Parents often teach their children to respect them through fear and intimidation. They scream, "you will respect me" as they chase them around the room with a belt.
We have even created gods that demand respect in the same fashion. Fear of retribution supposedly leads to respect.
Truly, however, when someone fears you, they do not necessarily respect you. They may have respect for the power you seem to weld, but when the illusion breaks down, the respect is not there.
The idea that a child must "behave" in accordance with the dictatorial standards of the adults around them, is the problem. Children are taught that they must "respect their elders", but adults supposedly do not have to respect their children.
Ok, because I'm an attention-whore, I cut and pasted this blog that I posted a couple nights ago on MySpace. Will anyone read it? I don't know. You tell me. Here it is:
Even though I've been openly Atheist for the past decade, I decided it was time to go public, by which I mean, posting it up on YouTube. I'm participating in the Rational Response Squad's "Blasphemy Challenge", where they send you a free movie if you say "I deny the Holy Spirit" and post it on YouTube. I've watched the movie, and I thought it was well-intentioned but poorly executed, deteriorating into one ex-Catholic using the medium to exorcise his own personal childhood demons. I felt it asked the wrong questions. Ultimately, it doesn't matter whether or not Jesus actually existed. Yes, it's always good to point out how most of the key events of Jesus' life were "borrowed" from other contemporary or past mythologies and try to educate people so they see that the mythos of Christianity is heavily influenced by everything else that came before it (and since). But trying to bash people over the head with "Religion dumb! Jesus not exist!" doesn't really make an honest attempt at dialogue that might sway hearts and minds.
I have spent the last few hours reading varies debates on diffrent sites - some asserting that Darwinism is faith based and that people need to see this.
It dawned on me - I am not a scientist - I have only basic knowledge of science and I am not inteligant enough ( or is it that I dont have enough time ) to fully grasp many of the concepts.
It also was countered with - I have never read the bible - why - well because it boores the hell out of me and I think its a waste of time.
If I were to assert at this moment - I believe evoltion is a valid scientific therory - I would indeed be making this statement of faith - because I have never read it - I have never educated myself on this subject more than reading cliff notes are getting the gist of it. Or just listening to some one else tell me.
Alright so possibly a blog to introduce myself.
I am not an athiest but I am also not sure I am a christian any more. So I am caught some where in the middle. So I guess you could say I am agnostic ( I had to look that up ).
I had long ago decided organized religian was a bad thing. I had long ago decided that the bible was not to be taken littrally but as a guide line. Mind you I had never read the bible. I had however read the little children version front to back. The one full of great stories of moral high ground. I always questioned that was in my nature.
I came from a religiouse house hold but my parents were by no means model citizens. My dad would go out drinking and doing drugs friday night and saturday night and beat up my mom and then sunday we went to church. The older I got the more rediculouse this seemed. One day our pastor was arrested for molesting a child. I think that might have been the day I decided organized religian wasnt for me.
I saw this article from pro-Life Philippines. It has something to do on how an 8 year old kid explains God. Well, for believers this article is kind of cute, but for critical analysis, it’s quite dangerous.
In the article the kid said “If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.”
Well how nice, but does that make a kid too dependent and does that make him too irresponsible?
It’s funny how people rely on blatant propaganda to insist something. Some even have to twist facts in order to inject to dull minds their dull ideas. Just as example, a Catholic friend of mine handed me this article from a certain Fr. Roy Cimagala. I think it’s some kind of propaganda against communism. Come on, does Cimagala have to inject atheism in his show? Or maybe, just maybe, Cimagala doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.
So let’s see what he’s up to.
According to this Cimalaga,
“It's when they are wrongly inspired, or when they overstep their limits, oversimplifying or exaggerating things, absolutizing the
This weekend, the Jehovah's Witnesses were out in my neighborhood, full force. The problem, I live in a private neighborhood, where it clearly says "No Solicitations" at all entrances.
So, I had my boyfriend, a former JW himself go out and distract them while I called security to have them removed.
I like to eat at Sonic drive-in. I absolutely love the Sunshine Smoothie, and am rather infatuated with the Steak, Egg, and Cheese Burrito. Moreover, when it is cold outside, the last thing that I want to do is get out of my car and race to the door of the warm restaurant. So, having someone bring my food to me is kind of nice.
I do, however, have one major contention with Sonic drive-in. While the Sunshine Smoothie that I love so much is made with ice-cream, orange juice, bananas, and strawberries, most smoothies do not contain any ice cream. The regular smoothies are supposedly made with yogurt.
Frank Walton AKA Atheismsucks has been roaming the internet in an attempt to discredit me and slander my name. Normally he is small peanuts, but this has gone on long enough. He states in his blog that I have plagiarized Dennis McKinsey and in doing so has committed a grave error. On top of this, he has spread this rumor around on Myspace and blogs of friends of the RRS for some time now. But this is about to end one way or another.
The fact is, Dennis McKinsey is a good friend of mine, who has supported me and I him over the past several years in our endeavors. When Dennis was looking to get on Internet Radio, I was more then willing to help him get on Freethoughtmedia.com. He even guest stared on the Rational Response Squad where he vocalized his friendship with me, and our history. This show is available for free download on my profile in the playlist box. It is show number 2. In the event that it has been bumped for newer content, here is a link to listen: http://www.rationalresponders.com/media/RRS-Show2-48k.mp3
I recently argued with a friend of mine about minority status in America. She said that Christians were the minority in America and Catholics were the majority.
The idea that I stated, that Catholics and Christians were the same, seemed totally offensive to her. She said that she, as a Christian, did not believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Because they held to different customs and beliefs from the Protestant church, they could not possibly be part of Christiandom.
Among the things that I find wrong with her position, two take absolute prominence.
Firstly, when traveling around any city in the US, there is a marked 3:1 ratio of protestant churches to Catholic churches. That might even be understated. Thus, the argument that protestant Christianity is a minority belief in comparison to catholic Christianity is simply erroneous.