to someone else is Jesus this and Jesus that. Well, I don't un-friend former students cuz they're kids and I don't want to hurt their feelings, so I hid his updates from my page to prevent me from seeing anything else he posts. Honestly, if he'd been a friend my own age, i would've shitcanned him quick. But whatever, at least with him hidden, I wouldn't have to put up with his religious bullshit.

Yesterday, a mutual friend on FB pops up in chat to ask if I've seen where Carl's status is now "single" and the comments. This mutual friend is also a former student, but is 16, an old family friend (as is his mother and brothers), and a fellow atheist. In other words, someone I'm free to speak openly with. We'll call him "Josh."

So anyway, Josh asks me if I've seen Carl's change from "in a relationship" to "single" and the comments on it. I tell him that I haven't, because I have Carl hidden so I don't have to see all his religious crap. Josh is like "Dude, you HAVE to go read this! Go to his page!"

I go to Carl's page and scroll down to where it says he's now single and I start reading the comments. First off were a few girls asking why he dumped his girlfriend who, apparently, was quite sweet and devoted to him. Then came Carl's reply. He said that she was a distraction to his relationship with God and that HIS GOD was an awesome God and he loves Jesus so much blah blah blah.

Let's take just a minute to soak that in. An adolescent boy with a girlfriend who absolutely ADORED him, chose to break her heart because she was a distraction from Jesus. An adolescent boy chose God over a GIRL! What. The. FUCK?!

Josh had replied also, telling Carl that this was a girl with a heart and feelings and that his actions were morally wrong and insensitive. My hands were tied, sadly, since I teach in his school district (even though I don't teach him anymore) and I also work with his mother, who is a teacher.

The comments continued, with other kids his age (mostly girls) admonishing him for being such an insensitive little ass.

Finally, the last comment summed it all up nicely. The status has since been deleted (and most likely because of this last comment). A boy his age (another former student) posted, simply, "You are so fucking stupid."

Perhaps I'm an asshole for laughing at that last comment and agreeing with it. Carl is, after all, a poor brainwashed victim of religion just like so many millions of others. But once your kooky bullshit starts hurting people who care about you and alienating those around you, it's hard to feel pity anymore.

I wanted to share this with other atheists because I hope I'm not the only one who is PROFOUNDLY AND DEEPLY DISTURBED by this. It's just plain SICK! I am disgusted by this on so many levels. Really.

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Comment by Reggie on July 21, 2010 at 5:09am
But maybe not too young for someone else, which may free up another gal who is just right. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm married and faithful. Crap!
Comment by Renshia on July 21, 2010 at 12:52pm
Sometimes we get to benefit from others stupidity.
She is lucky for the dodge.
Comment by Galen on April 16, 2011 at 5:03am

A unique position... that's one way of putting it, lol.  I teach at an elementary school in small-town Georgia.  For these kids, there is no such thing as not believing in God.  A little girl gave me a picture the other day that she had drawn for me.  It was a cross and some words about praising the glory of the Lord or some shit.  I just have to thank her for it and act like I appreciate it, rather than how I truly feel (disgusted by it).  It's not her fault and to act any differently would do nothing but hurt her feelings.

 

Kids tell me all the time, with such excitement, about how they're getting baptized this weekend or something like that (I've even been invited to some baptisms).  It's hard to act like I'm even neutral about that when it just breaks my heart.  "There goes another mind" I think to myself, every time.

 

These kids could be SO much more.  So many of them have the intellect and potential to be GREAT, if not for the giant albatross hung around their necks from birth to hold them down.  It's a microcosm of the human race as a whole.

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