For those who have been following the "William Chronicles", I submit to you the following e-mail. This e-mail was sent to me by my friend, a baptist, who attended Church services at William's church (this morning). This friend also sat in on William's "Young Adult Bible Study". Her e-mail is in green.
"You will not believe this guy. He didn't make one reference to Possum's essay or the conversations he's had here to the entire congregation. I was a pleasantly suprised by that. Because he seemed so nice, I decided to attend the young adult bible study that followed the sermon. There were about twenty people. William started by reading the essay and then asking for thoughts. Alot of people doubted that a child could write that well and because William hadn't explained that Possum#1 is gifted, those in attendance came to the conclusion that an adult must've helped her. William said, "Let's pretend that a child wrote this... what would you have done if you were the teacher?" He told us that we should have done as the teacher had and taken the opportunity to witness to "a child so desperate for spiritual guidance." I asked if that would be violating the belief that public schools should be neutral territory and he said that God's law trumped man's law. He also said that when we saw a lamb in trouble, we should help the lamb. What shocked me most was what came next. He launched into a tirade against atheists. Said that they are, "by default, the worst parents." He said that he was "100% sure" that you must be "the most uneducated and sorry mother" because no good mother would leave their child in spiritual limbo and let them find their own way. He said that atheists deserved our pity and that their children should be our mission. It was kind of scary, actually. I had had enough by then, so I left. It was hands down the most uncomfortable Sunday school I had ever attended.
Do you guys want to know what I find most amusing about this? William has been owned by an eleven (soon to be twelve) year old. Out of all the atheist authors out there, William has been pushed to the brink of desperation by a child! Instead of arguing the essay's content, he's resorted to making character attacks on myself and my child! Instead of engaging in congenial debate and/or trying to learn about others, William has become a caricature of every narrow-minded, intolerant, fanatical bigot in this country. He admittedly listens to the NonProphets, so one can only assume that he's heard far better arguments for atheist rationale. One can assume that he's heard the guys present all of their cases for atheism and all of the references/evidence for scrutinization of beliefs. Despite all of that potential for debate, he chooses to get his panties in a twist over three paragraphs written by a child. Is William so afraid of his own weak rationale that he has to attack the composition of a seventh grader?
The best part of all of this is the fact that, until today, Possum#1 was undecided about her religious status. She hadn't chosen a position and I had steadfastly allowed her to pursue any and all systems of belief because I wanted her to find her own path. This afternoon, Possum announced, quite decidedly, that William's vehemence and irrationality had convinced her that Christianity is, indeed, what she'd hinted to in her essay: a hypocritical farse. In the end, this possummomma really didn't have to say a word.
ETA: Possum1 and I have been discussing the fact that one shouldn't jump to hasty conclusions, based on the rantings of ONE representative. So, she's back to being a clear agnostic. Better to make judgements based on evidence than anger.