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Student Molested by Math Teacher Loses Faith in Numbers

April 9, 2006 | 10 Comments

April 9, 2006, Boston, Massachusetts
Special to The Raving Atheist

Testifying the sentencing of his sixth grade math teacher, a victim of childhood molestation testified that the abuse destroyed his faith in numbers.

“I once marveled at the beauty and simplicity of mathematics,” said John Hendrickson, now 35, “Mr. Palmer robbed me of that innocent and comforting awe.” Hendrickson stated that addition had no meaning for him and that he would never trust the multiplication tables again.

Hendrickson broke down in tears as he described how Palmer, a non-believer, also destroyed his belief in atheism. “I once embraced a carefree, naturalistic view of the universe free from the tyranny of superstition and guilt-driven moral codes,” he said. “But now I worship the virgin-born, martyred and resurrected son of a loving and merciful deity.”


10 Responses to “Student Molested by Math Teacher Loses Faith in Numbers”

  1. Mister Swill
    April 9th, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    Love it.

  2. sternwallow
    April 9th, 2006 @ 7:03 am

    It is amazing how a small trial can so easily demolish the fragile structure that is human-originated mathematics. Unbelievers in general and scientists, in particular, should take special note that their faith and trust in the invisible, emotionless and uncaring view of the universe and the means for counting its many parts, is built on insubstantial concepts with no irrational proof of their existence.

  3. "Q" the Enchanter
    April 9th, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    Whatever it takes to bring people closer to God, I say.

  4. "Q" the Enchanter
    April 9th, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    Whatever it takes to bring people closer to God, I say.

  5. "Q" the Enchanter
    April 9th, 2006 @ 8:47 am

    Whatever it takes to bring people closer to God, I say.

  6. John Ivey
    April 9th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    Its therapy time.

  7. choobus
    April 9th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    What a one sided report. He may have lost faith in some numbers, but nobody is talking about his deep respect for the number 69.


  8. defanatic
    April 9th, 2006 @ 9:12 pm

    I read choobus’ comment before his name, but in hindsight, I didn’t need to remember the name.

  9. choobus
    April 9th, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

    hindsight is the best. Thank jesus it’s always 20/20….

  10. salvage
    April 12th, 2006 @ 8:56 am

    The part you’re missing in your bit is how the Arithmeticican spent the last 60 years or so shuffling the molesting teachers from school to school, not informing the authorities that crimes against children had been committed or even acknowledging the problem in a desperate attempt to preserve the reputation that the Arithmeticope and his little helpers are infallible and holy.

    See dum dum the reason why the molesting of children destroyed faith in the church was not the bad priests, there are bad people of all faiths nothing to do with whatever flavor of sky god they fancy, it’s the systematic and deliberate attempt to PROTECT THE MOLESTORS AND NOT THE CHILDREN THAT WERE BEING MOLESTED that folks have a problem with.


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