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“My Parents Brainwashed Me”

Teenager Ethan Metzger tells the Bronx Youth Poetry Slam what he responded when told his parents brainwashed him. Video

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YEA YEA
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YEA YEA

Fist pump

Kol hakovod
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Kol hakovod

Very well done

wow
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wow

That is great.

Nice to see
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Nice to see

Kol Hakovod to this young man

awesome
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awesome

great job

Awesome!!!
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Awesome!!!
Very good.
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Very good.

Could this possisbly be transcribed and printed here Ltoieles Horabim?

Love it
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Love it

This is fantastic!! I can’t wait to show it to my 13 year old.

WOW
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WOW

This is great!!!

WOWWWWWWW
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WOWWWWWWW

Powerful!

So beautifully said!
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So beautifully said!

And So much to take to heart!

Montreal
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Montreal

We should send this to the gov’t of Quebec – they are convinced that religion is a TERRIBLE idea and we ruin our kids with “Brainwashing”.
What an amazing kid – maybe he should run for politics!!

wow, that was beautiful!
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wow, that was beautiful!

I have chills
amazing writing

nice
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nice

nice

To#12
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To#12

Well there is some truth to that, but what can I say people focus on what they want to focus on.

Thank you!!!
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Thank you!!!

Thank you for so coherently putting into words what we are all thinking but not able to!

amazing!
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amazing!

his parents must be so proud!

Impressed!
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Impressed!

I lllllike it!!!!!!!!

FANTASTIC! Yasher Koyach & Kol Hakvod
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FANTASTIC! Yasher Koyach & Kol Hakvod

What Jewish Pride!
How Empowering!
Compulsory viewing for every FRUM child.

to #1 -
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to #1 -

you might just be my favorite person in the whole world!

YEA YEA
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Words that paint a picture...
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Words that paint a picture...

so powerful.

Kidush Hashem
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Kidush Hashem

Is he related to Dr. Metzger at Stern College?

Meir
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Meir

BS”D

WOW an article with only up beat comments
Moshiach must be round the corner
This has to be a first and a record

This is a real kiddush hashem
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This is a real kiddush hashem

This boy is more eloquent than most and has been able to express this so beautifully

amazing!!
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amazing!!

go ethan, cont. being an inspiration to those around u!

Great Poem
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Great Poem

Any education is actually “brain washing”.

People refer to it as education when they agree with the ideals, and as brain washing when they dont.

to #20 -
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to #20 -

You’re very awesome, Thank you for acknowledging people!

YEA YEA
Fist Bump!

Terrific!
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Terrific!

Yasher Koach!!

Really great!
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Really great!

Fantastic!

Wow
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Wow

Yeah !

Wow
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Wow

Beautifully put

so great
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so great

I’m glad someone said it, we’re not brainwashed kids, we’re proud kids.

just fantastic!
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just fantastic!

you said it so well kid!

humbled and inspired
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humbled and inspired

the image of g-d running millions of marathons every day!!! wpw!!

Wow!
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Wow!

What a King!!

WOW
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WOW

Amazing!!!! Very well said. Your parents must be very proud of you.

Applause, Applause!
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Applause, Applause!
Amazing!!!
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Amazing!!!

So true and well expressed!

TALENTED
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TALENTED

Very well thought out and very entertaining…good message….I loved it!!

Well Done!
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Well Done!

The student becomes the teacher.

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Finally teens getting positive attention!

Wow wow wow
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Wow wow wow

Awsome !!!

Impressed
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Impressed

Wow! Just wow

Great
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Great

The soul of Judaism.

Awesome!!
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Awesome!!

Great parents, great kid! So impressed! Wish all parents and kids were taught this way!

wow
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wow

Awesome!!!!!

Floored!!!!
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Floored!!!!

Wow!!!amazing!!!may more teenagers learn from your lesson

Wow!!
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Wow!!

He sounds like the next Charlie Harari! Aweome job!!

Loved it!
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Loved it!

What an impressive young man.

Just beautiful.
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Just beautiful.

Yasher koah!

Yeshar Koach
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Yeshar Koach

This needs to be shown at every school, to every kid. Kol Hakavod.

Des Moines, Miami & Jerusalem
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Des Moines, Miami & Jerusalem

I only hope I have brainwashed my children so beautifully. Yaasher Koach to all those parents and the generations who will follow.

Controversial opinion
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Controversial opinion

Whilst I thought the delivery was very good and Ethan clearly has talent, I feel he somewhat missed the true nature of the accusation levelled at him by his classmate. I hope that in discussing my opinion below I’m not accused of being facetious, as if poetry isn’t allowed to be discussed then are we missing some of the point? What he has done, in my opinion, is conflate the inherent Human values of social cooperation that has allowed our species to thrive with the strictures and oft-arbitrary controls of religion. The values he espouses, and that I too agree… Read more »

to#53
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to#53

I like your opinion. It wasn’t offensive.
All brainwashing isn’t good brainwashing.

refreshing and intelligent
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refreshing and intelligent

In today’s world, to hear such a young man say what he did and master its delivery in such a manner, is outsanding. Way to go Ethan. Can’t wait to hear from you in the future, because you have a great one ahead of you…

to #53
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to #53

I think modern society has a warped position on ‘freedom to choose’. ALL people are ‘forced’ into countless social structures and none of them seem objectionable, but when it comes to anything religious, people insist on letting children choose for themselves. Do we leave kids naked until they mature, so that they can ‘choose’ whether or not they want to wear clothes? Do we speak dozens of languages to them so that they can ‘choose’ which language best suits their needs? Do we allow them to steal, injure, act obnoxiously, pollute, or any other currently ‘unacceptable’ behavior so that they… Read more »

To #53
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To #53

Brainwashing is: to make (someone) adopt radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible pressure. While an argument can conceivably be made that a parent inculcating religion into their childrens life at an early and impressionable age is brainwashing (and in a purely philosophical respect its a fair point) it is an absurd notion in practical sense. We all brainwash out children, despite our best intentions. We as people are mimetic. We imitate what we see others do. When a child is born to religious parents they learn to speak, and how to think all under the guidance of… Read more »

AWESOME!!!!
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AWESOME!!!!

CLASS ACT!!!! You said what you needed to say with such GRACE!!!!! Beautiful speech

inspiring!
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inspiring!

thank you.

Teacher-Parent
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Teacher-Parent

train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6
and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,..
Deuteronomy 6:7
Wonderfully said and enjoyed

Brainwashing/teaching
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Brainwashing/teaching

How fabulous! I can only imagine how proud your parents are of you – especially considering I have never even met you and am proud of you as I can be!

#53
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#53

We are all brainwashed by parents , society, etc. Even athiests

wow
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wow

wow! just wow! fantatsic teen, would love my kids to grow up and feel this way 🙂

Very Good
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Very Good

I wish I had a transcript of the words he spoke I could not quite understand every word

PROUD OF YOU
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PROUD OF YOU

YOU ARE A PRIDE TO AM YISROEL.
MAY YOUR PARENTS DERIVE MUCH NACHAS FROM YOU

Wonderful
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Wonderful

First of all, I respect this young man incredibly. He is a choice young man. Secondly, #53 brings up a point worthy of discussion which is answered perfectly by #56 and #57. The only thing I might add to respond to #53 is that the difference between the ” the inherent Human values of social cooperation” and the result (or blessings) of “oft-arbitrary controls of religion” are hard to discern at an early age or early stage of practicing religion. It is after the leap of faith that some of these blessings come to fruition. He could very well write… Read more »

My Own Mind
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My Own Mind

Think your Thoughts be sure they are from your good heart.

Bravo!!
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Bravo!!

Bravo!!! To you and your parents !!!!they raised an intelligent young man, who’s not afraid to speak up and voice his opinion, who knows right from wrong, who sees others before himself. Yeshar cohach!!! May you continue to be a four w of nachat to your family and the entire Jewish nation !!! Kol hakavod !!!!!

How Wonderful
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How Wonderful

What a great tribute to his parents. They must be so proud.

wow
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wow

I couldn’t stop crying this was so beautiful!

Awesome
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Awesome

such an amazing young man

touched
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touched

I found this very inspiring. Does anyone know how we can contact him to express our appreciation.

Brain washed – a clean brain , fresh and clean from impurities.

Fantastic!
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Fantastic!

God Bless this young man and his parents with such Love and conviction of all that is good.The world needs much more of this.

Incredible words from a very smart Jewish young man
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Incredible words from a very smart Jewish young man

I’d like to think that I’ve brainwashed my kids to have the same beliefs and ideals of this young man. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Yasher Koach!

Wonferful
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Wonferful

I wish more parents would brainwash their kids that way.

wow
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wow

wow

#53 replying to #56 and #57
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#53 replying to #56 and #57

To #56: I was not disagreeing with your premise of moulding ones children into behaviours that we deem ‘worthy’. Of course it is irresponsible to not teach your child to become a compassionate and caring member of society. I dislike the word ‘moral’ as it is used without definition. In some countries it is ‘moral’ to stone a woman to death for extra-marital sex. Thus, the idea of morals should be framed within the context of what they mean. The Torah speaks of and condones slavery, and I would make the accusation that in our ‘modern’ world such ‘morals’ are… Read more »

#53
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#53

You don’t understand how much he understood that social moment

to #74
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to #74

very very nice

thank u i liked your brain wash

KUDOS
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KUDOS

Well done. Very proud of you!!!!!

Brutus
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Brutus

You have SKILLS!!! Well done!

Thank you
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Thank you

For sharing your amazing, beautiful words. I couldn’t agree more with the way my parents raised me!!!

your one of a kind
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your one of a kind

Love you brother i just finish translated in hebrew and iam going to rehab in isreal and olot of that great stuff we have in are brain but in life we dont have guts to say it or this world is very hard thanks for the confdets you showed love and peace

WOW!
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WOW!

Thank you! so powerful!
may you grow to always be proud to be “brainwashed” to serve Hashem and to teach your children, too!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR BOLDNESS TO TELL THE TRUTH
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR BOLDNESS TO TELL THE TRUTH

BLESS YOU THIS IS AN AWESOME TESTIMONY TO YOUR PARENTS! AND TO YOUR FAITH!

Wonderful
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Wonderful

Thank you! Great Job!!

Thank You
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Thank You

Kol Hakavode Ethan and Yasher Koach!
I wish more parents would “brainwash” their kids into the values and morals you have been taught!

Amazing
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Amazing

WOW! I pray that I have infected my children and brainwashed them like this young man has been. God bless him and his parents.

an honest recital
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an honest recital

excellent. kol hakovod.

My Parents did that too barouh ashem !
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My Parents did that too barouh ashem !
Inspiring
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Inspiring

Brought tears to my eyes. Great job Ethan.

I feel better now...
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I feel better now...

The world has at least one person with his head on straight. Way to go, Ethan.

Congratulations!
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Congratulations!

A yosher koah to Ethan and his parents.
You must have made your parents very proud of you! May you continue t bring them such naches in all of your future endeavours.
All the best to you, Ethan!!
Hope that we will hear from you again!!

To Ethan's Parents
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To Ethan's Parents

I hope to as effectively “brain wash” my own children. Job well done!

a leader
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a leader

that’s standing alone, and winning my friend , awesome

Love this
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Love this

Brain washing, no matter what you call it, is an innate part of parenting. We take babies whose every instinct tells them to scream when they want something, smack you when they don’t, and grab everything their heart desires, and we teach them to discuss their needs, moderate their desires and compromise and play nice with others. Laundry, in the highest degree!

in awe
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in awe

i am truly in awe. I want to give you the greatest compliment I know. You are a mentch.

My Parents brainwashed me
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My Parents brainwashed me

Very uplifting. Renews my faith in future.

Religion is terrible
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Religion is terrible

parents could have spent so much more time instilling values and education other than delusion and group think.

"Brainwashing", teaching and Loving.
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"Brainwashing", teaching and Loving.

One mustn’t forget that this young man is still a child. The issue of religion came at the end of his poem. (And that may have been the issue brought up by his friends when they called him “brainwashed”)”That is not to say it isn’t important. The other issues of social morays, caring for others, living within the rules of humanity come first in his poem. We should all, as children, have parents who make those parts of life IMPORTANT. Perhaps some of the ills of our society would go away,if parents instilled (or brainwashed) their children with those feelings,

crying
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crying

yasher kocho for this kidush hashem , made me cry

Aliza
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Aliza

Got the chills. That was great!

Nice.
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Nice.

Well Done, Ethan. This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Thanks for putting it into words.

to#99
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to#99

Right. I never understood the herd mentality process.

Untill you have walked in their shoes
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Untill you have walked in their shoes

Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your shoes. It is true…. so many people judge religious life, because they have experienced a certain religion, or a certain person living a certain religion, but you can not judge untill you have lived it. Religious upbringing or not, we all have to make a choice as to what we will live…. It is a choice.

to #53
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to #53

u mention that ” Our species has been around for hundreds of thousands of years, we had to cooperate to survive.”
just saying- we do believe the world is only 5774 yrs old. btw

Success
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Success

Exactly what someone who was brainwashed would say. Can we say religious stockholm syndrome?

Amazing!
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Amazing!

I am not Jewish, but this kid was amazing! I am LDS and because of my religion people try to TELL me how my religion treats me and how I am also brainwashed and how I must be polygamist. My religion does NOT practice polygamy and I’m sick of people just automatically assuming what goes on in my religion! I believe in God because I want to, NOT because I was forced to! I can think what I want and DO what I want and as long as I remember the values and morals I was taught by my parents… Read more »

TO #106
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TO #106

LOL- very solid point. not sure what he meant by that

nice shirt
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nice shirt

looks like nike got to you too

Wonderful
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Wonderful

What a wonderful young man. I’m sure he is a pleasure to know and his parents are proud.

Ethan metzger
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Ethan metzger

Grate though and true reality

Honour thy parents
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Honour thy parents

I believe with all my heart that even God will look with great love upon the children born to parents of diverse and different religions, who have obeyed the commandment and honored their parents. Is he not the God that sent them? I await the Judgement day when I believe that many of us will be shocked at who will pass through at the will of the Almighty .

awesome
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awesome

I am a member of the Church of LDS and this hit home for me. I was definitely “brainwashed” to do the right thing as well. Very well said Ethan. Loved it!

LDS, TOO
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LDS, TOO

I am LDS, too, and think that parents should train the child in their religion. If there comes a day the child wants to change religions, he or she may.

totaly agree!
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totaly agree!

me too i’m alsow lds and was often told i’m brainwased… i totaly agree, that if being tought whats right means i’m brainwashed than i alsow say, you can call me brainwashed, i’m happy and thankful i am! may we all be more respectful to each other and try to understand each other better an so learn from each other and get a own opinion or better sayd testamony 🙂

Steven Roseman
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Steven Roseman

THANK YOU FOR GIVING US CONFIRMATION THAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS GOOD. FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION OUR MISSION IS PASSED. THANK YOU.

A Teacher, too
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A Teacher, too

As an English teacher, I am so proud of your passion for words and goodness. I, too, believe in teaching- my students and my own children and grandchildren. Being taught to believe is equal in importance to being taught to question. Questioning without belief gives you no measuring stick. Discoveries are not made just by questioning but by basing questions on beginnings. As a teacher, I see more and more children floundering because they have not been brainwashed or simply not taught and hence believe in nothing. . . and nothing rarely leads to something.

Oldmanjack
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Oldmanjack

One thing not mentioned – especially by those whose comments were longer than the poem itself – is that this young man obviously loves his parents!

Great values; I wish we havae more youth like him and more paents that instill  this kind of principle to their children. This world for sure would be a better one.
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Great values; I wish we havae more youth like him and more paents that instill this kind of principle to their children. This world for sure would be a better one.
Thank you
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Thank you

As a proud Jewish college student living amongst secular Jews who don’t have as much Jewish knowledge and pride, may I say Kol hakavod. It is so important to understand what being Jewish means.

Taking a stand in a kind way
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Taking a stand in a kind way

Well said, it just takes one person to stand up and speak from the heart. Honesty brings respect.

On the right path
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On the right path

Well spoken words of wisdom from the heart. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” It is sad to think that some (brainwashed) people blame religion for the evils of mankind or think that the absence of God would bring about peace and understanding. Seek wisdom and the Truth!

WOW
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WOW

amazing

He's Awesome
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He's Awesome

I loved his delivery, but also his message: That his parents shared their values…and now he has adopted them as his own. He is choosing.

Congratulations young man
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Congratulations young man

Well said sir!

Thank God for Brainwashing
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Thank God for Brainwashing

And thank God for the beautiful brain of this young Jewish man and almost every Jewish person I have ever met. Surely “the scepter shall not pass from Judah” …. Chris, a Mormon brother from Joseph and Ephraim.

In the nearest future
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In the nearest future

Ethan for President!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow
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Wow

His words and delivery filled me up! I was smiling like a baby by the end. Way to go….

Education
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Education

One thing that was not acknowledged here is the fact that the Jewish faith is very rich in history, and it’s important to pass on that history to younger generations. The fact that Ethan’s parents educated him about his cultural background, which includes religious beliefs, is not brainwashing but rather teaching him about his ancestors and their place in history. The fact that he takes pride in his heritage is to be commended and the respect he has for his upbringing should be an inspiration for all young people. Wonderful poem, Ethan!

Not Religion
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Not Religion

All those things are taught by good parents-nothing to do with the Jewish religion. Or any religion. By your thinking all non-Jews are none of that-it is why a lot of countries around Israel have a hard time with them-“That better than you syndrome.”

WOW!
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WOW!

I see a bright future for this young man… Well done, Ethan!

Nicely done
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Nicely done
So true
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So true

Thank you for being able to express what we have not been able to find the words to.

A bit of ad hominem
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A bit of ad hominem

There’s a point where he doesn’t really attack the argument, instead he attacks the one who argues. My parents taught me to be religious and then I left religion and my belief in a god, but I would give credit to the kid when he said my parents brainwashed me into being a great person, and I’m forever thankful they raised me the way they did, accepting of others, to be motivated to be the best I can, and work hard for my goals.

Awesome comments
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Awesome comments

I so loved Ethan’s message in the Poetry Slam! I believe with all my heart this wonderful young man will go far!!!! Great job Ethan Metzger!

well said
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well said

if more parents did the same thing maybe this would be a better world. Your parents did a wonderful job of brainwashing.

child
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child

U can still give your child some space and let them make their own decisions.isnt that more special when someone chooses it without having someone force them to?

a Parent & Grandparent
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a Parent & Grandparent

Our country today is in trouble because the younger generation has no basis or depth for anything. No integrity, ambition or purpose. And this is partially our fault. The older generation has failed to brainwash (teach) values to the young. The preciousness of life has become sometime to toy with. All of us must start to be better people and by example let others become better. Bless this young man and his parents.

Mother, Babysitter & Teacher
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Mother, Babysitter & Teacher

Great job! Mature beyond your years.

Doctor
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Doctor

Who were these judges to not let him advance to the second round? This obviously deserves the win. The thoughtfulness and poetry skills he has I imagine were unmatched in that room.

Superb
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Superb

You brought tears to my eyes! Kudos to you.

responding to #53
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responding to #53

I’m LDS and as such have often been told that I’m only blindly following the traditions of my parents in my religious decisions. My confusion with that accusation is that I have always been taught to think and feel for myself and take action based on my own observations, feelings, and conclusions. Those values are even a PART of my religion, which I feel gives me extra tools and resources for discerning how I actually feel, what I actually want, and how to actually implement it. Instead of relying on popular opinion or the movements of the masses, I pay… Read more »

Culturalization ----> Behavior, Customs, Traditions, Folkways, Taboos
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Culturalization ----> Behavior, Customs, Traditions, Folkways, Taboos

A child is “brainwashed.” Is it better to be “conditionied” than not? As person matures he ideally
continually tries to understand himself and utterly complex world. His brainwashers have done some outstanding parentage. The kid that provoked the eloquent explanation is
not “wrong” for the challenge, because that sounds enough like the impertinent adolescent if not cynical old man me..

POSITIVE INPUT
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POSITIVE INPUT

The father, a doctor, the mother, a nurse. The son announces he is going to med school and that “We had no influence on his decision!” How’s that for being subtle?

a son that makes a parent proud.
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a son that makes a parent proud.

I am a parent of 3 sons…..your parents are to be commended on raising such a fine son as this boy……I sure hope they keep ‘”brainwashing” their children…it definitely worked on this son….and guess what – it worked on my 3 sons as well….we are of a different faith but with the same values.

Good without god
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Good without god

Installing great moral values and empathy for your fellow many Does Not Require religion.
Teaching your children to believe (as true) the myths/baggage that come with religion actually does more harm than good.

A Mother and a teacher
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A Mother and a teacher

That poem was beautiful, gracious, grateful, humble… Thank you.

jew
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jew

Nice hat.

My Parents Brainwashed Me
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My Parents Brainwashed Me

Wonderful to hear and see quality parenthood and children who GET IT Love it Thank you for the FRESH AIR You give me hope that our world is not a foolish and it seems to be. Bless You

Loved it
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Loved it

I am LDS as well, and we get this question all the time. It’s possible to be taught by your parents, follow their advice, and then learn it for yourself. My main question is- How did this not advance? It brought tears to my eyes.

We truly need more like Ethan...
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We truly need more like Ethan...

It frustrates me that there are those that like to hear themselves talk and try to rip apart religion due to negative personal issues, completely ignoring the incredible young man, Ethan, that has the courage to stand up and defend his parents’ role in a most unusual way. Those of you that have “religion” trauma for whatever reason, give praise where praise is due and look for someone/something bigger than yourself to change your life and viewpoint.

So wonderful!
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So wonderful!

It’s so wonderful that you make the connection between moral and ethical values and the Jewish religion. Jewish tradition is a gift that is a blueprint for a life that is value-filled and disciplined in a way that helps people reach their potential and contribute to their society. It sounds like you are well on your way to doing both! Good luck! From Libby in Israel

Some Dude
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Some Dude

He didn’t address the issue at all. About religion being brainwashing. Just mentioned a bunch of other things that have nothing to do with religion. You can raise your kids to be respectful, kind, good people without brainwashing them into believing superstition. So as feel-good as you religious folks want this to be, it’s a complete dodge of the question.

Bravo!
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Bravo!

Well said! This is what I called standing for something. Brilliant, well put!

Yasher Koach!!
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Yasher Koach!!

Strong and powerful words from someone so young. Keep writing, Ethan! Never be afraid to speak your mind. As a Jewish mother of a teenager I am very proud of you. Only by educating the ignorant will we ultimately be able to celebrate the beauty and diversity of all humanity.

Stand up and be counted
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Stand up and be counted

Awesome! Good for you to refuse to be intimidated by the so-called “tolerant,” “informed,” and “educated” who are truly not so tolerant, informed or educated as they think they are.

 Think again #53
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Think again #53

If the accuser considers Eitan to be “brainwashed”, then he should consider his own brain to be “unwashed”, namely in a state of confusion, tangled, perhaps even “dirty”. Eitan very wisely and maturely answered the accuser with valuable, essential attributes we should strive to live by. The fact that these attributes are contained in the Bible should not be might light of. The accuser would do well to live by them as well. Eitan gave back more than he got from the Acccuser, all in an intelligent and refined manner. The “brainwashing” accusation might have been instigated by Eitan’s wearing… Read more »

If this didn't make it to the second round what did?
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If this didn't make it to the second round what did?

Obviously “impact”, “insightfulness”, and “expressing truth in a way that speaks to the soul” weren’t a criteria. I would be stunned if this video doesn’t long outlive the competition it was entered in.

response
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response

Every child should be so lucky!

to #53 re77!
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to #53 re77!

V sad to c that even though ur original comment (the only critical one btw in this whole group which is such a shame s.one had to break the beautiful positive peace for once:/!) Was answered so well by two replies soon after yet u still had to find further arguments. And seem to subsequently have been ignored! Take note the lesson u shld learn if one questions genuinely for the truth and answers ppl will try answer n help but if it simply to question for sake of rebuffing and finding counter arguments to prove ones n feel ‘ha… Read more »

Blessing
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Blessing

He is a true blessing to his parents who as well are a blessing to him. What I don’t understand is why he didn’t win?
I believe this young man will go far in both his personal and professional life because he will GIVE HIS ALL in whatever he does.

Example
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Example

Number 53, The example of Ethan’s parents are what taught him and gave him his values. One can speak until silent but ones child will follow the example. I feel certain that Ethan’s parents discussed and explained all that they believed, so what reason would he have not to follow. This same sort of life is practiced in all religions. Ethan was correct to say that he was taught.

PROUD
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PROUD

Mr. Metzger an all class performance and the truth.

My Parents tried to brainwash  me..
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My Parents tried to brainwash me..

Beautifully written. Now if only the Parents would read and get the clue. How will our children grow up and be able to speak with freedom that is on their minds. So many parents do not permit this. they think their voice is the truth, but instead they raise their children with blinders on and know nothing of the outside world. They need to find themselves on there own only help when asked parents.

non jew
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non jew

i want to be jewish, sign me up. great job mom and dad. i had my 11 year old watch, but i think its more of a teaching point for parents,your parent rock!

Good points
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Good points

Excellent! Love it – it is prose or an essay.
(it is NOT a Poem.)

Michelle Hoffman
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Michelle Hoffman

I loved it, thanks for sharing.

Marie
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Marie

Great job! I hope my kids remember every day the brainwashing I gave them while they were growing up.

to#161
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to#161

That was really amazing to read. It didn’t hurt to read what you wrote. -_-

All chikdren need to hear these words
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All chikdren need to hear these words

OUTSTANDING!!! A great tribute to his parents.

amazing
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amazing

absolutely amazing!!! many can learn from you!! may you continue to make you parents proud!!

Iceman
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Iceman

More youth need parents like his, more parents need to hear this and understand what their youth need!

Great JOB!

Loved it!
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Loved it!

You know, my parents brainwashed me, too. My brain is so clean, my soul is transparent. I wish more parents brainwashed their children to teach them to lead clean, productive, kind, supportive lives that will benefit all those with whom they come in contact. I am pleased to see that this young man’s parents are making a positive impact through him on the future.

You are blessed
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You are blessed

You are blessed to have the parents you have and they are blessed to have you as their son. They, by their teaching and by their example have instilled in you integrity, honesty and understanding. Keep learning and using your gifts wisely. Excellent job of expression!

Alysse
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Alysse

So good!

JLC
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JLC

Terrific.. Great parents.. and a great Kid

Thank you!
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Thank you!

Absolutely beautiful. Blessings to you and your family.

E.G.
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E.G.

Congrats!

A teen with wisdom!
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A teen with wisdom!

I have always noticed that anyone who claims to have an open mind, when they want to conversate about religion, always act accepting of other people’s beliefs and religion in general, but when they are truly responded to with good logic and sound understanding their true colors come out. Second, why do people who believe that we came from something other than God think that we can relate to their viewpoint. Yes, we can understand where you come from and even learn about it in our schooling, but here is news to those people: ‘WE BELIEVE GOD CREATED US!” I… Read more »

All I can say is: Great, Great, Great!!! =). I'm Proud of you Ethan Metzger
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All I can say is: Great, Great, Great!!! =). I'm Proud of you Ethan Metzger

Well said son, =). May “THE ETERNAL FATHER OF THE UNIVERSE” Continue HIS Blessings of Wisdom upon You Today and Always!!!! I will remind you what THE THE ETERNAL FATHER said to Joshua. Joshua 1: 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be dismayed, for THE LORD your G-D is with you wherever you go. =). Always remember the teachings of you Parents and put them in to practice and be proud to do so. Shalom!!!!! =).

Impressed
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Impressed

Yesssssss

Love it!
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Love it!

It is so good to see people stand up for what they believe in! What a creative way to share his experience & beliefs. Great Job! I’m not Jewish. I’m a member of The Church of of Latter-day Saints (aka LDS, Mormons, …Brainwashed). We believe that we are another branch of the house of Israel & share many of the same beliefs with the Jewish religion. (I’ve always wondered what Jews think about that.) In my religion, we are strongly encouraged to question our beliefs & find out for ourselves whether it is true. From what I know about Jews,… Read more »

lovin it
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lovin it

this is amazing. love it. proud jew

Transcription
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Transcription

There is someone I know who is slow to commend, but quick to condescend, who is reluctant to lend a hand, but ready to point and laugh at those who need one. One day I was in school, in class, explaining my Judaism when this person has the audacity to ask me to explain, “You know, you’re only Jewish because your parents forced you to be. I mean, it’s all fake. You don’t pray to God because you want to. You only pray to God because your parents made you think you have to. You don’t keep any of the… Read more »

Very refreshing
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Very refreshing

I am a mormon and I am very proud of this young man to have the courage to dare to be alone and to explain himself in this manner…..Just beautiful……if all of us were taught by our parents to be like that wht a better place this world would be.
This is one of the reason why we do missionary work. I can tell you that there are also about 70,0000 young missionaries of our faith out in the world who feel just like this young man and are sharing our belief with others.

It's an honor!
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It's an honor!

Listening to your poem tells me that there is still hope in the family and the children. Thank you for sharing young man. You are an incredible brainwashed person. Your parents did extremely well. You are a product of what families need to do everyday to help our world be a better place.

Awesome job!
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Awesome job!

I got brainwashed to…..and hopefully, I’ve brainwashed my children and their children the same way.

Standing up for what you believe
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Standing up for what you believe

This kid can stand on his own two feet regardless of what everyone says or does. He’s go far!

a moms point of view.
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a moms point of view.

How proud your parents must be. Lets brainwash the rest of society.

MasterExploder
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MasterExploder

But he didn’t say anything about why he has to be Jew to be all of those good things.

Impressed
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Impressed

What awesome parents, they must be bursting with pride, as they should be.

Impressive
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Impressive

Truly a Kiddush Hashem. Thanks Ethan.

not the point
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not the point

People arguing that he could be all these ‘good’ things without being Jewish… that is not the point he was answering! He was simply saying that his parents, following the guidelines of Torah and Jewish tradition, taught him well in all areas of behavior. You can label that brainwashing, but he calls it teaching. In that family, in that case, it happened to be the values of Yiddishkeit. The prayer, the rituals, are all part of the same teaching process that made him such a ‘mentch’ in every other man-to-man area, because a Torah life is overwhelmingly good and positive.

America needs more parents like you!
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America needs more parents like you!

Great job Ethan Metzger, and stellar example of raising a child Mr & Mrs Metzger.

So it's okay to brainwash your kids?
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So it's okay to brainwash your kids?

So a peer enlightens this fellow that his religion is a farce and this kid latches on to one tangential statement that involved his parents and everyone applauds? His upbringing by his parents as a whole was not the discussion, just their inclusion of religion. It’s like saying “Hey your hat look’s really goofy. Did your parents make you wear that?” and responding “Hey, they paid for this great pair of shoes, and this underwear.. so back off the sparkly feather hat okay!” Everyone who watched this and feels vindication…. you are what’s wrong with mankind as a whole today.… Read more »

I hope my kids think the same way about us..
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I hope my kids think the same way about us..

I hope and pray my kids feel the same way some day…

To #180
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To #180

Right on, very we’ll put!

Response to 53 + others
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Response to 53 + others

The Beetles said it best: Whatever gets you to the light is all right.

Ariel
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Ariel

To#196
I agree with every word, but people don’t want to hear or read that here.

God bless him and his good parents.
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God bless him and his good parents.

It would be a much better world for everyone if all parents were like that– to “brainwash” — to really teach their children right and wrong.

tears and cheers for this young man!
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tears and cheers for this young man!

Thank you for such an inspiring and tell it like it is writing! Can’t wait to share on my page and my 23 year old! Bless you! Now let me wipe off all the tears!

Religion is portrayed unfairly in "modern" thinking
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Religion is portrayed unfairly in "modern" thinking

As yet another LDS member, I think it’s interesting that so many of us relate to this eloquent rebuttal from a Jewish viewpoint – we are similar in many ways. As secular theology teaches that values are separate from faith (see comment #196) I believe that religion, done correctly, actually provides the reasoning and motivation to follow proper values. These values are an intrinsic part of religion because our faith provides us a vision of who we can and ought to become, which influences our values and actions. Cases of hypocrisy aside, the good that is done by those who… Read more »

Great reply to an accusation
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Great reply to an accusation

The accusatory student was poorly attempting to show the student poet that the ‘idea’ of god is merely an idea that the poet student would not have if not for the parents. The accusatory student was doing this improperly and with disrespect. Instilling morals, values and respect for others can be done without ‘god’ and without religion. Morals that we know of today did not originate from religion, many texts and philosophers created moral basis and in most cases these morals/values were far more progressive and respectful than religious values/morals. The principle being addressed is just that, recognizing that ‘god’… Read more »

at #196
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at #196

No one is good, what one person calls good another does not. By your thinking, If our person thinks its good to kill people who are we to stop them? The only way we can ever say what is good or not is by holding it up to the only true standard of good – God. He also wrote down how to live up to His standard of good, this has shaped our society from the beginning and the laws of this country are based on that same standard. God is not outdated and the more people ‘slip’ away from… Read more »

Thank you.
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Thank you.

This gives me confidence~ Thanks for this wonderful poem.

my opinion
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my opinion

Great poem. Some parts are spoken so fast I can’t understand every word. WORST closed captioning I have ever seen!

impressive
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impressive

Appreciate your courage, your delivery, and your well-founded arguments. We are all products of our upbringing, and influenced by that as well in our religious, or lack of obviously religious beliefs (i.e. belief in atheism). Those value we hold dear in North American society – including the freedom to choose or change one’s religion (which Ethan will have ample opportunity to do over his lifetime) – are founded in the Judeo-Christian heritage we’ve enjoyed for centuries.

Nice text, nice ideas, nice delivery, but....
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Nice text, nice ideas, nice delivery, but....

is this really a poem? Methinks not…

Ariel
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Ariel

“God is not outdated and the more people ‘slip’ away from religion the worse society has become as the standard of good has fallen.”

So are you telling me things were much better back then? Where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light. There is no shadow without light and no light without shadow…. This is, in a sense, something that surpasses our understanding and our definitions. We have lived with them since long, long ago– from a time before good and evil even existed, when people’s minds were still benighted.

non-sequitur and red herring fallacy
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non-sequitur and red herring fallacy

His response had nothing to do with the brain washing he got about his religion. If he had been born a Muslim, he would be spouting on about Islam.

Wait til you're older kid.
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Wait til you're older kid.

I applaud your optimism, but give it a few years, kid.

Excellent !!!
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Excellent !!!
Parent and grandparent
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Parent and grandparent

All “brainwashing” has paid off…what a wonderful testimony of all the teaching poured into this young man!! I’d be a very proud parent. We are to train up a child in the way he should go!

Jump to conclusions and totally miss the punch line
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Jump to conclusions and totally miss the punch line

Did anybody read the transcript (THANKS #185!) The bottom line message is that he would NOT JUDGE his accuser. Instead he acknowledged his accuser’s view and without accusation stated his view. We are left to think what we will. No brainwashing here. The majority of the content was about the young man grappling with his thoughts, but his actions (his actual response) is what makes this a valuable lesson for all to emulate! Go back and read the transcript…we make judgments before hearing (reading) the whole story.

"My Parents Brainwashed Me"
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"My Parents Brainwashed Me"

Thank goodness for parents and their monents of
brainwashing”, aka “LOVE”,

WHAT?!
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WHAT?!

HOW did he not make it too the second round?

Amazing and very impressed.
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Amazing and very impressed.

His poem needs to be published, I could have this with me all the time. Thank you.

I love the Brainwashing comments.  I hope I did do such a good job on my kids.  I think  we did , they are middleaged. hardworking  and respectful citizens, I believe we did somethings RIGHT!!!
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I love the Brainwashing comments. I hope I did do such a good job on my kids. I think we did , they are middleaged. hardworking and respectful citizens, I believe we did somethings RIGHT!!!
Lovely and relieved to hear a young man be a real man.
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Lovely and relieved to hear a young man be a real man.

And this is what I call being well grown up to understand what love for your parents mean.

well done
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well done

You’ve made your parents proud I only hope I’ve done as well as a Mother

really proud
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really proud

When we teach our babies to stay out of the street, no one calls that brain washing, but when we teach them to pray, that’s brainwashing. When we teach them not to steal, no one calls that brain washing, but when we teach them the other commandments of the Torah that’s nrainwashing?
Why the double standard?
Ethan did a wonderful job explainging this concept. I’m so proud of him and his “brainwashing” parents.

My Parents Brain Washed Me
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My Parents Brain Washed Me

In short: I want a copy of this. Anyway of having him send it out? It says a lot.

Awesome!
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Awesome!

toooooo good!!!

wonderful
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wonderful

Hope my son will be able to say the same

For those who claim religion is wrong
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For those who claim religion is wrong

This is particularly for those such as the writers of comments #196 and #54. Look around you. How do you see the world? The world, in every region, is definitely growing further and further away from the religious roots most countries and families were founded on and what are the results? Our governments and classes have never been more divided. Hate is more prevalent. Anger, animosity, murder, adultery and selfishness are all more common than ever before in the history of world. The world is worse than it has ever been in many of these aspects. And these are the… Read more »

Mormon Boy
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Mormon Boy

Oh yeah, I can relate!

Congrats to him and his family
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Congrats to him and his family

though I do not live by your religion, I do agree that it and some other religions do bring on strong morals. The most important thing here is that these parents brought up and wonderful and good young man who is appreciative for what they have done. I am sure it goes further than his religion but either way, if one can bring up such a good person in this age, they congrats to to them and the youth. Well done young man, well done. I wish there were more of you with such high morals in this world at… Read more »

wow!!
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wow!!

Awesome! eloquent and truth to the masses!!

very well done!!

Thank you!
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Thank you!

Blessings to you and your parents – they taught and you listened. You give me hope for the younger generation.

If that were my son...
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If that were my son...

I would be bursting with pride right now! What a terrific young man they “brainwashed!”

awesome
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awesome

everyone should be “brainwashed” in this way…what an impressive young man with amazing parents!!!!

terrific
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terrific

Wow! wonderful! That’s what is wrong with our society as it stands today – not enough children are “brainwashed” by their parents. I love what he said about his father- showing him by example and his mother telling him to do the best he could.

Amazing-Great Job!
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Amazing-Great Job!

Awesome, Very well done!

Proud of You
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Proud of You

Most people have graduated from college and started families before they figure out what you have. The older I get the smarter my parents get.

to#226
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to#226

Do you know if this is apart of God’s plan? The world is not worst than it was back in those days. And I really don’t get your feel good ranting, because I never said anything about free thinkers. This is my last comment.

You the man!
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You the man!

Ethan, you’re the man! Great courage, great wit, great insight. Way to go, Mom & Dad! What a son you’ve raised.

Laramie Jane
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Laramie Jane

No words can express how I felt when I heard this young man. APPLAUD, APPLAUD, APPLAUD.

Awesome!
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Awesome!

Congrats to Ethan and his parents for imparting values that all our children should emulate! I would give him 1st place 🙂

Great Job!
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Great Job!

Beautifully stated. Your parents must be glowing with pride.

Thank you!
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Thank you!

You have stood up for values and goodness! Thank you for having the courage to be a good example!

You have awesome parents!
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You have awesome parents!

If I had the power of words that Ethan has, I would have said the same thing. In the absence of such power – I will simply say, “Thank you, Ethan.”

Except that.......
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Except that.......

Except that everything he mentions has NOTHING to do with religious worship and everything to do with secular humanism. Congrats to him realizing he is a Secular Humanist. Treating people with kindness and hard work and ethics is not the exclusive domain of religion. Far from it.

Absolutely amazing, gives me faith in youth.......
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Absolutely amazing, gives me faith in youth.......

Obama could have used a set of parents like this young man had. Then we could really be wowed by our president.

To the parents of Ethan Metzger
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To the parents of Ethan Metzger

Mazel Tov. You have achieved success! May all our children be as wise as your son.
I wonder why Ethan did not advance to the winners circle since his values could not be more prized.

To Ethan and his Parents
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To Ethan and his Parents

Well Done! Spoken truthfully and with integrity.

Great
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Great

I love this! Wonderful boy. Hope my kids grow up to understand everything I do for them I do out of love and to grow their mind. 🙂

Words to live and grow
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Words to live and grow

High Five to him and his parents

Shining example
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Shining example

Thank you, Ethan, for reminding me that there are not only good people in this world, but great people. You and your parents are to be congratulated. You will go far!

Way to go!
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Way to go!

Ethan, God bless you for your courage! You are an inspiration!

Wonderful!
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Wonderful!

How proud his parents must be of him!

Awesome
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Awesome

totally awesome!!!

Yay!
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Yay!

Thanks be to God ….for that example. We would wish that for every child.

An amazing and talented and honorable young man...Ethan
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An amazing and talented and honorable young man...Ethan

Ethan, you are simply remarkable! What a joy to behold a young man who honors those parents who imbued him with the values and honor that make you so unique and kind.

Very sad, but understandable
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Very sad, but understandable

I can agree that for someone his age it’s not a bad response. But, to distort cultural education with religious, both of which don’t need to be different ethnically but for the purposes first outlined are indeed separate and only conflated in appealing to culture. Our cultural values are widespread and don’t belong to your religion. Indeed it is our culture that changes your religion, or cultures that have. In the U.S. today, it is happens everyday. We are going from religions that are anti gay to “all loving” as they have been preaching all along. The student was right.… Read more »

Be present in this world...
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Be present in this world...

Wonderfully spoken Ethan… it is men like you who, through the power of G-d, will do His will, move His people toward Him, mold future generations and perhaps bring some to the fold who want to have a peace that passes all understanding. Shalom!

Is rather be brain washed by Jewish values
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Is rather be brain washed by Jewish values

Than by secular hedonism Millie… Bchinas Saaros

Eye Roll
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Eye Roll

It is not brainwashing per se, but it IS indoctrination, and we are ALL indoctrinated. But that is not good or bad…what matters is exactly what we are indoctrinated with. Some maxims are good, others are not. I would count religion in the not, for the most part.

in response to #57
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in response to #57

You obviously are well-read. Have you heard of Timothy Keller and/or read his bestselling book, “The Reason for God”? I think you would enjoy it, whether you agree with it or not, for it adresses some of the theories you posted about. You may already have heard many of his arguments and positions, but I thought I’d mention it.

Amazingly delivered measure of wisdom...
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Amazingly delivered measure of wisdom...

…from an amazingly gifted young man with a solid foundation of truth tempered with compassionate purpose. Speak on, young man. Speak on.

Thank you
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Thank you

Thank you for learning from their teachings. Thank you for living with integrity and faith. My family also teaches, learns, lives by love and faith. God bless!

Well done, Ethan.
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Well done, Ethan.

To hear you speak your mind with such clarity was a joy by itself. I’d love to be around see and hear your children. You are a treasure.

AMAZING
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AMAZING

YOU DID AN AWESOMEEEE JOB!!!!!!!!!! SHOULD BE SOO PROUD OF YOURSELF!! INCREDIBLE… AND YOUR PARENTS SHOULD BE SO PROUD TOO- THEY DID A GREAT JOB “BRAINWASHING” YOU

Wow!
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Wow!

It all starts from day one! I was taught that “when GOD is
With you who can be against you”. Religion is always always
In my house. My family always asks for a blessing when leaving the house or at the end of the day. I pray they will
Carry on …. God bless Ethan and God bless your family – I
Say keep on w/the brainwashing! Amen

Buy a copy
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Buy a copy

Please let me know where I can buy a copy to frame and hang for all who enter my house to see. Phenomenal.

Very Talented young man!
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Very Talented young man!

another MORMON here. 🙂
We all get brainwashed as children. Luckily your parents indoctrinated you with good morals. Mine did the same.
But… mine also told me since I was able to talk that there are magic rocks that translate gold books. It took me many years to figure out how brainwashed we Mormons are into believing such nonsense.
Good thing this young man has a good head on his shoulders. Would love to see him after he gets older and more education.

Intelligence,
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Intelligence,

Bravo!!!!!

Sweet spirited Young Man
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Sweet spirited Young Man

Enjoyed this. I like to to see people who find ways to express their God given talent and creativity. Poetry is such a venue, as is music or art or sports, or whatever excites our inner Spirit. I like also that he gave credit to his parents for setting the example–as ALL parents SHOULD–but so FEW do!!! Nice job. I, too, would like to see him later in life.

WOnderful!
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WOnderful!

Being Jewish is a gift! It means that you are God’s elect! Now who wouldn’t wanna be that?!

Jewish Food laws
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Jewish Food laws

I am not Jewish however to the critical free thinker …you may wwant to do a personal study on unclean meats in Leviticus 11 and Duet. 14. Enhance that study with scientific and medical research on the health risks of eating scavenger and waste cleaning animals to learn that the parasites never completely leave cooked pork and nasty bottom feeding aqautic life. Its like eating a cooked toilet brush and saying the heat killed the germs. Jewish food laws are healthy. Even your atheist dr wil take you off pork for high blood pressure etc. Jews cant backup their food… Read more »

Proud
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Proud

What a wonderful young man. His parents brainwashed him well. This is the kind of young man that our society is soooo lacking these days.

Good parenting produces beautiful young man. Great example!
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Good parenting produces beautiful young man. Great example!

Ethan Metzger is blessed to have parents who followed through on their Biblical responsibility to teach him. Proverbs 22:6 (NASB) says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” He proves that point. I loved his poetry. What a blessing!

Heart
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Heart

Your awesome

Parents + Poem  + Passion = PERFECT!
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Parents + Poem + Passion = PERFECT!

Raised as a Catholic by a Catholic mom & an agreeable Episcopalian dad, I got the same lessons; I can only pray that I’ve passed along the SAME messages to my kids.
Thank you for articulating these truths so eloquently!

Wow
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Wow

You said it right……from a pentecostal grandmother.

Uuuuuummmmm but....
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Uuuuuummmmm but....

My parents taught me all that too, but didn’t require belief in the extra terrestrial to make it sink in. You can learn the stories without actually believing them to be true. Let alone the ‘word of God’. Do we have to believe that Cinderella is REAL in order to get the point of the story? You’re brainwashed kid, your friend was right. Sorry folks, someone has to say it.

Respect for others IS The basics... The rest is commentary
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Respect for others IS The basics... The rest is commentary

Hillel
Rabbi akiva
The Baal shemtov
And many many other sages all summed up the entire Torah by the Golden rule,
For all the mitzvah are calibrated to draw down the greatest good and blessings for ones self and for those around him and her.

I was also brainwashed aka Taught
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I was also brainwashed aka Taught

Glad my orthodox parents did not stick me in front of a TV and allow Hollywood to do my brainwashing…

95% of secular kids are saturated aka brainwashed by TV/Movies/Hollywood/Disney

Train up a child
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Train up a child

TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT.

Brainwashed to believe in good.  Wow what a concept.
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Brainwashed to believe in good. Wow what a concept.

When Eathen spoke of his parents brainwashing I saw a lot of love coming from him. A lot of respect came along with the love. His love for his parents, GOD and mankind was just so refreshing.

I feel sorry...
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I feel sorry...

I feel sorry for those of you that think instilling ‘faith and belief’ in our children is a bad thing. What they do with that information is a testament to their own free will. No brainwashing here…

AMAZING
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AMAZING

Wow! Lucky parents!!!

wow
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wow

just wow

We are all brainwashed!
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We are all brainwashed!

Public school brainwashes kids to believe secular humanism. We are all brainwashed by someone or something. The question is: who has the truth?
“For this reason I was born, for this reason I came into the world, to testify to the truth”

Min
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Min

Why didn’t he win???

If more parents would take the time to" teach"
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If more parents would take the time to" teach"

If more parents would take the time to “teach” instead of letting the current “media” brainwash their kids we would live in a more civilized world.

Values
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Values

Wonderful parents “brainwashed him” with The values we all need to strive for.

Outstanding
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Outstanding

And he DIDN’T advance in this contest because…..

awwwwwwwsommmmmeee
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awwwwwwwsommmmmeee

love it.

Hang On
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Hang On

Hang on to that poem. Let it sink deep into your soul because you’re going to need it when you face the liberal professors in college.

to#278
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to#278

And you know this how?

tall tales
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tall tales

so by that definition hindu, moslem, christian, buddhist, mormon, scientology, etc. kids aren’t brainwashed either. but which one is right?

there’s no need to resort to tall tales and mutilations to teach children to be morally upright. just teach them to be morally upright. it works.

Evangelical grandma
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Evangelical grandma

Ethan you make the scriptures come alive by honoring your parents. They have brought you up and taught you we’ll and, as promised as you age you will not turn away from it. May God bless you and yours.

Generation to generation
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Generation to generation

Some of the greatest gifts ever given are from generation to generation. This teenager gave the gift of tears to a 68 year old.

kathy and old
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kathy and old

I’ve read some of these comments… and I can see that many of you don’t know yet that you don’t know….I don’t care the religion of this young man, his parents, and he have done a Godly job of forming their objectivity and loving conviction of right and wrong no matter where you practice your belief… bravo to those parents and their son, well done, thou god and faithful servants.!!!!

true biblical valuesrequires allot of washing and cleansing
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true biblical valuesrequires allot of washing and cleansing

From the pervasive secular ideas from secular Hollywood

at 278
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at 278

Me too

ranting contest winner
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ranting contest winner

poem??? sounds like a ranting angry speech

Yasher Koach
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Yasher Koach

Kol hakovd to Ethan and to his parents! So great to see poetry in my old branch. Ethan, you clearly won and I am proud of you.

278 is unfortunately correct
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278 is unfortunately correct

Google the statistics of the average American child’s daily ;yes daily) consumption of and exposure to TV, psp, Hollywood produced movies, Facebook etc

Keep it up!
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Keep it up!

I only hope, as a parent, that I am brain washing my kiddo in the same way. Love this spoken word.

I hope he never looses it.
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I hope he never looses it.

Superb! Now there is a young man who thinks for himself. I know a couple of men who are like that, too. Mom

I want more youngsters like this.
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I want more youngsters like this.

He is a man, one of the best! Bless him and bless his parents parenting skills and the love with which they raised him to be a credit to them and to God.

LOVE
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LOVE

this kid!!!!

Truth always prevails
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Truth always prevails

Good job, love the “musical” lyrics! The moral majority hears conviction in beliefs, love of God and mankind, and passion and adrenaline in standing for something. Bitter and angry are the hearts and words of those who lack parental love and teaching of which he speaks, choosing instead to call an articulate stance, an “angry tirade”. Ironic the bullies shouting for “equal rights and open minds” are the most intolerant of others’ choices and beliefs. (Example: opponents of Prop.8 in CA “blamed” one religion for it’s defeat, while the losers blocked and defaced sacred edifices while shouting hate slogans). Hmmm.

Youth has a voice
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Youth has a voice

Thank God for this amazing young man who stood up for truth and his convictions. Well said!

Col
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Col

I never knew that col is a fourm for the Mormon evangelicals

Thank you
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Thank you

To 266- As a member of the LDS church, how can you claim to be Mormon and make such comments about what we believe? BUT I loved this, I love it when anyone from any faith show moral strength and integrity. Life isn’t easy and if faith in God helps people with their lives and their ability to get through hard times, why do we need to bring people down? I have always been taught and try to live in a way that I learn about people and reserve judgment until I know more about them and their motivations. My… Read more »

God is the source of good and moral teaching.
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God is the source of good and moral teaching.

All that is good or moral came from God in the begining. To say you can separate moral from God shows a lack of knowledge of human history. God made man and taught him moral behavior.

Good Parents Wash a lot of stuff
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Good Parents Wash a lot of stuff

Great poem! Great presence! Great delivery!

Just remember good parents are constantly washing stuff for their kids in the first few years its a lot of …clothes, faces, cuts, scrapes and yes even tushies… sometimes a little brain just gets near the soap.

Great Work Ethan

Brainwashing
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Brainwashing

Brainwashing….is seen mostly as negative. Positive brainwashing is seen as teaching good values….
Thank God for being in our heart as a moral compass and may he continue to bless you and your family. Wonderful work may God inspire you even more

What are you trying to say?
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What are you trying to say?

I just hope you are not insinuating that because we do not believe in any fairy tale religion that we are not capable of teaching our children moral values and work ethic? That would be insulting, condescending, preposterous and immoral. Another thing your parents should have taught you is that all things are possible without a god, thank you.

Tjb
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Tjb

I think many people here are confused. There is a huge difference between brainwashing and influencing. If we are good parents we will all be guilty of influencing our children thro our actions and our teachings, it is inevitable. The argument is whether or not we can bring up our children to be good, productive citizens of our community only through religion . If you believe, as many religious people do, that goodness and moral values can only be obtained through religion then one can understand why religious people find the need to inculcate their religious beliefs on their offspring.… Read more »

Jew...
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Jew...

For a modern age. Proud of you.
Peace.

INCREDIBLE YOUNG MAN!
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INCREDIBLE YOUNG MAN!

As a parent…I pray I’ve “brainwashed” my girls as well as your Parents brainwashed you Ethan. Thank you and God Bless you and your family!

Well done!
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Well done!

I’m glad you have so much support and confidence. Keep on keep in’ on. “) cjc

Brainwashing
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Brainwashing

Oh that EVERY child in this world would be brainwashed in this way….to honor, respect, uphold the right, support the wounded and bullied, to even respect those who ‘accuse’ you of being brainwashed…what is brainwashing? It is WASHING the BRAIN…..and this young man with GOOD washings! Keep it up, mom and dad….and offspring-brainwash your children with GOOD! I’d rather see the youth of today have their brains filled with GOOD than to see all that I see of these ‘killing games and videos filling their poor innocent minds with hatred and rage….and the sick music and drugs that are tearing… Read more »

Universal Humanistic Values
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Universal Humanistic Values

I thought t it was noteworthy that this young man;s poem cites specific values that his parents have taught or imbued in him, without specifically addressing the religious issue that his classmate raised. It’s possible to raise our children with all of the positive human and spiritual values that he mentions without requiring specific religious belief or practice of them.

Also LDS, Following Ethan's Awesome Example
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Also LDS, Following Ethan's Awesome Example

So, #266, you have motivated me to also stand up and be counted for what I believe. As Ethan experienced, it takes no talent, knowledge, wisdom, or character to be critical, demeaning, condescending, or offensive regarding someone else’s beliefs and values…and almost anything can be described in a way to make it sound ridiculous to believe, especially to those who are unfamiliar with it. I am grateful for Ethan’s strong example of not just being Jewish by birth or on paper, but Jewish in his beliefs and in his heart…there is a very significant and observable difference. Thank you Ethan!!!… Read more »

#185 Transcript of Ethan's speech - corrections
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#185 Transcript of Ethan's speech - corrections

THANK YOU FOR THE TRANSCRIPT!

But may I make a couple of transcription corrections. What Ethan said after, “God must run millions of marathons a day.” He then said, “And quite frankly, I don’t have THE STAMINA for that.”

And the last word of his speech is TEACHING.

Standing for Something!!
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Standing for Something!!

Well Spoken!! Thank you for “Standing for Something” as IMPORTANT as your BELIEFS!!

President PLEASE
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President PLEASE

Please run for president some day. THAT WAS AWESOME!

One can have and teach values...
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One can have and teach values...

…without lies and silly hats.

In fact, it’s the lies that so often corrupt the values.

Brainwashed?
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Brainwashed?

Hooray for his parents…He is proof of an awesome job!!!

This is great...but misses the point...
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This is great...but misses the point...

Yes – its good that parents train their children – call it brainwashing. When it comes to certain belief systems – brainwashing may be an accurate label and one should not be chided or belittled for challenging another persons beliefs. Just as the one being challenged should be given respect for his beliefs and an opportunity to intelligently respond. Truth is, if he had Christian patents or Muslin parents with a similar dedication to teaching their child – he would likely be equally fervent upholding those faith values. As many religions conflict with each other, they are not all 100%… Read more »

great
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great

wonderful boy wonderful parents we all need to follow his example

Incredible
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Incredible

To the person who brought up the social manners versus religion, I dated a Jewish man and watching him be a human being was because his religion and his parents are one and thesame. God is love and kkindness and vice versa. there is no separation and the young man was brought up to be in the image of God and to do Gods work… so it is appropriate that he signified them as teachings of his parents and God taught them.

Avi
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Avi

Great job.

Enlightening
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Enlightening

A parent could not recieve a beter compliment.

Are you joking?
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Are you joking?

330 comments?!?!?

And Who Won?
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And Who Won?

Most awesome thing is, no one will remember anyone else who spoke! Well done!

jobber
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jobber

whats he doing in the bronx
come to boro park

out of context
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out of context

The religion is the brainwashing. To bow to anything and have unquestionable belief in it is brainwashing. To be a good person is what any and everyone should be taught. If an invisible man in the sky who will be upset at you is the only reason for you to be a good person then you my friend are not a good person. Religion Is Brainwashing.

Brainwashing - if only there was more of it....
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Brainwashing - if only there was more of it....

Ethan, I am so glad my parents brain washed me too, and because of that, I have respect for myself and respect for other people and a great love and respect for God.

You are a light
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You are a light

May you be blessed for standing up for your beliefs. Great job. We need more young people with such convictions, values and role models.

Refreshing
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Refreshing

That was GREAT!

Great job
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Great job

This should be on the news…..not all the negative things about the youth today….There are more kids like this – they should be recognized

Brainwased you to wear the kabalah
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Brainwased you to wear the kabalah

tell me how that helps people…

Extraordinary
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Extraordinary

Both the “thought process” rebuttal and the sctual spoken one were spot on – kudos!

We are all born Atheists!
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We are all born Atheists!

Nice straw man argument. Just because his friend used the wrong term, brainwashing, to describe what he meant, does not mean that he implied his parents didn’t try to teach him right from wrong like most parents should. My point is that every human is born by definition an atheist and is taught to believe in God and the subsequently the religion associated with one or both of the parents. Before one gets a chance understand the universe around us the way that science has revealed to us, they are influenced to believe in something that doesn’t exist, God. Just… Read more »

Brainwashed By Parents!