What’s more adorable than a child imitating a ritual you’ve taught them? A child bossing around his or her friends so that they feel a social pressure to copy along.

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Frank Lockwood Senior · January 14, 2012 at 4:50 pm

“Bossing around” is a pretty strong word, with negative connotations.

I am wondering why you think he was bossing them around? Were you there? Were there other accompanying factors that let you know he was being “bossy”?

To be sure, there are Christian kids who are bossy, and many who are not bossy … same as atheist kids. But you did not tell us how do you knew the other children were not his friends from church? Or how did you know he was not simply being an influence? It’s doubtful this kid was influencing his peers to do really bad stuff, like steal and vandalize.

I taught third grade students who were great kids in the third grade, but by the time they were in middle school they were in juvenile detention for rape. This hit me right in the gut. Perhaps prayer and the influence of church would not have helped steer those kids in another direction, but maybe it would have.

I have seen kids walking around the school grounds intimidating other students by their postures, their mean looks and sullen demeanor. Now that’s something that this person could address, with or without help from God, gods, devils, witches or whatever.

    Jim Jones · January 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Statistics would probably say you are wrong. Atheists are highly under represented in prison. Mormon teens have the highest rates of pregnancy and suicide and the Mormons have terrible problems with child molestation and child rape.

    I believe humanism would be far more effective than religion. It puts the responsibility for our fellows on each of us.

Jim Jones · January 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

You know, considering how much food in the USA turns out to be contaminated with very bad bacteria and other things I’m not entirely sure they were wrong! I mean, when you can’t even make safe, clean peanut butter or orange juice or hamburgers or salad …..

Patience Virtue · January 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I doubt that saying a few words before devouring unclean food will somehow stop your bodies natural reaction to germs…and I would have to agree that humanism would probably help way more than religion. Religion, after all, has led to harassment and assault of people who are not heterosexual and cisgendered, and in the past assault of those who just plain looked different or were “uppity” *gags* like we really need to be teaching children that some people and some actions are “better” than others.

Harold · January 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Meanwhile, if I want a snack I just go to the kitchen or some sort of vending location or machine. This most likely proves that I do not need to pray for snacks. That or somebody out there has done a lot of praying for me, in which case: thapologist.

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