Dawkins on Religious Indoctrination

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Finishing up The God Delusion, and this jumped out at me as being very true.

I think we should all wince when we hear a small child being labelled as belonging to some particular religion or another. Small children are too young to decide their views on the origins of the cosmos, of life and of morals. The very sound of the phrase ‘Christian child’ or ‘Muslim child’ should grate like fingernails on a blackboard…

Our society, including the non-religious sector, has accepted the preposterous idea that it is normal and right to indoctrinate tiny children in the religion of their parents, and to slap religious labels on them – Catholic child, Protestant child, Jewish child, Muslim child, etc. – although no other comparable labels: no conservative children, no liberal children, no Republican children, no Democratic children. Please, please raise your consciousness about this, and raise the roof whenever you hear it happening. A child is not a Christian child, not a Muslim child, but a child of Christian parents or a child of Muslim parents. This latter nomenclature, by the way, would be an excellent piece of consciousness-raising for the children themselves. A child who is told she is a ‘child of Muslim parents’ will immediately realize that religion is something for her to choose – or reject – when she becomes old enough to do so.

— Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

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  1. Terri

    The Univeral Source, God, The Creator, did not create division. Man created division to gain power and control. And to indoctrinate children is true blaspheme. We are all a part of a higher source.


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