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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.


Oct. 18th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
What I want to know is, why in the world were you dating a religious person when you despise religion and "god-type-stuff"? (That's me being nosy. You don't need to answer if you don't wanna.)

It's a long story (as these things often are). One of the big factors was proximity: When we started dating, it was long distance, so the day-to-day stuff like keeping a Kosher kitchen, or worrying about the "appropriateness" of my neckline, weren't really factors until we were already committed to one another. Also, we'd known each other since childhood (it was one of those facebook reunions -- Newsweek coined a term for the phenomenon, which I no longer recall), so I already had (strong, positive) feelings for him from the beginning.

I thought I could live with it but discovered that I was wrong.
Oct. 18th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
re: I thought I could live with it but discovered that I was wrong.

(FWIW, I've been hoping for you to get what you and your heart needed from this relationship.)
Oct. 18th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
See that makes a lot of sense to me. It's hard to keep up with that lifestyle it really is.
Oct. 19th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Aww. Sounds like a rough way for things to play out. Especially right around the high holy days.

I work at a rather progressive synagogue and am Roman Catholic myself, so I can't say I agree that teaching kids to pray is abuse, but I have seen how prayer and religion can be made into something abusive and death-dealing and there's absolutely no excuse for that. I'm sorry you got the brunt of the crazy side of religiosity. I don't know you, but I know you deserve better.

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