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Tornado Survivor Did Not Thank God

Started this discussion. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 21, 2013. 14 Replies

I'm curious if any of you followed this story.  Wolf Blitzer was recently shown on CNN asking a mother and tornado survivor if she thanked God.  She laughed awkwardly and replied, "I'm..... I'm an…Continue

Raising Free-thinking Children

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! Apr 27, 2012. 3 Replies

I have two children who have never set foot inside a church or a place of worship.  The other day my daughter's older cousin said, "How come you didn't come to church today with us?"  And so I know…Continue

Is Atheism a "World View"?

Started this discussion. Last reply by coffeycake Jun 10, 2011. 5 Replies

Inresponse to an article I posted on my blog,…Continue

Let's Talk JW, kids

Started this discussion. Last reply by C Feb 3, 2011. 3 Replies

Okay, I got a few corrections from viewers on my blog,…Continue

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Maia Rodriguez commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"@Ted, that's interesting.  I hadn't thought of it that way.  And I'll check out "The Magic of Reality".  Was that the children's book that Dawkins wrote?"
Mar 3
Ted Foureagles commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
""The Magic of Reality" by Richard Dawkins is a strong attempt at that.  On a subtler scale, cartoons like Scooby-Doo are pretty good because reason always wins in the end."
Feb 27
Maia Rodriguez commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"I wish there were books or shows for kids that talk about God vs. Science that lets them draw their own conclusions."
Feb 27
Ted Foureagles commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
" "Why do you think that?"  I asked. Perfect response -- well done!"
Feb 27
Maia Rodriguez commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"Agreed.  I do want her to question everything.  That's important.  I don't, however, want to tell her WHAT to think.  I want to teach her HOW to think.  Case in point: today we finally had the "God talk".…"
Feb 26
Ted Foureagles commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"I was almost 4 when I figured out the Santa Claus scam (of course I didn't let on right away for obvious reasons).  It was the first inkling I'd had that adults would tell me things that weren't true.  It took another couple…"
Feb 24
Michael Penn commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"I agree with Future. Tell her god is Santa Claus or that god is like Santa Claus. That way the problem solves itself in time. As for her asking about god, it's simple. She is not raised in a closet and she has TV, peers, and others around and…"
Feb 24
Maia Rodriguez commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"@Future: cute idea!  I wouldn't want to confuse her more though.  Lol.  My father is an atheist and allowed me to come to those conclusions on my own time.  He did not force any way of thought on me.  When I began…"
Feb 23
Future commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"Here's an idea - tell her you have a secret: God is Santa Claus. That way she will naturally give up the god delusion concurrently with Santa."
Feb 23
Ted Foureagles commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"When my nephew was about that age, and while we were lying in the hammock gazing at clouds, he asked, "Tonton (French for Uncle), why doesn't God fall down from up there?"  I replied, "God is not a person or a real thing…"
Feb 23
Maia Rodriguez commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"That is lovely @Sentient.  "
Feb 22
Daniel W commented on Maia Rodriguez's blog post So my 6 year old asks this question:
"How about "I dont think you have to worry about that for a long, long time.  But when you are gone, you will live on in the hearts and minds of the people who love you"?"
Feb 22
Maia Rodriguez posted a blog post

So my 6 year old asks this question:

"Mommy, will I be with God when I die?"I answer the question with a question: "Where did you learn about God, baby girl?""God is a man who lives up in the sky.""Has anyone talked to you about God?""No."So what kind of answer do you parents give your child to a question like this?  A flat out no?  Do you let them come to their own conclusions?  See More
Feb 22
Grinning Cat replied to Maia Rodriguez's discussion Tornado Survivor Did Not Thank God
"A story from The Onion that I wish were true: http://www.theonion.com/articles/nelson-mandela-admits-thoughts-prayers-of-millions,32853/ Nelson Mandela Admits Thoughts, Prayers Of Millions Played No Part In Recovery ‘My Doctors Treated…"
Jun 21, 2013
Steve Earley replied to Maia Rodriguez's discussion Tornado Survivor Did Not Thank God
"It was awesome that this actually happened. I mean what are the odds that Wolf would bring "the Lord" up, that the woman would be an atheist, and that she'd feel comfortable enough actually saying she was an atheist? It gives me hope…"
Jun 21, 2013
Jim DePaulo replied to Maia Rodriguez's discussion Tornado Survivor Did Not Thank God
"One pair of hands working beats a 1000 pairs of hands folded in prayer. Unfortunately, the thousands of folded hands actually think the're doing something..  When someone tells you that they will pray for you - that translates to…"
Jun 20, 2013

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So my 6 year old asks this question:

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 11:07am 12 Comments

"Mommy, will I be with God when I die?"

I answer the question with a question: "Where did you learn about God, baby girl?"

"God is a man who lives up in the sky."

"Has anyone talked to you about God?"

"No."

So what kind of answer do you parents give your child to a question like this?  A flat out no?  Do you let them come to their own conclusions?  

A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I'm an Atheist

Posted on December 20, 2010 at 10:49am 0 Comments

I just have to share this on Atheist Nexus.  Here is the first half of Ricky's entry.  To read the whole text, just click Ricky Gervais on Atheism at my blog, Releasing Religion.

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Why don’t you believe in God? I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and…

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At 4:56pm on February 19, 2011, Prog Rock Girl said…
Thanks for the post about Jackie Speier!
At 4:30pm on January 3, 2011, LarryL said…
btw, love the new pics! 
At 4:28pm on January 3, 2011, LarryL said…

Happy New Year Maia,

re Christmas mass, yes, it was our Catholic church (we are still officially members).  I was hoping for an interesting homily, but was very disappointed.  The priest told a story about when he went to a bookstore and picked up and read a book of Christmas stories.  Of the 29 stories, NONE had any mention of Jesus's birth!  He was appalled!  I silently screamed "YES! and for good reason!". 

Anyways, I was hoping for nice music (it wasn't), to meet some old friends (we didn't) and to perhaps listen to a good story (nope).  We ended up sneaking out before communion (we were in the balcony).

I'm not sure if I'll be able to force myself to go back next Christmas - at least with the current priest. 

Nonetheless, we did have a nice holiday season.  A weekend trip to Chicago to visit the museums followed by a visit with my parents in Michgan.  Everything was great.

 

Take care and we'll see you around A/N

I'm not sure if I'll be able to force myself to

At 12:38am on January 2, 2011, LarryL said…

Hi Maia and congratulations to you on bringing a new little heathen into the world!  I hope all is well.

 

I'm doing fine, thanks and yes, I still say "Merry Christmas" (although it is now New Years - like you, I'm a little slow in checking my A/N comments).  It is a tradition afterall.

 

We went to mass on Christmas Eve for the first time since last Christmas.  It was a good reminder of why I left in the first place.  My kids and wife had similar views, in fact, we left before communion!  It was just "God awful".

 

I've been quiet on AN for the last month or so - trying to spend more time with my family and reading and less time on-line. I'll be on from time to time, but probably not as much as I have been in the past - although I'll see how long that will last!

 

Hope you are well and that the new year treats your family kindly.  Take care and happy new year

At 12:36pm on October 14, 2010, LarryL said…
Maia, I enjoyed the TJ Blog post -Thanks, I'm a huge TJ fan. I am a regular listenter to the "The Thomas Jefferson Hour" podcast by Clay Jenkinson, who is a Jefferson historian among other things. I think I've listened to at least a hundred of his podcasts. There are several podcasts in the archives that deal with Jefferson's views on religion if you want his perspective. His FB fan page is linked below
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=35011834183
At 8:06pm on October 13, 2010, LarryL said…
btw, I was also a Catholic for most of my life. In fact, I was an usher and lector just two years ago. Man how I wish they would let me back at that podium now! What fun that would be!
At 8:04pm on October 13, 2010, LarryL said…
Thanks Maia. I also enjoyed reading your intro and blog. I'm looking forward to reading your future posts.
At 3:47pm on September 21, 2010, Atheist Princess said…
Welcome to the Nexus ( :
At 2:31pm on September 21, 2010, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Singer Maia and welcome to this great meeting place with its many thousands of freethinking friends who recognise how religions and fictional gods continue to deceive and control vulnerable people beginning with innocent children.

Terry Meaden
founder of the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 315 discussion topics.
We invite you to join us and 1860 others.
http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
 
 
 

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