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Why I Am a Godless Heathen

  • Jan. 14th, 2007 at 2:04 AM
Dead Man
I have been getting some shit from the in-laws regarding our refusal to raise our daughter "in the church." Apparently, we should be concerned about her soul, or something like that.

Excuse the way I'm going to put this, especially given the sentiment that I'm about to express, but: I'll be goddamned if I'm going to raise my child believing in anybody's imaginary god, regardless of sect or position or angle or whatever the hell you want to call it.

The belief in "God" was great a thousand years ago or so, because hey, what harm can it really do when you're living in small towns or villages and your beliefs won't really affect the lives of people more than a short distance from you--well, unless you want to talk about something like the Crusades, perhaps, but let's don't bring that up. There certainly won't ever be another war of Christians vs. Muslims again, right?

Um, yeah.

I don't want to teach my daughter that there's some right given to her from an invisible guy in the sky that makes her superior to other people, that allows her to take what isn't hers (and don't give me that "Thou Shalt Not Steal" shit--by the very fact that one religion declares that it's people are more worthy of being blessed than others, you are directly stealing from those people--you're stealing from their very worth as human beings), that gives her the right to destroy and mistreat the earth on which she lives (because it was "given" to her by the imaginary god that created it)...

What are the basic tenants of more or less every religion? Be kind to people and don't take what's not yours? Hardly. As far as I can see, the way every religion is pretty much put into practice is that "I'm better than you, you miserable unbeliever, so get the fuck out of my way before I kill you."

Yes, I'm bitter. Religion has always seemed a very exclusionary, destructive and restrictive force in the world to me, and if I can raise my girl as a godless heathen, well that would be just about fantastic.

Yes, you can all pick on me now for being "down on God," and that's okay. I also accept that as a civilization, we are all doomed and that a belief in God or god or Cthulhu or whatever isn't going to save anyone in the end. The best we can do is try not to be dicks to each other (although I have no faith in that really being possible other than in the most limited of ways) for the time that we still have on this planet before we blow the living shit out of one another (and as an aside, I've got $5 that says we're at war in Iran before the end of the year--that Doomsday Clock is ticking).

I don't know if having a child is supposed to reaffirm a person's belief in the goodness of the universe, or if it's supposed to make one more aware of man's inhumanity toward his fellow man, blah blah blah. I just plan on loving her and making sure that she's got as good a life as she possibly can in this insane, suicidal and irrational world.

Feel free to call me an asshole now.


also_huey wrote:
Jan. 14th, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
Apparently, we should be concerned about her soul, or something like that.

Oh, heavens yes. You should also be terribly concerned about her funk.

You probably don't need to worry about her rhumba or her boogaloo, though.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Jan. 14th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)

You are my new best friend.

I've got some Sly and the Family Stone albums around here someplace... she should be all set ;)
nebulous_blue wrote:
Jan. 14th, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
Oh, for the record, once again, you're a total asshole, but this isn't the reason ;)

And c'mon! Cthulhu! She could celebrate Squidmas and stuff. Not to mention college choices would be simple.

Coming from this savage, you know I'm proud of your choice.
king_cool_paul wrote:
Jan. 14th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Miskatonic U., baby!

I used to have a god-shaped hole in my heart, but apparently I've filled it with science and rational thought.

Go, me.

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