Stop Childhood Indoctrination - A Message of Hope

A child who has just entered existence has absolutely no knowledge of the universe around him/her. A newborn relies completely on its parents for everything from nutrition to unconditional love. Anybody who reads this will agree that a huge majority of the people on earth claim to believe in one of the many religions because their parents indoctrinated them from a very young age. It is simply a constant cycle of indoctrination from generation to generation. By stopping childhood indoctrination, the newer generations will be able to make a choice for themselves after they have thoroughly researched the alternatives. It is very possible that these fresh, brilliant minds will understand that the world would be better without the dividing hostile barrier that is religion. The major problem is that many religions such as Catholicism/Christianity teach their members that childhood indoctrination is required because a pure, innocent child is actually filled with original sin. The members of these types of religions are left no choice because they are under the delusion that their child might suffer excommunication from the church and hell in the afterlife. Once the child is indoctrinated he/she will follow a life of delusion in which they will blindly follow religious claims without evidence and ignore scientific facts and logic. In a world where religion has caused division, ignorance, and bloodshed over imaginary entities parents would be making a huge positive impact on society by not indoctrinating their children into a religion. We do not have all the answers to life, and there is nothing wrong with that. We should encourage freethought, and continue our pursuit of the truth through science, it has been working out well so far, and what we have discovered is already incredibly beautiful in all of its nature.

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

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Comment by Compelledunbeliever on January 18, 2020 at 12:23pm

 I recently made a video about my childhood indoctrination and the harm it did. 

https://youtu.be/yt0d0lq9oRA

Comment by Loren Miller on January 13, 2020 at 6:57am

Once you assume a Creator and a plan, it makes us objects in a cruel experiment whereby we are created sick and then commanded to be well.
-- Christopher Hitchens

Worse: the church asserts that you MUST be sick / broken / sinful / whatever, then has the temerity to sell you the cure! How about instead we teach our kids HOW to think rather than WHAT to think, then see what answers they come up with?

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 12, 2020 at 9:49pm

...a pure, innocent child is actually filled with original sin.

How Orwellian! "Peace is war", "freedom is slavery", "light is darkness"!

It's true that children come to show both selfishness and empathy, and part of civilized life is learning to control our worst impulses... but that's quite different from asserting that every baby, every child is (invisibly) cursed and damned unless they undergo the proper ritual of cleansing and initiation into the One True Religion, whichever that is.

Do any extant religions besides most Christian denominations teach original or ancestral sin? My understanding is that Judaism does not -- everyone starts with a pure soul -- and neither does Islam.

In any case, saying that a baby is automatically evil and "less than" just by being born is arguably worse than "just" subjecting oneself and one's kids to arbitrary dictates attributed to an invisible and untestable deity that may as well not be there.

("God's plan" is indistinguishable from no god and no plan. There's a graphic meme, captioned "You'll pray for me? Great! I'll talk to my cat for you. Expect the same results." Talking to an invisible friend, or a visible, real, furry one that doesn't understand anywhere near the extent of our language that fellow humans do, might be therapeutic to an extent, but we still have to do more than that to make changes happen.)

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