A Small Victory
I feel better than I have for a very long time. Allow me to explain:
About 2 months ago, I was attending a Meeting for Business at my Quaker Meeting (yes, I see no problem with Quakerism, without the religion, as a way of life. I'm sure Seth and I will end up debating this, but there you are... in fact, I should post about that sometime). At the Meeting, the subject was the curriculum for the Junior High class (my class). The basic outline called for Bible study, and there were open to suggestions. I suggested Job, and to my great surprise everyone thought 'it was a brilliant idea.
A month later, the curriculum began. The first Sunday was... pretty interesting. We looked at a few passages, and mapped out the general plot of Job. In fact, as the resident atheist, I was asked to express my opinion several times (the Cambridge brand of Quakers are so liberal and free-thinking it would blow your mind, people like me actually have a name there: the non-theist Quakers).
Second Sunday, I was prepared. I had read through Job again, marking interesting parts, and parts that supported my argument for the obliviousness and over-all stupidity of the character God in the Bible. I also looked up the God is a Dick on Job that the Evangelical Atheist wrote a few months ago. Without that I doubt I would have made as much impact.
As it is, on the third Sunday we wrapped up Job, and did a final discussion. It was better than I could have hoped for. In those three weeks, or during the time before, nearly all of my peers had become atheists. I was shocked, and overjoyed.
Better yet, my mother, who was attending a youth organization committee, informed me of a great conversation they were having. Apparently the parents of the atheisticized teens were expressing how the kid's were starting to question the beliefs their parents had hammered into them. They were beginning to view the world differently, and their parental units couldn't have been more angry. That, for some odd reason, makes me happy.
So I come to you now to announce a small victory, and a message that I myself was until recently in desperate need of: don't give up. It may take a while, but eventually someone will see what you are trying to tell them. Especially if you go with the younger, more freethinking teens as I did. I'm overcome with joy. I shall go celebrate with pizza, as there is one right across the street.
Good night everyone, and thank you for your time.