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Put the fear of God in them

Posted by Paulo on September 5, 2010

A while ago Clamence added a page on here showing Facebook status updates from his Christian friends. I’ve included some of my own. Some of these are so disturbing that they deserve their own posts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Morality/Ethics, Parenting | 10 Comments »

Purity Cards

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on November 4, 2009

I recently found these small, sparkle-silver plastic cards with the slightly raised (low-relief), black and red font — not to mention the heart-shaped bullet points (red for Christ’s love, lust’s first blood, or the blood of sacrifice He spilt for you, you wicked, wanton sinner?!). I am of the opinion that if people were to actually believe and follow the regulations argued for in these cards they would be the most miserable human beings in existence. Christians sure know how to have fun! Some of the more puritanical evangelicals also believe some really weird stuff about what sex does to people. Take a look at some the assumptions behind the statements on these cards:
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Okay, I admit it: these cards were in my house when I was growing up.

Posted in Humor, Morality/Ethics, Parenting | 7 Comments »

“I love you — but I – must – kill – you!”

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on August 20, 2009

I remember seeing an episode of The Simpsons in which Homer is obsessed, Captain Ahab style, with this giant fish that lives in a lake. He sets out to catch the fish, and – after many diversions – he finally hauls the 500-or-so-pound gold-colored fish into his rowboat. He then begins to beat the fish repeatedly with one of his oars, while he shouts, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Parenting | 4 Comments »

Parenting Without Belief

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on August 17, 2009

I have learned a lot in life through negative example. This is especially true when it comes to parenting. I was raised in a household where corporal punishment was seen as scriptural and the only correct way to teach a child how to behave. At the time, the hitting — or “spanking,” for those who are used to the euphemistic label to make physical violence against a child sound a bit nicer — was something that caused severe anxiety, shame, pain, and fear. These are not positive emotions to reinforce in a child. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Morality/Ethics, Parenting | 18 Comments »

Parenting Without the Supernatural

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on September 26, 2008

Today, driving in my car, I found myself singing a song that was a regular staple during the chapel services I attended at my Conservative Baptist missionary boarding school, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going…” It took me a second to realize what I was singing. Turning to my wife in the passenger seat, I asked, “Do you ever find yourself singing Christian songs you used to sing as a kid?”
“Yeah, I do!” she replied.

“It’s called brainwashing!” I chirped and grinned. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Essays on Belief, Parenting | 5 Comments »