Today I made my first appeal to a Christian as an atheist and posted a comment on this blog,

which was flagged up by a commenter on Pharyngula and has now been picked up Richard Dawkins website and others. Up until now I have been something of a lurker :-) I have not been active, only an observer and have never jumped in at the deep end until now. I am a committed and convinced atheist, but there are so many strands to that atheism, which has developed over a long time that I have never really expressed any of it until now. On this occasion I spoke from the heart and this is what I wrote.

"Please read 'A History of God' by Karen Armstrong. Believe nothing bad will happen if you do this, you will not burn in the eternal flames, you will merely have the scales fall from your eyes and begin to understand the terrible fraud that has been perpetrated on you. When you have read that go on to read more of the modern research that has been done in the fields of astronomy, archaeology, biology, geology, physics and neuroscience etc and start to understand and live this amazing experience of life those of us so lucky to have been born alive and against all the odds stacked against us are fortunate to have.

Live it to the full, without the fear and terror you are experiencing now. Let your daughter grow up happy, loving and loved. You and she have not existed for 4 billion years, your life will cease again in but a very short space of time and you will cease to exist for another unknown billion years. Is this really how you want to experience this incredible spark of life, which lasts but a mere eyeblink in the great eons of time which stretch out behind us and in front of us?

You need to stop feeling so guilty for the abortion you had when you were younger, which all this angst stems from and give your daughter a cuddle.

MY heart goes out to you and I hope you can free yourself from the dreadful mindset of slavery you have inflicted upon yourself, for your daughters sake."

I would just like to know, never having done this before, what you think. I hope this does not seem too silly:-)

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Comment by Crystal Shard on November 10, 2008 at 2:39pm
Thanks guys, for your kind and friendly comments. This just reassures me that I'm on the right track and encourages me to be a bit more pro active in the future. I really enjoy the real sense of community I find on this site and plan to be a regular :-)
Comment by Buffy on November 10, 2008 at 1:06pm
I think you did an excellent job in your response to her. Hopefully she'll take it in the spirit it was intended and even consider your suggestions.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on November 10, 2008 at 10:50am
Well said, Crystal.
And you are among good friends.
You have come to know that atheists hold the intellectual high ground when it comes to debating matters of religion, faith and science.
The indoctrinated people supporting faith and religion are cerebrally grovelling on the irrational low ground. The people possessing true commonsense have the grand support of hundreds of millions of experiments done by millions and millions of scientists behind them. My group "ORIGINS" (of Life, Universe, Religion, . . . ) discusses these matters all the time.
Comment by Atheist Insurgency on November 10, 2008 at 9:29am
One thing Christians like to do when things go wrong is look up and ask "Why?" Psychologists call this Projection, Christians say "I guess he has his reasons." How many creative ways can there be to make them realize they themselves are responsible?
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on November 10, 2008 at 7:59am
Crystal...Good for you! You have stated your position and you have offered your opinion of the life decisions this poor, delusional woman has made. I read the post and many of the comments in the thread and I must tell you, I'm both amazed at the ridiculousness of Jeans mindset with regards to her Christian beliefs and delighted with the fervor of the commentators who came to the defense of her abused daughter.

By posting her article in a public forum which allows for comments about the article, Jean has invited the criticism she deserves. She will most likely ignore the criticisms as she clings tighter to her delusional world of her god's intent, but I applaud you and the others who challenged her treatment of her daughter. Maybe she will rethink her method...but probably not. The attempt to reason with Jean's beliefs is a worthy one however....we have to try.



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