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Teaching Christianity is Child Abuse
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Posted 5/9/14 , edited 5/9/14
I came from an abusive household. Personally, I think what he says trivializes real child abuse.

That being said, I believe indoctrinating your child into a certain set of beliefs, especially ones that are provably wrong, is an enormous disservice to your child. Now, if you are a religious person, it would be damn near impossible to have you raise your kid secularly even if you wanted to.Lets be honest, kids are ignorant. They will spend their entire lives trying to overcome their ignorance. So all kids know at a young age is what their parents tell them.

Santa Claus is the easiest example. How many people believed in Santa when they were kids? Almost everyone that was told that he was real from birth, because at that age we haven't learned how to think critically yet. Kids don't know any better, and I personally think that it's borderline criminal to outright lie to your child like that about something that even you know to not be true.

Your child's entire knowledge base is purely derived from their trust in that you know the world better than they do. Since they don't know how to think for themselves yet, they believe everything you say to be true. This is where religious beliefs start to become an incredibly enormous problem.

Religious beliefs for a thinking adult doesn't bother me very much. But I have never, and probably will never see a child that follows a different religious practice from their parents for the reasons I already mentioned. And parents outright rely on that trust their child has for them to instill these religious beliefs in them. "If you are a bad boy you will go to hell." "If you are a good girl you will go to heaven." Shit like that is something an adult never exposed to religion would probably laugh off, but to a child that shit sticks. And that shit is incredibly hard to scrape off because by the time they become a rational, thinking adult, to denounce their religious principles because they aren't based on facts goes against the doctrine they have followed their entire life. Not to mention the basic fear instilled of having your soul tortured for all eternity if you give it up.

So parents will never stop instilling their own beliefs in their children. I do believe that it is a horrible, horrible thing to close the mind of a child to new ideas and experiences because religion says otherwise. But that is sadly inevitable.

All we can do is teach it the best we can and provide all the evidence we can to support the claims science has made. There really is nothing else we can do because like I said, even if you wanted otherwise, your religious ideas is going to rub off on your child. If we moved to make children more open minded to other ideas it would be a lot easier to convince people that yes, the world is way older than a few thousand. But since religion is extremely oppressive about exploring ideas beyond their text, it's very unlikely that that will happen.
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Posted 6/9/14
In my opinion - child abuse is a big stretch. It's not abuse, but it's not particularly kind, either. I personally wouldn't ever want to teach my child something like that, in the future - but that being said, if they grew curious & came to me for answers, I'd tell them what I thought - and try to be as unbiased as possible. (It's difficult, even with the best intentions).
Posted 6/9/14
Some concepts are and some aren't. It largely depends on the denomination. I was raised as a Roman Catholic (and would consider myself a fairly serious one). I have also done some studying on Anglicanism and United Methodism. I wouldn't consider any of those "abusive."

Denominations that promote things like faith-healing on the other hand...http://time.com/8750/faith-healing-parents-jailed-after-second-childs-death/
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Personally I believe pushing organized religion on a child who isn't old enough to make informed decisions on their own is wrong. Especially when cheap scare tactics like "hell" and "the devil" are being implemented.
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Posted 6/9/14 , edited 6/9/14
If a member of the household wanted to twist things around using a certain belief as an excuse to be abusive, they will find any means to do it, religion or no religion.

Let's get real.

I could say a lot of things about this considering the household I came from. In short, my mother was a "Christian." She tried brainwashing her kids and twisting things around so she could spit on them and kick them down. I wasn't a stupid little kid, and wasn't easily going to deal with things like that, so I would call the police. However, I saw my other two siblings never had the courage to take action the way I did.

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Posted 6/11/14
Nah, its wrong and immoral to force your opinions on your or somebody elses children. But generally christanity teaches many things that promote good qualities.
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Posted 6/11/14
it really depends on the method of teaching. my mother taught me that jesus is love and that he will care for us no matter what. when at sunday school i was taught that if i masturbated i would go to hell and burn for eternity and they would use threads with a lot of things that they frown upon and don't even count as sins ~ religion is a part of culture and... forced culture is almost as bad as child abuse i believe.
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Ya know, I told my mom and sister that if I ever have kids (which I believe is unlikely atm due to personal reasons) that I probably wouldn't raise them on Judaism (the religion I was raised on). This is due to the fact that I simply find Judaism, as well every other religion I know about to simply be pure speculation and/or contain major contradictions and silly/bigoted laws that you simply can't apply to the 21st century. They freaked out when I said this and started talking about how my kids would grow up without having morals and crap like that and that "oh you know it's all subject to interpretation."

I just wanted to scream: HELLO, GOLDEN RULE (in regards to the morals), and the Torah aka 5 Books of Moses in the Old Testament is considered infallible according to everything I was taught in Hebrew school, despite the fact it says men who have sex with men are "abominations" and that an unmarried woman who are raped must marry their rapist...etc.

I dunno, I just find following something like this to be contradictory. I mean yeah, I might teach my kids to appreciate their Jewish ethnicity/heritage by teaching them Hebrew (I can speak the modern Israeli version, and tbh if shtf in the US, if they speak Hebrew they won't have a problem emigrating to Israel for safety if I do that lol) and talking about Israel today and the history of the Jewish people (perhaps we could celebrate/observe Hannukah, Yom Hashoah, and Purim, given those holidays are based on actual confirmed historical events that categorize the Jews as an ethnic rather than a religious group) but I'm not going to indoctrinate them using any religious texts or services.

So yeah, is it child abuse to teach your kid Christianity or some other religion? Probably not. Is it a disservice to do it? Damn straight I think it is considering how impressionable children are.
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Posted 6/12/14
I have no problems teaching kids Christianity. In a religion class. Much like scientific theory is taught in science classes.
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Posted 6/23/14
I would most definitely count what goes on in the FLDS as child abuse. And they claim to be Christian. I think the Amish can sometimes get this way too. Pretty much when a religious sect becomes a cult I think it's child abuse.
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Posted 6/23/14
I was baptised into a church, went to Sunday school for a little bit, and I now go to a Catholic high school. My parents never forced me to believe or do anything that I didn't want to. I will say that I did get some good values and life lessons out of R.E.
Teaching religion is not child abuse, it's the way it's taught. There is no harm in explaining religion to children. You have to be open minded and let people (kids in particular) freely explore religion and and figure it out for them self what they want to practice and believe in. It's disgusting to force beliefs on anyone so I can see where this idea of 'Teaching Christianity is Child Abuse' stems from.
If I was forced to go to church every Sunday and pray every night I would be beyond mad and most likely loathe my parents for it. I think if you teach religion in a positive way and not pressure kids into it especially since kids are more easy to persuade well then I personally don't see any harm.
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Posted 6/24/14
Teaching Christianity isn't child-abuse, unless physical or verbal assault is used as the teacher's method of teaching. If the OP means that teaching religion involuntarily is child abuse, then teaching English, mathematics, science, and world language must be just as abusive because I did not like school as a child.
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Posted 6/24/14

Chopsuey9444 wrote:

Teaching Christianity isn't child-abuse, unless physical or verbal assault is used as the teacher's method of teaching. If the OP means that teaching religion involuntarily is child abuse, then teaching English, mathematics, science, and world language must be just as abusive because I did not like school as a child.


You totally missed the point entirely.
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Posted 6/24/14 , edited 6/24/14
I'm sorry, I got choked, punched, picked up and thrown as a child. That's child abuse. Teaching a kid a religion is not child abuse. If a child is not already predisposed to being kind of doofy, then they will grow up, ask questions, and find their own answers, regardless of what you try to shove down their throats. So no, in my opinion, raising a child to be a Christian is not child abuse.

Child abuse is child abuse.
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Posted 6/24/14

Syndicaidramon wrote:


Chopsuey9444 wrote:

Teaching Christianity isn't child-abuse, unless physical or verbal assault is used as the teacher's method of teaching. If the OP means that teaching religion involuntarily is child abuse, then teaching English, mathematics, science, and world language must be just as abusive because I did not like school as a child.


You totally missed the point entirely.


How so?
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