I just got back from a week with my family in South Carolina.  A trip that only happens about once a year, because that's about all I can take of the Bible Belt. 

I'm "out" as an atheist to my sister but not to my parents.  It was a particularly tough visit because my very Catholic grandmother was also visiting.  I know many might disagree but I don't think upsetting my 86 year old grandmother by telling her I'm an atheist is something that I really want to do right now. 

My sister is raising her 2 daughters in the Methodist Church.  Fortunately, she has been very supportive.  One of my nieces asked, "Why isn't Aunt Chrissy going to church?" and she responded, "Some people don't go to church and that's ok". 

One of the most difficult times of my visit was when my niece wanted me to read her a bedtime story.  As with all kids, they want to delay bed time as much as possible, so they always choose the longest story they can find.  This time my niece chose her children's bible.  Reluctantly I flipped it open.  "We will read one story", I said.  The bible is fairy tales anyway, just like any of the other books that she might have chosen. 

I flipped open to the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors.  "This won't be too bad", I thought.  After all, there's a musical about this story, how bad can it be. 

Well, I started reading about how Joseph's father loved him more then his brothers and that's how he received his coat.  Really?  That's a great story for kids?  It's ok for a parent to love one child more than another?  I had to stop reading.  I think we read Dora instead.  Much more appropriate for children than the bible!

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Comment by Eric Cook on April 8, 2012 at 10:30pm

well when your taking parenting advice from a man who drowned his children.....

Comment by Mabel on April 8, 2012 at 10:35pm

well when your taking parenting advice from a man who drowned his children.....

@ Eric - LOL. Good one.

Comment by Christina Hampton on April 8, 2012 at 10:36pm

Yeah, there's a lot of bad parenting advice in the bible... kill your son just because god says so, lots of story about how sibling rivalry is ok... 

I think next time I will just chose Dora from the beginning. 

Comment by Grady Jean on April 8, 2012 at 11:48pm

I think "God" might have been hammered when he told Abraham to kill Isaac.

G: "Yo...YO Abraham...dis...dis is gawd...hey bro, wasssuuuuuuuup?"

A: "Er...Yes God? what can I do for you?"

G: "Hey man...hey...I LOVE you man...do you love me back?"

A: "Well, of course I do God, you're my creator."

G: "Oh that's...that's...I am SO glad to HEAR that..hey man...you wana prove how much you love me?"

A: "Um...I guess I could do something. What did you have in mind?"

G: "Take your boy Isaac up to the top of that mountain over there...and kill him..."

A: "WHAT!?"

G: "Hey, I thought you said you LOVED me, Abraham. Do you love your God?"

A: "Um...w-well...I...I guess so...All right God, I'll do it."

-24 hours later, God wakes up in his office-

God: Uhhhhhhggggg...what the FUCK did I do last night?

Random Angel: "Er...wel...you told Abraham to take his son to the top of a mountain and kill him."

God: "I did WHAT!? OH SHIT! Get down there man! stop them! Stop them!!!!!!"

Comment by Christina Hampton on April 8, 2012 at 11:59pm

@Grady:  I love this!!!  Thanks for a good laugh.

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