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should there be an age of consent for religions?

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Started: 3/6/2014 Category: Religion
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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chippsy666

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Christopher Hitchens once said that if children were given the freedom to make up their own minds about religion, most would choose not to follow it. He reckons that religion would be dead and gone in within 20 years. He also says that religion is extremely coercive towards children, filling them with fear so that they do as they are told.
Should children be able to make up their own minds? I was, and it enabled me to develop a critical mind.
Debate Round No. 1
chippsy666

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xXCryptoXx

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My opponent will not be posting his own arguments in the response because that would be violating the rule of posting new arguments in the last round. My opponent can however, post his rebuttal to my argument.


What this debate really boils down to is whether or not children should be purposely influenced by opinions or teachings. If children should have to consent to being taught religion then children should also have to consent to growing up in a traditional household, or being taught by progressive liberal parents that support Barack Obama. Obviously this is balderdash. The problem is not that children are growing up being influenced by certain opinions and teachings; the problem is that people do not stand on their own two feet and think on their own. People like to believe because that was what they are taught but what people need to learn is to question and explore new ideas, teachings, and opinions. In other words, the solution is not giving children the ability to consent to growing up under certain opinions and teachings, rather the solution would be to promote questioning and exploration of ideas, teachings, and opinions.


Realistically, forcing people to grow up and then consent to certain things is implausible and ineffective. We are not just influenced by where we grow up; we are influenced by television, video games, news stories, friends, teachers, strangers: practically everything around us! Going by my opponent’s position, we too would logically have to create an age of consent for all these things because we wouldn’t want the children to be “brainwashed.” This position is simply illogical. Being influenced is a part of growing up. Instead of requiring an age of consent to be influenced, we should promote children to be able to think and formulate their own opinions.


Thank you. I await your response.


Debate Round No. 2
chippsy666

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Debate Round No. 3
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