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Should there be a ban on parents bring their children up in religion until a certain age?

Asked by: SegBeg
  • Religion can be psychologically damaging

    If you ask sophisticated theologians about "Hell", they'll often reply that it's metaphorical and means the separation from God, rather than literal fire and torture. To a child, though, it doesn't matter what a sophisticated theologian thinks; to them, the suggestion of "Hell" is very real, very scary form of torture. Teaching children this is psychologically damaging, and is, in fact, paramount to child abuse.

    Many parents also teach ideas such as Noah's Ark, young Earth creationism, and other types of obvious nonsense as part of their religion, which amounts to a failure to responsibly educate the child in the factual nature of reality. Every child deserves to learn about the world the way it is, through an objective, scientific understanding.

    This is where the religious lobby are at a catch 22. If they think their beliefs are reasonable and founded in science, then they have no grounds to protest the delay of teaching them until adulthood- where an individual would be better equipped to understand the science that supposedly supports their beliefs. If they admit that their beliefs are not reasonable and based in science, then all the more reason not to teach them to anybody at all.

  • Children are easily manipulated

    One could argue that the government intervenes when child abuse occurs and that religion is in a way similar to abuse because of the young, futile minds of children can easily be manipulated into believing fiction? So if we teach children religion from a young age we are crippling their chances of open-mindedness to fact-based scientific theories that could make great scientists if it wasn't stopped by being contradicted by their religion. BUT this is a step towards big brother so.... Meh.

  • It's not morally right.

    Religion is shown time and time again to be damaging. You shouldn't force a child into YOUR religion, you should let that child make a decision on his/her own beliefs. A lot of the time children don't want to go with their parent's religion and their parents scorn or disown them because of that. It isn't a healthy way to raise a child, especially if the parents are VERY religious.

  • They shouldn't be forced into the religion or neglected from it

    For example you settle down with your partner and have a child. Good for you. Lets also say you are religious. Personally I would wait until my kid was around 5 years old to take them to any form of church. Ask them if they would like to go to church. DO NOT GET ANGRY AT YOUR KID IF THEY SAY NO.

    This is one of the most crucial thing to do. You must not get angry. Just try again later. You must do this because you don't want them to feel pressured or stressed to go. They may think negatively on your religion. Ease them into it.

    Here are the age requirements for a smooth transition

    5 years old: Ask them for this year, don't allow them to pursue you into getting them a doll or something for going. Once they go get them an ice cream cone or something. Telling them they did a good job. Make sure they aren't going for church just to get that doll. Only let them go once a month to ease them into it. Bring toys to distract them. Don't make them dress up for church
    6: If they haven't gone yet bring toys. Don't go to church with them more than once every other week. Ask them if they want to dress up formally like the big kids, you should start to get used to bringing them in better attire is that is what most people at your church do
    7-8: By now they should get used to it, take them every week and ask them to dress up.
    9-10: If there is Sunday school don't make it seem forced. If they want to go, then let them go. If they don't than don't. Now if there is more than 1 meeting besides Sunday school ask them to go and make it all voluntary
    11+: Make sure that they are used to church and regardless of what you do make it seem voluntary and they want to do it.

  • It brings negative ideas and restricts friend circle

    Religion is a complex thing to be understood by children. Forcing religion on children will lead into development of anger and domination of other religion. Religion should be a matter of opinion and not a matter of obligation. Children should themselves think about the ideas written the religion and should themselves take the decision of which religion to follow

  • Brainwashing children is evil.

    Teaching a child how to live their life from before they can think for themselves is more or less brain washing. Religion is a big part of a humans life, and forcing a child to have a religion, or not, is forcing the child to become what you see fit. It's cruel, you're taking away their humanity. There should be a ban on bring a child up religiously, completely. Not till a certain age. The children have to decide for themselves.

  • It brings negative ideas and restricts friend circle

    Religion is a complex thing to be understood by children. Forcing religion on children will lead into development of anger and domination of other religion. Religion should be a matter of opinion and not a matter of obligation. Children should themselves think about the ideas written the religion and should themselves take the decision of which religion to follow

  • It brings negative ideas and restricts friend circle

    Religion is a complex thing to be understood by children. Forcing religion on children will lead into development of anger and domination of other religion. Religion should be a matter of opinion and not a matter of obligation. Children should themselves think about the ideas written the religion and should themselves take the decision of which religion to follow

  • Absolutely not. !

    That would be bizarre and WAY too invasive. The government has no right and I repeat NO right to tell parents how to raise their children. By saying you want to ban parents from bringing their child up in your religion and let them be secular is just hypocrisy. You want them to be raised they way YOU see fit. I don't care whether a child is brought up religious or secular. What you must remember is that lots of people who grew up in religious families end up abandoning the faith when they get older so horray for you secularists. What else do you need? Now you want to stop parents from teaching their child their religion? How selfish. As long as the parents aren't abusing the child in any way, you secularists and the government have NO RIGHT whatsoever to tell a parent how and how not to raise their children. NOT ONE so stay away from the households!!!

  • As an atheist...

    Who does not believe in god, or religion, I agree on the fact that it is wrong to have any government involvement on the matter of whether children should be allowed to be raised with or without religion.

    It is not the government choice, that would be a waste of government power, and time to even think about this decision.

    I don't believe that this topic should involve government at all. Parents should be educated on whether religion hurts, or aids growth of children, and the government has no right to step in and tell them how they should be raising their children.

  • How about the first amendment?

    1. Religious (Christian) values and beliefs are the basis of western society. Imo this society has accomplished the coolest things of all and we should keep it alive.

    2. There's no way to not "brainwash" a child. Kids are fed ideas and beliefs no matter what, so would you rather let their parents (who, most of the time, love and care about them) or the government (which doesn't give a shit) "brainwash" them?

    3. Ok this last point goes kinda deep. Banning religion or speech would mean destroying our western society as we know it. When these things are restricted by law, it means the government has gained too much power it can turn common sense (or what you believe it to be) into law.
    We should know what happens when a government grows too much. Do you think North Koreans live better than you? Because, that's right, by giving power to the government you're turning it into a dictatorship.
    It may sound like a conspiracy theory, but it's "little" things like this that, overlapped, make big changes.

    Posted by: aeli
  • Freedom of religion.

    I think that the government has no business deciding what parents can or can't teach about religion. The fact is, there is a God. Science proves that the universe had a beginning. Therefore, it had to have been created (it couldn't have created itself or just popped up randomly). An outside force, (a God) created the universe. So why should the government take away our rights and not allow us to teach kids the truth about God. (By the way, I am Christian, and Jesus is real.)

  • The Government has no right to intervene

    Okay, I believe no... The reason why is because the Government should not intervene, and has no right constitutionally. This would be the Government abusing its power granted by the Constitution. Republicans and Libertarians support that the government should not intervene too much with the people affairs rather as the Democrats want to expand the Government's power as much as it can however this is against the people's will

  • Its NOT your business

    I simply must say I was raised a christian and I love my parents for it it has brought me comfort and peace as well as an eventual afterlife. It in no way has negatively impacted my life it has done the very opposite.

    And i'm sorry I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA I was raised knowing about a little something called the FIRST AMENDMENT congress can make no law abridging the practice of religion and how you a raise your child is very large part of our religion

    First off it means any religion but by reading the comments you are targeting Christianity. You assume that what YOU believe is right and yet you assume that we should raise our children with objective beliefs in science....By the way science used to say that the world was flat. But it is not objective you think your secular beliefs are right an religion is wrong so you try to impede on our rights to raise our children one way. This will never happen and SHOULD NOT try to happen. Those who say otherwise don't really believe in freedom or fairness.

    IT NEVER DAMAGED ME I am at full health, have a job, and a pregnant wife and a clear conscience so when my baby is born i will love to teach him/her about God. No law will stop me

  • Children are not state property.

    The parents are natural guardians of children. They do not merely possess those rights to raise a child which the state grants to them. It is the reverse. In countries that are not totalitarian, the parents have all rights and responsibilities for their children, UNLESS by clear and convincing evidence in a particular case a particular child needs intervention on their behalf. Only in those states where adults are state property are children also considered state property.

    A "yes" vote also assumes religion is proof of being an unfit parent.


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