So their children can be as sick as they are

This is sick.

I’m all for teaching children starting at a young age.  Unfortunately, faith has the power to sustain bad ideas so that some people confuse teaching with perverting.  I’m all against teaching children that hate, or that reciting words without thinking about them, will earn applause.  These children have a high probability of becoming fucked up adults who contribute to a world of injustice – all while calling their callousness love.  You want to talk about the power of faith?  There it is.  It is the power to corrupt thought and the actions those thoughts evoke.

God’s “perfect justice”, at its most noble, is a tool for mangling the malleable minds of children.  It stunts the development of critical thought even in the ones where it doesn’t also contaminate their empathy/morality.   One does not need to teach children baseless hate to be a victim of faith.  Those who layer faith with nobility, even while being nice, keep alive the mechanic that produces the more wretched, yet all-too-common, religious behaviors.

The flagrantly ridiculous idea that gay people are despicable is not produced in a vacuum.  It comes from churches.  That is nearly the only place it comes from.  It is an idea taught to adults, so why wouldn’t they teach it it to their children?  The problem is not this particular church, or these particular Christians.  The problem is that faith can support any idea, no matter how horrible.  The problem is faith and its immunity to reason trickling down as a polluted formula that gets fed to children.

Faith is a vice.  It is gullibility pursued.  It can warp even a mature mind, causing otherwise compassionate people to cheer for a young mind perverted.  It has made monsters of people in congregations all across this country charged with the task of teaching children.

It bears repeating: there is nothing to be gained from faith.  It is offensive to humanity.  It is beneath us.  It is anathema to us.  This must be pointed out repeatedly and without remorse.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    “Faith” is nothing more than a euphamism for “gullibility.”

  • mcrotk

    Indeed – faith can warp mature minds to the point where they have no interest in meeting their first grandchild. But enough about my week, how are you?

  • matt

    a related video about a boy “visiting heaven”:
    i’m guessing he was indoctrinated as well

  • Sam

    Three YouTube videos EVERY Atheist, with a sense of humor, should watch
    & here’s one with Allah

  • stubby

    Wow. That is awful. If you want to be even more angry/sad check out this kid.

  • Heather

    I wish someone could explain to my great-grandmother that faith and morality are not the same thing. She made a callous comment today that she was surprised one of my best friends, who is also an atheist, cared about turning in a $20 bill to lost and found (my grandma found it and said ‘finder’s keepers’ after my friend suggested turning it in). Hm, I wonder which one was acting morally in that incident.

  • Monster

    I can’t actually understand what the children are saying. But if I am to believe what someone else said they are saying, I think that is a terrible thing to say.

    I’m a Christian and I hate it when people make fun of other schools of thought and life styles. It’s not funny, it’s sad.

    Also, it is biblically an untrue statement.

    I think as long as it is not harming others, faith is fine. It’s when faith crosses a line and promotes harm that their is trouble. Even faith in ones own government. Because you cannot keep track of everything that goes of, you have some faith that things re running well enough until you encounter an issue. The world has too much in coming stimuli to track with out making assumptions about things.

    Best wishes to you. I hope my right to choose to have faith is as protected and respected as much as another persons right to not.

  • Jacob

    I find this as sickening as you do.

    However, faith is not the cause of this. Getting rid of faith will not end prejudice and hate. Evil originates in people and their ignorance and selfishness. People take things that are good and twist them to achieve their own ends. You can use a knife to cut bread or stick in someone’s back.

    There are people whose faith drove them to do amazing things for the good of humanity; Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa come first to my mind, though there are others. Faith, with reason, critical thinking, knowledge, and most importantly, love, have the power to change the world for the better.

    But I think the kind of hateful actions and attitudes shown in that video come from ignorance, lazy thinking, and the inability to see humanity in people who are different. They blindly follow what they think are a set of rules they’re supposed to live by and don’t take the time to think about what they mean. “To hell with questioning; just obey!” they say, without a thought on how they are hurting people, and thus continuing to spread concentric rings of pain and hate. They don’t see others as people like themselves, but rather dehumanize them as “outsiders” or “unsaved”, as if they are things to be won over, mere projects to be completed.

    I’m sorry, but that’s not faith. That’s selfishness and dehumanization of others. And that happens outside the bounds of religion.