Why do we have to be so PC?
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|Wed, 07-07-2010 - 4:08pm|
I just had a conversation with a friend of mine who isn't particularly religious, but is spiritual and believe in some kind of "positive energy" or something.
Anyway, she's about 6 months pregnant and for some reason, the idea of teaching children about religion came up. And of course she gave the very PC answer of, "I'll teach her about all religions and let her make up her own mind." Really?
I feel like this is what all atheists are *supposed* to say when it comes to teaching their children about religion. Like if we told them what we really believed, we'd be depriving them of religion or something. I think that's crap. I mean, I wouldn't exactly tell my kid, "Religion is BS. There is no God. All those people are completely deluded." Although I do kind of think that. And I probably would want to expose my kids to different ideas, but that's just more so he/she understands the world than anything else! Just like I'd want to teach my kids about other cultures.
But I would tell my kids about what I believe in -- determinism, materialism, secular humanism, etc (in kid language of course), and when they have friends tell them about their beliefs, I'd talk to them about it and say that different people believe different things and no one knows for sure, but that her father and I do not believe there is such a thing as "God."
I feel like that is so not PC, but that really pisses me off. Why is my belief system and my world view not good enough to pass down to my kids? No one bats an eyelash when religious people get their kids baptized or whatever religious ceremony their particular religion has for babies and young children. It's expected that they will teach them their beliefs. And I get that most religions come with a while community that they want their kids to be a part of and atheism to a large degree lacks that. But it bugs me that religious people are expected to teach their religion to their kids while atheists are supposed to expose their kids to all kinds of fairy tails and then be all happy when their kid finds one to believe in. I don't know about you, but I would be so disappointed if a kid of mine "found religion!" Don't get me wrong, I would love them and support whatever choices they made. But I'd be bummed just like any Catholic would if their kid "came out" as being an atheist or pagan or whatever. Why are they allowed that and we aren't?