I continue to be amazed at the special treatment that religion receives and hope that the work of people like camp founders Edwin and Helen Kagin helps keep the mythology in churches where it belongs.
… Everything we teach our children should be based on giving good knowledge and wisdom and then hoping (and helping) the child to choose well.
If my son becomes religious someday, I certainly would be disappointed; but it wouldn’t make me happy if he ended up being a fan of country music, reality TV or the Cubs either.
That’s from GianCarlo Nardini. Jan Weller of Chicago also has this to say:
The brave atheists [reporter Ron Grossman] profiled — particularly the children — are inspiring.
Belief in a deity doesn’t necessarily lead to genuine morality, nor does the lack of such belief automatically lead to amorality. I consider myself to be an incredibly ethical and compassionate human being, and I reached this state without any formal religious upbringing.
And boy am I glad I never had to go through that brain-washing regimen.
Sadly, the Christians reading that letter probably dismissed everything Jan wrote after they saw the brain-washing comment… which is disappointing considering the letter is otherwise accessible to everyone.
But it’s not nearly as bad as this guy from The Ocala Star-Banner:
Any person who can use logic and reason can see the Christian world view is reasonable, plausible and more logical than any evolution theory ever presented.
Who are these ignorant, hateful people who attack a way of life proven to produce good children, a long healthy life full of peace and goodness? What good has ever been created by an atheist? None.
Why do you give them a non-challenged forum to present their perverted positions? Let’s open this to debate and see whose position falls apart.
I’m never sure whether these types of comments deserve a response or not. It’s apparent nothing will get through to them, anyway.
In other news…
Muhammad Ali’s training facility is up for sale on eBay! It’s an unusual item, and it’s never certain how these things will sell.
We then get a list of unusual eBay items: Fingernails of a killer. A grandmother. Virginity. Britney Spears’ chopped off hair. This guy who sold his soul on eBay. The Pope’s old car.
Great juxtaposition at the end there.
Caitlin Todd enjoys making friends on social networking Web sites, but is turned off by content that she believes is inappropriate on a number of popular pages.
“I use Xianz because it is a place that I can come to and have fellowship with friends. Sharing God’s word and helping others,” Caitlin wrote in an e-mail message. “Xianz is like a big church!”
You gotta love the idea of social networking sites where you choose to cut yourself off from large segments of society.
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