Dr. Spock’s son did not commit suicide. That’s what started all this.
I saw this recently on facebook, http://dancalloway.com/wordpress/2009/08/ben-stein-on-cbs-sunday-morning-commentary/ this is only one of countless sources for this story, a simple google search will turn up as many as you want. If you’re not familiar with it you may want to take a couple minutes to read it. I did and at first glance I was ok with it, but the more I thought about it, and the more I thought about how many people would read be reading it, the angrier I became.
I personally have no problem with the Christmas season. I am fine with a greeting of Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever you prefer and am happy to return such a greeting to you when it is offered. My family has a tree up every year and exchange presents and enjoy the Christmas classics that re run every year on television.
What I do have a problem with is the dissemination of any information that is blatantly false. Take for example the claim in this article that Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide.This is certainly not true unless he has done so as I write this. It was his grandson that committed suicide and he did so after suffering from schizophrenia, not from any false expertise offered by his grandfather. The references to Madeleine Murray O’Hare being murdered, Dr Spock and Anne Graham’s interview all seem to say, look what happens to people who reject god. Its all bad. O’Hare being murdered does not negate any good service she may have provided in her life and Anne Graham saying that the reason a hurricane like Katrina took place was because god is no longer in the schools and government is laughable. Anyone with the ability to type and read can find the reasons, economic, political and environmental as to why a hurricane like Katrina was so devastating. I would imagine there were the same cries to heaven of “how could god let this happen?”, during WWII, WWI, the black plague etc. The idea that bad things happen when god is absent is dis proven automatically when we look at times in history where god was supposedly omnipresent, and bad things still happened.
More to the point of this, what I have an even bigger problem with is anyone espousing the idea of Christians being pushed around. If any people has a right to complain of persecution its the people of the Jewish religion, who, as history shows they have been “pushed around” for a couple thousand years, the root of that persecution being the Christian church who spent that time blaming the Jews for killing Jesus. That being said I would like to know how being “pushed around” because you are a Jew or Christian, living in North America, compares in any way, shape or form to the current shove that gays have received in India, where homosexuality has again been declared illegal and punishable by up to a decade in prison. The same has recently happened in Russia with their laws as well. We only have to look to our south to see places where people are denied basic rights that others have, such as being able to marry the person of your choice regardless of whether their sex is the opposite of your own. Places where people of religion seek to deny women the right to make decisions regarding their own body and push the agenda that the proper place for them is standing behind their man and backing up whatever he says or does with nods of approval.
The religious have been telling people for how long now, what they can eat, what they can and cannot say, what days they can work and when they must rest, how much of their hard earned money they can keep and how much they must give away, who they can marry, what they can do with their own body and who they can do it with and in what position is permissible, and if they can take any measures to protect themselves from disease or whether they can plan a family or not? It even goes as deep as to convict you of your very thoughts should they not line up with what is preached from the pulpit. If all these things were done by a man to his wife, any sane person would tell her to leave him, that she did not deserve to be abused like that. And they would be right. And these and many other things I haven’t even touched on here are the reasons why god and the bible have been pushed out of government and schools.
And the religious complain because THEY are being pushed around?
Those who think they are being pushed around would do well to remember what some of us have never forgotten, that it was not so long ago that any criticism of religion or the church would be put down with an iron first, and without appeal or discussion. And that’s still happening today to its extreme in at least 7 countries of the world.
Think of that the next time you feel like you’re being pushed around because you see the phrase Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas.