Don’t reject reality for your god

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In order to accept Christianity (or any religion) a person has to reject reality.

They have to reject astronomy, geology, biology, genetics, and history.  They even have to reject “right and wrong” in order to gloss over things their “god” wants them to do, and things he did.

And in place of reality they have to accept stories and explanations made up thousands of years ago by ignorant goat herders.

I don’t fault the goat herders, or even fault ignorance. Everyone is ignorant. But don’t celebrate or wallow in your ignorance. I fault people who should know better who refuse to advance beyond that Bronze Age world-view.

This is why speaking out against religion is important.

If you see someone looking down the barrel of a loaded gun, with their finger gripping the trigger, you really should tell them that what they are doing is dangerous. (Not only that, it is stupid, but they won’t want to hear it.)  If you see a person encouraging their child to look down the barrel of the same gun… well, I think you really should try to help the child.

And this is what brainwashing kids to believe in dangerous myths, in place of reality, amounts to. Sure, most religious people manage to keep their “religion module” separate from their “this is how things actually work” module. But you can’t count on that.

I’m not saying you should force people to raise children according to your wishes. I’m saying you need to see the brainwashing for what it is, and don’t be silent when you see it.  Child abuse, even if it is popular, is still child abuse.  Religious reality denial isn’t the initiation of force, so you shouldn’t use force against the mentally abusive parent, but it is a case of “do what you know is right and accept the consequences”.  At least offer the kids the wonder of reality.

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