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Bible Babble

By Ashleylister @ashleylister
This is going to be a very short blog today as I haven't really had a chance this week to focus on theme.
Children's poetry, my early life was full of it.  On top of all the nonsense stuff and the Kipling, I mostly remember rhyme after rhyme being drilled into us at Sunday School (run by my Mum).  Songs and poems and parables - so much so that I can still sing hymn after hymn from (grudging) memory.
What bugs me is that these little ditties were sold as truth to those who didn't know any better.  It was a big shock when I finally got a (very logical) counterargument!  I really think religion should come with a '15' sticker, like films do, or at least a '12A'
I'm off to a funeral today.  I'm hoping Christ is left out of it.  But as I'm sure some people will reach for the psalms for solace, it has highlighted a lack of verse in my atheist existence to replace the demented psycho-babble I was taught as a kid.
I've read that an Atheist's Bible has just been released.  I think I'll have a look just for shits and giggles but it recalled to me this quote from Richard Dawkins.  It doesn't rhyme, it doesn't purport to be anything other than a comment, but it seems to fit my mood today and it's the kind of poetry I'll be instilling in my kids (obviously alongside 'The Ning Nang Nong')
"An astronomically overwhelming majority of the people who could be born never will be.  You are one of the tiny minority whose number came up.  Be thankful that you have a life and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second"
Very tenuous link, I know, but there you go.  Like it or lump it.  I'll see you next week when I'll be more coherent and less concise.

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