I gotta write this article.
It’s a response to some nit-wittery I encountered.
The post itself is a standard rant about the awfulness of Christianity.
I have the annoying habit of asking questions in the comments.
I read stuff like this:
It’s a tragedy in the first degree that children are exposed to this kind of religious battering. And the saddest part? This type of guilt association often sticks with them for a lifetime. What a horrible way to live!
I can’t imagine how religion would be useful for battering things.
Battering is best done with clubs or cudgels or stampeding cattle.
Setting that aside, I asked a question:
Is guilt always inappropriate?
That’s the crux of the argument.
Telling kids they are sinners makes them feel guilty.
Making kids feel guilty is child abuse.
And child abuse is always inappropriate.
Well, nobody was willing to answer my question.
Which puzzled me at first.
Then I remembered…
…atheism is stupid.
And everything started to make sense.
Godless people believe with all their hearts that “religion” is responsible for all evil.
Godless people also believe with all their hearts that “evil” doesn’t exist.
Therefore, sin doesn’t exist either.
So godless people claim that teaching children to confess their sins is abusive.
And abuse is evil even though evil isn’t real.
That’s why nobody answered my question.
Atheism doesn’t HAVE answers.
Well, it turns out that disciplining children is also abusive, which is evil, which doesn’t exist.
I know this because I asked if it is wrong to discipline children and was told:
Children imitate adults and view their parents as role models. Act in the same manner you’d like them to act and they will pick up your behavior naturally.
Exactly the response I would expect from someone who has never met an actual child.
It is NOT child abuse to make children feel guilty for misbehaving.
Child abuse is letting kids grow up to become atheists.