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"When you pray, move your feet"

Oh dear.

I've committed myself to participating in therealljidol and already I want to bail. See, the very first topic is "When you pray, move your feet." Now, I understand that this is a proverb and that it shouldn't necessarily be taken literally, but ... ugh. I've been single for a little more than two weeks now and one of the great things about no longer dating a religious person is that I can shovel all of that God-type-stuff right out the door. This morning (as an example) I realized that I no longer had to keep my iTunes crammed full of Matisyahu. I am now free to admit that when I hear him say "the eventual building up of the third temple that we're waiting for," my gut reaction is "are you SERIOUS?!? You really take that crap LITERALLY?!?"

So when I pray ... well, I don't. And when I hear other people talk about praying I think that they're mentally ill. It's mythology, people. It's not real. And when you indoctrinate your children to believe that it is real (like I'm sure all those wig-wearing, baby-bearing, Orthodox ladies that I see at Target are busy doing), in my opinion it's a form of child abuse. You're teaching your children to waste their lives by focusing on a bunch of arbitrary and ridiculous rules designed to keep some invisible boogeyman in the sky happy. The fact that otherwise intelligent (I'm looking at you, Dr. Sharon Moalem) people fall prey to this superstition just boggles my mind.

So move your feet, sure. But pray? Thanks, but no thanks.


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Oct. 20th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
It certainly sounds as if this topic pushed a hot button for you. Take the advice to interpret the topic more loosely. Listen to the advice to tread lightly where you may hurt some feelings.
There's a lot of good advice within these comments. Take it to heart.
Oct. 20th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
I see there is already a lot of controversy on this topic.

I liked the clear emotion in this, but to make your writing more 'acceptable' (if you want that) I would suggest making your opinions the opinions of a fictional character. That way there is some distance between how people react to what you write.

Whatever you decide, I hope you stick with it and that the next topic doesn't make you wanna run for the hills ;-)
Oct. 20th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
It is what it is. Your journal. Your say. I do hope some of the reactions don't cause you to jump ship.
Oct. 21st, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)

Definitely some strongly held opinions - granted, not necessarily ones that I agree with at all, but it's a good post. Way to go.
Oct. 21st, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Your emotion definitely comes through and you seem very true to yourself. Welcome to idol. :)
Oct. 22nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
My sister has been sending me a lot of Richard Dawkins stuff recently, and his thoughts are similar to yours!

I am not religious myself, so when I see a prompt to do with religion I either go fiction (if incorporating religious aspects) or try to take the prompt away from the literal meaning.

having said all that, I enjoyed reading yours. There is a lot of passion there :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2011 02:59 am (UTC)
Well it sounds like you're better off without dating someone with such drastically different beliefs!
Oct. 23rd, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people agree with you, but those who don't will be the loudest. Well written.
Oct. 24th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I can definitely see where people are finding this abrasive, but I think I get where it comes from. I don't have to agree with you to like the honesty in your post. :) I hope you haven't been turned off by all this.
Oct. 24th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this entry. Well done and fun and quirky style.
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I am in love with this post. I even agree with you about the child abuse, but not for the same reasons. Growing up, my father's religion really was child abuse. It was terrible.

I'm glad you were so honest in this entry and I really do look forward to reading more of your entries. You are a wonderful writer, don't let the controversy turn you away from Idol!
Oct. 25th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
Ouch. My experiences with religion don't exactly match with yours, but I do recognise that religion is used as a means of controlling people, so I understand where you're coming from - my son's former teacher used the "God is watching you" line to instill fear and get the children to behave.

Hope to read more from you this season.
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