Re: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.)

From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Wed Jul 11 2001 - 00:09:26 MDT


From: "L B" <musicwoman80126@yahoo.com>
> That's hard to refute because they don't listen, only
> fight with nonproofs. It is based on irrationality for
> the most part. Talking snakes and magic apples?

What a great line!
"Talking snakes and magic apples?"
That cracked me up. Thanks.

> Mushrooms, maybe. Yet we are encouraged to believe in
> Santa CLause and Easter Bunnies and Great Pumpkins
> until we reach a "certain age" and then it is
> "debunked" for us by adults. These same adults tell us
> to believe in a god we can't see and in results we
> can't see. At least we could see Santa and the Easter
> bunny, regardless that they were actors. No one
> dresses up and masquerades as god that I know of, only
> satan for halloween.

Yes, who hasn't thought that Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunnies, et al.,
were not training exercises for us to unlearn slightly more cosmic tales such
as Greek and Roman mythology, Bible, Koran, Gita, etc.

> Other parents have a handy answer--the Bible--and I do
> not. My road has been very tough, especially trying to
> maintain peace with other parents. My daughter's
> boyfriend's parents always hate her because she is not
> a "christian". I would feel sorry for her except that
> I know she is fortunate in many ways. She will join
> this list or one like it someday and know she is not
> alone.

I think she's lucky to have a Mom like you. Maybe she'll _own_ a list like
this someday.


Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, CYC, and ELIZA

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.



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