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 IAmAnAtheist » Hands off!

Hands off!

Message received via private e-mail:

I have discovered that you have written to my daughter and encouraged her to ‘explore’ atheism. She is going through a very confused time and you certainly have tried to take benefit from her vulnerability.

We are very aware that the internet is a dangerous place for children but are still disgusted that there are people like you who would take such intimate interest in a little girl. We will pray for you and have taken steps to protect our daughter from further advances on your part.

It sounds to me like you have the facts of the matter a little confused. In particular:

I would suggest that instead of trying to “protect” your child from points of view other than yours, you encourage her to learn all she can about your beliefs — including criticisms of those beliefs. Obviously, you have answers to any criticism of your religion (if you didn’t, you’d question it yourself), so why not pass those answers along to your daughter? If you demand that she believe unquestioningly, all you’re doing is setting the stage for future rebellion. If you insist that she not think for herself on this subject, then you are teaching her to trust others before she trusts herself, leaving her vulnerable to frauds and cults when you are not there to watch over her.

I received the following response to my e-mail.

This is not a request or a discussion. Do not write to anyone in this household again.

Unless you think I can be taken in by a serpent’s tooth, know that I see through the pretty words you spin. [Daughter’s name] relies on us to shield her from the evils of the world, and that includes your sarcastic comment about having “answers” and your atheism that is nothing but an excuse for feeling free from responsibility for drugs, drinking, premarital sex, debauchery, and all manner of hedonism. You trust the truth of Jesus Christ, not question it. [Daughter’s name] doesn’t need to confuse herself with your lies. When we are not there to keep her on the right path she will have a husband to do so.

Write again and we will sue for harassment and see to it that you are placed on a sex offender’s list for stalking a child. God have mercy on your soul.

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 6:37 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: Hate mail

8 Responses

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  1. Written by ed42
    on July 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm
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    Wow, just WOW!

    I hope that one day the truth will find that young woman and set her free.

  2. Written by Red
    on July 8, 2010 at 9:35 am
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    I almost respected his firm stance in his beliefs. That is until I read the part about suing you, putting you on a sex offender’s list and claiming your replies were harassment.

  3. Written by Black Jeezus
    on July 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm
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    “Do unto others,” indeed…

  4. Written by Stephen
    on July 9, 2010 at 4:38 am
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    That is a scary individual.
    Much like the real sex offenders (which you sir, definitely are not), that zealot is visually indistinguishable from a normal well balanced intelligent person. Until he opens his mouth.

    The act of coming to his daughters defense is commendable unitl he threatens to destroy your life for answering her questions. That threat is surely a sign of insecurity in his own “beliefs”. If he honestly did have his daughters best interest at heart he would simply show her how to argue the truth of her beliefs and not show her that threats are the first defense when confronted with a different idea.

    I have no doubt he will be (if he is not already) in some social standing where he makes decisions for the community and the development of the children there.

    That is a scary individual.

  5. Written by Lewis
    on July 9, 2010 at 4:48 am
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    ”God have mercy on your soul” pfft yeah because i’m sure if ”God” was real he/she/it would speak in the same manner as yourself. Besides, what shred of proof does she have against anyone to suggest that people were making advances towards her daughter and ”stalking” them? People wonder why religion caused more harm than good…..

  6. Written by shocksets.in
    on July 27, 2010 at 1:52 am
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    “When we are not there to keep her on the right path she will have a husband to do so.”

    I know there are some verses in the Bible, that refer to women as inferior too men but I didn’t know there were people out there that still believe that women are just a piece of property to be passed from their father to their husband without a voice of their own. I’m only 19 myself, hopefully that girl gets out soon. She deserves more than this.

  7. Written by Jez Kemp
    on September 6, 2010 at 2:36 am
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    Write again! Do it!

  8. Written by mdclarke
    on October 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm
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    “She is going through a very confused time and you certainly have tried to take benefit from her vulnerability.”

    ….. Where as, religions only target those who are secure, confident, educated and financially stable.

    If that girls priest or pastor tells her that Jesus will solve all her problems, put her mind at ease, and get the high school QB to ask her out, then that’s doing exactly what you were accused of. If these parents truly believe that one should not prey on vulnerable targets, then they should allow their daughter to explore atheism if she so chooses (and not just because waking up late and watching football beats church, even if I do end up going to hell). The question these parents need to ask themselves is, why do we TRULY want our daughter to share our beliefs. Is it because we care and want to ensure her place in heaven? Or is it because there’s no other foolproof way to control an adolescent than to have them immersed in a social and spiritual lifestyle; where to stop believing means losing all your friends, the respect of your family and the certainty that came with blind faith.

    It is terribly arrogant of us as humans to pretend we understand the reasoning behind everything, and to think that an ever-expanding universe possibly full of much more significant things than our planet; was all made for us.

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