"It depends on how its done, i for instence was raised in a catholic family (though not a strongly practiseing one) and thankfuly never endureing any horrible imagiges of hell or even really had any doctrine forcedon me. in fact in my high school…"
"This is a sticky subject simply because what defines it being forced? Getting sent to Sunday school or threatening them with hellfire and invoking god every time they do something wrong? I think the latter absolutely is. But if the believing parents…"
"Though I agree with your statement. I do not think that all children have no intellectual filter. I'm 13 and I completely shun religion. I think it depends on the independence of the child's mind. Their ability to think for…"
"I think it is. As I mentioned in an earlier post a young nephew of mine got hysterical at the sight of the last blood moon several years ago. He had been taught, at the fundie church he attends, that the blood moon meant it was the end of the world.…"
"[My first A/N post]
My dad was born and raised Jew (but the opposite of strict). My mom a strict Catholic Christian. My dad converted to Catholicism to be able to marry my mom.
As a couple, I'd rate my parents as at the end of the bell curve…"
"There's the space between the parents' responsibility and the childrens' responsibility: a changing area where you have to move carefully. Much depends on the parents' empathy, love, sense and convictions. An egocentric…"
"I'm on the fence. Telling a child that they are going to burn in hell if they don't believe in god is clearly some kind of mental abuse. But is it a crime?
Children aren't always reasonable and logical. They don't always feel…"
I think you can label it unintentional abuse. My mom thinks I'm "denying" god by being an atheist. I told her I would be denying god only if such a thing existed. You can't deny anything that doesn't even…"
"It depends on how it is approached. I'm definitely for children being allowed to discover for themselves what religion they support, if they support one at all. But it can be a mental and emotional abuse that does not allow children to grow the…"