I do not believe in supernatural miracles, the inerrancy of scriptures,the trinity,etc. In that manner I line up with many of the deists that helped found our country (Jefferson, Washington, etc.).
I admit the possibility of a god while also admitting the possibility of no god. I see no reason for people to think that god would have to be the creator of all things. Why couldn’t there be a god that did not create the world, but is instead a force or energy shared between people and the world….or simply put, part of the world?
I exposed my children to multiple religious views. I also used modern day parables and personal life stories to teach much about life. One story, or perhaps it should be called a question, that I had posed to my children when they were growing up is this:
If you were walking down the street and a person came up to you and said that you had to believe what they believed in and that if you didn’t do so they would pour a can of gasoline on you and light a match…… well what would you do?
And if you then said you believed what they believed …….would that really be belief? Would it truly be your belief? Would it be a memory that started so young it felt like your idea?
I would ask questions like: if this is how someone tries to get you to believe their religion, what do you feel about that? Does it make you understand them more?….do you want to love and cherish their beliefs?……..are they accepted as your boss or leader or teacher because that is what you want or because they have power over you? What is terrorism? Is this a form of terrorism?
These discussions would be gentle and interesting and different with each child. I taught my children to think for themselves and let them create their own belief systems. I raised my children to be caring people. My kids grew up with terrorism in the headlines. I would discuss terrorism with them and pointed out its more subtle forms. They know that I feel it is a perverse form of child abuse to teach small children to be afraid of a boiling oil hell in order for them to line up with their parent’s religion. Who, how and why else is anyone ever allowed to terrorize children like that with permission from a civil society? My children knew terrorism was being associated with the Muslim religion……..they also knew this often unrecognized association with the Christian religion.
Well have you ever “over-commented” back on a string on Facebook? You feel sheepish afterwards but just had to say it…..
Just did it. Thought about deleting…..rewording….oops too late. Its not that I don’t believe in what I said, its just that I shot a cannonball against a fly.
I won’t divulge the chain leading up to it, and here is my post……like I said, I believe what I say but I should have saved it for elsewhere. Like here.
Never claimed to be smart.
re: the racism comments: Wouldn’t it be better if we sought common ground? Jeff at least admitted that their might be some racism leaking out…..a rarity… and there is often no admission or recognition of the racism that has the face of a patronizing attitude. What Jeff expressed is what is broadly taught about the poor and those that receive government aid. The truth is too inconvenient.
When you work with people at or below poverty level as often as I have day in and day out you are well aware of the racism in this society . What we are even more aware of is how much pain is inflicted upon the poor by the immediate polarization and name calling the right and the left resort to on issues that are really life and death for many people. I’m sick of it.
An underclass has been required by our economic and political structure for many years. Ever since Ronald Reagan made up the story about a Chicago welfare queen ripping off 150 thousand dollars and driving a Cadillac this urban legend fulfilled a craving by the non-poor to be able to look away without seeing. No matter that the story was proven to be totally false.
Ever since, somehow a mom with three kids to feed is worthy of scorn for receiving aid even though we glorify and promote an Ameican dream out of getting rich quick (so you can be lazy and do nothing) …often on the public dole via sweet deals in the banking, mortgage, military and other industries, or by flipping property, or any other get something for nothing scheme. Do any of you out there claim you have not dreamed this dream and attempted to find some way get on easy street?
Insert into this dream-scape someone who hasn’t got a job and has no milk in the fridge for their kids to drink in the morning and a disconnect notice on their electric bill (for what ever reason and I swear it is not always due to laziness or lack of foresight….middle-class and upper-class folks have more than their fair share of laziness and lack of foresight, btw) well many a person who is broke is going to feel totally stupid to not take up what looks like the best deal available. And often it is the only choice available.
Our courts have recently decided that corporations have the same rights as a person. They also ruled that money has equal treatment as speech. It is not just the poor who are not equally spoken for anymore. We are not a republic any longer, nor a democracy. We are a corporatocracy. We had a revolution accomplished without a shot fired….it was handed to them on a plate. The immediate polarization resorted to in this comment chain is what allowed corporatocracy to assert itself and is what has killed the spirits of many beautiful people. If we don’t start seeking common ground now, not later, than we have killed our own hopes.
A forward from a good friend.
The Hair Cut…
One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.
After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot
accept money from you , I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist
was pleased and left the shop.
When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank
you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
Later, a cop comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the
barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you , I’m doing community
service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop.
The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’
card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door.
Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill,
the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you. I’m doing
community service this week.’ The Congressman was very happy and left the
The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen
Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut.
And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the
citizens of our country and the politicians who run it.