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  1. Now, as many of you are aware, I just returned from an LoA in which I was overseas. I won't get into the details. Anyways, I was quite looking forward to returning and spending some time with my family. My father, my brother and his wife, and my niece! I love that little girl to death. She says the most hilarious things and has no filter whatsoever. So, in order to fully understand and appreciate this story, let me give you a bit of background information. My family is Native. We are very in-touch with our roots and history, as well as spiritual practices. It has pretty much always been this way. Now then, imagine my shock when I return home, and my brother starts trying to convert me to Christianity! WTF?! This is the same guy who hated all religions with a passions before I left. So what the hell happened inside of 3 weeks to convert him? And why to the extent that he is basically a fanatic now? I'm not even kidding. He went so far as to tell me all other religions are sacrilegious lies, created by blasphemers, and that they are all going to Hell for not having accepted Jesus and God into their lives. *Facepalms* Understand one thing here... I have no problem with ANY religion (except the Mormonism and Scientology, because lets face it, those guys are freaking bat-shit crazy) and I don't tell anyone how to live their lives, or how or who to worship. What I DO have a problem with, are religious fanatics and nut jobs who try and brow beat you into their way of thinking. There is a word for what that is... oh ya... CULT! Well, guess what? I ain't drinking the koolaid, so back the hell off, shut the hell up, and go preach to someone who's equally unintelligent. Much to my horror, both my brother and his wife are now Christian fanatics. For the record, my brother was baptized as a Catholic at my mother's insistence when he was little. I escaped that fate thankfully. When I pointed this little fact out to him, he informed me it didn't count, because Catholicism "isn't a real religion". His exact words. It was at this point I actually slapped him upside the head. And continued to physically beat him. He told me to stop, so I told him to pray to his Christian God, who is supposedly so almighty, to make me stop, and that the second he showed up, I'd stop whooping his ass. God never showed up. Unfortunately for him. He's pretty bruised now. So, part of what sparked this whole thing, was him telling me that he is going to enroll my niece in a Christian Private School as soon as possible. This pissed me off. He and I have had numerous conversations about why religious schools are a bad idea. They brainwash children into a single belief. We always said that when we had kids, we'd let them make their own choices when it came to religion. If they want to be Muslim, fine. Their call. I'll support them regardless. If they want to be a damn Jedai for all I care, I'll still support them 100%! But don't, for the love of all things good, FORCE your beliefs on your children. This is the biggest contradiction in religion, ever. Free Will. Where is the free will when kids are forced to take up their parents beliefs? That's not free will. It's coercion. Its this kind of thing that makes me furious. I was even called a HEATHEN by my own brother. A man who, until 4 weeks ago, had the same spiritual beliefs as myself. F%*king hypocrite... If he knew ANYTHING about his own new religion, he'd know better than to try and force it on other people. Besides, me and God have an agreement. I don't bother him, and he doesn't bother me. It's held solid for the past 26 years and I see no reason to change it now. Anyways, thats my rant for today. The moral of the story folks, don't be a fanatic. If you've found God, or been saved, or any other name for it, than good for you. Leave it at that. Don't try and convert everyone else to your way of thinking. Religion isn't supposed to be about conformity and tyrannical dictation of your life. It's supposed to be about making you a better person, more kind of heart and generous towards your fellow man. I got that without religion. It was called having an awesome father who raised me with good values, and I'll be damned long before I let ANY God or deity take the credit for that.
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