31st October 2013

“Part of the role of being a religiously indoctrinated parent is to continue the process of indoctrination through your own children, which is why religion has spread like a cancer across time and space in human history.”

John Dowdle

7 Responses to “31st October 2013”

  1. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    As a kid, watching a movie, I first heard the term “brainwashing”. I knew enough to know that people’s brains were in their head but I didn’t know what they were talking about. I was trying to figure out what the necessity would be for washing a person’s brain. Inquisitive as I was I sought out the definition.

    It was when I learned the definition that I realized what “going to church” was, it was “brainwashing” the children. It was also the moment that I realized how very special my parents were to not indoctrinate me into that bizarre fantasy delusion.

    brain·wash
    /?br?n?wôSH,-?wäSH/
    verb
    gerund or present participle: brainwashing

    1. make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure.

    “the organization could brainwash young people”

    synonyms: indoctrinate, condition, reeducate, persuade, influence, propagandize, inculcate

    Religious people frequently say an atheist can’t know love. I think when I look back on my life I can say with some certainty that I know my parent’s love in a way that no person of faith could possibly know. I’m free! Thank you Mom and Dad! Thank you so much for not subjecting me to that! I owe them everything!

  2. Jeff Says:

    Dear Sinjin,

    I’m shocked, shocked, I say, that your parents could let you watch the original “Manchurian Candidate” without some form of oversight. (Giggle)

    It’s funny, as just the other day I was contemplating Jefferson’s phrase “endowed by their Creator with certain…” and its meaning for me. I suspect that you and I are alike in this when I wrote, “The author speaks of God-given rights, and yet Jefferson attributed them only to our Creator. I don’t know about you, but I know exactly who my creators were; I knew them intimately in life, and mourned them in death. That’s why such rights are not “God-given rights”, but rather “human rights”. They are those rights which we share by virtue of our common humanity, with no other reason or higher power required.”

    As to the brain washing of children by the religious, what a wonderful world it would be if such could be declared a violation of the child’s human rights.

  3. Will Says:

    Terrific post, Jeff – thanks!

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Jeff,
    You and I have known each other through this site for some time. I’ve always thought highly of you, your intelligence, and your wit. The gentle banter back and forth is the stuff that moves us to places where we want to be but might not otherwise find. Today you own the day! Thank you!

  5. Jeff Says:

    Will and Sinjin,

    Thank you for your praise. The quote from my own writing is from an article I’m working on called “The Case of the Mysteriously Missing Article”, trying to explore the differences between “establishment of a religion” (as courts have so often interpreted it) and “establishment of religion” (as the first amendment actually reads).

  6. Will Says:

    Jeff, our world needs your clarification of this troubling and ambiguous constitutional issue. Please continue to open our eyes.

  7. bigenami9 Says:

    Dooooood! This must be fate of some kind. You know I need to do some serious rercsaeh on Witches *winks* and you can’t beat that e-book price. I’m not keen on breaking my book diet, *snorts* but now I feel I must! And I love books that can make me laugh. The quotes you picked did just that! I can’t wait to read more!