Great post on EndHereditaryReligion.com: “Devout parents claim they must indoctrinate their children”, here’s a quote:
To understand the harm you may be doing, commit to reading the personal stories people post to exchristian.net for 30 days. Look hard at exactly what the result of childhood indoctrination produces, not the rosy picture you have painted in your mind. Start paying attention to how people that leave are treated. Know that a large number of children do leave their childhood faith as soon as they are out from under their parents despotic supervision. Many drift into other religions because it is extremely difficult to escape the results of childhood indoctrination.
Exchristian.net is a great site if you haven’t checked it out.
There’s an article on Voice Online (UK) “Are Christians facing a modern form of persecution?” regarding the foster parenting case of Eunice and Owen Johns and the “growing concern over ‘religions discrimination.'” Um, no, Christians, you’re not being persecuted — not in Western nations. Talk to a Christian in Pakistan and then get back with us on this “persecution” thing you think you’re going through. Idiots.
Lord Justice Munby and Mr Justice Beatson ruled that laws protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation “should take precedence” over the right not to be discriminated against on religious grounds.
They’re damn right! It is very clear what the Abrahamic religions dictate as punishments for human sexuality and what their rules are for disciplining children, women and unbelievers. Therefore, it is crystal clear why these “religious grounds” cannot take precedence over rational thought and basic human rights in a court of law. Sorry ’bout that, Abrahamists, but sane members of society are on to you. Most unbelievers have already been where you are, subscribing to a delusion.
The Pentecostal Christian couple, who have fostered children in the past, said more people of faith need to stand firm against laws that infringe their right to follow their religious beliefs.
Nobody has stopped these people from following their religious beliefs. They are practicing their beliefs right now, believing that certain people are ‘sinful’. Absolutely nobody has stopped them from doing this. Nobody has stopped them from going to church or praying to Jesus or any other lawful thing they wish to do with their religion. As nice as these folks probably are — but fuck, who knows? they could be a couple of Stephen Greens — like all religionists, they’re full of shit.
Anyway, I left a comment after the Voice Online article:
Apostolic and evangelical Christian churches in Zimbabew are discouraging and even banning their worshippers from taking their medications for HIV/AIDS, and other conditions, and they are dying by the hundreds. Because Jesus cures AIDS. Presto!
Except that he doesn’t.
From Zimbabwe NewsDay (emphasis added):
Apostolic and Pentecostal churches with their origins in West African countries now based in Zimbabwe have been cited as the major culprits.
This sad story came to the fore during the recent burial of Tambudzai Mazvihwa (not real name) of Banga Village in Shurugwi.
According to speakers during her burial, she had stopped taking her anti-retroviral medication and developed complications, which later caused her premature death.
“Parents and relatives, I think you are all aware that our daughter here was taking anti-retroviral drugs, but for the past five months she had stopped her medication on instructions from her church elders who had prescribed holy water instead of the pills. It is the holy water that has caused her death. Had she continued with her treatment, she would be living up to this day,” said an elderly headman during her burial.
Only a few villagers attended the burial and members of her church did not attend for fear of being beaten up for having caused her demise.
As men shovelled red gravel onto her grave, some spoke in low tones condemning the acts of her church.
There was no cross, no flowers and no name on her grave. Tambudzai is yet another victim of the doctrinaire religious sects that are taking Zimbabwe by storm; she is among hundreds of other worshippers who met a similar fate.
There are also many versions of Christianity, with some churches overtly borrowing from traditional religious practices such as divination, witch hunting and “spiritual” healing.
I think I’ll pass:
Oh, but wait! – there’s some more of his gems of patriotic Christian wisdom and goodness, and are good reminders of why religion is a mental illness:
It’s about fucking time:
Oregon is getting ready to end legal protection to parents who abandon modern medicine in favor of faith healing when treating their children’s illness. House Bill 2721 would eliminate faith healing as a legal defense for parents who rely only on faith healing or other spiritual practices to heal sick children.
The change in law can be understood as a direct response to the Oregon City church, The Followers of Christ. The church is notorious for allowing sick children to suffer and even die rather than seeking medical attention. The church preaches a religion based in faith-healing, a religion that rejects modern medicine in favor of prayer and the anointing of the sick with oil.
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Religion: Oregon to eliminate faith healing as legal defense – Portland Humanist | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/humanist-in-portland/religion-oregon-to-eliminate-faith-healing-as-legal-defense#ixzz1EzmOLq3Y
There is currently no opposition to this bill from any side.