Should parents be able to punish children for not believing the same faith as them?
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It is a lot easier to say a parent should just get on with it if you have never had a child. You worry about them always until you die its that simple. And don't think of it as forcing an opinion but a belief that its fact. They believe in eternal damnation that is easily avoidable. But will keep you out of trouble through your life, you wont worry about STD, what happens next, job, money, anything. Because its all in Gods hands and it will give you an emotional base. And if you don't agree with the religion then just go with it, it wont cause you physical harm and it will put there minds to ease a little more. And in the constitution first amendment freedom of religion. And part of that religion is passing it on to your child.
It is accepted in the courts that a minor does not have the same amount of rights that an adult has. This is why you can't say what you want when you want at school. Your parents are legally in charge of you and make the choice of what, where, why, and how you do things. That's why they say you can do what you want when you live in your own house. you will be an adult and have full legal rights.
I am arguing the devils advocate (meaning I don't necessarily agree with my side) I do not agree that children should be neglected in any form and should not be punished beyond minor adjustments. And I happen to be a christian and I get this faith from my parents. I know that it is not always easy to agree with them, and I am sorry for any emotional tolls this is taking. But maybe listen to the faith and think for a bit, or at the very least "pretend" they cant read your mind so just act like you believe. It will get them off you and give you time to breathe. But at the very least you can say the following that is good at fixing this type of problem. say that you are willing to look over the faith, but that you need to believe it yourself not just go through the motions and have it demanded from you, and that is what God wants and says in scripture. I wish you the best of luck and God bless.
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Vote Placed by Hoppi 11 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro argued clearly that parents have a legal right to raise their children as they see as best, and Con seemed to concede on this point. Pro also argued convincingly that religious parents would see faith as essential for the child's wellbeing and future, and Con did not really address this point, so overall arguments to Pro. Con's arguments that parents shouldn't force their children to believe were too vague to be convincing, and I was confused because I don't think it's possible to force someone to believe something. I think you can only force them to act in certain ways and say certain things, so a bit more clarity on this issue from Con would have made his argument stronger.
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