posted on Jan, 4 2010 @ 02:51 PM
It is not child abuse to teach a child a particular religious dogma no more than it is child abuse to teach a child that there is a Santa Claus and
Tooth Fairy, that the sky is not blue, or that one day their prince will come and save them and they'll live happily ever after.
If one wants their child to respect them and continue to respect them as they grow older and more knowledgeable of the world around them, then they
will teach their children many different view points with honesty. If a parent teaches their child that Disney movies are true, and that one day their
prince will come and rescue them and they'll live happily ever after, then all that parent is doing is ensuring that their child will grow up to be
disappointed, jaded and cynical (and most likely resentful towards them for filling their head with unreasonable expectations for life). If a parent
raises a child to subscribe to the same faithful convictions they do, then all that they will ultimately ensure is that their child will reject those
beliefs when they are older and discover differing points of view from your own.
I personally teach my daughter to discover the world for herself and come to her own conclusions. I have raised her to be a moral person, and to be
respectful and tolerant towards everyone. She is free to explore any or every religious belief, or free to denounce them all and become an atheist if
she so chooses, and regardless of what she decides, she can count on me both questioning her for her choices, as well as respecting her choices and
freedom to choose for herself.
However, that's no better nor worse than a parent a who chooses to raise their child as a devout Catholic or Fundamentalist Xtian, or even a Muslim
However, I do think you get into some distinctly Grey Areas when it comes to denying children inalienable rights under the guise of Religion. If a
child is dying and you refuse them medical care under "Religious Belief", then that is treading into Child Abuse territory. However, teaching a
child about your religion, or about other religions, is perfectly acceptable, and should be encouraged.