I just read a story that made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Don't laugh! It happens...sometimes...I swear!
Danny Segal who is a traditional believing Jew will be on stage at the Global Atheist Convention with his daughter Shelley who is an atheist to perform songs from her new album for atheists called An Atheist Album.
The album is centered around her journey towards becoming an atheist, even though she was raised in the Jewish tradition. Shelley had this to say:
''I probably called myself an atheist at 18, but I still thought religion was positive, if not for me. It was the beginning of learning to think critically.
''When I got some distance and perspective I saw things I might take issue with - women being separated [in synagogue] and not being allowed to take part in the service or lead the service and, looking back, it's abhorrent to me that I didn't see a problem …''
However, that's not going to stop her from jamming with her father at the upcoming atheist rally and it certainly won't stop her religious father from doing the same.
In the article they talk about how there was some friction when Shelley first announced that she was an atheist, but their love for each other seems to have won out - that and they were able to find some common ground.
Music muted the tensions. Shelley has been singing with Danny's band since she was 11 and Danny plays with Shelley at her gigs. ''Dad has taught me the joy people can get through music,'' Shelley says.
''The support is amazing. When as a teenager I came home and said I didn't believe in God it must have felt like a complete rejection. The more I meet people in the movement and hear how hard it's been for them, the more impressed I am by my family.''
Entertainingly, they disagree about whether they disagree on where values come from, but Shelley tells Danny: ''I still have your morality and your values, and the fundamentals of how we feel about life and people are very much the same.''
Way to go Shelley and Danny! It's nice to hear a good story about a religious person and an atheist finding common ground even though they may disagree and have spirited arguments or discussions.
I hope Danny likes the atheist rally.
And as promised, here's a picture of my daughter and her boyfriend, TJ.
They were just over for supper, along with my mom. Good times were had by all. They even managed to choke down my cooking.
It wasn't that bad.
I'm not too bad of a cook. You can't go wrong with pasta.