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Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 0-3: Sights and Sounds

Tonight starts another brand new series that I hope you will all enjoy. In Inoculation Against Indoctrination I will be speaking of what a religious upbringing does to the brain, and how it changes as a person grow older or when they enter the faith. I was raised in a fairly strict Pentecostal home, though I can say that I knew others who come from an even more strict family. Yet, I from what I’ve read of others stories and how religious faith works in general I think a person from any faith will see parallels to their own upbringing.


So you’ve just spent 9 months in the womb, you squeeze yourself into the world of the non umbilical connected entities and where do you find yourself. Well, outside of what I hope is a hospital, it’s a good chance that you were born to religious parents. You don’t even have control of your own head before they parade you to church, synagogue, or a mosque. Some of your very earliest memories will probably be within the walls of your own faiths version of a temple.

Before you are even able to talk you hear songs and see people acting in strange ways. Everyone wants to touch you while closing their eyes and mumbling a bunch of random sounds. If you are born with a penis, one of your first painful experiences was probably of someone lopping off a piece of it. Unfortunately in some parts of the world, if you are a female you may have to go through an even worse form of circumcision at some point in your life.

So you’re laying there in your mother or your fathers arms and you hear people sing the hymns, you hear the voice of the religious leader as they speak, you hear prayers and testimonies. All of these things are flowing into your infant mind and shaping how you view things that are normal, even though you might not be making many memories, what your mind does collect will have a great deal of influence over how you view faith as you grow older.


Once you’ve gained control of your head and your limbs, mastered standing and maybe walking around a bit, and begun talking a bit you find that people are trying to get you to say new words all the time. If you’re born into a fundamentalist Christian family, one of the words that people around you try to get you to say is “Jesus.” Aroud this time you are probably christened or “dedicated to god”, which is a ceremony that basically says you are owned by god and your parents are simply your guardians here on earth.

Around this time you begin mimicking your parents and those that you see in your religious environment.  The more you mimic the adults the more praise you receive by those around you. Praise is good and it feels good and so you mimic more and more. Maybe your family sees your wonderful mimic skills as actual faith and so they post videos of you on YouTube like the one below.

You’re beginning to speak more and more. At around three years old you are taken from your parents when at church and placed in Sunday school with other children your age. Not much in the way of learning is done but their are games, toys, and songs. You really like the songs and they are easy to remember so you sing them throughout the day. Little do you know that you’ve spent your entire life, readying yourself for the next stage, when indoctrination truly begins in the minds of most children raised within the church. The only thing that you know is…

“Jesus loves me this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little Ones to him belong,
They are weak but he is strong.”


For the next article in this series, click here:Inoculation Against Indoctrination: Ages 4-6: Jesus Loves You

Weekend Tube

Weekend Tube 01/26/18

Good evening Heathens and Hell-Bound Friends and Foes alike.  Welcome, once again, to your one stop shop for some great videos to check out this weekend. There’s going to be a few more videos this week than last because it was a pretty damn good week for videos. If you think I’ve missed anything, let me know. Just so you all know….the ranking is pretty well arbitrary but helps move things along. Also most of these videos are recent but at the same time this article is about the videos I enjoyed the most this week not necessarily the ones that were made in the past week.

#10 Professor Stick: “Outrageous Coffee Treatment is Outrageous”

Holy shit….literally…. I loved this video because it’s informative and because I’ve tried doing a coffee enema in the past and well…it was a really bad experience and I also shot coffee all over my bathroom….but yeah….Coffee enemas are pretty much shit….

#9 Godless Engineer: “ASAPScience Fails At Mathematically Proving God Exists”

I cannot possibly tell you how hard I laughed at the question, “Why is god wearing a tiara?” Godless Engineer returns to the list this week with a very funny take-down of a very stupid video. Also an extra 10 points for the fucking awesome Ninja Turtle Beanie.

Number 8: Holy Koolaid “Testing Psychics with Science”

Holy Koolaid is a fantastic channel with a lot of great videos. In this video he talks about the claims of psychics and how we might test those claims. Spoiler: Psychics are full of shit but it doesn’t stop them from using people each and every day.

Number 7: Paulogia “Genetic Entropy. We’re all DOOMED! – Creation Today Claims”

This is actually from a series of videos, all of which are excellent. Paulogia is great at taking down Creation Today’s arguments and his deadpan style is absolutely hilarious at times. I think you are really going to enjoy this one.

Number 6: Cosmological “Bad Analogies Don’t Prove God”

New to Youtube, Cosmological gives Paulogia a run for his money when it comes to the deadpan style of humor. He really knows his stuff and still manages to bring a lot of humor to the table. Check him out and if you like it subscribe, I hope to see much more from Cosmological in the future.

Number 5: Robert Lester “Cults and Context – a response to Cult Apologists”

Robert Lester has become one of my favorite Youtubers over the last few months. His videos are full of information. In this video he speaks about the death of Max Spiers a known conspiracy theories. Of course his death has spawned even more conspiracy theories.

Number 4: No Sacred Cows “Ten Questions For White Nationalist”

This video appears for two reasons. 1.) It poses some great questions that any White Nationalist should be forced to answer and 2.) I think he will be shocked to have made the list. I really did enjoy this video nonetheless.

Number 3: Anti-Ordinary “RE: WHAT IF THE EARTH IS FLAT?!”

Anti-Ordinary was included in last weeks article but in a video with Godless Engineer. This one is cheating a bit since it’s 6 days old but hey it’s my list and I only say it this week. She does a great job at picking apart the flat earth arguments and is pretty damn funny while doing it.

Number 2: Godless Engineer “Only Real Christians Believe Vigilant Christian Mario”

Godless Engineer Makes a second appearance in this video where he confronts a No True Scotsman fallacy head-on. I loved this video but I don’t know if I like his Beanie more… I gotta find out where he gets these because they are just awesome.

Number 1: Aron Ra “Systematic Classification of Life – ep20 Eucynodontia”

Okay, so I’m a science nut and AronRa is an absolute monster when it comes to explaining science. You get more information in a 12 minute video from AronRa than you do from some textbooks, which he is only too happy to point out. This is another series of videos so take some time and check it out.

Video Of The Week: Godless Cranium “The Indoctrination of the North American ‘Indian'”

If you want to watch a powerful video then look no further. I also have to say that I really learned some things that I didn’t know about the treatment of native tribes in both the US and Canada. This is a heartbreaking video and one that I think almost anyone should watch.

Well, those are the videos that I enjoyed the most this week. If you felt there was a video that I missed and should have been included, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy these videos. If you aren’t subscribed to these channels and enjoy what you see, please subscribe. If you are able consider donating to some of the folks Patreons as well, creating content is time-consuming and of course, time equals money.