You Can’t Win When Kids Ask Questions

This isn’t going to end well…

See the full strip for how that conversation went down. (Don’t forget the red dot!)

It brings to mind comedian Louis CK‘s hilarious bit about children and the futility of answering their questions:

You can’t win, even with the best of intentions…

(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal — thanks to Dawn for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I told my daughter when she was five that there is no heaven. You know, that knowledge hasn’t made her an ax murderer. 

    • http://annainca.blogspot.com/ Anna

      Exactly! I’ve never understood parents who tell their children to believe in an afterlife when they themselves don’t believe it. I grew up assuming that heaven and hell were simply made up, pretend places just like Rainbow Land and Care-a-Lot. I didn’t have an existential crisis because I was never taught to believe that I was immortal to begin with. It seems like the healthiest way to treat death. Why set your child up for angst and disappointment?

  • Nena

    I have been reading SMBC for a very long time, and I did not know until right now about the red dot. I have a lot of catching up to do.

  • griffox

    Of course when you have religion, you get to say things like, “Rain is God’s tears from heaven.” 

    • http://twitter.com/FelyxLeiter Emily Joyce

      “…because you’ve been bad.”

  • Rich Wilson

    Some JWs came to my door when I was 14.  They lost me at “only humans go to heaven”.  (not that they ever had me, but that was the deal breaker).

  • Annie

    I cringe every time I hear a child ask a perfectly reasonable question, with a fairly easy answer, but the parent just says, “Because god made it that way.” 

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    Why?

  • http://twitter.com/kariedgerton Kari Edgerton

    Awww. Scruff was my dog’s name. *tear*

  • Fredorama

    HA! “why, why, why” easiest just to say God made it so, and be done with it.  Except, it doesnt really say anything.  And why teach kids that all answers are supposed to be easy? 


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