Link to Article - Children "Buried Alive" In Hindu Ceremony
YIKES! Talk about emotional scars. I know young children have little comprehension/memory, but this has got to make a major impact of their little
brains. I have no problem with allowing religious ceremonies, no matter how outlandish they may seem to an observer, until non-consent comes into
play. I know this will draw some criticism, but I don't even think tradition christian/catholic baptism is fair.
Religion forces a mentality that cannot be proven (the basis of Faith). It is my belief that if someone wants to accept something without evidence,
this is their right. I do not, however, believe that these beliefs should be presented as fact. Typically either the religion's leader, the parents
of these children, or both, are representing the beliefs as fact. This happened to me when I was growing up, and has caused me great mental anguish
as I try to determine for myself what I really believe, and what I think I belive because I was told as a child that I'd go to hell if I didn't.
I think both the Hindu ceremony and the Catholic Baptism ceremony are very similar, at least on the surface. They both involve young children, and
both seem to be forced upon the child by the parent or religions leaders without giving the child the benefit of making the decision themselves.
Now, before you get out your flame-throwers, let me throw this out. I do think religion and spirituality (more than religion for me) are very
important. I am not saying the all children should grow up without any religious influence. This would be impractical and also determental to the
child's development. The majority of religions has common foundations such as treating other with respect and honor. These are good values to
instill in our youth. I believe that as the child grows, they should be told about the religion their parents accept, and told why their parents
accept it. They should also be shown other options and be encouraged to seek out information from other religions as they grow. Then it should be up
to the child to decide if these are the values and beliefs they would like to follow as they approach adulthood and become contributing members of