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May 28, 2011, 7:21 AM

"Brainwashing" Cuts Both Ways!


Let me introduce the Sermon Overflow to you.  The purpose of this blog will be to add things that didn't make it into the sermon due to time and space considerations.  So much that I want to say I simply can't because we would run on too long.  This is a place for me to deposit those cutting room floor items.  But this is also a place for you, and your thoughts, your questions, and such and so on. 

From Sunday, May 29th:  Speaking of brainwashing your kids...  The sermon on Sunday included an example from a self-identified "atheist."  Here then is an example of a young lady who was raised in a strict Christian household.

Holly DeSouza (From The Wakefield Patch.com [MA] “Mom Talk” [May 2011])
 Someone recently asked me if Easter was only about the Easter bunny and a big meal.  As far as I am concerned for my daughter, for the time being it is. 

I grew up in a very religious home.  I had a believer baptism when I was seven, went to Sunday School, stayed for the Sunday Morning service, went to the Sunday evening church service, went to Wednesday night bible study and participated in Youth Group.  I was only allowed to date boys of the same faith.  It was a “fire and brimstone” mentality where you either believed in all the same beliefs or you agreed you would burn in hell for an eternity.  I was scared into submission and never actually took a step back and tried to figure out what, exactly, I believed and felt was the truth.  And because of that, as an adult with a family of my own, I have no idea what to believe.  I have utmost respect for those who have extreme faith and believe in whichever version of religion they believe in.  I am just not one of them. 

It’s because of my religious history I am adamant my daughter will not be swayed in any one direction.  There is no shortage of churches in Wakefield.  No matter which bucket you put yourself into, Christian or not, you can find a place to worship and have your questions answered by someone educated in that faith to do so.   When my daughter starts asking questions, I will make certain to find her the appropriate person qualified to answer her question and get her the answer she needs.    My hope for my daughter is she will discover her own religious path in her own time and follow what she believes as true.  And, unless Jim Jones’ followers are making a comeback, I will support her decision. 

So, for the time being, Easter will be about the family getting together to take a moment and enjoy a great meal, relax, find some plastic eggs filled with junk and eat a lot of chocolate.  Chocolate, that is, which is shaped like a bunny. 

So there it is.  What do you think?  Will Holly's daughter "discover her own religious path"?   Will mom have more of an influence than she presently imagines?

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