30 Day Challenge: Day 5: A photo of something you really hate.

I’m not sure there’s much else to say about this. I think raising kids in hard-line, orthodox, literalist religion is child abuse. You’re raising your kinds to be blind, self-righteous bigots. This is any religious upbringing of the kind I described. Unlike Dawkins, I do think that some people need tools like faith to deal with life’s shit. Teaching children about faith is one of the tools you can offer to them. Demanding they believe exactly the same things as long-dead superstitious ancestors is blinding them to all the other tools and experiences they could have had in this tiny life we get.

I want to live in a world where parents want the best for their kids – even if it’s isn’t what they, the parents, would hope for.

As for talking to me about ‘finding God’ or the equivalent:

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One thought on “30 Day Challenge: Day 5: A photo of something you really hate.

  1. Well, I generally tend to agree, but I think it’s unrealistic to expect adults who have that kind of religion not to inculcate it in their kids – you’re expecting people to be reasonable about something which is intrinsically not (reasonable). I’m not sure what difference there is between saying ‘it’s wrong to raise children as literalist fundamentalists’ and ‘it’s wrong to *be* a literalist fundamentalist’, because one of the things literalist fundamentalists feel obliged to do – may in fact do without even being aware it’s contentious – is raise their kids in the faith. Not sure what the solution to this is, excepting anti-literalist fundamentalist pogroms or having all children raised by machine in state-operated institutions…

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