I am a novice blogger with less than one year under my belt. I was born and raised in a fundamentalist Christian family and remained a Christian in my adulthood until about 50. I will be turning 60 in a couple of weeks. Gasp ! That is another story. 🙂 I have been very sympathetic to my Christian friends and thought many Atheists were being mean by suggesting Christian parents should not allow their children to learn about Christianity through stories heard in Church and Sunday School.
I have tried to be open and listen to both sides. Now that I have carefully looked at the facts, I have come to the conclusion that some of these stories can be harmful to the well being of the child. Since there really isn’t a way to select which stories the child is exposed to , the only logical thing to do is not to expose the child to any but I’m not sure this is practical in all cases.
I used to think exposing the child to Christianity was no different than allowing them to partake in the story of Santa Claus. Well I was wrong. The difference is , they are not indoctrinated with the story of Jolly Old Saint Nick through their adult lives. They are expected to question the story as they grow older and come to the realization that Jolly Old Saint Nick is nothing but a wonderful myth . In Christianity and other religions, they are expected to believe myths as fact from crib to grave.
Although I am a great supporter of “Free Speech” , I am also a believer that the key to eradicating the religious violence throughout the world is to reach children before they are indoctrinated.
I’m all for separation of Church & State, but why not have all schools teach a course or series of courses on the History of Religion. What I mean by this is just teach the facts . I know religious zealots will fight this , but most of them have never heard “The Truth” of the history of their religions.
In my next post, I will be sharing some points about Christian History and will be asking you to add to them. After this my next post will be about the History of Islam and after this Judaism.
Knowledge is Power ! We don’t have to do anything but report the truth . This could be a catalyst to break the indoctrination which religion has gotten by with for 1000’s of years. And how could the religious object to teaching about their religion in school ?
The Truth shall set you free