Protecting children from their parents?

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Perhaps one day I’ll have all answers I need, but until them, I’ll continue to ask myself questions without being able to come a satisfying conclusion. One of these questions that I have not yet been able to answer is: How far should parents be allowed to brainwash their children?

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Why I don’t hate you – and why I can’t remain silent…

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Some people – ok, let’s face it, some religious people – seem to think that having another opinion must mean that I hate them. And let’s be honest, sometimes that’s just a cheap way of trying to „win“ a discussion, instead of answer to arguments, people start crying and sobbing „Why do you hate me?“, placing the blame on the other person. So, to clear this up for all the people who really feel hated and to give a deserved verbal (or, in this case, written) kick in the nuts to all the people who try to use „You just hate me/my religion/god/whoever“ as an „argument“, let me make it clear:

I do not hate you.

Of course, this is a little bit simplified, so let me try to explain that a little bit…

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The blind leading the blind…

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Probably everyone has heard it before, the story of the blind men (or men in a dark cave, etc.) who all touch an elephant and tell different stories about what an elephant is („It’s like a snake!“, „It’s like a tree!“, „It’s like a fan!“, etc.). The story varies depending on who tells it, but often it is used to show how true the ecumenical movement is: „Oh, wow, god is so many things.“ Well, that isn’t surprising, as in this version of the story, the blind men are obviously religious guys…

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What, me worry?

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Honestly, I really don’t remember when I registered this nick and this WordPress sub-domain. Other people could claim to have been drunk, but as I rarely drink, there isn’t a good chance for that. Well, looks like I’ll use this to comment on other blogs and perhaps write some random rants from time to time. If you want to know more about me: I’m an outspoken atheist, working in the software industry here in good ol‘ germany (ok, germany at least, which is, as nobody can deny, quite old… Two out of three ain’t that bad). Expect to hear from me about computer, software and atheist topics. Of course, I have other hobbies, too, but I think that nobody wants to hear stories about tortured puppies these don’t matter at the moment.