Here in Ireland it's the "FirstHoly Communion" season. This "Season" has been long a manner in which young kids are "captured" by the prevailing religion for their dogma. If you are a kid of approx 7-9 years, a fesitval at which you are the certre is very appealing. It is tradition here (and I'm sure elsewhere) that these kids are brought around to the neighbours and friends whrer thay are tipped to a great extent in order to celebrate the great day.
Should we as parents (and this is very difficult in Ireland, given that over 95% -i'm not in erreo or joking- of schools are controlled and managed by the catholic church or other religion) deny our kids the oppertunity to be made feel special on a very special day.
Why do we Athiests not have some specila festifals where we can welcome our kids to the world and ensure them that they are special as they grow?
Whether we like it or not, we are in a battle with the theists fro the hearts and minds of our young.
I ahve tried to come up with some event or festival we can offer our young that "competes" with the religious rites of passage that are available. I have dismissed any ideas that tend to focus on the "Nation" given my country's less than agreeable relationship with Nationality ( to my mind it's just another dogma that devides us).
Anyone agree with me or dis-agree? If you agree do you have any suggesstions?