Back to the OP.....I am doing absolutely everything I can do in my power to prevent my child from being exposed to anything religious. I feel a connection with other people, I don't need this defined as a God connection. I think as humans we crave to be connected, whilst still independent, so we probably deny this mind-shift to a certain extent. I won't educate her about other religions, unless she asks, she won't be going to church with her Grandmother, and she most certainly will not be attending religious instruction at school. I want her to work it out for herself, not be told what to think. She is a sweet girl, very loving, so I have faith in her, in her heart, in her own attributes to be the kind of person who is an asset to society and to others.
I don't say prayers, I make wishes. I don't observe rituals, I am blind-sided enough by ridiculous superstitions without adding another layer of complexity to my life. I find the Universe boggling and beautiful enough without having to question where it all came from. I see it, I appreciate it, I look at where I can function best, and that is in supporting the people around me.
What is the function of religion anyway? I have never understood....and this is not an attack..just a point to ponder. What is the reason?