Saturday, September 24, 2005

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.

12 Comments:

At 9/24/2005 12:06 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

Hmmm... intresting idea. Of course 99% of the population isn't going to see it like that. Maybe there sould be some "age of consent" to teach religion to kids, but that would still be hard to enforce.

 
At 9/24/2005 12:24 PM, Anonymous SH said...

It is not feasible, nor it is reasonable (in my opinion) to legislate what parents can and cannot teach to their children. The solution is not to outlaw the teaching to children of certain things but to educate the population in general about religions, sciences, history and so on as to create a society where everyone is free to believe anything they want but people have access to other points of view, where people are open to views different from theirs and educated enough to tell what is real and what is myth. So what we can do to help the kids as well as everyone else? Educate. This does not mean forcing our views on other, but spreading the word to those who are interested. It means to be patient in explaining our point of view, not confrontational or condescending. We need be knowledgeable about things we talk about and have a lot of patients and understanding to be successful.

Good luck.

 
At 9/24/2005 4:03 PM, Anonymous Tanooki Joe said...

Personally I think kids should be exposed to mythology -- teach them the religions no one believes in anymore, so whrn they are taught modern religions, they'll wonder why some silly stories are myths, while others are given an utmost respect. Start 'em thinking.

And you make a very astute observation -- while organized religion may not appeal to kids, personal religion is overwhelmingly the "in" thing among young people.

 
At 9/24/2005 6:25 PM, Blogger Bobkul said...

The religious people who founded this country could have done exactly what you said should be done, just in the opposite way. To teach only atheism would be just like only teaching any religion, complete brainwashing, as you said.

This whole post contridicts itself, and that's why I'm a Christian Conservative. Everything you leftists say that other can't do (hate speech, profiling due to gender and race) are thing that they do, but sue others for doing.
If a gay wants to protest at a Chrsitain gathering, they don't sue, but if a Chrsitain is protesting gays in the same way, they're sued.
Many leftists tell us not to profile people based on anything, yet they profile the white Chrsitian male as evil and anyone who isn't (i.e.homosexual, minority, atheist and sometimes women)have more rights than white Chrsitian males do. If you think otherwise, how come the women who do nothing but spend their husbands money and want to be pampered to every moment divorce her husband and the man is seen as bad? Why else would all the black people in New Orleans blame the white person for not stoping the storm from happening? How come illegal immigrants can sue their employers and take over their business? Locally, a black man tried sueing a government worker because she ran out of chips to give him with his hot dog and said it was because he was black.

 
At 9/24/2005 8:33 PM, Blogger seth said...

Not teaching religion does not mean atheism is being taught. Just like how not teaching Chinese history doesn't mean anti-Chinese ideals are being taught.

 
At 9/24/2005 8:40 PM, Anonymous diehardlax45 said...

going to sunday school when youre three is hardly brainwashing, first of all, 3 year olds understand and remember nothing, so all they do is like draw and crap, second, it pretty much just teaches them to be nice to each other and to not kill anyone or deal drugs when you grow up, everyone has the right to worship in anyway they want, i could worship jesus, a fly or myself and no one can do crap about it
-joe

 
At 9/24/2005 8:44 PM, Blogger seth said...

Little kids believe in Santa, mature teens wouldn't. Enough said.

 
At 9/24/2005 9:34 PM, Blogger Caleb said...

Religion is simply a case of people believing in Santa too long. Except it's God this time.

 
At 9/25/2005 8:09 AM, Blogger Aeger said...

And Santa doesn't order you to kill your sister for haveing sex without being married.

Bobkul: Thank you for posting, it's good to have opposite view points on a site, especially one about religion or lack thereof.

 
At 9/25/2005 8:49 AM, Blogger Kele said...

Just so you know, bobkul, I'm against a lot of those things as well.

 
At 9/30/2005 7:21 AM, Blogger chris674 said...

Religion will die out eventually - it will take some time but it is a humans phenomenun that seems permanent but is not more than a stage in development of mankind. Modern man has, by scientific estimates, been round for about 150,000 years. Theism has been around for about the last 4,000 of those years so this way of thinking is really just a flash in the pan - believing in a God in the sky will pass even if it takes many generations (most European countries are already becoming more secular).

 
At 9/30/2005 7:22 AM, Blogger chris674 said...

Religion will die out eventually - it will take some time but it is a humans phenomenun that seems permanent but is not more than a stage in development of mankind. Modern man has, by scientific estimates, been round for about 150,000 years. Theism has been around for about the last 4,000 of those years so this way of thinking is really just a flash in the pan - believing in a God in the sky will pass even if it takes many generations (most European countries are already becoming more secular).

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home



Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.