That is, do you think that it should be illegal for parents to teach their religion to their children as superior to other religions? Like Christian parents teaching their children that Christianity is the only way to God?
Answer by Iamgr8teful at 1:34 AM on Jun. 25, 2011
Answer by janet116 at 8:15 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Hell no. Why, because you don't believe it?
Luckily, we live in a nation where we are free to believe what we want to believe about god. Count yourself lucky, you could move to Saudi Arabia.
Answer by Candi1024 at 11:33 AM on Jun. 24, 2011
Answer by janet116 at 8:29 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Answer by scout_mom at 1:20 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Hmm. I don't know. Let's try substituting "religion" with another hot-button issue like "race":
That is, do you think that it should be illegal for parents to teach their race to their children as superior to other races? Like Aryian parents teaching their children that Aryian is the only way to God?
Oh, my. Is it just me, or does that simple substitution change the whole feel of the discussion? What makes religion something that should be treated with kid gloves? If we frown on parents who teach their children to be racists, why not frown on parents who teach their children to unquestioningly follow their religious dogma? Legal or illegal may not be the right question here. . .
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:11 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Philosophy isn't a religion, nor is Atheism. Check your definitions--philosophy is the study of basic concepts.
I don't teach my children that Atheism is superior to anything. I'm not that arrogant. I am trying to teach them to think things through--to analyze using whatever information is available, and to seek out information to draw their own conclusions. I don't try to get them to "believe" anything based on my decision that it's the right thing to believe. I am not privy to all information, but I'm willing to look at what's available and question things. That's what I want my children to do. I don't want them to be given a very limited viewpoint and be told that that's the only way to believe.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:34 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Now that I think about it, it does seem a bit criminal--to tell them to believe what I do, or else ('else' in your case, I guess would be 'eternal damnation'--what a frightening concept to present to a child!) and that everyone who does not believe what I believe is equally damned. Yikes!
No, thank you. I am doing my best to teach my children to think, learn and analyze. If, in their freethinking, they should end up believing in some version of god, so be it. It might seem oxymoronic, but at least they will have reached that conclusion using their own brains, rather than being told what to think.
Answer by jsbenkert at 3:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Answer by MamaK88 at 7:15 PM on Jun. 24, 2011
Answer by ldmrmom at 11:40 AM on Jun. 24, 2011
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