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  •  well in the US, most atheists (7+ / 0-)

    come from families that are christian. but it really is all around us. I live in a state with Blue Laws.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:08:10 PM PDT

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    •  True, not all. I grew up UU. Didn't learn about (2+ / 0-)
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      original sin until ~6 -7 from a new girl at school I had befriended. It didn't bother me that she believed it, I just had an overwhelming sense of "That is totally wrong."

      I realized while in grade school that having our church full of people who believed like my parents did, was a great support. I didn't feel the negatives much - in the 50's and 60's we got in the car on Sunday to go to church. All other contact was at school or in the neighborhood with people who we knew well. TV was Sunday evening for Jack Bentley and a game show. No radio.

      It was in high school I became more aware of the proselytizing and would avoid it. College I got harassed by the Jesus Freaks, they usually backed down quickly. From then on I was more and more aware of the messages, how pervasive it was, and irritating. When I had kids of my own, it was something I paid attention to - because they had much more TV, the big Baptist Temple was near by with neighbors and their kids who were members. Then some little brats started bullying my daughter in 1st grade about her sexual orientation. They are both UU in thinking if not practice.

      The kids I have always felt really horrible for are the ones in really poor neighborhoods, especially ghettos, where there is a strong message about believing in Jesus or you go to hell, that you are a sinner just because you're human, without necessarily getting much love and support at home. So the internalized message becomes "I'm a sinner, I'm going to hell, so what difference will it make if I do drugs, steal, etc.?"

      The list of privileges is very real. There is an entitlement that goes with it. 'I can get on a bus and block the door and pray out loud, no one will stop me or be discourteous.' Sooner or later they get yelled at, and begin whining about persecution.  At least I just feel harassed and disrespected, not indoctrinated into the fear obsession.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 11:32:06 PM PDT

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