Having been an "atheist" for many a year, its great to finally have an outlet for atheism in ireland. just signed up today, and im glad i can have a medium to output my utter anger and frustration for what is the evil tyranny of the catholic church.
Aoife was born on Wednesday 19th October 2011 at 01:39am. As every parent will tell you, it was the most precious moment of their life, seeing their child for the first time. Unfortunately, there were complications. i'll not go into much detail, but aoife wasn't breathing well for the first few days of her life, due to swallowing maconium in labour. therefore she was on respiratory machines and whatnot for a few days.
So she made a full recovery in due time. Thanks to who? i ask you all. was it lady luck? was it "god"? or was it the 15 medical staff keeping tabs on aoife 24/7, the advanced medicine/technology making her better?
Religion. me and my partner are not in anyway affiliated with any organised religion. Have faith in ourselves and good people around us. Thats it. Although when there was talk of a christening between us, we would just see how it goes when aoife comes along, just do it for the nice day out, the family get together and all have nice fotos taken etc. and it would be lovely.
Aoife was only 48 hours old, when she had some complications, when my parents and i where driving to the hospital when they informed me that the doctors,and the medicine and the technology had nothing to do with aoifes stable condition, but the man upstairs. That we should organise the christening asap, that when i was only a week old, i got baptised, my parents didn't take me anywhere until i was, in fear of something bad happening. at this stage i was at a realisation of the sheer superstition and vagueness surrounding Catholicism. that upon questioning my parents belief, they told me they did not believe in the bible, that it was outdated, yet every child needs to be baptised. regardless of infant baptism being non-existent in the bible.
ANYWAY! sorry for the long-winded post, i need to vent! So weeks pass without any thought of a baptism. we were just happy that our wee girl was in good health. that the care she was given, was professional and heartfelt. So, weeks pass, and i get word that my grandparents are "angry at me, disapointed in me" that aoife hasnt been baptised yet. Now this is the turning point where i have such a grudge and deep resentment towards religion. I've been told its a disgrace that aoife hasnt been baptised, my grandparents havnt seen her since she was a month old. she is now 7 months old. And heres the kicker, my father had called mid-week to argue with me yet again that she needs to be baptised, its "7 months not 7 weeks" and i replied "what happens when shes 1 year? should we be worried?", after much debate and hot-headedness he threw my way, in a redneck tongue, not listening to reason "thats it, you have no father, i am not your father, i am ashamed of you, dont set foot in my house again"
Great role model i must say. and for the record, i contacted my mother after this debate, just this morning. and told her in great detail what went down, only to be told "that doesnt sound like him,. im sure he has his reasons for saying that. although to be honest, i think its a disgrace shes still not baptised"
what a great support system eh? my partners parents actually have a high i.q/braincell count. they've travelled the world , they have no place in a small cult catholic town. they no better, never mentioned religion to us. just happy that their granddaughter was in good health.
So there we are. been effectively disowned by parents/grandparents, on no fault of my own. i gave my reasons, i did nothing to provoke such actions, other than my apparent "ignorance" to religion. which i quoted things from the bible disproving infant baptism, and disproving prayer for the dead. and the response was "you read too much into it, thats your problem, you are catholic and thats it"
where are the christian values? is my account of this ordeal not a perfect example of the narrow-mindedness, the sheer brainwashing of the last generation?
what to do?