Here's a Religious chain letter ive seen before....and my response to all.

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Here's a Religious chain letter ive seen before....and my response to all.

>>Subject: Fw: Fwd: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
>>Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 20:33:03 -0900 (Alaskan Standard Time)
>>
>>
>> : Fw: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

>>
>>
>>WOW, WHAT A WAKEUP!
>>
>>
>>Dear God:
>>Why didn't you save the school children at .?
>>Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
>>Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
>>Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
>>West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1 /97
>>Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
>>Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
>>Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
>>Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
>>Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
>>Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
>>Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
>>Taber, Alberta, Canada 5/28/99
>>Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
>>Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
>>Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
>>Santee , California 3/ 5/01 and
>>El Cajon , California 3/22/01?
>>(2002-2007 not included)
>>Sincerely,
>>Concerned Student
>>-----------------------------------------------------
>>Reply:
>>Dear Concerned Student:
>>I am not allowed in schools.
>>Sincerely,
>>God
God was misquoted. He is allowed in schools. You just cant force him on the students there.
Children are allowed to pray all they like, and they do, especially before tests.

>>----------------------------------------------------------
>>How did this get started?...
>>-----------------
>>Let's see,
>>I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained
>>she didn't want any prayer in our schools.And we said, OK.
It's called seperation of church and state. There is a reason why it was established. open a history book.
>>------------------
>>Then,someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible
>>that
>>says
>>"thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbors as
>>yourself,"
>>And we said, OK...
Ahhhh the ten commandments, you should read through the rest of the hundreds of laws in that book.

The bible also says that bats are birds, that rabbits chew their cud and that insects have 4 legs.
And then theres the instructions on exactly what kind of stone to use when stoning people, and what the limits are for beating your slaves, wife/wives, and children.
Would you like your daughter beaten by her husband?
Oh yeah and Divorce. How many of you are divorced? Are you aware that sex after divorce is adultry, even if you remarried?

>>-----------------
>>Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they
>>misbehaved because their little personalities would be warped and we
>>might
>>damage their self-esteem.
>>And we said, an expert should know what he's talking about so we won't
>>spank them anymore.
There are much more effective ways of diciplining our children.
>>------------------
>>Then someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our
>>children when they misbehave.
>>And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school
>>better
>>touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad
>>publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued. And we accepted their
>>reasoning...
Again with the beatings.
>>------------------
>>Then someone said,
>>let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even
>>have to tell their parents.
>>And we said, that's a grand idea..
Are you aware that it is women from the most "god fearing" homes that are getting the lions share of abortions?
Did you also know that that little verse about god knowing the number of hairs on your head doesnt mean every one, only the chosen prophets.
While god sets the price of (killed) male, and female adults and children, he does not set a price for unborn babies. He leaves that to the father.
Think of the massive numbers of spontanious abortions (miscarriages) God perfoms more abortions than human kind could ever hope to. Perhaps thats the right of this blood soaked war god.

>>------------------
>>Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys
>>and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms
>>they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have
>>to
>>tell their parents they got them at school.
>>And we said, that's another great idea...
Its not the schools/states responsibility to teach morals. That honor goes to the family. But I guess your not up to the job...given the abortion rates.
>>------------------
>>Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do
>>in private as long as we do our jobs.
>>And we said,
>>it doesn't matter what anybody,including the President,
>>does in private as long as we have jobs and the economy is good....
What is private and not a harm to anyone is none of your business.
>>------------------
>>And someone else took that appreciation a step further and published
>>pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them
>>available on the Internet.
>>And we said, everyone's entitled to free speech....
A nude human is not pornography. sexual intent is.
I guess we should stone anyone who ever took a picture of their bare bottomed infant.

>>------------------
>>And the entertainment industry said,
>>let's make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence and
>>illicitit sex... And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs,
>>murder, suicide, and satanic themes..
>>And we said,
>>it's just entertainment and it has no adverse effect and nobody takes it
>>seriously anyway, so go right ahead.
Its called changing the channel or not buying the product. Its amazing how well children (even the older ones) imitate their parents. Try being an example.
>>------------------
>>Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they
>>don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill
>>strangers, classmates or even themselves.
Our children are no more immoral than you or your parents were. We/they were just better at hiding it.
Murder rates are actually down from the past several decades and especially centuries (percapita)

>>------------------
>>Undoubtedly, if we thought about it long and hard enough, we could
>>figure
>>it out. I'm sure it has a great deal to do with...
>>"WE REAP WHAT WE SOW,"
Exactly! but in the case of this email, a mountain is being made of a molehill.
>>------------------
>>
>>
>>Pass it on
>>if you think it has merit!
>>If not then just discard it...
>>But ifyou discard this thought process,
>>then don't youdaresit back and complain about
>>what bad shape this country is in!
Good grief.

We must favor verifiable evidence over private feeling. Otherwise we leave ourselves vulnerable to those who would obscure the truth.
~ Richard Dawkins


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I hate this one with a

I hate this one with a passion.

God didn't do anything to save the victims of the Poe Elementary massacre in 1959 when formal prayer was still active in public schools. The man responsible for that atrocity killed five people including his own son as "God was on his side".

There was also the Bath School disaster in 1927 but I don't see that one being mentioned despite the fact it remains the biggest loss of life in a school related incident in US history.

Your answers are good. 

Freedom of religious belief is an inalienable right. Stuffing that belief down other people's throats is not.


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I hate these bullshit e

I hate these bullshit e mails, especially the ones that say atheists should just "shut up."

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I think you make some good

I think you make some good points!

 

 

Im going to go somewhat off topic here. Most of you that use myspace realize that those bulltenis are constantly filled with chain letters and what not. I was reading through them a couple days ago as i was bored at work. I read one that was a poem about some guy that beats his kids. At the end of it they of course have all these reasons why you should repost it. The end of this one said "Repost this or else you are saying that you approve of child abuse."

 

Seriously....WTF! 


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I saw a video version of

I saw a video version of this that had the same list... I think that they were just trying to pad it for sensationalism. The first thing that tipped me off was Conyers. I used to live 20 miles from there, and I remember that shooting. Guess what, no one died. Not even the shooter. He wounded 6 people, a few just because of ricochet, and then threatened to commit suicide (he didn't and was apprehended). So, no deaths, no children that god should have "saved".

Now, Paducah, KY: A 14-year-old opened fire on a student prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky. Three students were killed and five others wounded. Unless God just didn't like those kids, I thought we were to understand that if you were praying God would be right there listening.

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The only thing I might add

The only thing I might add is to this part...

">>Then,someone said you better not read the Bible in school, the Bible >>that >>says >>"thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbors as >>yourself," >>

And we said, OK...

Ahhhh the ten commandments, you should read through the rest of the hundreds of laws in that book.

The bible also says that bats are birds, that rabbits chew their cud and that insects have 4 legs. And then theres the instructions on exactly what kind of stone to use when stoning people, and what the limits are for beating your slaves, wife/wives, and children. Would you like your daughter beaten by her husband? Oh yeah and Divorce. How many of you are divorced? Are you aware that sex after divorce is adultry, even if you remarried? "

 

You might mention that the "Thou Shalt Not Kill" part lasted just long enough for Moses to walk down the mountain and order the slaughter of 3000 of his own people.