Recently, I got a small silk floral arrangement for my dining room table. Nothing big and ostentatious - just a small pitcher of fake flowers. So the IBC neighbor kids come over to play and they go off on my flowers. They're asking me why do I have flowers in my house. What's up with the flowers. Etc. Etc. I said "I think they're pretty. They make me happy," which was apparently the wrong answer, because now these kids aren't allowed to play with mine and they are kept in church from dawn till dusk every single day. I won't take the blame for that, obviously they're family is out there even for religious types.
What is up with this religious flower hating? I grew up in the Methodist tradition and we even had flowers in church. Flowers were okay with every church I've been around. What do fundamental baptists have against flowers? I answered questions about this small floral arrangement for nearly an hour. What is up with that?
This is awful... I might have to look up that 20/20 show. Never heard of this or the flowers bit. I'm very optimistic about the future of Earth, but this kind of thing really scares me.
Ten years ago, I truly thought that religion would be extinct by now. This would be before 9/11, and growing up in a fairly non-religious community/ ignorant to how many people were still religious.
Thank god for Atheist Nexus!
I googled it too. All I could find was flower etiquette for funerals and I found that some religions do prohibit flowers. I couldn't find which ones though, Most religions specifically include flowers as part of their religious ceremonies which could be why this one doesn't. Maybe it's a whole anti the worldliness of those other worldly sinful churches who have flowers thing. Flowers seem to be one thing all religions can agree on. Generally, they seem to like them.
Heck no, I'm not calling them. I would never get rid of them. If I'm going to get calls and visits from some church, I want a normal one like Methodists or Catholics.
This is an interesting, but not inerrant, history of IBC by one IBC proponent. No flower issues.
I'm going to read some of the others in the search results. Who knows what mysteries lurk there? :))
The special on the IBC aired on April 8, 2011. Here's the link on Hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/231215/abc-2020-fri-apr-8-2011#x-0,vepiso... Hopefully, there are fewer commercials on the Hulu version.
All I found when I searched religion and flowers was most christain churches attach a lot of meaning to different flowers.