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My dh is an atheist, I am a universalist (all paths lead to the same end). I do not practice any religion and we do not as a family either. My dh's sister knew dh was home and chose to call my cell to ask me if I thought it was okay for her to send a copy of the Action Bible. Basically a graphic novel version of the bible to my 5 year old for his birthday. I was busy so I asked dh to answer. I know she called my phone so she wouldn't have to ask her brother. It just pisses me off. One because she tried to weasel around her brother knowing about it and two I think it crosses the line. And the book is listed as appropriate for teens/adults. I looked at it and have no idea why should would buy it for a freakin 5 year old.
Answer by witchqueen at 8:33 PM on Jan. 21, 2013
No. I would not send such a book to a child, nor would I send a book of a religious nature to a child of a family who doesn't share those beliefs. By the same token, I wouldn't send a Dawkins or Harris book to my nieces or nephews. If the family chooses to discuss religion with their children, they can do it in their own way in their own time. Children's "Bibles" are fairy tales. They don't give a complete picture, don't answer any questions, but give a watered-down Disneyesque, highly edited version of the Bible. I don't think that very many people read the Bible in its entirety after they graduate from the story-book versions. They think they know it all, but those Bibles leave out the violence, the porn, the vindictive, angry destruction. It's very unfair for anyone to give a child the pretty stories and lead them to believe that those are what the Bible is about.
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