I HAAATE how in schools and day care and kindy etc. everything (especially this) has to reflect on the community... but what if the general community is atheist? They take the two families that are Christian and make us shove it down the throats of all the children. I think it's important to expose children to all these religions but to make it clear "This is what they believe/feel/do" not "This is what happened, god did this and this..." If teachers went to school and told all the children that god is not real and none of it happened, imagine the uproar!
Last edited by Cinderella82; 10-08-2013 at 21:11.
^ Sorry if that was at me, I meant to make the point as in 'what if someone were to say that'.
I am completely atheist, don't believe in any of it, but I am respectful of absolutely everyone and every religion. Everyone has their religion and it's their right to follow it and I respect that. I would never get in the way of someone else with their religion, that's why I get so annoyed about the people that try to push their own religion on you whether it be in schools, in public or door knockers etc. but again, I am never rude to these people, I just keep it to myself (I don't like conflict, and don't think there's ever a winner with a topic so close to peoples hearts)
Last edited by Cinderella82; 10-08-2013 at 21:10.
I also add that introducing a religion to a child as fact is indoctrination/brainwashing. You bring a child up as Muslim/Hindu/Catholic etc then the odds of them believing that religion is the one true religion are extremely good. Children are hard-wired to believe figures of authority. (There is an old Jesuit saying "give me the child for 7 years and I will give you the man".) If you don't believe this then why is there such a strong correlation between religious beliefs of parents to religious beliefs of their offspring? Again, this is not my subjectivity, it's a proven fact.
For the record I do understand that hearing *some* of the words you listed above as hurtful but for some there is proof.
My key point is that non-religous people often accused of being shrill, overbearing, arrogant, vitriolic etc but more often than not all we are doing is pointing out the hypocrisy, flawed logic, inconsistencies etc of religion and we are accused of such behaviour regardless of how we phrase or approach the subject.
Finally, I am not trying to convert anyone, I am merely tryhing to get the voices of secularism/atheism heard and challenge religious institutions. My beef is not with you're average Christian/Muslim/Jew etc.
Not hard, and the only fair option in modern Australia.
- Abolish chaplains-in-school program.
- Abolish religious education in all public schools.
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