An Amazing Stranger from
way back emails me a tough question.
Hey, Bob how
are you doing? I have not talk with you in
a long time. I want to ask you a honest question, and it is not about
your religious beliefs. I just want you to answer honestly, and
thoughtfully, What do think about abortion, is it wrong or right in
This does not have to have
God injected in it at all, just a human question, about right and wrong.
Thank for your time with
this question if you choose to anwser.
Always good to hear
back from an Amazing Stranger. I'm sorry it's on such a
depressing subject, but I'd be happy to respond.
is a horrible, ugly thing. It
is never a joyous occasion and it is always a last resort. It is also,
sometimes necessary. It is neither right nor wrong, just as say, taking
a human life is neither right or wrong depending on the situation. Is
it wrong for a police officer to shoot and kill a criminal who has a
gun pointed at him? I take great issue with you wanting to make
abortion an issue that's either right or wrong. You and I both know
that life is not black and white. Defining it as such leads you down
the wrong paths for answers. Each situation has to be looked at
individually, otherwise you may as well convict that police officer of
first degree murder and throw him in jail for life. This alone is
reason enough to keep abortion legal.
are times when abortion is the
obvious solution, like when the mother's life is at risk and she will
die if she gives birth (I'd like to think we can both agree on this).
We might also agree that if the girl is the victim of rape, and/or
impregnated at an extremely young age, or a victim of incest that
abortion is a difficult, but available solution to these tragic
I'm guessing you and I will part
ways is abortion for girls who simply aren't ready to become mothers,
emotionally, financially, and/or psychologically. My feeling is that
the life of the girl, and her future are to be regarded first. The
unborn egg is exactly that; An unborn egg. It is a possible human life,
but so was that sperm in the tissue.
a tragic situation, but a
decision has to be made (made by us as a society, and the individual
with child), and to make this decision one also has to take into
account the results of taking away a woman's right to have an abortion.
Taking away the right for a girl to have an abortion leads to girls
trying to do it themselves and destroying their life in other ways. It
also leads to unwanted children, which can have a devastating affect on
both mother and child.
certainly value life. In fact, my
feeling is that I value it more than someone who believes in eternal
life, because in my reality this is the only life we're given, thus
making it even more valuable than yours that goes on forever and ever
and ever. To me it all comes back to LIVING life. The girl is living
life. The fertilized egg is not yet living life. It has no soul, it is
not yet conscious. That's the difference to me. A cell is alive, but
that does not mean it has the same value as a person. For an atheist, a
living person is the most valuable commodity on planet earth, more-so
than a sperm, an unborn egg, or even God Himself. The value of a living
human being is so valuable it is beyond my comprehension.
addressing this situation, and
have had to on a few occasions for girls who've emailed me that've just
discovered they're pregnant (NO, NOT BY ME!), wanting my advice.
Luckily I've never gotten a girl pregnant and had to see where my real
feelings for my own child would be on this. But as of right now, if it
were totally up to me, I'd opt for an abortion.
you guys (religious street
performers), your problem is (and always has been) viewing topics such
as this as black and white issues, with black and white answers for
everybody, across the board, no exceptions. And as adults you should
already know that that way of thinking is really fucked up.
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|“...your joke infringes on my rights to freedom
That is the most uncalled for
thing. In a world where our country is founded on
freedoms that are birth rights my religion is under attack. And while
you have the
freedom of speech and such, they only exist if they don't infringe on
My religion doesn't infringe on
your rights. I don't cram my god down your throat.
As a believer it's not our nature. But your joke infringes on my rights
of religion. Please don't make fun of my god.
I am asking you to please take
down your site. For the millions of christians struggling with their
god being attacked. Please have some tact. Make it santa, make it an
elf, make it a person, but please not our god.
have a question for you, Colleen. How does my site keep you from
practicing your religion? You're not trying to say that my Jesus Dress
Up actually makes it more difficult for you to worship your god, are
you? I didn't mean for it to do that. And if it is doing that then your
faith must not be that strong. Please explain that to me further.
would also argue that your religion does in fact infringe on my rights.
Your religion wants to make it impossible for two men to marry, so if I
fall in love with a man your religion wants to make it illegal for us
to wed. And if I want to have anal sex with a man, that too is
something your religion is trying to keep me from doing. In fact, your
religion wants to make it illegal for me to even have any kind of sex
with a man. Your religion is also trying to make it illegal for me to
abort an unborn baby. I should have the right to abort an unborn baby
if, say, I was raped in an alley, or the pregnancy threatened to take
So I hope that now you can see how
your religion is really trying to infringe on my rights, while I don't
believe that my dress up page affects your rights to be a Christian one
Who are you angry at?
Make-believers pretending fake things are true.
|“...wasting their own time.”
It sounds like these
"make-believers" are wasting their own time.
Why does this make you angry?
Because they're teaching that make-believe to
children, and those children believe it to be so.
|“How do you think that harms those children?”
How do you think that harms those
asking me how lies harm children. You're seriously asking me how lies
harm children. Like, as opposed to telling them the truth? Are you
seriously putting this question to me for an answer? Seriously? You
need me to tell you why the truth is better than lies? Is that it?
Perhaps, Charles, in you we've found the answer
to your question.
|“I'd just like to understand how YOU personally
believe that these particular lies harm children”
Bob, I'd just like to understand how YOU personally believe that these
particular lies harm children (I agree with your general rule about
truth vs. lies, but my interest is specifically related to the topic of
know, I shudder when I get an email like this. A literal chill goes up
my spine when I hear someone ask the questions that you are asking me.
Questions that display a complete ignorance as to how life works and
what's wrong about lies. In fact, it shows me a result of the lies
you've been taught already.
The greatest harm that the lie of religion
causes is condoning a belief and trust in the illogical. Telling children that fantasies are real, eternal damnation awaits
them, history doesn't have to make any sense, and science is not to be
trusted, sets that child up to be completely unprepared to deal with
real life issues. They are doomed to repeat mistakes of the past. They
are told that God is the answer to all things and that Jesus Christ
will guide them always, but He will not. He isn't there.
harm that religion condones is this idea that you can have a legitimate
loving relationship with someone who's dead. This crazy lesson is a
corrupt and distorted perception of love. And it's one that'll fuck
with their idea of what love is for the rest of their life. Love is
earned, not falling for free from the sky. And the energy spent loving
this nonexistent being is energy that would be much better spent on
people who're actually existing around them. Yes. Loving Jesus more
than anyone else deprives real people of love. And yes, that's bad. To
think that there are people who love God, Jesus, their religion more
than their own family, it breaks my heart. But the lie of religion says
And obviously one of the main
reasons that the lie of religion is harmful is because it keeps people
from the truth. The truth about where we actually come from, the truth
about why we're here, and why we behave the way that we do, the truth
about how we can help others, and the truth about any of the questions
of life that arise throughout. Did you know that there is a real truth
out there? There are real answers to where we came from! There are real
answers to where we're headed! And there are real answers to how we can
make this a better world for us all! But there is no need to ever
search out those truths since we're all supposed believe the lie.
one of the most disturbing harms that this lie achieves is wasting
people's lives. People being told that life means serving a god. That's
the meaning of life. Spending their entire life devoting all of their
attention, their hopes and dreams, everything in the hands of a
nonexistent being. What a complete waste of a life. I shake my head.
I'd be happy to make the list even longer if you
aren't yet convinced that lies, ANY LIES, are
harmful. Truth is out there, Omega Man! Now you tell me what good comes
from ignoring it!
did you give jesus a dress????????”
why did you give jesus a
|So that He can be pretty! Duh!
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