A conversation in which Kent (37, atheist) and Flo (6, Jewish), have a semi-successful discussion about religion. At Easter.
Happy Jesus weekend.
Kent: Are you ready for the last day of school before Easter?
Flo: Not everyone believes in Easter. My teacher is a little bit Jewish. That’s what she said, “I’m a little bit Jewish”. People can be whatever they want. They can believe whatever they want to believe.
Kent: That’s right, lot’s of people believe lots of different things.
Flo: Do you want to be be Jewish daddy?
Kent: …um… [tumbleweed] … because my Mummy isn’t Jewish, I can’t just say “I’m Jewish”, I would have to do a test.
Flo: Well why don’t you do the test? I just did my spelling test. It was easy. The Jewish test is probably easy.
Kent: I like hanging out with Jewish people, I’m married to one, but that doesn’t mean that I need to become Jewish as well.
Flo: But why don’t you want to be Jewish? If you’re not Jewish, then what are you?
Kent: I’m not sure of what the right name is, but I believe different things to Jewish people and Christian people.
Flo: Are you a Muslim then? You don’t have a mat, do you?
Kent: No, I’m not a Muslim. And you’re right, I don’t have a mat.
Flo: But I have seen you wrap a book up.
Kent: That was just to stop it getting wet in the rain. Christians and Muslims and Jewish people all believe certain things about God and life, but I don’t think the same things about God. That’s why I’m not Muslim, or Jewish.
Flo: What do they believe that you don’t.
[getting into dangerous territory]
Kent: Well, most of those groups think that God has written rules for how we should live. But I think that people are better at writing those rules. A lot of God’s rules were written a long time ago, and while some of them are good, I don’t think they all make sense any more. So this means that some people are using some rules that don’t make sense. I think what when people come together and share ideas, we can do a better job of figuring out what’s good to do and what’s not good to do. Better than using rules that don’t make sense.
Flo: Like what?
Kent: Like lots of things. Like whether it’s a good idea to eat bacon, or help people, or kill people who believe different things, or give your money away.
Flo: I like bacon.
Kent: That’s right. You’re Jewish and you eat bacon, because you’ve decided that it’s a good thing to do. That’s a people decision.
Flo: Bacon is soooooo yummy.
Kent: Yeah, it’s one of the tastiest things in the world.
Flo: But you don’t eat it. If you like it, why don’t you eat it?
Kent: Because I think it’s better if we don’t eat meat. I think this is one of those things that most people will do a good job of figuring out if we keep sharing ideas. It might just take some time, and even then, lot’s of people might not agree.
Flo: Because bacon is yummy?
Kent: Because bacon is yummy. Especially with banana and maple syrup.
Flo: Banana?!? That sounds disgusting.
Kent: See, I told you people might not agree.