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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... 1,408 People

    Christine

    Christine is now 60-years-old, and I have now been with her since I was 19 years old. There isn't one day in all those years that she hasn't had some daily problem... most of the time related to Jesus Christ, or the terrorism he, Judaism and the Bible spread across this planet...
    TheWind777 TheWind777 61-65 2 Responses Jun 11, 2013

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    Christian Insanity in the USA !!

    This is wrong on so many levels   !!!
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 9 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    Dinos Drowned In the Great Flood

    This is a true story. I went to Southside Baptist Elementary School as a child.  We were taught that dinosaurs did exist but they co-existed with man.  Infact dinosaurs lived right alongside man until the great flood.  According to my teacher, the dinos were just...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters 31-35, F 15 Responses Apr 7, 2009

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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

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    I don't think it's recognized

    as child abuse because many people truly believe they're doing the correct thing, and a god is helping their children. So I won't blame on it all on the parents. Religion is very manipulating and hard to overcome. Without it some people feel lost and that everything they ever...
    Autumnflowers Autumnflowers 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 29

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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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    I Have My Rights!

    I was raised as a Christian, my father brought me to church every Sunday with him. I never told anyone that I went to church, because I didn't really believe in it. I still remember the day my father brought me to church at four years old. I was very happy then, there are so...
    Kaslyne Kaslyne 16-17, F 3 Responses Sep 5, 2012

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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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    Long Story Short

    I used to be so religious. Like hardcore bible thumping catholic guilt religious. Over time I started to question the logic of many of the religious teachings. My girlfriend in high school (who is now my wife) had alot to do with that as well. We influenced each other heavily...
    andyh007 andyh007 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 22, 2012

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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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    Can Someone Please Explain What's So Wrong With This?

    I teach my son: “YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he...
    maxximiliann maxximiliann 36-40, M 33 Responses Jan 20, 2013

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    Vivagalore Vivagalore 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 10, 2013

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    WilliamC WilliamC 61-65, M 3 Responses Mar 2

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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 18-21, T 3 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    Brainwashing!

    Growing up with parents that make you belive is abuse! You are making your child belive in something to the point that it has to change there general way of life, it is making a child belive something before letting them even get to judge it or even understand it.
    aliceXIONU aliceXIONU 18-21, F 7 Responses Apr 8, 2011

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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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    Am I A Fireman Yet?

    In Calgary , Alberta a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness,she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up & fulfill all his dreams...
    freezywater freezywater 41-45, M 27 Responses Feb 6, 2010

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    Doctor Jesus

    There are so many reasons why I consider indoctrinating kids with religion is child abuse. I chose, however, to make this story about only one of those reasons. One that has affected many children growing up in religious households. One that has affected me. My father was the...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    I Have Used It to My Advantage

    I myself was brainwashed by Christian parents, and I tell you that I consider it abuse.  I'm sure you Christian parents don't think so, mine still won't acknowledge the damage that was done to my siblings and I, regardless of the fact that we've all been through lengthy...
    NeonBlueMidnight NeonBlueMidnight 26-30, M 8 Responses Oct 5, 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 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 21, 2013

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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 9 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    Indoctrinating A Child Is Tantamount To Child Abuse.

    A clever YouTube poster left this comment on the thread of this video : "there's somethin you don't see everyday, a priest makin some sense" And I agree. Never thought I´d see the day but Canon David Jennings clearly stated what I have always thought about teaching...
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 4 Responses Nov 3, 2012

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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 8 Responses Mar 15, 2010

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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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    Back To What This Topic Says.

    Would you also believe that a parent teaching their child about conservative principles is also a form of child abuse.? I live in the blue state of Maryland and have had people state to me (in a coffee shop surrounding [why do I hang out in the lion's den?]) and tell me that...
    RockingTheCarhartts RockingTheCarhartts 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 10, 2013

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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 72 Responses Apr 1, 2009

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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 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 28

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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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    I don't think it's morally right to pollute a

    child's mind with religion. Not until there old enough to understand various types of religions. I think all people should be able to decide for themselves what they want to believe, including children.
    Procastinator Procastinator 16-17, F 4 Responses Jun 12

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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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    Smite The Children

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

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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 6 Responses Jun 12

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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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    Faith Must Be Felt, Not Forced!

    This is what I tell my children often. I do not force them to attend church or practice any organized religion. I do ask that they learn about religion because I need for them to have as much information as possible because, to me, one cannot make a decision without being well...
    Orkaprol Orkaprol 41-45, F 3 Responses May 21, 2012

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    I Believe.......

    It is equal to brainwashing. We need to teach our children to live by the golden rule, be good citizens in society and let them form their own opinions on what to believe as far as some religion goes.
    JojoWazoo JojoWazoo 46-50, F 13 Responses Feb 14, 2009

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    Being Raised Baptist

    During my upbringing, I was raised in 3 separate Baptist churches. Theists would argue that my atheism is a result of not being exposed to "the word", but I actively sought out Christian knowledge, listened to Christian reasoning for arguments posed by the scientific community...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 7, 2012

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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 15 Responses Mar 6, 2009

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M 3 Responses Jun 15, 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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    Weird But True

    Parents force their children into countless things because as children their own parents did it to them, so they continue the cycle be it right or wrong. Someone made me think about this a little more after a lengthy discussion about my own childhood. Parents that are involved...
    SeekingAmanda SeekingAmanda 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 18, 2013

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    I Am Not Religious...

    I explored the options when I was young, and found little to induce any interest. I called myself Christian for a while, I called myself Pagan for a while, now I consider myself antitheist. I feel a lot of my freedom was granted to me because I was not raised in an overtly...
    SoulScribe SoulScribe 22-25, F Aug 3, 2012

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    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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    Effects Of Child Abuse & Childhood Religious Indoctrination

    I was uprooted from Portage, Indiana to be forced to grow up ostracized and shunned by many of my peers in Provo/Orem Utah. I was one of those long haired catholic boys who had to go to public school when our Catholic school closed due to financial difficulties. I would hear I...
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    Vivagalore Vivagalore 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 17, 2013

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    Start Them Young

    I have no words. This is beyond sad :-(
    underconstruction underconstruction 41-45, F 5 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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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 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

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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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    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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