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Faith and Fear and Fear in Faith


I am going to take two completely different subjects and weave them together today. Only because I love the post heading.

This past weekend, I finished reading Greg Prince’s fantastic book “Fear and Faith in Flushing“. Prince is a super diehard Mets fan who is also one of the prime voices at the “Fear and Faith in Flushing” blog. I’ve been reading Prince and his co-blogger Jason Fry for several years now. The “Fear and Faith” book is like a solo album by someone who has been in a band for years.

I highly recommend the book for any baseball fan, but especially those who are, were, or will ever be Mets fans. Prince is a master story teller who tells the story of his own life as it intersects with the Mets from 1969 to 2009. Prince is able to weave in the Metsian community into every aspect of his life, and you get the impression that after 40 years of being a fan, Prince and the Mets are almost one and the same.

The “Faith and Fear” is not so much about stats and standings as it is about family and fandom. And like the title states, fandom is nothing without faith.

Which leads me to part two of this post.

According to news reports, the government of Tajikistan has prohibited children from attending religious services.

While some in the Western world might scream holy bloody murder at the idea that children would be raise faithless, I think it is a brilliant idea. Children minds are too fragile to be exposed to something as dangerous as religion. They should not be able to be brainwashed by religious doctrine. They should be free to choose their own faith and expose themselves to the stories of religion when they are mentally ready.

It is a lot like the old baseball warning that you should not teach a kid how to throw a curve ball before they are 13 as their arm muscles are not developed enough and they will only suffer in the end.

Children should be raised to be good people independent of religion. They should be taught respect and discipline and to say please and thank you without the threat of “hell” or sin or any other boogie man looming over them. Then, if they so choose, they can belong to a church, mosque, or synagogue. They will still be good people whether or not they join or not.

There is also the added benefit of removing children from possible extremists who could use them as child suicide bombers.

And without God or Allah or Jehovah or Ra or Zeus or whoever else, when the kids do reach of age, who knows, they could eventually find solace at the altar of Gooden, Strawberry, Wright, Seaver, or Piazza.