We all love crashing polls, but most of them don’t have a lot of meaning. They’re often there to bring hits to a website without having any real significance.
But here’s a case where your votes could make a difference.
A few years ago, my friend Dale McGowan wrote a wonderful book called Parenting Beyond Belief. It’s all about how to raise children without religion, and it features a variety of perspectives on issues so many atheist parents have to wrestle with — Should you raise your children as atheists? Should you teach them about Santa Claus? Can you have non-religious rites of passage for your kids as they grow older?
I *love* the book and I know I’m eventually going to refer to it when I have kids of my own.
Here’s the issue: On Amazon, the top comment right now gives the book 3/5 stars and criticizes it for having contributors without children (ignoring the substance of their essays) and suggesting that the main writers are “angry atheists” (when anyone who’s read the book would tell you that’s absolutely not the case).
Since these comments go a long way in helping people decide whether or not to purchase the book, it’s really disappointing to see this one on top when the majority of commenters give the book 5/5 stars. (In fact, as I write this, only 2 out of all 58 comments give this book 3 stars… and no one rated it lower than that.)
So I’m asking that you:
- Go to Amazon.
- Find the 3-Star comment.
- Click on “No” where it asks “Was this review helpful to you?”
- (Optional) Read through the other comments and click on “Yes” for any of them that you think better represent the book.
I wouldn’t ask you all to do this if I didn’t feel so strongly about the book. And I hope you’ll do this because you feel the same way (and not only because I’m requesting it). Hell, if you think the book deserves a 3-star rating, then say so… but I don’t think many of you would feel that way.
For what it’s worth, Dale didn’t ask me to write this. It’s just a problem I’d like to help fix. Can we please bury that comment?