Now, I'm a firm believer in the idea that you are entitled to your opinion in how you relate top the Universe, and if you choose to believe in any of the various flavors of religion, then I will support your right to do so and fight against anyone that tells you you can't or shouldn't. It's when your belief starts to infringe on others that I get twitchy about it. With that in mind, I wasn't going to interrupt his little Sunday School lesson, here. It wasn't any of my business, after all, but it was loud enough that I couldn't avoid hearing it.
Anyway, we picked up the convo as he was mentioning the fact that the Egyptians could see that the Israelites weren't going to be able to go form their own nation, as they weren't responsible enough or something. Look at them now, he said, Israel is just, quote, "a speedbump", unquote. That was where I started to lose my appetite. Things just went downhill form there, as he and the boy talked about the fact that obviously God was here on Earth, how other gods were false or impostors (and atheists and gays were evil), and how other mythological beasts were images of the evils of Man as disconnected from God. All this and plenty of other brain-washing lunacy, all backed up by mentions of the books of the bible that "proved" it. The kid joined in laughing at anything that wasn't Christian, nodding along and asking questions.
It was painful and sad to hear. I really wanted to turn around and point out that the other religious extremists that this guy so obviously supports us trying to destroy are telling their kids exactly the same things, and that perhaps he should consider the ramifications of that statement. However, as I said, this was not my business, and besides, I learned a long time ago that arguing with a zealot is like arguing with a brick wall: it doesn't matter what you say, it's going to remain the same as it was when you started, impassive and unchanged.
Also sad, because the child was obviously bright and curious. instead of his mind flowering and looking around to see possibilities, it's being stuffed full of this. He'll know one way to think, and he'll learn to blindly accept what he's told. I can only hope that when he's old enough to think for himself, he will look at things openly and make a decision about how he chooses to live his life that is untainted by what he's heard. Maybe he'll at least choose to live a Christian life that is concerned with peace and love and not close-minded adherence to rigor without question.