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I live in a constant state of early 90s.
When college rock was good, and black people were still on TV.

This is why a lot of people hate atheists. | SLTA___
     This is why a lot of people hate atheists.

What should an atheist parent do if their child brings home a permission slip to attend a Christian presentation on the origins of Easter? 

Dear Darryl,

I have received your permission slip featuring what I can only assume is a levitating rabbit about to drop an egg on Jesus.

Thank you for pre-ticking the permission box as this has saved me not only from having to make a choice, but also from having to make my own forty five degree downward stroke followed by a twenty percent longer forty five degree upward stroke. Without your guidance, I may have drawn a picture of a cactus wearing a hat by mistake.

As I trust my offspring’s ability to separate fact from fantasy, I am happy for him to participate in your indoctrination process on the proviso that all references to ‘Jesus’ are replaced with the term ‘Purportedly Magic Jew.’

Regards, David

Please don’t do that.  You’re being a dick for no reason.  And it gets so much worse.

 David, the parent, and Darryl, the school chaplain, go back and forth in their email replies for quite a while.  David is actually pretty funny, so read the whole thing.

What should an atheist parent do if their child brings home a permission slip to attend a Christian presentation on the origins of Easter?  There are a few different ways to handle that.  When I’m a parent, I’ll probably let my kid go on the trip with all of his friends and get free candy.  Some parents may opt to keep their child at home that day, which is fine, but it does make them stand out as the oddball (I remember having to abstain from all Christmas parties and presentations because I grew up in a culty wing of Seventh Day Adventists).

Whatever you decide, please don’t handle it like that guy up there.  He’s a great humorist and I would probably read a column by him, but that kind of person is the reason why a lot of religious people hate atheists.  You don’t have to believe in a god to be preachy, and there’s no reason to belittle someone’s beliefs over a field trip permission slip.  Halfway through the exchange, I got so sad that he was still taking it there under the guise of humor, and to what end? 

I’m still on my journey of being a nicer atheist and trying to show more respect to what people believe, and I’m not perfect.  There was a time when I would have been fully supportive of this father, but it’s not worth it to sow more division just to say you had the upper hand in a petty fight.  We don’t have to agree, but if what you believe isn’t hurting me (ie, your’e not actively trying to pass laws to have your beliefs enshrined in legislation), then go praise whatever god you want.  

Still, if you wanna give my kid free candy in exchange for your evangelism, then send yours to my house for free cookies in exchange for my logic. 

1:26 pm  •  30 May 2014  •   Let's talk about what you think.

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