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I Think Indoctrinating Children With Religion Is Child Abuse

For those of us who think that pumping your children with fear is not right... 1,631 People

    A Lesson For My Children

    At the moment, my three children are in school. I rarely pick out things on the Internet to prove a point but I believe what is going on in this group will serve as a great lesson in how not to act in public (either IRL or online in a public forum). One thing I clearly recall...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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    Raising a Skeptic

    My wife and I are raising my little one w/o any religion what so ever.  Due to this, she is becoming a natural skeptic.  We watch Ghost Hunters together and she says "that isn't real, it's only make believe".  There are no monsters in the closet and I...
    IcarusFalling IcarusFalling 31-35, M 40 Responses Jul 10, 2009

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    Abuse Is Treat (A Person Or An Animal) With Cruelty Or Violence, Esp. Regularly Or Repeatedly

    So how is what you feel is abuse, is abuse? I would like to know more on your views, please inform me...
    KermodeMomma KermodeMomma 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    I am not an atheist but I don't believe

    that Christianity is for me because if my ancestors had never taken on this culture we would just as earnestly be praising a different God or Gods. It's hard to say whether or not you should push your beliefs into your children, because that would be awkward to hide and...
    justtellinthetruth justtellinthetruth 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    A Little Experiment About Ep And Trolling

    Hello all,     As usual, there is an influx of religious fanatics in non-religious groups. We all know what they are here for, and that is trolling. The bigger problem is the lack of action of EP to help the community deal with the perpetrators. There have been many attempts to...
    chalas chalas 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 8, 2012

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    I try very hard not to be an atheist

    that puts down religious people. I respect others' views so long as they respect mine. If a child chooses the path of religion, I think its okay for them to personally pursue that curiosity. BUT for them to be read bible verses from infanthood and taken Sunday school at...
    frescowalden frescowalden 18-21, T 2 Responses Jan 14

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    I'd go one further. I actually think it's worse

    than physical abuse (to an extent, obviously). Pain goes away, wounds heal... teaching a child that they're unworthy of happiness and need to worship some unseen judging figure and beg for forgiveness for doing nothing wrong is psychological cruelty, and a mind is far harder to...
    MrEveryNight MrEveryNight 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 2, 2014

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    When I was 13 years old I decided I didn't want

    to have anything to do with religion anymore. I remember people saying "what if your future wife want to have a church marriage ?" My answer always was that I wouldn't marry her then. So I found this girl at 21 who also decided to go without religion. We got together and...
    Luckyguy1970 Luckyguy1970 41-45, M 3 Responses Aug 15

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    Simple

    My story is simple: until that moment when some theist gives me absolute and verifiable proof that "God" exists, my children will continue to be told to seek out the truth and demand answers. I've raised 3 great little thinkers - all of whom identify as atheist :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 32 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    Some people call teaching religion brainwashing,

    but wouldn't teaching your child patriotism, or any morals for that matter be brainwashing as well. In the end a child becomes an adult and must decide on all matters in his life. It's simply a matter of sharing your views with your child. My only stance is that parents should...
    ethereal101 ethereal101 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 12, 2014

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    It's Awful

    I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't already put a story in this group, as I have been a member for a really long time. Children do not have the mental capacity to distinguish between fact and fiction, therefore they are perfect targets for the fierce fist of religion...
    godsmack666 godsmack666 18-21, M 82 Responses Jul 9, 2009

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    Leaning On To The Point Of Skepticism

    To me religion is all fairy tales specifically I am more leaning on skepticism towards the bible , quaran or whatever Holy Book is out there . The stories of Adam , Eve , The garden of Eden , tower of babel , Moses and exodus seem to be more based on far fetched stories rather...
    QueenTurqouiseGem QueenTurqouiseGem 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2013

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    What a Nasty Thing to Do to a Child

    Religions always plan to indoctrinate children. Teaching religion to an adult is hard work because religions are absurd and often transparently so. In contrast teaching religion to children is easy. Children are susceptible and suggestible. It doesn't sound like far-fetched...
    Godfree110158 Godfree110158 51-55, M 16 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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    John The Baptist A Fortune Teller?!

    I am wholeheartedly against my children being fed religious clap trap at school or anywhere else.... I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and had a hell of an ordeal trying to cleanse my brain of all their spurious, ill founded indoctrinations. So, imagine my alarm when we...
    est941 est941 41-45, F 9 Responses Mar 15, 2010

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    Vivagalore Vivagalore 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2013

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    I believe that a child just

    as every other human being is entitled to their own opinion that was not set on them by their religious parents or guardians. By telling someone (child or adult) there is a way of life they must and will obey to (in this case religion) that is taking away their choice in...
    trysten778 trysten778 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 23, 2014

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    Religion Sucks

    I was brought up in a strict full gospel (evangelical) home. My father is a preacher. He was never short of vivid descriptions of hell and threats of the most terrifying kind . He then proved to be a rather bad hypocrite. I have not seen him for 16 years or so . He feels that i...
    wraithorn wraithorn 46-50, M 8 Responses Oct 16, 2010

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    Since they never get taught to analyze it.

    Just pushed to believe And shun opposition. Or convert it. Or go to war with it.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 2 Responses Jul 5

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    The Key Word Is Indoctrination.

    There are so many implications there that don't go along with "raised with." When you're raised with something, you can question it. You don't have your family telling you that if you question their teachings that any number of horrific things will happen. Mental abuse is abuse...
    SofiaGrowsFlowers SofiaGrowsFlowers 22-25, T 2 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    Growing up one of my earliest memories is my

    Mom asking me to write down the three people I loved the most, in order of importance. I put her, then my cousin who was like a sister to me and before I could write a third she snatched the paper away and yelled at me. GOD COMES FIRST, ALWAYS! But I said Mommy Ive never even...
    Disobey247 Disobey247 22-25, F 7 Responses Apr 3

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    Burning Worm On Webber Grill To Simulate Hell At Sunday School

    Short version: I'm 5, my parents and I visit my dad's wacko Baptist cousin in Tenn. The visit falls over a Sunday. The adults go to church, me and the 3 kids go to Sunday School. About 20 min. into the sermon the priest brings out a Webber grill (inside the church). Lights it...
    wvolt2 wvolt2 36-40 23 Responses Sep 27, 2010

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    As a devout Christian I've been sexually

    repressed and taught to loathe myself for thinking of the opposite gender. I used to get depressed and beat myself up for fantasizing Or ************.
    eccentricity101 eccentricity101 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 28, 2014

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    Smite The Children

    http://i.imgur.com/pNUFTFR.jpg
    Vivagalore Vivagalore 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    I volunteered for a week at a Christian youth

    camp for some school credit thing. Bit did I disagree with them. I was to assist a counselor and our cabin and one day they had to talk to the kids about how they all deserve to burn in hell. These little kids from bad homes... I pulled my cabin aside and told then how life is...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 15, 2014

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    When I was little I used to listen to a

    children's radio show. (Television was considered sinful) One of the episodes was about a young child who was beheaded because of his faith in god and how we should be like this kid. I was reminded of this when I saw a picture my parents had displayed on their refrigerator...
    Laifu Laifu 36-40, F 9 Responses Aug 11

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    Brainwashing At The Earliest Possible Age

    My wife of nearly 20 years was drawn into Mormonism by an online friend, decided that I was a monster and wanted to bring our children to church so that they could "learn" about her new faith. I went to a service, and spent the first hour with the rest of the gathered assembly...
    CytherianLord CytherianLord 46-50, M 3 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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    Short Story

    I had a very devout Grandmother. Exceedingly devout. How devout? She was so devout she really saw no problem in telling 6-10 year old little girls about the weekly, sometimes nightly visits she had from Satan. In great detail. Every time my sister and I spent the night at our...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    Tuva Tuva 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 10, 2014

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    My step daughter, 17,

    has been indoctrinated since age 10 in religious cult that dwells upon Christmas as 100% pagan therefore, you are not part of God's chosen should you participate. Her mother has done any and all "alienation" tricks over the years. Anyway, she is with us noon Christmas Day until...
    delo10 delo10 51-55, F 8 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    Religion of the Week Club

    I remember being forced to go to church on Sunday mornings by my mother when I was young while dad stayed home & watched TV from the couch in his underwear. I'd ask mom "If we're supposed to all go to church why doesn't daddy have to go?" and I'd get the "...
    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 18 Responses Jul 10, 2009

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    Brilliant Topic

    It is not Indoctrination but direct Mind F**king and an Organized Gang Rape, by holding parents as Zombies to bring their kids to a religious center. Be it church or temple or mosque its all the same.
    in10RjFox in10RjFox 46-50, M 4 Responses Jun 19, 2012

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    Teach Children to Love Not Hate: Say No to Religion

    My son's father is a Catholic zealot.  I'm an atheist.  When my child was merely 6, he made my son watch the passion.  Also that summer he told my son that some lady "ate baby jesus's heart".  When my child returned from his visitation he was...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 71 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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    For biblical reasons.

    http://youtu.be/as1kO1vjSpk
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 10

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    There is a children's summer camp I volunteered

    at for a week to put down as a reference for a school program. It was one of those fundamentalist Christian ones. They have kids from bad homes go to this camp and let them have fun while telling them about the all powerful god that Christians believe in and that you must love...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 22-25, M 10 Responses Aug 7, 2014

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    Excuse Me While I Jump On My Soap Box For A Moment...

    Okay, for starters, let me just warn everyone that someone pissed me off right before I wrote this, and this post is GOING to **** a few people off... One of those people may be you, and I'm sorry if you feel I'm insulting you, or if I'm a little too harsh in this post because of...
    ladyzantorian ladyzantorian 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 10, 2012

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    I Am An Atheist This is a warning

    if you get involved in this group you might be kicked out because they will think you are a spammer, so a lot of them will go to your page and report you for spamming. They got TylerAndTina kicked out of here and that was not even the troll. If you enter this room then they will...
    nonatheisrgroupie nonatheisrgroupie 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 25, 2014

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    The only reason religion still exists is

    because people are indoctrinated and don't question things they were told as children .Actual physical or sexual abuse carry scars over into adulthood and so does ignorant beliefs in man made religions .It isn't considered abuse because of agreement in society as wrong as...
    tom67890 tom67890 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 8, 2014

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    Fundamentalism Is Indeed A Mental Illness, And Heres The Proof

    Class 1: Those who need to be pittied. They are the ones who are genuinely good people, but have been manipulated Anxiety Disorders: Put out the thought that some all powerful dictator who sees all is out to impose severe punishments for ticking him off, and in the end...
    ratburn ratburn 18-21 Jul 27, 2013

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    Morality Isn't a Justification For Your Actions

    Here's my take on the whole christian morality being a good thing... Its EASIER to do something because there's a reward or punishment at the end of it. it makes the choice clearer. Its harder to do the 'right thing' because its altruistic, and harmonious. Its EASIER to...
    chairmanmeow chairmanmeow 22-25, F 50 Responses Apr 10, 2009

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    So many people get caught up in religion

    that there is not room for God, let alone other people...they forget the church is not a home for perfect people but a hospital for the broken and hurting. Then they pass these false perceptions off as God's...I have no right telling you what God thinks just like I have no...
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F 4 Responses May 7

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    Its Unfair And Wrong

    In the God delusion, Dawkins says that children aren't part of a particular religion, it's just the religion their parents are of. He says we shouldn't refer to a child as a Muslim child, Jewish child or Christian child because they aren't ready and don't understand much of the...
    hekatemoon hekatemoon 22-25, F 6 Responses Dec 11, 2010

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    Religious Indoctrination Abuses Children's Trust

    The two most important determining factors of a person's religion are geographic location and parental religion. Children are programmed to believe what they are told by adults. Children rarely catch on when an adult is lying to them.  Here an an article from LiveScience...
    Ticia Ticia 26-30, F 9 Responses Oct 16, 2010

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    No child should be forcibly exposed to their

    parents idiotic beliefs. It is intentionally dumbing down children to keep the fiction of religion going. Parents who do this are unfit to raise children.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 19

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    A Childs Rights

    With so much talk about a parents right to raise a child in the way they see fit. I felt it would be germane to say a little something regarding the Childs' rights. Yes indeed it is the right, responsibility , and PRIVILEGE of a parent to teach and guide THEIR OWN children in...
    CheekyGeek CheekyGeek 41-45 3 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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    “If I were to suggest

    that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to...
    in10RjFox in10RjFox 46-50, M 3 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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