Where does the good go


One of my co-workers, the Jewish mother of a half Korean two-year-old girl, who took yesterday off for whatever Jewish holiday it was, just said that she and her husband plan to raise the child Christian because it’s easier to be Christian in America and she doesn’t really care one way or the other. I find this reasoning troubling, but can’t quite put my finger on why.

6 Responses to “Hmmm”

  1. Astin Says:

    Possible reasons:

    – Is the husband Christian? Then maybe it seems like she’s acquiescing to the father.

    – Because if someone doesn’t really care about their religion being passed on to their children, then why bother raising the kid under any religion? Let the kid decide when they’re old enough, without all the conditioned guilt crammed into them during childhood

    – Because if she doesn’t care one way or the other, how come SHE gets to take Yom Kippur off? You don’t care either, and you didn’t get it off!

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    Her husband is Christian, but interestingly enough, she has to deal with all the childcare issues for the kid — even though he is unemployed — because he never wanted kids and told her if she wanted one it would be her responsibility.

  3. RedxBranch Says:

    @ Astin (point 1) Religion wouldn’t seem viscerally real without the guilt crammed in during childhood.

    @ Dawn — Guy sounds like a d-bag.

  4. Astin Says:

    @Red Yup.

    @Dawn what Red said, but also, seems like the “let’s get married” plan was a terrible decision.

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  6. Rick Says:

    Because you hate jews.

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