This whole pregnancy thing, while exciting and awesome in it’s own way, can be so frustrating. I’ve got plenty of mommy-friends, between online and real life friends, but sometimes you just don’t want to call them every 5 minutes when your mood changes and you don’t know why. Because of this, I joined a website that was suggested to me. It has all of this neat stuff, like a growth chart and suggestions for pretty much everything you could think of – or at least everything I could think of.
In an effort to relate to more pregnant women and new moms, I joined the website’s online community. It’s a series of discussion boards, groups and clubs, and each new member is automatically entered into a “birth club” for the month and year that they’re due (I’m in January 2010). As I scrolled through the main page of thread topics, it was evident that the majority of women in the community are devoutly religious. The most commonly used phrases I’ve seen (as you can find in a previous AI by Elyse) are “It’s God’s plan,” and the like. “God didits” pepper each conversation I scrolled through. […]
After cringing and cursing under my breath, but before putting myself through any more torture, I posted my own thread, asking if there were any other rational/non-religious mommies-to-be. I was pleased with the response I started to get; there are a lot of other women on that site that had been thinking the same thing – I just asked first. As we all basked in the glory that is finding the few other people in the crowd that agreed with us, our bubble burst. We got trolled.[These are actual quotes from the thread comments – because they are direct quotes, I’m not editing them.]
- I challenge anyone who has a skewed view of the God of the bible to actually read the bible themselves and then make up your mind.
- With all the stars, galaxy, planets and comets, meteors, who keeps this earth rotating perfecting in Orbit around the sun and moon any closer or farther away we would just burn up or have no life or Oxgyen like all the other planets, who or what created life/earth?
- DO you think this all just happens on its own without any directions or do you believe we have Evolved from Apes? IF so Â how come no one has ever witnessed a ape giving birth or turning into a Human, why did the evolution stop?
- You all say also that Scientist can explain things but that is just Theory, does not mean it is truth. Â A thoery is just a THoery.
- Science can explain evolution but it cannot explain the origin of the Earth.Â Â Evolution and religion can intertwine.Â Even evolution and Creation can intertwine.Â Unless youÂ were there – nobody knows how the earth was created.
- [Someone] had mentioned that if there was research to prove creation, she wanted to see it…Well there is TONS! just google creation science or “The case for creation” by Lee Strobel. Here’s another site too… http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/PartI.html
These comments came from several different women, and as soon as they popped up in the thread they were dealt with by one of us. I still felt that they were worth sharing – and there were plenty more, as this conversation reached 10 pages. In the spirit of getting trolled, some people got heated, some people remained level headed, and some just left. Apparently I caused a bit of a stir, as there have since been a couple threads, started by Christian moms, directed towards atheists.
“Just becuase it is not what you believe does not mean we cannot express ourselves as we believe.” Really? That’s interesting, because we were having a conversation amongst ourselves when you came busting in, in an attempt to save our withering souls.
Is there anywhere that’s safe from attack? I’ve since created a private group for Skeptical Mommies – I made it private because I wanted to maintain conversations without religious zealots crashing the party. If I want to fight about religion, I’ll go visit my great uncle.