Discussing Religion, the Taboo Subject in America Today

Religion doesn’t seem an appropriate topic to this post I just uploaded to LinkedIn, a business and professional site – but those with professions have been burned or know someone who’s been burned by religion and are still recovering in a way that may affect their view of themselves, and their confidence in their professional, as well as their personal, lives.

In the case of my daughters, ages 35 and 33, they came from a strict religious upbringing and are now adults who fall into the category of religious outliers, or you might go so far as to say militant atheists. They survived a “Christian” upbringing, but were victims of a firebombing by the blood of the lamb in a custody battle to wrest them from me, their custodial “non-Christian” parent (because I did not attend a church deemed fundamentalist enough). But that was years ago, and although I lost that battle, and wrote a novel inspired by the story as a way of saving my sanity, I am overjoyed that my girls and I are close once again, against all odds, according to the professionals in this field.

The discussion I’d like to open up, if it’s not too fraught with taboo in this “Christian nation,” is that just as with any other belief system, Christianity can be fanaticized. I would simply like to pull back the veil on the practice of using religion to ensnare and control, whether child or adult, and by doing so, spare others the devastating loss our family suffered.

I am writing this piece to begin a movement to empower people to examine the fruits of their beliefs, especially if it involves denunciation of someone dear to them, and to hold fanaticism accountable, even when it involves Christianity. I believe a healthy faith will be committed to the highest good, will allow opposing views, welcome our questioning, our challenges, and our speaking out – without being characterized as in league with the devil. And that is worth a lot.

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11 Responses to Discussing Religion, the Taboo Subject in America Today

  1. john draper says:

    If God was so concerned that we believe certain specific dogma, He would have been more direct about it. We can’t be blamed for finding our own truth

  2. diannegray says:

    Is the e-book (The Protest) out yet? I checked Amazon and can’t find it xxx

  3. My mother told me to never discuss religion or politics and she was correct. Your last paragraph said it all – and you are correct. True faith does not require any man-made religion or egotistic negative principles.

  4. Using God or the bible to denigrate any one or any group of people is anti-Christian. I just don’t see any way around that. Our only task is to extend God’s love, anything else belongs to God alone. And if there was any question about that, God plunked in Jesus to clear up the confusion (which I think fanatics conveniently leave out).

    • dkbunnell says:

      Totally agree, Gretchen. And if you believe that the Bible verse that says: Mat 18:6 But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck, you could look at denigration of ANYone as something to avoid because of your actions turning those people away from God.

  5. John D says:

    The Bible is completely unreliable, hit and miss. I agree, too, about Jesus. If he was so important to God’s plan, God sure did a crappy job of explaining what he was all about

  6. dkbunnell says:

    So are you saying that people who base their damaging or harmful behavior toward others should not feel justified about their actions because of the Bible?

  7. Alicia says:

    People would not service their cars based on 2,000 year old manual, or even a 20 year old guide. Why do they follow a 2,000 year old guide book, which is full of inconsistencies and radically opposing accounts, depending on who told the story? Agreed, there are some homegrown common sense values in the bible, some great proverbs, and some good stories. There’s also a great deal of rhetoric and incongruency in the so called facts, and key story dates are out of alignment. Theologians and mythological scholars have documented that many of the bible’s key stories are told in earlier, or older religions, including Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths—parallel stories with interchangeable names. Regarding your point on some forms of Christianity being fanaticized—agreed, some of the worst cases of fundamentalism are borne of Christianity in the US today. The age of enlightenment. In my experience, people interpret writings in their own way, to suit their own needs and, in extreme cases, to absolve themselves of all accountability. Seems an easy way out. As Goethe supposedly said, “Help me to discover Thy truth, O Lord, and preserve me from those who have already found it”.

    • dkbunnell says:

      Thanks for your input, Alicia. Good points. I didn’t know that Goethe was at the basis of a favorite bumper sticker of mine: JESUS Protect Me From Your Followers.

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