[This fundie blogger was doing laundry while watching a documentary on a man in a max-security prison who was on death row but had his sentence changed to life.]
As I folded a t-shirt I nodded knowingly, subconsciously reacting to his description in a spirit of camaraderie. I instinctively viewed him as someone with whom I had a shared, rare experience, knowing that the producer and the viewers of the show could never imagine what it was like because they hadn't been there like we had.
I stopped cold with a shirt half folded in my hand when I became aware of my reaction. Where did that come from? How on earth could I, a middle-class girl who's never even been to the county jail, have the faintest idea what a former death row penitentiary inmate was talking about?
And then I realized: because when I was an atheist, I lived on death row.
Jennifer F., Conversion Diary 59 Comments
[2/12/2009 2:04:17 AM]
Fundie Index: 6
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And you atheists are supposed to be our intellectual superiors?
2/15/2009 7:57:32 AM
Not necessarly. We just call hypocrisy, self-righteousness, ego-centricism and narcissism for what it is.
There are many religious people who are _not_ quoted here. The ones who do get quoted are the freakshows.
2/15/2009 12:47:12 PM
WTF ... I really thought she was saying she was remembering a past life / reincarnation for a minute there.
2/15/2009 8:11:45 PM
You can tell this girl writes really corny Mary Sue fanfiction in her spare time.
2/15/2009 8:14:23 PM
Or New Testament slash...
2/15/2009 8:16:14 PM
Have any of you guys ever happened to read the comments section of a Jewish or Christian blog? (a mainstream one, not the Westboro Baptist Church or some mess of that nature) If you haven't, maybe you could spare a few minutes for that purpose. Then you might take some time to compare the language, tone, and probable intent of what they say there to the majority of the comments here. I make no assumptions as to what any of you might take away from that experience, but if you are in an introspective mood it may offer some opportunities for self-reflection.
2/18/2009 3:04:50 AM
I have. Jewish blogs and commentary are pretty broad in subject matter, while Christian blogs tend to be very self-focused.
I appreciate the Jewish sense of community, the sense of self in relationship to God and community, the sense that one's relationship with God is expressed through one's relationship with others. Obligation to community, one's purpose in the world, etc., stem from one's relationship with God.
However, even the better written Christian blogs seem to be exclusively focused on the author and how he or she ranks in God's eyes as compared to everyone else. It's all about their "personal" relationship with God, their "personal" reward, either here or in the afterlife. The only duty they feel they have is to themselves. Other people are pawns in their never-ending quest to "win" something, to get something other people won't get. Even their own families seem to be extensions of their own egos or instrumental only in their facilitation of the individual's quest for what they believe to be the ultimate prize -- favor in God's eyes.
2/18/2009 2:18:01 PM
That reads like the ending to a really bad book.
AND THEN I WOKE UP AND IT WAS ALL A DREAM...
2/19/2009 7:47:39 AM
Hey, even though she's writing some retarded stuff, and she's lying for Jebus Chrast, it is good writing. Belongs in a fiction novel. Fiction being key word.
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