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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 09:23 pm (UTC)
I can definitely understand having a strong adverse reaction to something because it's being pushed at you. (I still dislike Christmas just because I had too many years of people insisting I had no right to be unhappy and not want to participate in their decking of the halls. ) But even as a non-theist, I have to recognize that religion is such an important part of general life, history, and culture, for so many people, that avoiding all references isn't possible.

It's perfectly acceptable to use the prompt as a starting point to explain why you don't pray. (Though I would not recommend labeling the over 90% of the world's population that is religious as 'mentally ill'. ) But when the topic says nothing to me, I usually play with word association or take just a part of it. It's not like your entry can get rejected because it's not topical enough, so how much the prompt matters really depends on you.

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