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Today Gave Me a Headache

This morning we went to church and some woman told the children that in an emergency they should talk to God. How fucking irresponsible. "Oh, my mother has fallen down the stairs and isn't moving. Should I call 999? No, I'll just have a chat with God, that'll sort everything out."

These are little children, who often take things literally. It's not right to use such a loaded and significant word in this sense. Tell them to talk to God when they feel down or lonely or whatever, but not in an emergency.

In other news, I got to feel smart, and more than a little shocked, at lunchtime when some of the teachers were discussing this woman who had done the prep work at home, emailed it to herself and printed it off at school. Or, as they seemed to see it, performed magic.

Yes, these people work with fancy new Smart Boards everyday but emailing themselves is too complicated for them.

And one final thing - Children, I don't care about your swimming pools. No, really, I don't. Stop trying to one-up each other.


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May. 8th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Isn't there a saying that "The Lord helps those, who help themselves"? Even beyond your line of thought about how the littlest kids will take things *absolutely literally*, slightly older kids should probably be taught that God is not a genie in a bottle that's going to make things happen for you just because you ask! Pray if you want, i guess, but take some responsibility and initiative of your own!

I don't comment to you *nearly* often enough, Caz! But this post inspired me ;)
May. 9th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Teaching children to take responsibility for themselves? Shocking!

I shall endeavour to make my journal more interesting in an attempt to entice you to comment more. :)
May. 8th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
*We are sorry, the number you are contacting is currently experiencing severe theological uncertainty. By now the person you are attempting to help is likely to be worse, and you will be sent to prison if an end of existence has occured. We apologise for any inconvenience. Thank you for your call*

I'd love to see that as a defence in court...
May. 9th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Planning on trying it?

I wonder if severe religious belief could be used as an insanity defence. In the sense that the person genuinely believed that what they were doing was the most helpful thing at the time. In that case it could be argued that they didn't know right from wrong, since they thought wrong was right.
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