Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Just keep swimming...


If you want to see a slide show of the kids at swim lessons, then you can go here.

I have received a lot of advice and information from you guys regarding the weird e-mails. Thank you! I have enough info now. It amazes me when any theist says, "No! You are not being treated badly because you're an atheist. Nobody cares!" Then, without fail, some fundagelical bonehead goes and does something to prove that that statement is naive. Some theists most certainly do have problems with atheists and they're not shy about sharing those problems. If, as a Christian, you think you need to force your religion onto others, then you're betraying your own insecurities. If you can't do anything but pick on secular folk, then you're not really devoting your life to your chosen deity - you're devoting your life to perfecting your "holier-than-though" attitude. When you e-mail or tell a child that there's an "especially painful hell for blasphemers.", then you are an asshole who gets off on scaring children. Plain and simple.

8 comments:

Milo Johnson said...

It is amazing that those kind of people don't realize how they mock their own belief with that kind of behavior. If your god is so powerful, why do you think it needs your help? Shouldn't you be sticking to your function of doing the worshipping stuff and let it handle the heavy lifting of conversion and punishment? Aren't you being awfully arrogant to think that your pitiful actions impress a being that can create and micromanage an entire universe, or that it would even notice them?

Of course, if there was any logic involved they wouldn't be believers in the first place...

bianca donk said...

Where did P4 get his rashguard from? I've been looking for those.

Karen said...

The possums look like they're having fun learning how to swim. I took swimming lessons when I was a bit older, and hated them because my mother hovered next to the pool, nearly shaking with anxiety, convinced that I would drown. I never did learn to swim very well, but I still love a good romp in the pool.

Psychodiva said...

lol my mum taught swimming for a while and her method with me- at 2 years old- was to throw me into the deep-end and shout 'swim'!! - well it worked :) not sure she would get away with it now tho

Atheist in a mini van. said...

I totally agree, Milo.

bianca donk said...
Where did P4 get his rashguard from? I've been looking for those.

I found his last fall on clearance through Disney.com. I'm sure they have them now. But, you may pay the premium for summer sales. If you can, I would definitely wait for sales. I got P4's for $3 or something ridiculously low.
They're great. Keeps them warm and sunblocked.

Karen said...
The possums look like they're having fun learning how to swim. I took swimming lessons when I was a bit older, and hated them because my mother hovered next to the pool, nearly shaking with anxiety, convinced that I would drown.

I was really shocked by how P4 took to the water. Each of the others showed a bit of anxiety during their first formal lessons, but he's just ready to go. I never had formal swim lessons, either. My dad was of the same school as psychodiva's mom: a)toss kid in pool. b) tell them to swim. c)watch them barf lake water for fifteen minutes. As a result, I will NOT swim in a lake and can't coordinate myself well enough to swim long distances.

But, Pdaddy is an ex-life guard and excellent swimmer. He made P1 and P2 take 8 years of classes. They're both amazing swimmers now.

Enshoku said...

Blasphemers don't have a perticularly painful experience in hell, getting hung up by your tounge seems a more lax punishment than being cast into a lake of blood of all your fellow hellions while your aborted ghost fetuses shoot fireballs at you, especially if the fetus has an amulet that grants +5 to mage skills. People should just think about the feelings of the child and the parent they are sending the emails to. How would they like it if a fundamentalist muslim was emailing their child, weaving a story that the child would be cast into hell, and forced to endure an unimaginable cold, because the child didn't believe in the right version of the abrahamic god. I doubt the people sending the letters would be pleased.

J said...

Possum and Atheist Crew,
You are partially correct and heavy handed evangelization should never happen. The Lord has called Christians to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matt 28: 19-20) But, as Saint Francis of Assisi once said “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary” sadly not enough of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ heed this advice. Also, we are taught that religion shouldn’t be a private matter that we should not be afraid to express our love for the Lord in a society that a lot of times hates what we stand for.

The one issue I do have is Atheist evangelization. I hear it all the time that non-believers just want to be left alone, but at the same time some atheist have no problem pushing their “non-beliefs” on others. So while you may not believe that Jesus was the Son of God (God himself) or that there is even a God at all. I would at least ask that you heed his calling to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31), I think we can all do that.

Peace and God bless,
J

Atheist in a mini van. said...

J, I will be responding to your note in my next blog entry. I hope you'll come by and read it so that we can discuss further.