I think your
site is great and I showed my daughter (14) and she
LOVED it and has been sending the bookmark all over
by ICQ. She got the joke immediately, you see. She would
like you to post more costumes on the main page or alternate
them week by week.
like her. The first inkling I had that my daughter wouldn't
make a good Christian was when I took her into an Italian
store. There was a lovely wall length pastoral scene
of you know who tending his flocks and my daughter,
then five, looked up, smiled wistfully and said "Oh
look Mommy, a picture of Moses just before he went to
few weeks later my daughter arrived at my soon to be
SIL for a dress rehearsal for her wedding and stopped
dead in her tracks at the sight of a life size JC on
the cross, complete with dripping blood. As she stared
at this with horror, she was approached by the priest.
priest greeted her and she turned and looked up at him
with her huge saucer eyes and asked in the most plaintive
little voice "Why do have a dead bloody guy hanging
on your wall?"
priest gave me a most bewildered look and then replied
to my daughter, "That's Jesus! Don't you know who Jesus
daughter considered the matter and then answered. "He's
the guy that borned in the barn, right?"
priest relaxed a bit and nodded and said, "So you do
know about Jesus after all." I relaxed as well. My mother
had read her the story at Christmas and she had it.
We wouldn't like complete antiChristians and make my
SIL look bad for this heathen clan she was marrying
into. My relaxation didn't last long.
my daughter replied to the priest, "G-d got Mary pregnant,
but he didn't want the baby, so she married Joseph instead."
thought the priest was going to pass out and I had no
suitable explanation. All I could do was mutter something
and yank the little innocent away. We were subjected
to some very strange looks from the priest for the rest
of the rehearsal and the wedding proper.
that one was actually kind of funny and I share it with
unmixed company once in a while for a laugh. But there
is a darker side to it as well. My son at age 12 or
so was out playing with a bunch of friends and they
were approached about attending a free play with refreshments
at a local church. My son went and he and his friends
were treated to a play about people who accepted JC
as their personal savior and those who did not and then
the characters would die. Vignette after vignette carried
the theme with a red robed devil with ears and tail
leading the unsaved to hell with much terrified screaming
and beautiful young girls in white angel costumes leading
the saved to heaven.
the end of the play the doors were closed and locked
and the boys were told they couldn't leave until they
had a bible study. Each boy was taken into a room with
four adults and a bible and was basically grilled until
they agreed to accept JC. Very intimidating and very
scary for a child. My eldest had anticult training in
his Jewish dayschool and knew his Judaism as well as
his Christianity. He silently invoked the Kol Nidre
prayer to himself. [That's a special prayer we Jews
say every New Year that basically goes, G-d, if I have
to profess I am a follower of another god this year
in order to avoid being murdered, between you and I,
we both know I don't mean it. We invented it for use
living amongst Christians during the Spanish inquisition
and we still say it.) He "found" JC on the spot, praised
the lord, gave them a false name and telephone number
and (as he put it) "got the hell out of there". He ran
home to tell me what happened and I called the other
parents who then went to rescue their children, still
trapped inside the church being "saved". My son had
a lot of trouble sleeping for weeks afterward and worried
a lot about hell. It took a lot of reassurance to get
him to accept that there is no such place for the 'unsaved'
within Judaism. Judaism has its problems but a need
to go out and try to turn everyone into little carbon
copies of yourself and condemn everyone who doesn't
agree with you to hell for all eternity isn't one of
a thought for your site. If the punishment for transgressing
even one teeny tiny law is hell for all eternity, what
kind of justice is it that JC could atone for the sins
of the whole world by spending less than forty eight
hours in the place? That was the thought that got me
out of fundy-land.
overall, in spite of how offensive it is to Christians,
I think it is a great site with an important message.
Keep up the good work. But just remember, not all Christians
live in Fundy land. Some denominations are actually