Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We're losing the culture war.

It's not enough to simply declare yourself no longer a believer in a religion - now secular humanists and atheists have a need to mock and ridicule religion. This is part of an ongoing movement toward Radical Conformity which rejects tolerance and multiculturalism and instead belittles everyone who won't elevate scientism as the be-all of educated and intelligent thought and adopt western consumerist cultural or western liberal cultural philosophies in place of traditional religious faiths.

One question though: the Jewish people who go through these renunciations of their former faiths/heritage - how many of them didn't originally walk away of their own accord, but were driven away by the hate, social terrorism, pressure at school, the relentless fear of being caught "failing to conform" and the hypocrisy of the leaders they saw all around them every day?

USA Today Online
Atheists choose 'de-baptism' to renounce childhood faith
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Religion News Service
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

...In a type of mock ceremony that's now been performed in at least four states, a robed "priest" used a hairdryer marked "reason" in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a "de-sacrament" (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had "freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition."

For Gray, the lighthearted spirit of last summer's Atheist Coming Out Party and De-Baptism Bash in suburban Westerville, Ohio, served a higher purpose than merely spoofing a Christian rite.

..."It was very therapeutic," Gray said in an interview. "It was a chance to laugh at the silly things I used to believe as a child. It helped me admit that it was OK to think the way I think and to not have any religious beliefs."

...De-baptism efforts have been growing internationally in recent years. More than 100,000 Britons downloaded de-baptism certificates from the National Secular Society (NSS) between 2005 and 2009, according to NSS campaigner Stephen Evans. Upwards of 1,000 Italians requested de-baptism certificates prior to Italy's "De-Baptism Day" last October, according to Italy's Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.

Public ceremonies to confer de-baptism, however, seem to be primarily an American phenomenon.

"I think a de-baptism ceremony (in Europe) would strike a lot of secularists and atheists as kind of pointless," Evans said. "They would leave the ceremonies to the religious."

Not all American non-believers have warmed to de-baptism rituals. Secularist Phil Zuckerman, a Pitzer College sociologist who studies apostates, said he would never take part in such an event because it "feels intrinsically negative" and "immature."

Even so, he said, de-baptisms may serve a cathartic function for some participants, as well as a political one...

...Meanwhile, organizers of de-baptisms are broadening their mockery to include other religions. At the American Atheists' national convention in Atlanta last April, the de-baptism event included a dance where women in burqas stripped down to red-sequined leotards, according to Blair Scott, the group's national affiliate director.

..."We made fun of Islam, we made fun of Hinduism, we made fun of Christianity...

But not Judaism, apparently - at least not on this particular occasion. But next time they'll likely get some ex-chereidi to gladly join in, and no doubt some already have in the past.

Young people at risk, chained women, BTs who didn't expect the social rejection they received, people impoverished by the relentless stringencies and expensive demands, victims of social terrorism, neglected children, abused children...these people's Jewish souls were killed by the Ravs and going through these "renunciation" ceremonies only makes "official" something that already happened years ago.

Sure, some of these Jewish participants were no doubt raised completely secular or were Reform and never really cared about being Jewish in the first place - but such a person wouldn't bother going through an elaborate renunciation ceremony. Psychologically, they would have no need to "detach" from something they never felt attached to in the first place. No, only those who had an emotional investment in Judaism would feel such a need - a need to cleanse themselves of the bad vibes they received from their former Jewish lives.

They were no doubt long ago cast off by their people - their community that should have sheltered them and nurtured them, a community that claims to speak for God but often acts like it's being run by the devil. Who cam blame those who walk away? Who, really, can blame the casualties in the Jewish Civil War from confusing God with the Rabbinate - after all, the Rabbinate wants people to do just that. And when the Rabbinate looks the other way, it's the same as if God looked the other way.

So when they hear the oh-so-reasonable sounding arguments from those who want religious people to feel ashamed of their faiths, they respond. They aren't bad people, they hear, it's the religion that was bad.

And since they know they're not bad people, they listen. Why should they not listen? They knew the treatment they received was bad, it must be the religion that is defective - otherwise fellow Jews would not have treated them this way. In fact, they go on, since Chereidi/UO Judaism is the "only" real faith, and it's obviously defective, then there is no such thing as real religion - only "superstition," as the article affirms. It's not a big leap, it's a short step - a very reasonable, logical sounding step.

Others, of course, just go Orthoprax. They're the walking dead, you might say. But that's a blog for a different day.

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