25th November 2011

“What is honesty to a secular humanist is psychological devastation to a believer.”

Ali Eteraz

3 Responses to “25th November 2011”

  1. RJ Says:

    well. so what ??

    actually, i think the quote is something of an

    overstatement. i mean, we look at their ideas,

    and they look at ours….. and i havent run

    across anyone in either camp that i’d call

    DEVASTATED by the information.

    now, if the sentence ended………” were they

    forced to accept it ” ………..then

    the statement might be a little more

    realistic.

  2. Dan Says:

    Okay, I guess we should feel bad that such honesty is devastating to a believer – I mean, we feel guilty when we break the news to a child that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. This is pretty much the same thing.

    Except when the believer is an ADULT!!!

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Yes R j and Dan, the quote lacks context to really say something. Ali Eteraz is a Muslim author of the book Children of the Dust. A Pakistani born into the indoctrination of Muslim silliness. As an adult and experienced beyond Pakistani tribal life his quote speaks to the sad fact that young peoples lives are being “prepped” for this devastation, It happens in all religions. As an adult you are put in a position where you have to deny your identity in order to be honest with yourself.

    This is why they indoctrinate children. In my estimation it is a rotten thing to do. We, religious and atheist, will freely admit there would be far fewer religious people if they weren’t indoctrinating children. We all know that left to your own devices you probably aren’t picking up a creed.

    So why then? Why force this upon children? Is it really true about god or gods, about heaven, divine grace, et cetera? If it is why then a need to force belief upon children? Why so crafty? Why brainwash them as children? Why if it is so obvious, so easy to accept, must it be forced?

    We atheists know but the faithful do to. We atheists say so. The faithful are living with the devastation and denying that god is make believe is devastation to who they were made to be.