Attacks on Planned Parenthood

Why is this even happening?


I can not believe we are even considering defunding Planned Parenthood in this country.

The other day, I talked to my mom about it. She’s a very conservative religious person and you guessed it: she supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood and NPR. She said, “Why should my tax dollars go to support those programs?”

She thinks they’re frivolous.

I agree with her on one thing: since she’s not poor, she pays a LOT (a LOT!) of taxes. Do I think it’s fair that she pays more taxes? No, not really.

However, this is where we disagree: I think defunding Planned Parenthood is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. I also think the Representative who started all this business is really, really undereducated and should be voted out of office, asap.

So, people like my mom want to save money on frivolous spending? I think that’s fine. Actually, I agree that some things should be defunded. However, Planned Parenthood and NPR  should not be options.

I have a great idea for who should be defunded: religious organizations.

Take away every church’s “non-profit” status.

Make churches and pastors pay taxes.

Hmmm…there’s a statement you’ll all disagree with.

Need to save more money? Cut out all government programs to religious institutions, such as fake abortion counseling clinics who get grants to preach Jesus to people. Cut out government funding to churches all over the country.

That would save a lot of money, and it might also stop the absurdity that keeps going on and on and on, as fundamentalists marry themselves with ultra-Conservative Congresspeople.

What Will My Children Be Like?

After going through a radical shift in my own religious views and thinking, I often wonder what my own kids will be like. Honestly, I get worried that they’ll find themselves uber-involved in some fundamentalist church as a form of rebellion to me.

I know I’m pretty ahead of the game here. I don’t have kids. I’m a long way off to having them, too.

Sometimes I read The Friendly Atheist. Today, the post is called “Handling Children Who Are Not Atheists.” I think one of the main concerns any “enlightened” parent or person faces, is that we don’t want to indoctrinate others like we were once indoctrinated. We like to see other people think for themselves, and occasionally or often, think radically different from the crowd thinking.

I’ve spent a good portion of my adult life as a minister, a reverend. A large portion of my activities were geared toward indoctrinating others, or supporting groups who indoctrinated others.

I’m not a fan of indoctrinating people.

Children are just little people. They need to be taught and molded, but one day, they’re going to need to think for themselves and be good adults. How do you do that without indoctrinating them?

The Friendly Atheist quotes a book by M. Anton Mikicic called god is redundant . Mikicic says (as quoted by TFA) and I agree,

“What advice do I have for my kids? Educate yourselves! As Bertrand Russell said, “What we need is not the will to believe, but the will to find out.” I do think one of the vices of religion is it teaches you to be satisfied with not understanding.”


“My hope for my kids is that they’re happy and confident, free to explore the diversity of life, and to discover the things they love the most.

Those are some of my hopes for my children–education and happiness to explore the diversity of life. If my children find happiness in religion, I probably won’t be extremely happy, but I will be happy if they explore religion curiously, intelligently and with kindness.