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Parenting: The effect of false myths

Posted by jaystile on July 23, 2009

I ran across this while reading this news: Paralysed Kids Buried For Solar Eclipse Cure. As a parent and an atheist it makes my heart so sad for these children.

Imagine being these kids
Your parents tell you that you might be able to walk and run with the other children. The solar eclipse has magical healing powers along with the power of god. The excitement and hope begins to build. A joyous and miraculous thing is about to happen. God is going to fix you. A holy man is praying over you while an astronomical event takes place. And then nothing happens.

What is going through these people’s minds? (I can’t say to know, but I have an idea)
What do the kids think?

  • Did I do something wrong? Is it my fault?
  • Why does god continue to punish me?
  • Why does god not hear me?

What do the parents think?

  • God is punishing us for our sins
  • What can we do to make god fix our child?
  • Should I pray more devoutly?
  • Do I need to teach my children more about god?
  • Do I need to believe more?

What does the holy man think?

  • Sinners.
  • God is all powerful, it must be their fault if they are not healed.

I feel helpless
What can I do about such a situation? I could scoff and call them uneducated, but this kind of thing happens in my own country. I feel so bad for these kids. I want to shout ‘STOP LYING TO YOUR KIDS!’ They really need support from their community and family. I’d take a pair of helping hands over praying hands anytime.


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Atheist Affirmation: Live for the day

Posted by jaystile on June 9, 2009

I’m glad I’m an atheist because I enjoy each day just a little bit more. Thinking about our ultimate demise and the lack of a fun-filled-unicorn-inhabited-skipping-and-prancing after life, I know we get nothing. Someone once told me that you can’t have love without Jesus in your heart. I would like to affirm that is just not true. I hold my wife a little closer. I hold back more harsh words. I cling to my daughters just a little longer. I stop and smell the roses. In fact when I let go of my religious beliefs life became that much harsher and that much sweeter. You realize that the only thing we have is each other and it is important to treat each other well. Life is good.

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Atheist Affirmation: Not screwing up our kids

Posted by jaystile on June 6, 2009

I’m glad I’m an atheist because I don’t have to do things like teach my kids that masturbation is a sin. “You know those really sensitive areas on your body that feel good? Don’t touch those or baby Jesus will cry.” I don’t have to teach abstinence until marriage because no one is going to hell for adultery. I’m glad that I will not be screwing up my kids with false information and guilt.

What I do have to teach is responsibility. Double up on birth control because condoms break. Always use a condom to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. There is an evolutionary reason why we have sexually transmitted diseases… because EVERYONE likes to have sex and wants to have sex. Anyone who doesn’t like to have sex gets selected out of the gene pool. Be responsible in your choice of partners. Be responsible with regard to procreation. Be responsible with regard to sexually transmitted diseases. If you can’t be responsible you’re not ready for sex. And if you are responsible don’t let me catch/hear you. Thats just common courtesy.

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Atheist Affirmation: Freedom of Thought

Posted by jaystile on June 3, 2009

Yes, I'm aware that this is not the Pope.

Yes, I'm aware that this is not the Pope.

I’m glad that I’m an atheist because I no longer sit through Sunday morning lectures about how I can’t vote for someone who supports abortion rights. And being raised Catholic we were threatened that we should not receive communion if you voted for someone who supports the current laws. I also have no problems with responsible reproduction. Condoms are not a sin against god. In fact if there is one problem with this world it is overpopulation. Overpopulation results in too much contention for resources and more pollution of the Earth. Use condoms, reproduce responsibly, and help curb STDs. I can make decisions for myself without someone in a big white hat telling me what is right and wrong. There is a lot of ‘gray area’ out there that we need to decide about for ourselves how we feel about it. Not to mention, sleeping in on Sunday! It’s like I got 25% of my weekend back guilt free!

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Atheist Affirmation: Life is truly amazing.

Posted by jaystile on June 2, 2009

I enjoy being an atheist because I can marvel at things just as they are. Look at a single blade of grass. A complex cellular life form. It thrives on this world because the Earth orbits Sol at a distance of 149 million kilometers (or 92.58 million miles) providing enough heat to allow for liquid water. Then chance for abiogenesis and allow for 3.5 billion years of evolution to make this one blade of grass adapted and evolved to flourish in its environment. No magic required!

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