Baptism and Religion

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My thoughts on religion. Some of them, anyway.

Submitted: June 22, 2009

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Submitted: June 22, 2009



Baptism. I don't like the idea of it. At all. A baby is born into the world and soon after, their parents drag them into some religion through water being dumped on their heads. Then the kid grows up, expected to follow the ways of their religion.

I was baptized at a baby. Catholic, you know? Look at me now. I'm an atheist. That's kind of irrelevant, but...I'm kind of losing what I was saying. Um...I don't like the idea of baptism because it doesn't give a child much room for ideas of their own. And when they get older, they may realize that they don't agree with that religion but will be afraid to tell their parents. Take me for example. If I tell my gramma (who I'm living with), I know that she'd verbally kill me. I wouldn't be surprised if she threw me out of the house. A few weeks ago, I let slip that Panaay was an atheist. That. Was awkward. My gramma just stopped whatever she was doing and kept glancing between me and Panaay and said, "'re atheist?" Then I realized that I screwed up. Sort of badly. Then I kind of waved it off and went on with whatever I was doing. If I told my mum, she would react less extremely as her mother but she'd still be upset. I think. I don't know about my dad. I rarely see him. I don't think he'd care. I mean, when he's asked to say grace, he just smirks and says, "Good food, good God, let's eat." Heh. I don't think he'd mind if I told him.

The other day, I was talking to Panaay about this same topic. I said to him, "What if we didn't teach kids about religion? What if they grew up not knowing about it? What do you think would happen?" He replied, "They'd create religion." I paused, "...YOU"RE RIGHT! SHIT."

"I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world." -Richard Dawkins

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