Agnostic Bar Mitzvah Speech

Submitted by: The_Maddog 7 years ago

Not the sort of speech you expect at a Bar Mitzvah! Smart kid!
There are 41 comments:
Male 382
that was annoying. anyone read Dr McNinja? "IIIIVE GOT DIABEEEETEEEEEES....nyeeeeeeeer"
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Female 115
jewfro!
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Female 528
it doesn`t matter. You`re weenie will never see its hat ever again
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Male 69
@AGit

Let`s cut off your dick, let`s see how much more stupid comments you`ll make..

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Female 934
I agree infact being circumcised is supposedly uncomfortable and can lead to uretha infections"

I read that as "Aretha infections". And that made me think of Aretha Franklin... :/

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Male 995
Smart kid? Cut off his finger, let`s see how smart he is....
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Male 602
While Opie raises good points, recently the topic of circumcision has become debated again.

The true decline in circumcisions in the US was started when Insurance Companies in several states decided to stop covering the procedure on the "it`s not necessary" decision.

Basic hygiene is much better here, but some would argue that the sheer predominance of circumcision in America has also helped reduce the spread of STDs in the first place, especially things like Chlamydia, and certain ulcers and Cancers.

Being someone who has had it done, I can say I don`t remember if it hurt or not, and it rocks :)

The complications that could come from being circumcised happen infrequently indeed(0.2 - 2% in the US), and in fact circumcision is sometimes the best option for an uncircumcised adult male who is suffering certain medical problems.

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/circumcision.htm

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Male 54
Huh... I live in ISRAEL!
And I work in a fancy event hall which has a bar mitzvah or something like that almost every day, so I see these kind of thing pretty often...
I HATE MY JOB!
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Male 2,388
I agree infact being circumcised is supposedly uncomfortable and can lead to uretha infections
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Male 15,832
@ simim23 I`m an Antagonostic. "I`m not entirely sure if God exists or not, but if he does, I know I don`t like him."
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Female 1,082
i like it!
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Female 15,763
"The practice is done more commonly these days for hygienic reasons."

Actually there are no real hygienic reasons to do it, ask any doctor. The tradition of removing the foreskin of an infant (or an adult in rare cases) is a dying one, as it has no real scientific basis. I will admit that in Africa, studies have shown that circumcision greatly reduces the risk of passing on an STD. This is mostly due to the lack of sexual protection used and extreme lack of basic hygiene.

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Male 10,440
Of course there is a god... how absurd. I am God.
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Male 177
Wait the bible? thats not jewish *gasp*! lol great speech
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Male 3,369
Nidonemo:
It is done during infancy, because if you ever get circumsized as an adult when you can remember the pain, you will regret it.
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Yes. I speak from experiance.I dont regret having the surgery because I needed it though the recovery was rather nasty (no I`m not Jewish)! I certainly do not support the Jewish tradition of circumcising infants. Let them make up their own mind when they are adults!

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Male 9,306
People, to clear stuff up:

Circumcision is the removal of the foreskin of the penis. The ceremony is called a briss. It is done during infancy, because if you ever get circumsized as an adult when you can remember the pain, you will regret it. The practice is done more commonly these days for hygienic reasons.

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Male 9,306
Mazel tov.
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Male 486
Sacrilicious!
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Male 506
As to the linguistic argument raging below, "gnosis" means knowledge in Greek. By adding the prefix "a-", you are saying that you are literally "without knowledge". Agnostic describes the kid pretty well.
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Male 506
I`m gonna go ahead and assume that these guys are Reform. I was raised Christian and am currently an atheist, but I`ve spent enough time going to relative`s banai mitzvot at a Conservative synagogue to know that those words would sort of get you excommunicated, or whatever the Jewish equivalent of that would be. Decircumcised, maybe?
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Male 3,369
GlooStikk.

He stood up and said those things at his own Bar Mitzvah. The same equivlent would be saying "I`m agnostic" at say..your`re own christening (though traditionally most people couldnt due to the age issue). All in all it`s a big thing when taken in it`s context!

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Male 4,393
he looks like the rapper Edan...
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Male 1,297
aw now i just re-read my comment and i feel like kind of a jackass! i also meant to mention that he`s got balls for saying all that in front of his family and friends, no doubt! keep on thinking for yourself!
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Male 1,297
honestly, i expected something a little more than this. not to discourage anyone who got anything more out of it than i did, but he just voiced some of the most basic "god hang-ups"... thats cool, but weren`t we all doing that at his age? even if we weren`t saying it in front of anyone else? i guess i just expected something else.
XB
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Female 523
I so needed to watch this.. for one, it`s nice to see a kid who can think for himself. Also, the fact everyone seemed alright with his speech was.. well, shocking.
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Male 127
that was very lame
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Female 1,427
"If you`re not sure, you`re not theistic, and therefore atheistic. Gnosticism pertains to knowledge, theism to belief."

If you`re not sure, you`re not Gnostic.
Agnosticism simply means "I don`t know if God exists or not."

An Agnostic Theist would say, "I`m not entirely sure if God exists or not, but I believe he does."

An Agnostic Atheist would say, "I could be wrong, but I don`t believe God exists."

A Gnostic Theist would say, "God exists and I know, without a doubt, that this is true."

A Gnostic Atheist would say, "There`s no way God exists, at all."

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Male 17,512
I think this kid was still questioning his belief in the stories of the bible, Which can seem quite unbelievable, Not necessarily his belief in God.

You don`t have to believe the whole bible in order to believe in God, and I think that`s what this kid is wrestling with.

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Female 541
jew fro!!!!
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Male 431
is that a real jew fro?
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Male 4,547
Catbarf: "If you`re not sure, you`re not theistic"

No more so than if you don`t drive a car you must be a panda.

You can doubt and still be theist, because belief in itself does not require 100% certainty. (No matter who crammed that bullpoo down your throat).

Many people believe that they won`t win the lottery, that does not necessarily mean they don`t buy tickets. That is because their belief is not 100%. It`s still belief. The word is not being misused.

His quote was specifically that he didn`t know if he believed in God. (It is not possible to tell if he is atheist/theist from the video).

He implied he didn`t know the nature of God. That is agnostic. It`s therefore an agnostic speech.

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Female 1,441
That`s nice. He`s pretty articulate for a thirteen year old.
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Male 1,455
If you`re not sure, you`re not theistic, and therefore atheistic. Gnosticism pertains to knowledge, theism to belief.
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Male 567
exactly! well spoken.
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Male 68
that was great, what a cool kid and how cool of them to let him make that speech - quite uplifting
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Male 1,357
that was quality
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Male 148
now off with the forskin !!!
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Male 272
fantastic
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Male 15,832
"Today, I am MY OWN man!
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Male 4,547
Actually, this gets the Baal seal of approval.
Smart kid.Nice to see some introspection in a 13 year old.

Also: Primary!

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Male 3,369
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