Religion is a form of Child Abuse

I believe that religion being forced onto children a form of child abuse – I wholeheartedly believe that it is, and I am NOT alone on that one.
Religion comes with so much baggage – it’s full of dogma that forces a particular view of the world into line with other people’s view. It simply is not a case of right and wrong – we have laws for that – to which most of us believe in and adhere to. We do not need to go once a week to have those laws reinforced to us in a sermon unlike religion. For the majority of our society the following is true: We know them – we understand them – at least in principal, and we adhere to them.
Religion on the other hand is a view of the world, and indeed the universe as a whole. It can be argued that it is the opposite to the scientific version of the same. A universe where god is “universally” known to exist 100% and accepted as such, would be a radically different universe to the one we have, where only a segment of society believes this. Therefore it can be argued that forcing this belief onto a child without common cause for explanation or debate is a form of child abuse.
The baggage it contains is enormous – from intelligent design, to life-after death. It’s just not fair to force such heavily weighted opinions on a child who has no capacity to either debate or refute them.

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~ by leslifeson on August 3, 2008.

8 Responses to “Religion is a form of Child Abuse”

  1. Hi

    I don’t think that the above is a correct concept. It should be compared with a language and other social behaviour a child is moulded into from the infancy. It is a right of a child and it parents that he receives his traits from his parents. If we favour one and deny another; that would be a most unreasonable thing to do, a biased approach I must say. The child learns say learns English from his parents; would it be reasonable to say that it is biased towards French or other languages and the child should not be allowed to learn any language from his parents.

    Let the child learn all the social behaviour from his parents; it is his right and his parents’ right. Those whe deny this; their approach is most un-natural and unreasonable.

    Thanks

    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

  2. Well.
    Isn´t as much child abuse to force the belief (!) that evolutionism is the correct way of looking on the world?

  3. Churches are really successful in addressing unmet needs to “belong to something greater than ourselves.”

    Based upon years of pioneering research on Loneliness by J. Cacioppo, the most striking finding about health and religion is that regular church attendance is associated with a huge improvement in morbidity, mortality stats. It isn’t pray, it isn’t faith….it’s showing up once a week with like minded people and “sharing the feeling” of togetherness. There’s even a dose effect. Those who do church more than once a week have even better health than the once a week people.

    Science validates the “love one another”, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” message. It’s not just idealism–it’s hard science. That kind of altruism and other-directed behavior is physically good for you…not just morally good for you.

    Check it out at http://www.scienceofloneliness.com/. Or read: Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, by Cacioppo&Patrick. Available at Amazon.com

  4. Chris, I don’t think that forcing any opinion on another person is a positive thing to do, regardless of whether its faith, or science. However, to the best of my knowledge, science doesn’t go out of its way to force its opinions on people. Nor does it go door to door in knocking campaigns. The same can’t be said of religion, which sees people as cattle for future indoctrination. And many churches will bend over backwards to woo possible attendees. Can the same be said of science?
    How many children are forced to attend weekly science conventions, I wonder?

  5. poorsurrey,

    I understand what you are saying, but comparing a language used to communicate to a doctrine isn’t exactly the same. Religion cannot be compared in this way to passing on the same language as the parents.
    Readily assuming the child is a prime candidate for a dose of religion into its life, is forcing an “opinion” onto another human being, without taking in account that persons rights.
    There is a fine line, obviously, but parents/guardians need to be considerate and not apply their view of the world – which has come through many years of experience and the balancing of good/evil of society by the parent/guardian. Something the child has had none of. In other words, an adult it free to believe in what he/she wishes out of our freedoms of choice that society affords us. By pushing religion onto our children, we are denying them this freedom.

    Religion should be a personal experience that one learns/rejects when rational thought can be achieved. I don’t believe that children possess this ability. It’s what makes them children.
    If one is unfortunate enough, this early exposure to religion usually culminates in a lifelong servile commitment. I don’t know how that can ever be considered a good thing.

  6. I whole heartedly agree. Religion is rarely offered to children as a “this is what we believe son/daughter, would you like to attend church with us?” it is forced, regardless of how happy and smiley the parents are as they dress the kids and parade them to the temple/church/other randomly named place of worship where they replace reality with silly childish fairy tales.

    My parents were/are atheists and along with most other educated families I knew taught their children to respect others beliefs. All the while, the religious families brainwashed their children to at best pretend to respect others while knowing they would burn in a hell if not actively despise them, taunt them, murder them. Its time for a change. Face the truth people. There is no god, no gods, no higher power, no magic, no afterlife. You are as mortal as a dandelion and about as important in the universe. Anyone who belies in a god is a fool. Anyone who forces their beliefs in fairy tale gods and magic in the 20th century on their children is an abuser. Sure, one can understand that the uneducated tribes in the middle of the jungle just don’t know any better and cannot have the intellectual capacity to believe that the sun is anything more than a magical thinking ball of light, but anyone who can read, has access to literature, the internet and media who still believes in a god is an embarrassment to the human race.

  7. Did I say religion is a form of terrorism? No I guess I didn’t. Okay, there I said it.

    You see, since everyone and their dog likes to claim nowadays that anyone who takes up arms in some way against anyone else in such a way as to cause fear unto the masses to make them obey their whim, is a terrorist, I would say that religion fits the bill.

    Its so much easier to make people fear and obey with a threat of pain and suffering.

  8. I agree. It could also be argued – and it has been – that if there was no religion in the world – then 9-11 would never have happened. Im not saying religion is to blame directly, but it played a large part in it.
    Religion does have a lot to answer for – unfortunately, anyone in a position of power in religion doesn’t think seem to think so.
    Some would say that we are beating a dead horse – that may be true – but when was the last time an atheist rammed a plane into a building? When was the last war started by non-believers in god?
    You would be hard-pressed to pin anything like that on atheists. However the with other side of the coin – where does one start?

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