Mom gets dog 'blessed & baptized.'

Had my hair blown back today by my Mom. She told my wife that she went to her methodist church minister and had her dog blessed and baptized. She says now she doesn't have to worry about what will happen to her beloved pooch after it dies. Huh?

Is this a common thing for widowed elderly women to do? I am troubled that she is losing perspective on what constitutes a healthy relationship with her pet. This dog is more important than anything or anyone at this point in her life. I own and love pets myself but this kind of behavior is somewhat unsettling. Not sure which folder to file this one in....lol

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Comment by Rocky john on November 1, 2013 at 11:36am

Ed- That is just it. Your mother as obviously realized the truth that the difference between us and other animals is not so great as the bible teaches. Now she believes she has a soul and therefor  logically that must mean her dog also has a soul , which is in direct opposition to scripture. Now as far as i can tell these are all steps in the right direction, and i don't think we should disparage religious people for it.

Comment by Unseen on November 1, 2013 at 6:09pm

@Ed - The reference was to Erik's comment: "How nice of you not to mock the elderly.  I think if we want to change things,  we need to be careful about how atheists are perceived.  I don't mean any disrespect,  just making a point."

Comment by Ed on November 2, 2013 at 7:45am

@Rocky

I am not sure you can logically say that since humans have a soul that lower order mammals do as well. It's a ridiculous notion, as an atheist, that a gerbil possesses a soul. Or, if you wanted to look at it from another perspective, that one's pet has a soul. In that case, reptiles and amphibians would also qualify.

It is interesting that church leaders develop these 'policies of indulgence' with their congregation that have no basis in scripture. I believe it actually demonstrates their willingness to pander to their members instead of being honest with them. It's a silly practice and pathetic. And although it does no actual harm to the participants it still perpetuates these crazy religious notions that those of us on the outside consider, for lack of a better word, wacky. 

Comment by Rocky john on November 2, 2013 at 8:15am

It is a ridiculous notion ,as an atheist, that anything has a soul. But if you already accept having a soul as the truth, then it is not so ridiculous to believe other animals have them to. The fact is that most religions ,outside of the Abrahamic ones , accept animals have souls. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and most , if not all , animist style religions.(not only reptiles qualify as having a soul in some of these religions , but bacteria also.)

"It is interesting that church leaders develop these 'policies of indulgence' with their congregation that have no basis in scripture. I believe it actually demonstrates their willingness to pander to their members instead of being honest with them."

The fact is that religions evolve. Christianity of today is not the same as christianity of a thousand years ago. Now unless you can come up with a way of totally eradicating religion then i am perfectly happy to accept the fact that religions change and will even raise my voice in support of those changes i consider beneficial. Just as i would have agreed with those christians who wanted to eradicate slavery even though it has no scriptural support.

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