Every major religion teaches good things, good habit, and good behavior. In today's era people are far away from spirituality they know nothing about their religion. Because they are never tout that so the have no interest in religion. Hence when they grow big because of not knowing the teachings of their religion the are misguided and mislead ed. So in my opinion it is necessary to teach the children about religion since childhood so that they can generate some interest and can go on a right way.
To those who say no, you make good points, but reverse the argument. A child taught that there is no religion will believe that there is no religion, no god. And although some of you may believe that, it really is a matter of opinion, because neither side can be irrefutably proven incorrect. Although I don't believe that religion should be forced upon young minds, I believe good parents should expose religion to their children without selling it as absolute truth, and allow the child to develop their own, unbiased in either direction, beliefs. Perhaps children should not be taught religion, but taught ABOUT religion.
If the parents are religious, they should be allowed to pass it down to their children, even if they are still young.
Major religions have a very good and acceptable morality code, and even though some people might disagree with it (for their own personal reasons), it is no excuse to force religious families to draw away from their most valuable beliefs, like it's happening in some places right now.
If we start taking parental authority away because we feel we /the government/whatever group you can think of could do a better job, where would we draw the line?
If i support something, it is my right to teach my children to support something. If i had not had the morals of a church setting instilled on me at a young age, i could have ended up being a little hoodlom like kids these days without the power of christ!
Religion is the most important thing you will ever teach your child. Everything else they are taught will benefit them for their time on earth only. Religious education will allow them to benefit for all of eternity.
It also allows them to gain comfort from knowing God is out there looking after them and they can grow up to be happy adults.
To begin with, I would like to point out a basic goal of all religions: obtain salvation/happiness, feel like you are a part of something bigger, and foster moral development among followers. This is something that science can't do. This is something politics can't pass a law on. This is something school can't give them a class on. When our kids are young, we teach them that it is wrong to lie. That is an example of morals. However, we all are imperfect. So why would we not obtain readily available assistance in fostering morals among our children? However, this is not the only reason to teach our children religion from a young age.
We all want our children to have fun and make friends. A church or other religious institution forms relationships among its members. Adult members meet each other in services and events held by the institution. Children make friends and learn to be comfortable in groups, plus, they have fun doing it. And, while enjoying this, they are forming lasting relationships and figuring out morals.
So, parents, I have a question. This is also for future parents and anyone who cares about the next generation: Would you like to deny children moral improvement, friendships, enjoyment and a sense of belonging so that they are not indoctrinated into a religion too early?
(Deuteronomy 6:5-9) 5 And you must love Jehovah your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your vital force. 6 And these words that I am commanding you today must prove to be on your heart; 7 and you must inculcate them in your son and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. 8 And you must tie them as a sign upon your hand, and they must serve as a frontlet band between your eyes; 9 and you must write them upon the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
In my opinion, there is a difference between teaching and preaching. Preaching can stay in the churches and mosques and all other religious buildings.
They should be TAUGHT about other religions, just as they are taught science and history. If they are saying that they teach religion, this means EVERY religion, or at least the top 6 to 8. Get them thinking about the world and spirituality and the like. Thinking about things like that might be a little deep for a child, but having a basic understanding of the major religions will greatly aid in understanding and respecting those who practice that religion.
They should be taught the values, ideals, and customs, but that doesn't mean they should be encouraged to practice it. The problem with most religion classes is that a) by 'religion' they normally mean only Christianity or other Jesus centered faith and b) teach in in a way that's borderline conversion.
If taught in a way that approaches it objectively, and solely with the purpose to impart knowledge about the major faiths around the world, then I'm all for it. Having a broad view of the faiths that influence how people act and live, and the stories behind the religions would be an excellent quality and also has the chance to get them interested in other countries and cultures.
It should be taught, people should understand those around them and why they are the way they are. It may even assist them when they reach adolescence and are able to refer to things like the Teachings of Christ, or Buddha, or Confucius, to give advice or guidance, because they already know them. It will allow them to take from each religion what they believe relates to them, or is generally good and relevant to their life. They may wind up choosing one out of them, but they'll be making an INFORMED decision because they'll know the ground work and backbone of half a dozen other religions as well.
We feed children. We educate them in school & at home. We clothe them & spoil them. We see that they have medical care. So why wouldn't a parent include spiritual nurturing? It is an important part of life.
I'm not advocating a single religion. Faith, no matter the details, is essential. In fact, I'll include this ... Atheists should teach their children why they do not believe. If you cannot look a child in the eyes and address the really tough questions, then you have never dealt with them yourself.
Likewise, I'll close with this thought: If a child believes differently than you, be prepared to accept it. Love them. Support them. Listen to why they believe as they do. Engage them in discussion, but don't shun them. Children are extensions of their parents like branches from a tree. They aren't meant to be exact copies.
Religion is THE most important part of life. It literally determines the child(s)'s entire life so why shouldn't parents teach their kids. They are just trying to insure that they have a good life. If I didn't get taught religion at a young age I would be a way worse person.
Children should be taught to think for themselves. Children shouldn't necessarily be taught and told what to think, but rather, HOW to think properly.
Children CAN be taught religion but it must be ALL religions as equally as possible and the history of religion(s). If this cannot be achieved, religious teachings should be self-discovered instead of taught and risk the possibility of teachers' bias and subsequent influence.
This is such a worn-out, illogical conception... Religion does not instill any proper morals or values. Morals and values should be logically conceived by each individual based on rational/critical thinking. Parents should worry less about indoctrinating a child into their delusional cult, and more about instilling values that society, across the world, find attractive and morally correct. It is ones society and culture that dictates the general moral guidelines of how one should act. Once a person reaches an age where deeper critical thinking is possible, then he/she should absolutely challenge or try to disprove any value/moral reason that they find inconsistent with logic. More people should be reading ethical theories and texts rather than using an ill-conceived, fictitious book to base how one should live..
Childhood religious teaching is an abuse of the trust a child gives you as a parental figure. They believe everything a parent tells them is true- so telling them that a belief is a fact is damaging.
It does not allow for the child to freely choose his or her own beliefs, even later in life (few manage to overcome a lifetime of indoctrination to think critically about what they do or do not believe). Of course, religion relies on catching children before they are old enough to think critically about the claims being made.
Religion is one of the causes of violence. If you think about it, almost all wars are fought because of religion. The war on terror is a prime example. People are blowing themselves up for their god, killing thousands because they don't believe what they believe. Even in the past, people died from religion, like the Crusades.
If you tell a child who does not know any better that unicorns and leprechauns exist, they will of course believe you. The same goes for religion. It is cruel to expose a child to religion before they have the ability to make this choice on their own without the parents opinion.
Why should Children have there young minds destroyed with the ramblings of one of the most dreadful books ever written. The bible is a hate filled book where God is responsible for 2.8 million deaths ,yet is described as a loving God ,and yet some parents encourage bible study ...Lunacy.Teach children about the real world science ,nature ,philosophy and leave these ridiculous belief systems to people who want to believe in fairytales.
Contrary to what some may want you to believe, freedom of religion does not actually mean 'freedom to make others believe in *my* religion', it means 'freedom of all individuals to hold their own religious beliefs'. Part of this religious freedom is the right to not have someone else's religion forced down your throat, whatever your age may be. The fact that children are easily taught to believe such things only makes this issue worse; they don't really have any *choice* but to believe the religion they are taught if the teaching starts at young enough age. Is not this taking away the child's ability to actually freely choose their own beliefs without coercion or indoctrination, and thus a violation of the religious freedom of the child? Then it is a violation of their basic rights and freedoms, and thus wrong.
Religion is aimed at young children for a reason. At such an impressionable age where logic is an unformed concept, children are susceptible to numerous illogical ideas such as the Easter Bunny and Santa. We tell them that these imaginary figures are real to instill some magic and wonderment into them and we sit back and smile as they become excited about presents and chocolate eggs, forever comforted in the knowledge that they will eventually grow out of these silly ideas. Eventually children work out that Santa cannot fit down the chimney, that the Easter Bunny has not visited every house in the country overnight and delivered identical eggs to the ones stashed in Mummy and Daddy's wardrobe and that magic, sadly is not real.
Religion works different to this in that this wonderful character called Jesus, the son of god, who makes people better and provides more fish than the north sea, is nailed to a cross and left to die. Oh and people were bad back then so they were all drowned along with the animals who... Hadn't really done anything but oh well.
Then comes sodom and gomorrah and an innkeeper asking the men in his village to rape his daughter rather than rape a couple of angels (it being that a group of homosexual rapists would be satisfied at such a trade) Luckily after leaving the place when god calls down his nifty rain of fire, the traumatized family are spared by god for trying to save his angels....Until he turns the guys wife to stone for looking back at the carnage.
I think that's enough. Religion should not be taught at any age.
Look religion often as an excellent moral code and can teach many life lessons however everyone must accept that everything has flaws including belief. Young children do not know when a belief is wrong they will follow everything. Look if you tell your kid you must always be a Christian and they see the Westboro Baptist church they will see ooh Christians not misguided people. Young children cannot truly understand theology so it should not be beat into their heads
Children being taught religion are not even old enough to take it seriously. When your child grows up, they have the right to be open minded, and study all types of religions and find out what they chose to follow, or, they wont chose one at all. Your children do not need to have the same beliefs as you. That does not mean you failed as a parent they could be seeing things that you were to close minded or ignorant to realize. Religion is something you chose to have in your life, not something that should be put there. Things are changing, and when it comes to religious beliefs your child deserves a choice, and to be able to express their thoughts.