August 14 2006

30 Days, Season 2, Episode 3:Atheist/Christian

The third episode of 30 Days is another one of those sticky subjects that’s difficult to approach for someone who likes to remain neutral for business reasons. There was a lot here though, so let’s get going.

Meet Brenda, a 47 year old mother from Kansas with multiple degrees and a Ph.D in psychology. Brenda is an atheist and she will be living for 30 days with the Shores family of Frisco, Texas, a devout Christian family. Really, there’s not a whole that happens int his episode that you can’t add up for yourself from just the set-up, except that Brenda seems to impact Tracy Shore, the wife, the most by letting her see that an atheist can be just like any one else, just with a different belief system.

That isn’t too say there weren’t surprising things in the episode. They mentioned a recent University of Minnesota study that found that atheists are the least trusted minority:

“From a telephone sampling of more than 2,000 households, university researchers found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.” Atheists are also the minority group most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.”

Because they have a different belief system? Wasn’t this country founded by people fleeing religious persecution? So now it’s ok to look down on people for not sharing the same beliefs as you? Glad to see things have changed so much.

The other interesting point was how Michael Shores couldn’t fathom how Brenda could raise her children without following Christian morals as the basis for everything. Luis over at BlogD (can you tell I really like Luis’ blog?) wrote a far better analysis of this then I ever could.

I liked the episode, but like all 30 Days episodes, it seems to suffer from the constraints of the time format. Just as you get really wrapped up in the people and the story, it’s time for the hour to end. I hate that.

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