What can we do for American children?
America is a difficult country for children to be atheists. When the media is constantly determining what is "in," teens are constantly under pressure to conform. Religion is everywhere; even the movie industry has begun pandering towards religious groups.
Furthermore, this is a country where parents have the ability to control their kids' religious activities. There is no law against parents bringing their sons or daughters to church at an early age. But there should be.
It is unacceptable for parents to raise their kids into a religion. Religious indoctrination of children is nothing short of brainwashing; when you are young, you think that everything your parents do is right. If you start regularly attending church at age 3, it's pretty damn likely you're going to grow up to be a Christian. My mom (my dad's an atheist) put me in Hebrew School at 5. I was a theist until I was 12, and that's only because my HS teachers that year were horrible.
For a while, I thought that children should be exposed to all religions when they're young. Now I believe that we should be completely shielded from religion; maybe if we're educated in a completely secular fashion, we will eventually realize that religion does not provide answers.
Unfortunately, I doubt this will ever happen in America. There is no way a law forbidding parents from raising their kids religiously will ever make it into Congress. So what can atheist kids do to prevent our peers from being brainwashed?
…Well, I have no idea. But this is a problem that we must address. Please leave your ideas. Thanks.