Entirely true. However, I am also a materialist, so I’ve already been using a slightly broader definition of “religion” to base my rejecting on. There are, of course, some that I reject less strongly than others because they include fewer of the elements that I disagree with. I won’t enumerate those elements here because there’s no room in this thread for that.
Oh, and I’m definitely a Roman Catholic atheist.
Mostly joking. But most of the “joking” part is that homophones are a problem.
The only languages that I know more than five words of that have more homophones than English are Chinese and Japanese, and they’re famous for it.
And English does have many nontechnical words which have the same spelling but different meanings and pronunciations (homographs).
I will read a book, I have read a book. To lead. A lead pencil.
And then there are the countless verb-noun pairs which are spelled the same, and sometimes stressed differently. Sometimes depending on your regional variant.
And I only noticed how many homonyms (different meaning, same spelling, same pronunciation) there are in English when I found a Japanese-English vocabulary list online. It was just a lot more confusing and ambiguous than a Japanese-German one.
But no, I don’t consider it a “problem”, and I know that there are many other languages that show the same properties.
Yikes. A spanking?
I’m no parent myself, but as a scout master (in Austria) I’ve been in charge of more than one ten-year-old in public. And for most values of XYZ that would have merited a mild talking-to. Had I spanked any of them, I’d probably be in prison right now. And had I learned of parents spanking their kids for using bad words in public, I would have called Child Protective Services. But that’s a different decade and a different country from your childhood (you are over 20, right?).
And to avoid misunderstandings: I don’t want to accuse your parents of doing anything wrong, I just want to underline the message that America really is more sensitive to children using bad words than many other cultures.
I’m not selling that. All I’m selling is that parents who attend a Trump rally are pretty likely to express the same opinion, using the same words. And I don’t expect parents to prevent their children from saying things that they might say themselves. I don’t expect parents who support Trump to recognize calling Clinton a bitch is “the worst of their politics”.
I consider it unfair towards the ten-year-old in question that a fuss is being made about him specifically doing what thousands of the adults at Trump rallies have also been doing. And his mother made the right call when she kept the media away from him and defended him.
We don’t know what she told her son — maybe he got that talking to, maybe she told him that she agreed with him.