I Think Indoctrinating Children With Religion Is Child Abuse

For those of us who think that pumping your children with fear is not right... 1,617 People

    Dogmatic belief in God is

    not only primitive, but also dangerous to the human race.
    LoveKnowledgeOverAll LoveKnowledgeOverAll
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 29, 2015

    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
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 2, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2012

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

    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

    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
    3 Responses Jan 12, 2012

    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

    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
    Tuva Tuva
    31-35, M
    Sep 10, 2014

    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

    How I Was Trauma Bonded With God I was

    introduced to a man named God when I was just a little girl. He was a massive figure emerging from the clouds, often with furrowed, gray eyebrows, pointing a finger at the sinners below him. He was a magician who created a planet with a wave of his hand. He had a dramatic story...
    VennieKocsis VennieKocsis
    46-50, F
    10 Responses Nov 5, 2015

    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
    1 Response Aug 21, 2013

    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

    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

    Lesson to Parents On Forcing Their Kids to Attend Church

    First off, I was a good kid.  I was tomboy and was into the typical mischief even as a teenager (cherry bombs, potato guns, jumping off the roof with a skate board....all those good and REALLY STUPID kid things).  I was a good student and usually made A or A/B...
    NoGodsNoMasters NoGodsNoMasters
    31-35, F
    15 Responses Jul 12, 2009

    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
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Jun 19, 2012

    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
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Aug 25, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Jan 18, 2012

    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


    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
    32 Responses Dec 1, 2011
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    2 Responses Mar 2, 2014

    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
    26-30, F
    7 Responses Jun 12, 2014

    My mother and sister were talking in the other

    room and my sister asked my mother "Why doesn't my brother pray?" her brother being yours truly obviously. My mothers answer was "He lost his way, and has no willpower. Good for you for keeping God in your heart." fu ckin' hell, she's brainwashing her. I can't wait for the...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jul 19, 2015

    any one here raised with the Christian guilt?

    I'm not affiliated anymore. I just wonder if I'm here instead of talking to family or friends, if I'm on here secretly because my shame and guilt for things I've done, who I am, stems from the 10 years I was raised Mormon. My goal in life, my mantra is to do no harm. I feel...
    Zillamong Zillamong
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Oct 3, 2015

    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
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Aug 8, 2014

    Organized religion doesn't get it!

    The Bible, aka "The Word of God," is truly the word of man. The Old Testament is pretty much intact, but mostly irrelevant. The New Testament was convoluted and compiled by the Roman Empire once they established the Papacy and the Vatican as a means of controlling...
    bestmanUSA bestmanUSA
    61-65, M
    Nov 5, 2015

    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

    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
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2013
    ManifestoOfThePhoenix ManifestoOfThePhoenix
    31-35, M
    Mar 21, 2016

    “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
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Jul 14, 2014

    Kids aren't mature but they are smart

    and more aware than adults know. They should be allowed to choose their religion or lack of after learning about each. Indoctrinating children is reducing their intellectual and compassionate potential and often securing prejudice in the next generation.
    Maybeincubus Maybeincubus
    26-30, M
    Nov 1, 2015

    It is child abuse!!! They should have the

    freedom to choose their own religion not be pushed into one by their parents
    Lilwillbe Lilwillbe
    18-21, F
    Nov 11, 2014

    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
    36-40, F
    4 Responses May 7, 2015

    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

    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

    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

    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, 2015

    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
    3 Responses Jul 19, 2015

    Do you guys think indoctrinating your children

    with atheism is child abuse? If not you are all just a bunch of hypocrites.
    NormalTeenGirl NormalTeenGirl
    16-17, F
    15 Responses Oct 15, 2014

    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

    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
    9 Responses Aug 7, 2014

    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
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jul 23, 2014

    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
    56-60, F
    7 Responses Dec 26, 2013

    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

    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
    2 Responses Jan 8, 2012

    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

    Smite The Children

    Vivagalore Vivagalore
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Jan 23, 2013

    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

    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, 2015

    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

    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
    23 Responses Sep 27, 2010

    I couldn't think of anything worse

    than putting my children through any religious nonsense.
    kleilaq kleilaq
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2015
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