Another Religion-Related Family Moment

I had to think for a moment about why this comic strip was both funny and tragic.

2009-08-23

I finally figured it out. It’s the “haha” in the second panel. That’s what gives it that special little kick.

(via Comic Blasphemy)

  • Lilith

    That’s the thing that I cannot wrap my head around: how any parent can disown their child just because they have the temerity not to be a clone of the parent in thought, actions, and sexuality.
    Did they ever actually love them at all?
    Do they have any real concept of what parental love actually is? (although the answer is probably not when they choose to take as a moral role model a mythical father who was willing to slit his son’s throat because God told him to).

  • Alan E.

    Some of their comics are good, others are not so good. I particularly liked this one about irrefutable proof:
    http://www.comicblasphemy.com/?p=121

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Some of the basic morals presented in the Bible

    Which means that he has also rejected some Biblical morals. Which is good, since the moral quality of the Bible is pretty dismal.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I don’t really get the “haha” part.

    It is a scary example of a father actually living by what they hear in church every Sunday “Put God first”.

    If you were to interview most pastors, they would probably say that they preach “Put God first” because they know no one will actually do that. All they want is for people to put God higher in their priorities than they normally do… (tithe a bit more)

    But every now and then there will be a wacko in the congregation that will actually try to “put God first” and disown family members or kill doctors, or whatever. These people never learned to think for themselves and are “morality challenged”.

  • http://doubtingeventhomas.blogspot.com/ Doubting Foo

    I’ll have to wait until I get home to view it. Websense has blocked the site as “tasteless”.

  • Richard P

    Makes me wanna cry

  • Valdyr

    The comic is a bit understated, I think. A young friend of mine a few years back admitted his religious doubts to his father, a pastor. His father responded by smacking him across the face, hard.

  • JulietEcho

    But every now and then there will be a wacko in the congregation that will actually try to “put God first” and disown family members or kill doctors, or whatever.

    I think the percentage of religious people who would disown (or badly treat) family members because of differences in belief is much greater than the percentage that would kill abortion doctors.

  • TJ

    I’ll have to wait until I get home to view it. Websense has blocked the site as “tasteless”.

    That’s something for some group to stand against.

    Get rid of fascist internet censorship outfits that make sure people’s fragile little feelings don’t get hurt (which is more what they are about than anything). Let the viewer decide what’s tasteless.

  • CiCi

    haha, that’s…interesting. have you seen this recent article on cnn/time? -”Can Atheists Be Parents?”

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,877155,00.html

    It’s horrifying to think that ideas like this are pervasive throughout America, but only a few rise to the attention of the general public.

  • Dan W

    Ugh, I can’t see how parents would disown their own child for not having the exact same values and tastes as them. I’d hate to be raised by any parents who’d do that.

    Meanwhile, like TJ, I think Websense and other services should that censor certain sites should be done away with. And I read the article CiCi linked, and I think those parents should take their case the Supreme Court. People shouldn’t be prevented from adopting a child because they’re atheists or non-religious.

  • http://youtube.com/billpg Bill P. Godfrey

    A few of my Facebook friends sometimes leave messages like “Put GOD first in all you do.” People respond with “Amen!” etc.

    I sometimes want to ask if they really mean it, pointing out logical conclusions like this cartoon. God before your own family? Really?

    That sort of thing never wins friends.

  • Baconsbud

    Like you Dan W I couldn’t see disowning family just because they don’t see things the same as me. I do think I know why they do it though. In the NT Jesus clearly states that you are to kill those in your family that don’t agree with you. I see this as the verses that they use to justify disowning and abandoning their family that doesn’t worship as they do.

  • Cherie M

    Note: The Time article linked is from the 1970′s, according to the date on the Time page.

    The first time I explicitly told my mother I didn’t believe in the Christian deity, she ended up telling my dad. I was living with them while my now-husband’s visa was being processed. My dad told me if I said anything like that again I could go live on the street and he didn’t care what would happen to me, that I was a worthless daughter and that my fiance was far too good to me and I didn’t deserve anyone’s love.

    The worst part of this is I was being honest in an effort to try and get them to understand me and what I believed. Both are very devout Mormons and while their church supposedly teaches a “family first, then church” doctrine, I’ve yet to see it apply to myself or cousins who have gone “astray.”

  • RG

    My work blocks the site as tasteless and offensive… what is the second frame?.. I need to know lol.

  • RG

    @Cherie M – I’m glad parents like that don’t follow all the rules presented in Deuteronomy. (Eeeeverybody must get stoned!)

  • http://jonathan-keith.com Jon

    That’s the thing that I cannot wrap my head around: how any parent can disown their child just because they have the temerity not to be a clone of the parent in thought, actions, and sexuality.
    Did they ever actually love them at all?
    Do they have any real concept of what parental love actually is? (although the answer is probably not when they choose to take as a moral role model a mythical father who was willing to slit his son’s throat because God told him to)

    Good parents are under no obligation to accept inappropriate behavior from their children. I have never heard of a parent disowning their child simply because their child was not a ‘clone’ of themselves. They may however be disowned because the particular thoughts, actions, or sexuality that they choose is wrong.

    As a side note, what evidence do you have that the role model you refer to is “mythical”?

    If you, as a parent, would allow or encourage your child to continue in behavior that is wrong I am forced to wonder whether you have any real concept of what parental love (or any type of love) actually is.

  • Siamang

    Ah, the sexuality they CHOOSE is wrong?

    As in gay is a “wrong” sexuality?

    Interesting assertion without evidence.

    If you, as a parent, would allow or encourage your child to continue in behavior that is wrong

    Define wrong. Wrong as in harmful to others? Wrong as in self-destructive? Or Wrong as in “some dude 3000 years ago thought it was wrong and blamed it on God.”?

  • ChameleonDave

    Good parents are under no obligation to accept inappropriate behavior from their children. I have never heard of a parent disowning their child simply because their child was not a ‘clone’ of themselves. They may however be disowned because the particular thoughts, actions, or sexuality that they choose is wrong.

    You are quite right. The other poster’s failure to understand this shows an inability to understand people who have different values.

    As a side note, what evidence do you have that the role model you refer to is “mythical”?

    Now, there you’re just being stupid. We’re talking about the Bible.


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