07-17-2013   2 comments

If you read this blog then you know I’m not a proponent of organized religion.  I’m trying to keep from going into a major rant on religion because I’ve done it too may times before.  You also know that I love to read and love to roam around the Internet to keep up with  things as best I can. 

As I was doing that yesterday I discovered a few sites offering letters written to God by children of all ages.  The letters were  for the most part typical of young kids writing to almost anyone like Santa, the President, their Parents, and others.  In the corner of one page I noticed a link to access a letter from God.

This intrigued me so I decided to check it out.  It was a long and boring essay from God knows who that was made available for parents to use.  You filled in a number of blanks with the kids information which then merged with the document and printed out a completed letter specifically to that child from God.  I thought to myself, “Who would do something like this to their child”.  Scaring the hell out of a young kid with tales of a wrathful God demanding prayers makes me very uncomfortable.  I wonder how many of the world’s Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist children were given similar letters or stories passed down through generations.  I’m all for a good and wholesome religious message to kids but frightening them with tall tales is more than a little scary.

I was raised Catholic and part of my childhood education into religion was being told many things that disturbed me then and still do.  I have issues with any religion that insists they are the only path to follow and will do almost anything to insure their flock stays loyal.  Propagandizing kids has been done for generations and look where we’ve ended up.  Some of the worst wars and mass killings throughout history were done in the name of religion, not your God but their God.

I continued looking around and found the following letter.  It’s a multi-level guilt trip for your children that is intended to force them to pray.  I guess most of the worlds largest religions use the same playbook for maintaining control.  One of the most effective things is convincing the kids by any means necessary not to think for themselves but to obey the dictates of their church.

Here’s the letter.  Would you send this to your children?

* * *

As you got up this morning, I watched you and hoped you would talk to me, even if it was just a few words, asking my opinion or thanking me for something good that happened in your life yesterday – but I noticed you were too busy trying to find the right outfit to put on and wear to work.

I waited again. When you ran around the house getting ready I knew there would be a few minutes for you to stop and say hello, but you were too busy. At one point you had to wait fifteen minutes with nothing to do except sit in a chair. Then I saw you spring to your feet. I thought you wanted to talk to me but you ran to the phone and called a friend to get the latest gossip.

I watched as you went to work and I waited patiently all day long. With all your activities I guess you were too busy to say anything to me. I noticed that before lunch you looked around, maybe you felt embarrassed to talk to me, that is why you didn’t bow your head.

You glanced three or four tables over and you noticed some of your friends talking to me briefly before they ate, but you didn’t. That’s okay. There is still more time left, and I have hope that you will talk to me…yet you went home and it seems as if you had lots of things to do. After a few of them were done you turned on the TV,

I don’t know if you like TV or not, just about anything goes there and you spent a lot of time each day in front of it, not thinking about anything – just enjoying the show. I waited patiently again as you watched the TV and ate your meal… but again you didn’t talk to me.

Bedtime – I guess you felt too tired. After you said goodnight to your family you plopped into bed and fell asleep in no time.

That’s okay because you may not realize that I am always there for you. I’ve got patience more than you will ever know. I even want to teach you how to be patient with others as well. I love you so much that I wait everyday for a nod, prayer or thought or a thankful part of your heart. It is hard to have a one-sided conversation.

Well you are getting up again and once again I will wait with nothing but love for you hoping that today you will give me some time.
Have a nice day!
Your friend,

P.S. Do you have enough time to send this to another person?

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I have many other things to say on this subject but I’ll save them for another time. 

2 responses to “07-17-2013

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  1. That sounds like a letter from my wife wanting me to talk to her!

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