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Religion can be a fairly hot topic. Socially (in North
America and most of Europe at least) if you are new to a group it is fairly well
established that you don’t talk about politics or religion. Too many views, too
many emotions. It isn’t a topic for the work place, nor for any social
gathering that is supposed to stay nicey-nice. But I am about to talk about
religion so if you are easily offended better stop reading now. However if you
are not easily offended I have a few questions I would like you to consider. And please let me know where you see a
flaw in my logic. Point of clarification for those who do not know if they are
atheist or agnostic:
a.Atheist- one who believes there is no deity.
b.Agnostic- one who is not committed to a belief
that there is or is not a deity.
My question requires some context. Often I hear a similar
complaint/sentiment from those who are atheist or agnostic. Which is that:
religious people force their children to believe a certain way and don’t allow
them to search out other ideas or beliefs (be they different religions or the
belief that there is no deity.) I completely agree with this statement. I think
that many religiously minded people force their children to adhere to a certain
set of beliefs- thus inevitably pushing them away from said belief. Now I am not saying that all religious parents do this, I recognise that many religious
parents introduce their own beliefs to their children and teach them about said
religion hoping that the children will adopt the same beliefs. The question
that I have comes from the response I get to the questions I pose next. I ask
how they will raise their children. And usually it starts off in a vain that I
agree with ‘I will teach my children about what I believe and what other people
believe’ but then it usually ends with ‘and I’ll explain that if they want to
chant to an imaginary being in the sky than that is their business.’
·How is teaching your children that religion is ridiculous
any different than teaching your children that religion is good? (Because
people who have said this to me honestly feel that they are being open minded
and possess a clearer intellect.)
Pushing your religion on a child or belittling an entire set
of beliefs (and by extension, a people) seems wrong to me. And both seem close
minded. I want to raise my children with
a full understanding of what I believe and why I believe it. Because my
religion is important to me. And I want them to explore other religious views
and atheist views. I will be biased because my own research has led me to my
religion, BUT I feel it is important not to mock or belittle other beliefs and
allow an open exchange of thoughts and ideas. Why is it that when people say
they are Open Minded, what they are really saying is that they think you are
Close Minded, and what they should be saying is that we are all just
Atheists do it, religious people do it, agnostics do it, I
do it too. But why, why do we do it?
ps I really like thepianoguys. Go listen to them. Here i'll make it easy for you
School, work, and youth group aka life has been crazy as of
late. It is hard for me to think or talk about anything else. And by hard I
mean impossible. I have been trying to have thoughts unrelated to these three
things for a number of weeks now but my brain is too stressed and focused to
come up for air. This past week was reading week (for those who don’t know the
term it refers to the week that students have off school to get a better handle
on assignments- but for most students it
really means they go on vacation.) I did school work all week and Mr. Sollywood
and I went to visit my best friend Doll Face and …hmmm he doesn’t have a nickname…
I’ll call him Beatles for the weekend. You probably won’t recall, as I don’t
think I posted about it but they were married in Jamaica last year. It was
perfect. The picture of the four girls is at Doll Face's wedding, we are celebrating Movember and all those who fight cancer!
I have never been to see parliament or anything else for
that matter in this great country of mine. And as a history major I must say 1.
I am embarrassed to admit that and 2. It was awesome!!! I cried at the war monument,
strolled around parliament, sat for tea with Nelly McClung!! It was magical.
And although it took all weekend by Sunday Doll Face and I were talking
about things other than school, work and youth. It was exactly what I needed: a
change of scene, good friends, and interesting conversation. I was able to
regroup and come up for air! Think about other things, talk about other things.
Bliss. Hahah Although I think that maybe she needs the same now because (I say
busting with pride and excitement) Doll Face has her own little classroom for a
bit!! I think
it is a called an L.T. I should be a better friend and remember but seriously
teachers and their jargon! But she is
sleeping, eating and breathing that world. So I extend the invitation to come over to my place and breath a little!