Religious traditions and rituals should not be passed on to future generations.
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I believe religion was originally created so people could have something to believe in; something that answered all life"s questions. Today, now that we have science, we know the answer to many of these questions, (e.g. that the earth was not created by a god and that there can be no such thing as a healing prophet or a woman getting pregnant without being sexually active), and that"s what causes me to think religion is not necessary anymore.
I personally am against religion. Yet, I understand the importance of letting people figure things out as they get older.
Another point would be that there are over a thousand different religions worldwide and again, implementing a system to prevent all people from sharing their life's path with their family or friends is just not possible.
"Babies and young children who haven"t gotten an impression of the world yet should not be born into a certain religion with specific rules of how they should act." Do you really believe that teaching young kids intolerance for the practices of others is much different than mainstream popular religions? (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
What do suppose a child would do when they notice their parents praying 4 or 5 times a day, wearing funny hats, or talking to invisible men? Would you expect the parent to simply keep their reasoning secret?
Do we ban people from speaking that have dedicated their life religiously to science?
As you say, letting people figure out things as they get older is of huge importance. This is why I find it important for religious people's children not to be bond by their family's traditions; If a child grows up with religion and becomes religious himself - and suddenly decides to become atheistic - how would the family react? This kid could be forced to perform religious actions every day for no reason, just because he is a victim of his family's beliefs.
I agree people should be able to raise their children how they see fit - but if they choose to do this using religion, I say they'd need some information about child raising.
I see your point with how wide-spread religion is and how difficult it would be to change this. I agree it is difficult - but only because people live with and enjoy their beliefs every day. In the future, however, if the growth of cultural-religious people continues and extremely religious rituals/traditions are not passed on, the problem would be much smaller.
Along with the wave of new general technology, I believe people are beginning to think more independently. If religious people performed their rituals less in public and maybe kept them more to themselves, then yes, I would think it would be possible for children not to be religiously influenced by their parents/relatives.
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