I just don't know where all this is coming from. I just don't remember this growing up--people went to church, but other than that, I don't remember this constant preachy stuff. Of course, I grew up in Minnesota (which used to be fairly normal) and now live in a small town (700 people) in the buckle of the bible belt, but still...
I attended my 2nd grader's spring concert tonight. The music teacher said that the children would be performing a song about gratitude (right then I had an awful feeling). He said while they were learning the song he had them write something they were grateful for (oh, oh) and that he picked several of the children to come to the mic and say what they had written. I knew this wouldn't be good--the music teacher is in a local xtian band and volunteers for the local xtian athlete group. So up comes a little girl who says she is grateful for jesus. The place went nuts--people screaming "halleluiah", "Now, that's what I'm talking about". Then comes a little boy who says he's grateful for god. More yelling--"you tell them!" and "amens" and thundering applause. I have been considering 'coming out' for a while now, but after sitting there tonight with nearly the whole town there going wacky I realize that this is something I will not be able to do. I have to admit, sometimes I feel awfully lonely--I sensed something not so friendly during this display of amens, etc.
Thanks for being here to listen to me!
Location! Location! Location!
This isn't a renewal. Small towns have always been more religious. I think it has something to do with a lack of genetic variation.
I live near Springfield, Mo. Have heard it called 'buckle of the bible belt' since I moved here. Also, Springfield is the home of the assemblies of god. My husband does maintenance work at the headquarters sometimes and he said they have prayer times throughout the day and if workers are there during the prayer times they want them to stop and pray.
There is a freethinkers group in Springfield and I am going to look them up--can't imagine talking with others who actually feel as I do--I may just become speechless from shock!
Hate to barge in on this sort of personal conversation. I totally identify with the things you guys are talking about, but there's something I'm mass posting and I'm doing it for a good reason. You guys living in the Bible Belt, and particularly you Suzann in Tennessee, are probably going to be interested. Here goes.
Deceptive anti-evolution education bill passes in Tennessee House of Reps, onto Senate...
House Bill 368 passed on April 7, now watch out for Senate Bill 0893. This bill is disguised as promoting critical thinking and scrutinizing scientific evidence, but in actuality is a classic creationist "Teach the Controversy" bill. Just wanted to make sure everyone was aware of this.
The bill, or at least I believe it to be the current version:
A committee meeting that makes abundantly clear the intent of this bill:http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=SB...
(At the bottom of the page, there
is a dark blue bar that says "search results for SB0893." Under it
there's a link called simply "SB0893." Click it and a window will pop
up with a streaming video of the meeting. It will automatically skip
to the correct part of the video. It takes a second to get rolling,
but once people start expressing their views there's a lot of good old
creationist/"intelligent design" rhetoric.)
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
I've noticed this as well...People are way more pushy with their delusional bs than they were when I was a kid. Kids also did not pander to the religious like that either..In fact,I don't recall anyone mentioning god when I went ot school,praying at the lunch table,etc.
However,the nutters have always been there. Case in point,a comic book called Hot Stuff about a little devil.
I enjoyed Hot Stuff,but not many comic books of him were published. As an adult,I found out why by accident when I was Googling for something else.
Religious nut jobs were afraid kids reading it would start worshiping the debil.
Really now,is that stupid,or what? Anyway,if I'm going to worship a dude with a pitch fork and a forked tail,I'll go with BSD's Beastie...He's