Family Values Indeed

I’m was at the networking brunch at the FIG@20 conference this morning and the group was talking about saying grace during the holidays.  A young woman was telling us that when her family, who knows she is an atheist activist, makes her say grace, she fights back by thanking the farmers who grew the food, the chefs who prepared it, and all the non-god ways that food came to the table.

Her story made me sad.  This woman is a successful academic and about as sweet as they come.  If I wanted a daughter, I would want one who turned out to be like her.  We all would.  It must suck for such an exemplary human being to have their family insist that she pretend to be someone she’s not so as not to embarrass them.

Family values indeed.  This is how religion wins: not by good arguments or playing fair, but by fear and social penalties.  Fortunately, the world is changing, and people are starting to get fed up with that bullshit, and not a minute too soon.

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