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Dan Caless said,         
December 1 2008

It’s interesting atheists’ emotional reactions to their religious memories and what not. I suppose the less ‘forced’ religion was the less negative one’s reactions will be. I really didn’t feel religion was forced on me so I remember rather fondly the Christian prayers and stuff.

Dan

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admin said,         
December 1 2008

I agree, Dan. There’s some basic (reverse) psychology there. On the other hand, I know lots of people on whom religion was forced and they are religious, and lots of people who weren’t raised religious and turned out atheist.
What do you remember about religious stuff from when you were younger (or now, for that matter)?

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Dan Caless said,         
December 4 2008

Oh I remember a lot, I think – singing the hymns, taking the little glass of grape juice for the Mass, the minister in his robes. And back then people dressed nicely in church. I love how people dress slovenly for church today – wow that’s really showing respect for God! πŸ™‚

So your memories aren’t so benevolent. Sounds like you got more real religion – the sacrifice, deprivation, and irrationality of following dogma with blind faith. I got today’s nice, smiling Christianity which wouldn’t inquisition a fly! πŸ™‚

Dan

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admin said,         
December 4 2008

Hi Dan,
I haven’t seen how people dress for church– are they really dressing down these days? Well, why not, Jesus wore simple garb…
Not *all* of my memories were bad, but the bad ones make the biggest impressions, don’t you think? I still do the fun stuff, like getting drunk and eating hamantaschen (cookies, to you goyim) on Purim. And did you know it’s a mitzvah to have sex on Shabbat? I didn’t, either, until college.

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Dan Caless said,         
December 11 2008

Hi Sarah – yes they wear jeans and whatever informal clothes they want! I blows me away, dressing like that when they are supposed to worshiping their ultimate, most sacred value and praying for the mortal souls. But I think it’s good – it helps degrade religion further into a meaningless social gathering. I support it! πŸ™‚

You’re probably right that the bad memories make the deepest impressions. I don’t really have any bad memories of church. I don’t know what a ‘mitzvah’ is, except that a bar mitzvah is some sort of party. πŸ™‚ Gees we’re like aliens! πŸ™‚

Dan

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admin said,         
December 11 2008

Really?? I guess when I see people in regular clothing, I wouldn’t guess that they were going to church, so that’s why I never realized it. Jews invented jeans, heh heh. A mitzvah is a good deed that brings you closer to God. Does taking down religious extremism qualify? (Scratches head)

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