Richard Dawkins on religion

This was an interview and discussion that was aired on AlJazeera. I found it last week while visiting another blog (I wish I could remember which one!). It was very interesting and thought provoking.

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Separation of Church and State? I think not.

It’s a great notion, really. To be completely honest and fair, I have never had a problem with the First Amendment as it applies to education in public schools until the past year. I never had a problem with prayer at football games or during school assemblies. This was, of course, because I was a Bible toting Christian at the time. I always thought that if this bothered an atheist or someone with another religious background…well, they would just have to ignore us and deal with it. I realize now how rude and dismissive I was for thinking this way.

I have kids. They attend a state run daycare and public schools here in the Bible belt. I was under the impression that religion was not allowed in the classrooms of state funded schools. Last week as I was driving one of my kids home from school, he starts to tell me about Moses and the burning bush. This was something that he had learned that day in school. He isn’t old enough to have history class, so that is not the context that it was taught. My other child comes home from daycare with coloring pages of manger and resurrection scenes. How confusing is it going to be to tell them that Jesus isn’t the only way and that there are other options including non-belief? I want my kids to be open minded to all that this life has to offer. I don’t want them to be closed minded like I was for most of my life. How difficult is it going to be when there are others in their path that are telling them otherwise, including the public education system and my Christian family?

I would love to get the opinions of others in the free-thinking community. And GO!

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What just happened?

Well, here I am. Grown up, married with kids, and without religion. It seems that what was supposed to have been ingrained into my DNA is suddenly missing. I have experienced many things that were supposed to steer me in the other direction,yet here I sit, starting a blog about what it has been like to find myself in a place I never would have dreamed. This blog is more than just about a journey into non belief. I want it to be about what I have learned about myself in the process and will no doubt learn along the way. I am hoping to meet new friends and hear your stories as well. Much of what has propelled me to start this is the fact that I am closeted and have no idea how to approach this sensitive subject with my very religious family. Let the fun begin!

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