I'd like to say I'm more agnostic than atheist, but I'll throw in my two cents.
I was pretty neutral towards B.C. I usually read all the comics (except Cathy, because I didn't have hours to read the 4 boxes of text
). While it did cover religious matter occasionally, I noticed that it usually was on Sundays where a Christian holiday occurred. I can live with that. Otherwise, I'd have to complain about Christmas presents, chocolate during Easter, packzis in general, and I'm sure a whole bunch of other things that are part of regular life in the US, that once started out as Christian practices and over time just became "normal".
roadrunner wrote:I don't think parents should ever take their kids to church. Or, for atheists, force a "there is no god" belief down their throats. Young kids are highly impressionable
Something doesn't sound quite right about this. I agree that children should be able to make their own decisions about religion, and nothing should ever be forced down their throat. And honestly, as a non-Christian, I probably wouldn't take my kids to church unless they asked me to.
But, as parents, it's our job to guide them and teach them things. And, it's only natural for us to teach what we know. Is it then also bad to take our kids out to learn an instrument or join a soccer team, baseball team, or go snowboarding, because mommy and daddy liked those things? Yes, kids are very impressionable and easily influenced... but if it's not parents influencing them, it WILL
be someone else, and probably not someone we want influencing them.
roadrunner wrote:Wait for the kids to be old enough to make up their own minds. They can do it, they're not stupid. Really!
My family was sponsored to the US by a Christian church, and as a kid, we went every Sunday. I'm not exactly sure why, because my parents aren't Christian, but I think it was partly because they wanted to assimilate into US culture as best as possible, to not be different. I hated it.
Once I got old enough, they finally agreed I didn't have to go any more.
I'd say it's better to take your kids to church (if you are church-going type people) and let them know that if they don't want to go, they don't have to (but it better be a reason other than to sleep in and watch TV, which was my reason when I was really young
Bottom line is, parents shouldn't be discouraged from teaching what they know or what they are passionate about to their kids. Kids naturally look to their parents for guidance and cues on what is "normal". It's up to the parents to make sure the kids learn that what mommy and daddy like aren't the only things in life.