With close to 740,000 views and 10,000 comments, a CNN iReport article titled "Why I Raise My Children Without God" is one of the site's most popular features. But now CNN has been forced to defend the article from users who won't stop flagging it as "inappropriate."
In the story, a blogger identified only as TXBlue08, who also blogs at Kids Without Religion, discusses why she chose to raise her two children without God. In the opening section, she explains:
"I thought it was only right to be honest with my children. I am a non-believer, and for years I've been on the fringe in my community. As a blogger, though, I've found that there are many other parents out there like me. We are creating the next generation of kids, and there is a wave of young agnostics, atheists, free thinkers and humanists rising up through the ranks who will, hopefully, lower our nation's religious fever."
Those sentiments and the list of reasons for her decision that follow, including "God is not logical" and "God does not protect the innocent" have created so much controversy on the site that CNN recently updated it with the following note:
"CNN hasn't flagged this iReport as inappropriate, but some community members have. This is a divisive topic, however it does not violate our Community Guidelines, so we ask people to please stop flagging it. We will continue to review the story as often as possible."
CNN's iReport project is designed for contentious subjects like religion and atheism that stimulate lively discussions. For the many readers who have labeled the article "inappropriate," the idea of a mother actively removing religion from her children's lives was apparently too much to take.
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What do you think? Is it too insulting for this woman to have shared her views about religion?
Answer by Izsarejman at 11:10 PM on Jan. 28, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 11:43 PM on Jan. 28, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 1:06 AM on Jan. 29, 2013
Answer by aeneva at 7:56 AM on Jan. 29, 2013
Answer by 3libras at 9:21 AM on Jan. 29, 2013
Answer by Sebbiemama at 10:56 AM on Jan. 29, 2013
By the way, have you seen this rebuttal on CNN: Why I raise my children with God
I appreciate his respectful, thoughtful, sincere method of disagreeing. While I think he makes some good points, I also see a lot of flaws and inconsistencies in his arguments. But I can recognize this as a topic that is inherently open to much, much debate and disagreement. That's perfectly fine as long as it's done politely. The cowardly, thoughtless screechers who are flagging the original report are just pathetic.
Answer by Sebbiemama at 11:08 AM on Jan. 29, 2013
Religion is totalitarian by nature, so people who disbelieve and happily live without religion are a serious threat to that.
Simply put, we cannot be brainwashed.
Answer by beeky at 1:52 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Jan. 29, 2013
Answer by sahmamax2 at 5:23 PM on Jan. 29, 2013