Again, I'm only posting the concluding paragraph of a wonderful piece written by a mom who's raising her son without religion.
The rest of the piece deals with the struggles that people face when confronted with the threat of hell, and how, in particular, it affects children.
Please read the article "You're going to hell, kid. Adventures in secular parenting" and comment.
Here's the conclusion:
It could be argued that we are indoctrinating our son, too. And I could see how it would look that way to someone on the other side of the argument, but we have science, facts, data, and morality supporting us. So, I take some pride in knowing that my son might make mistakes, but he will be one less man oppressing women simply because religion dictates that they are lesser creatures. And he will be one more human that understands the value of treating others with kindness without the ulterior motive of a plush afterlife. I realize that my son belongs to a small percentage of people that were not indoctrinated by their parents, and I hope to see that percentage increase as our children learn the value of humanism and put all notions of bigotry behind them. Humanity changes one generation at a time, and I believe that my son is definitely one generation better.Answer Question
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