Sophia Investigates The Good News Club…


Date: February 19, 2013

01) Sophia Investigates The Good News Club

So much of this is very, very personally familiar…

…The only thing I really don’t recall from my own early years, is the big hoopla being documented in that video…the inflatable bouncers, and festival atmosphere…but everything else is dead on.

This is a very good documentary [which Child Evangelism Fellowship is presently attempting to take down], spelling out some of the conflicting issues with regards to these kinds of groups running clubs in public schools.

They call themselves the “Good News Club”…Yet another theme, which sounds extremely familiar to me.

This exact type of age targeting, is something which I’ve written [and perhaps talked] about in the past…It is something I strongly disagree with, most especially when religion is taught as fact or even historical fact.

I can be very critical of religion, and have the personal history which warrants this…Yet, I like to think that I normally keep myself very reserved and highly tolerant, even of religion…

…I do not believe that voluntary students should be barred from having a bible class on public school property, after normal classes are over…for example…And for the record, in the USA they are not, anyway…and I agree, that things should be this way.

It gets far more dicey…when you have these large organizations, who are genuinely outsiders…forcing themselves into your schools, and telling you that they want your little kids…and what is going on in that video, is blatant indoctrination of kids who commonly lack the mental faculties to ward off what is happening to them.

It certainly is not that I believe young children should be sheltered from all knowledge of religion…but when you really start dissecting what is actually being taught by these groups…I mean…Personally, I really appreciate the part of this documentary where the woman points out one of their lessons [from one of their own books], where a biblical story of genocide is used to teach “a moral” about obeying “god” completely…[here is a hint, in case you don’t watch this video: Saul is punished by “god”, for failing to annihilate the Amalekites (men, women, children and their animals)…Somehow, this is put on par with “not sweeping the floor thoroughly, when you were told to sweep the floor”]…

…”If you only partly obey, you’re actually being disobedient”…

This is an excellent example, of how utterly warped and lost the moral orientation is of many religious organizations.

…I mean, that alone is flat out demented…and they don’t see the conflicting paradox, of using something like that [which one would rationally think, should cause horror and revulsion], in order to “teach good morals”…by equating the thing itself, with “good morality”…

They might as well be telling those kids [and everyone else], that “Adam Lanza was commanded by god, to slaughter the wicked children of Newtown”…or pick any number of other atrocities happening today, or in our past…The only thing separating those cases from “the Amalekites”, is that they aren’t recorded in the bible, and nobody has claimed [in most cases] that “god commanded it to be done”…But if you believe it was true for saul, then how can you discount the possibility for Adam?

You know what is so maddening to me?…It’s that so many of the people behind these groups are good hearted, well intended people…When faced with the actual thing [ie: school shootings], they are genuinely as horrified, sad and disgusted as any of the rest of us…Yet they cannot wrap their minds around the fact, that if saul really did slaughter the Amalekites…then it was every bit as inhumane, horrific and wicked, as what happened to the children of Newtown [or any number of other cases]…Provided it was not pure fiction, then it was a monstrosity…a crime against humanity…

…And that is what some people want and actively use, as a model?

I encountered these kinds of “morality lessons”, myself…several times over…Almost certainly this one, but also the one with moses…which is extremely bloody. This is a very real phenomena, within the christian branch of theology.

I absolutely do not support that sort of thing being pushed onto kids…Nor the idea, that they are born wicked and deserving of death, and eternal torment in hell.

People should know better than to be doing that…But those good hearted people…So many of them have spent either most or all of their lives, in the isolated atmosphere built and maintained by fundamentalist organizations…

I’ve known people like this all of my life…It’s as though they’ve literally been stripped of the ability to think clearly…What do you even do with people in that state?…Because they are really at the crux of the problem…

…And yes…Speaking as someone who came through [and out of] that sort of an environment, I can attest that it is a problem…Not to over dramatize [if that’s possible], but when you are raised in it…you always come out of it with a lot of psychological, emotional, moral baggage…and you’re left on your own, to work through the mess…which was honestly the making, of people the likes of those behind Child Evangelism Fellowship…

…The experience is psychological hell, for “a sex pervert”…

How do people who sincerely intend to do good…end up doing things which are so utterly fucked up?…and when they so blatantly should know better?

There is no possible way that you can take any story of genocide, committed against an entire people because they did not share your theological outlook…and spin it in a good light…

…And teaching that very sort of thing to even very young children…It makes me wonder where such people’s heads are at, when they start going on rants about “violent video games”, and other cultural influences…

A lot of the influences in the bible, are particularly awful…Yet so few imagine it good, to outwardly say such…So few understand, when it is time to look inward, and admit what is wrong within their own camp.

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