The debate "Religious indoctrination should be considered mental child abuse" was started by
February 28, 2015, 1:15 am.
21 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 13 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
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project_mayhem, I_Voyager, sonaybitch, werdninja, Mr_Anonymous, Razzakel, Sosocratese, Hjkp98, shinywhale, liamjosephcash, xbulletwithbutterflywingsx and 10 visitors agree.
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There are a few reasons why I find religious indoctrination as a form of mental child abuse.
Education : Real education is about open-ended questioning and challenging the mind. It also involves encouraging the learners eventually to move way beyond their teachers so that each generation explores new ground. Limited, propagandist, religious thinking attempts to hold back or stop that process.
Fear: A kid being told if he/she will go to hell for not submitting to a specific religion is not only barbaric but it's the fear that prevents someone from thinking rationally . When a child is told to obey and love their father with the threat or torture for not complying, its called abuse. When the same is told to masses of people, it's called religion
Teaching your children to follow your values is not abuse, it's called parenting. In order for it to be abuse, you first have to show that it is damaging the child. Many children grow up in religious homes and reject religion later, meaning that it is not warping their minds. It is no different than teaching them right from wrong. You teach your children to follow your values until they are old enough to choose for themselves.