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Friday, October 10, 2003

Okay, so I've gotten three notes now mentioning that the Science Fair is actually a hoax. I haven't read anything conclusive, but it seems to be a fairly well known hoax. That's good. But I still don't trust the fundies. Sure, maybe creationists haven't gone as fair as to have a science fair for kids yet, but I wouldn't be shocked when "Creation Science" gets this many hits on google or when one of the first links takes you to a video just for kids.

Perhaps I'm edgier about this than average. My baby cousin Wendy, once the member of my family I found most interesting, is now working for Youth For Christ and she sends me these letters periodically, every month or so. I nearly lost it the time she said Jesus had helped her to find a soda machine so that the ministry could sell sodas as a fund raiser. I'm pretty sure Jesus had nothing to do with it, and it bugs the crap out of me that everything she does is the will of god these days. She's a lost little girl who doesn't know what to do with her life, so she's turned herself over to "God" and now let's him do the driving. Or at least do whatever his reps on earth tell her to do. It's deeply frightening.

Oh, and there's other things in a long litany of reasons I just can't stand organized religion. Topping the list is Suzi's pastor, who cut off her hair in front of the congregation because he had dreamt she was masturbating and cut her hair to punish her.

Organized religion is ripe for abuse because it's founded on unblinking faith and trust. To be a true believer you must turn off your mind and avoid listening to contradictory facts and refrain from any serious analysis that doesn't end in "God works in mysterious ways."

Again, follow the Golden Rule in it's spirit, and try to leave the world a slightly better place than when you arrived. No one needs religion to do that. It's just an ugly distraction from using your own best judgement.

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