I didn't take it as an "attack"...April 16 2012 at 1:01 PM
Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to and as for me “attacking you” Kate
...but sometimes I really wonder about your motivations, Art.
The original post clearly was not addressed to you, or about you, or trying to preach to you. You responded that Easter was about hot cross buns and Easter eggs - okay, I get it, you like the secular food part of the celebration. I don't know many people who don't think Easter eggs and flowers are pretty, or who dont enjoy biting the ears off a chocolate bunny.
But then... you had to get digs in about the treats being used to coerce and indoctrinate children. What was the point of that? Did that happen to you as a child? Is that why this bothers you so much? From my experience, the most deeply religious families - the ones most aggressively "indoctrinating" their children - are the ones most likely to shun anything to do with the "pagan holiday" trappings of Christmas or Easter. Many of the families who give their children Easter baskets, do egg hunts, and have big family dinners don't even attend church at all.
I'm not really sure what your root motivation is. Sometimes you are as aggressively evangelistic for atheism - and as intolerant of other beliefs - as the most strident Fundamentalist Bible thumper is for Christianity. I'm not Hindu, or Muslim, or Sikh, but I don't feel compelled to post on their boards, tell them their beliefs are stupid, and post poems mocking things they consider sacred. I don't adhere to their beliefs, but their beliefs aren't hurting me.
I'm not gay, but I don't feel the need to dictate to other people who they can and can't love (assuming everyone involved is a consenting adult).
I don't believe in Santa, but I don't feel the need to go to shopping malls in December and educate all of those little kids waiting in line to sit on his lap. Their belief in something I think is false does not hurt me at all. And if it gives them hope and a sense of wonder, if it encourages them to be good children, those are positive effects.
As Thomas Jefferson said, "But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg."