While I was offline for a month, I kept a note of any links and news stories worth commenting on. Now that I’m back, I’m aiming to post two short items a day here, about stuff that happened during my online absence, until I’ve cleared the backlog. This is one of those.
If you’re new to the godless community, there’s two things you should know about atheists.
They love to party.
And they love Christmas.
Okay, bit of blanket generalisation there. But the Atheist Vuvuzela Marching Band joined in with a Christmas parade recently in Texas, to play festive Christmas songs on their chosen “instruments” and join in with the fun.
Sounds like a good time. But at least one person had to be a cunt about it.
“Wasn’t exactly happy about the Christmas Parade this year, I spent many years teaching my children to love and respect other people and to love the fact that they were children of God and I don’t feel that they should be influenced in any other way especially not at a Christmas parade,” said Tina Corgey, who is a lifelong Bryan resident.
For fuck’s sake.
I’m going to try and get through the rest of this without calling anyone a cunt again. Don’t hold your breath.
This is so much bullshit on so many levels I don’t know where to start.
If you look at what this band were doing, there was not a single objectionable thing about it. They were joining in, and celebrating Christmas. They didn’t do anything to denigrate or offend anybody or anything.
What this… What Ms Corgey claims to be offended by is the very fact that they were there at all. She didn’t even want the atheists to be allowed to share a street with her and her Christian friends.
The logical extension of which is that she wants the right to tell anyone who’s different from her to just stay indoors and out of her sight whenever it suits her.
“If you have younger children they weren’t going to understand but I have older children, a teenager, 8-year-old and they were curious and they asked questions and it was hard for them to believe and understand that there are actually people out there that don’t believe in God,” Corgey said.
This woman thinks her children will find it hard to get their head around the fact that I believe what I believe.
And, although we don’t know for sure if her kids really are as dumb as she is, she thinks that I should shut up and never express myself publicly, just so that I don’t confuse anyone.
They find it hard to understand that sometimes other people are different? Well then, as the Friendly Atheist was too polite to say, FUCKING TEACH THEM.
THEY’RE YOUR CHILDREN. FUCKING TEACH THEM SOMETHING.
JESUS FUCKING CHRIST.
Do your children also find it hard to understand that there are people out there who produce different amounts of melanin, resulting in a variety of types of skin pigment? Do you want all black people to stay off your street and keep out of sight too, for your children’s imagined comfort?
You know, this is what all those idiots who complain about gay people “shoving it down my throat” are really getting at. Even the simple fact that gay people exist is more than they think they should have to face, so they treat it like something’s being forced upon them. For anyone different to so flagrantly and undeniably be is enough to cause offense.
And frankly, if she’s preventing her kids from acquiring any kind of understanding of the world they’re living in, to that extent, it sounds to me like borderline child abuse.
She doesn’t want them to be “influenced in any other way” than what she’s brought them up to know. They’re learning that having their ideas challenged is an unacceptable thing, and that if they even hear any alternative viewpoint being expressed, the people with that viewpoint should shut up. Because their worldview is so fragile that it’s apparently in danger of shattering if it so much as meets a different opinion.
Not that I have any plans to have children, but I emphatically would NOT want them raised unquestioningly and fanatically godless. But if I did want that, then maybe we shouldn’t even have a Christmas parade, so that they wouldn’t have to be influenced in any other way by noticing that some people believe something else. Why do your kids deserve this kind of protection any more than mine?
And she’s spent years teaching them “to love and respect other people”? That’s a joke. She’s been teaching them that the very existence of other people is an unacceptable abomination, unless those other people are the same as them. That’s not love, and it’s not respect.
Yeah, this one made me pretty angry.