It should be compulsory for future parents to have 'the religion' discussion before they conceive.
There are many potential cases where parents may have differing views on something. Trying to decide which football team a bub should 'go' for. Catholic or Presbyterian? Catholic or nothing? Circumcision or natural?
IMO A decision should be made on a combination of the following:
- who is more passionate about their 'team', mum or dad?
- is the decision going to have long term damaging irreverseable repercussions for bub?
I'm not religious and my hubby is catholic (the part time Easter and Christmas variety). He wanted bub Baptised as even though he isn't a 100% practising Catholic (let's be honest, who follows all of the doctrine nowdays anyway?) it's a family heritage thing for him. Something to be a part of (even if only twice per year) and to pass down to his child. And also it's a way to officially introduce bub into the world.
- I decided to 'let' bub be Baptised as hubby felt more strongly about his religion that I did my lack of religion. I basically didn't give a hoot either way. If bub doesn't want to partake in religious things when he is older we would both support that. I told hubby he would have to organise the whole thing... And he did.