Don’t Explain Atheism To Your Children Like This

It won’t go over well.

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(via Atheist Cartoons)

  • Mathew Wilder

    I don’t get why the kid started crying. Unless the dad was using a scary voice, but then it’s the voice, not what is being said that makes him cry. Say it in a sweet, cooing sort of way and the kid would eat it up.

  • http://www.otmatheist.com hoverFrog

    I don’t get it. Is explaining atheism scary for kids or is explaining religion’s effect on people scary? Or is the kid just disturbed at the strange hand gestures?

  • James Koran

    My four year old son came home from Grandma’s last week and to my surprise started reciting the “here is the church here is the steeple” bit. I was cringing even before he finished. However, when he folded his fingers on the outside without realising it and said, “Open the doors and see ‘no’ people” I began laughing my ass off and told him to go back and teach grandma that version.

  • vivian

    I have a very dramatic 4 year old and she told my mom last week that she would miss her, even when she goes to heaven. I felt like I should say something, but what? So I said, “honey, heaven is pretend just like mermaids”, but I forgot my mom was there and is a christian. I think I insulted her, because she told her my daughter that she WILL be going to heaven. How confusing for my daughter, and I felt like an ass! There is no easy way to dealing with kids and religion when not everyone is on the same page.

  • Defiantnonbeliever

    Why not? Religions are pernicious frauds, mass delusions, individual and societal mental illnesses, that may have already caused our slow motion extinction with their misdirection and antisciencism, on top of the continuous wars and inhumanity to it’s victims including the parasitized believers.

    Are kids to be indoctrinated without alternative rhymes for the common indoctination games? Sure it could be written better but to let it go doesn’t cut it eiher.

  • Chas

    Vivian,

    You have to pick your moments. You interjected an ideological divide into your daughter’s statement of love for her grandmother (although laced with more religion than you might be comfortable with). You could have picked another moment to talk to her about it.

  • Tony Boling

    Vivian,

    PLUS she’s only 4 years old. advanced critical thinking won’t develop until about 8 years old so her believing in Heaven is no different than Santa or the Easter Bunny, it’ll subside naturally.

  • http://doubtfuldaughter.wordpress.com Amy

    The way I learned it is you do it twice, once with the fingers outside, once with them inside.

    “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and where’s the people?”

    “Cross the street, into the bar, open the doors and there they are!”

  • http://www.psmcreative.com Perilous

    My wife and I are teaching our son the old fashioned way: with the truth. Wait, maybe that’s not old fashioned. Anyway, my son is 4. The cat died, and he didn’t go to Heaven or Outer Space, he just stopped breathing. Because he was old, and old organisms die.

  • mike sindelar

    Obviously the kid is scared of how atheism was explained. He realized those atheists have nothing going for them, and he didn’t want to end up that way. I mean really, who believes in the big bang…..ok now that you said you do, how do you think it was started. Every reaction has to have a catalyst. Things do not happen at random. If any of you would have went to college, you would have learned about physics, and that a body at reast stays at rest…… Seeing the vast complexity of things allows me to realize that a greater being has created this….to put it in simple terms (for you atheists to understand), what are the odds that if I dropped a deck of loose cards from shoulder height onto the floor, that they would fall into sequential order and right side up…..? Yeah, well making as something as complex as the human body would have an even smaller probability. All I can say is that I believe and worship the Lord, and try to make the world a better place by doing so, but obviously it is hard to do when I am trying to speak to stubborn people like yourselves. Haven’t convinced you yet…..? Take a look at the Bible, Genesis, The Creation Story. Funny how evolution (what we recently “found out about”) follows the Bible no? First there was nothing. Then the lord made light, then the water and earth, animals, etc……


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