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At 10:09pm on July 29, 2011, Sekharan Karuthedath said…
HI, Addison, anything planned for the weekend, a gig on non-theism, I wondered, have a g8 weekend
At 6:32pm on July 20, 2011, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Welcome to the busy group "Origins".
At 5:09am on July 20, 2011, Loren Miller said…
GREETS!  Don't know what you see in this old fart, but glad to have you aboard in any case!
At 3:05am on July 20, 2011, Glen Rosenberg said…

Addison,

Will you please stop monopolizing the finite pool of good looks?

At 9:40pm on July 17, 2011, Joseph P said…

Oy, I can just imagine your arguments with your father.  I suspect there was nothing particularly more compelling than a poorly-structured Pascal's Wager and a bunch of appeals to the authority and perfection of a holy book which he's never actually read.

It's good that he has respect for you educating yourself on the subject.  That's probably another attribute of your family heritage, as a Chinese-American.  Most longtime Americans aren't so well oriented, on average.  The anti-intellectualism of huge chunks of American society (such as the bulk of the Republican base) never ceases to make me despair.

I think my parents took the opposite tack in their attempts to bring me back to Christ.  I think my mother figured that I was rebelling or something, and that if she forced me to continue going to CCD and church, it would just drive me further away from God.  Not that either approach would have had the slightest impact, but I think hers was the better approach, in the case of people who have any chance of being re-indoctrinated.

Or, if my suspicions about my father's atheism are correct, it's possible that he had some influence on the decision.  I can only guess, at this point.

 

I wonder how my extended family will take it, when I come out of the closet to them.  My father, as the oldest son, was encouraged to join the priesthood.  My one aunt actually is a nun.

If I can get the the point of touring the country with my standup comedy, I'll be inviting all of them to see my show, when I get to the Chicago area.  I'll obviously be out of the closet after that, since I mention religion a lot in my material.

That's one of the biggest things I hate about religion.  It's the us vs. them mentality, like what made your grandmother completely write you off.  Christ.  That's got to suck.

At 7:15pm on July 17, 2011, Donegal said…
Thanks, and you're welcome.  I was hoping I would bring some people over here; I'm glad you saw my post and joined :)
At 9:23am on July 17, 2011, Joseph P said…

Wow, sounds a great deal like my past religious situation.  I have vague memories of not believing in what the Catholic church was selling, when I was 5 or 6, but I was stuck going to church every freaking week, until I was 14 or 15.  I was an altar boy, just to have some sort of activity to break up the monotony.  At least I never had any altar boy experiences of a priestly nature, because I was an ugly child.

 

In my case though, I ended up blurting out to my parents that I didn't believe any of the nonsense, when I was 14 or 15.  I was whining to my mother about having to go to CCD, and she told me I had to go until I made my confirmation.  I flat out told her that I had no intention of doing so, because I was an atheist, and things sort of blew up, at that point ... but at least I didn't have to go to church as regularly, and the whole CCD thing was dropped.

 

I take it you're not out of the closet to your parents, yet?

At 7:26pm on July 16, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Addison! Glad you could join us. :D

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