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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.

Comments

theafaye
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
As majesticarky says, plenty of Idol prompts are taken from some kind of religion or another. As a non religious person myself, I've always found ways to approach it from a different angle. It's only really as much of a big deal as you want to make it. Clearly this is a hot button for you right now - but then, that makes this entry a good introduction to where you're at at the moment.

I don't think you need to change your beliefs to win this contest (and if you did, would you want to win?) but you're already more than aware that this is a pretty controversial opinion. As someone who had an incredibly secular upbringing, I'm massively thankful not to have to lose any religious hangups, but at the same time, I can't say that I agree with your opinions as you express them here. Still, you are more than entitled to them :o)

Good luck in the contest!

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