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Originally posted by KaelemJames
Most people teach their kids believe in Satan Claus, The Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy etc. No difference. I never agreed on doing that but the ex won that round, and with her not knowing, i told them there's no such things. In my own time.
Originally posted by stirling
Whats so depressing about the smurfs?
Originally posted by Mads1987
Here is the deal:
The mother of an autistic 'boy', he is age 20-something, has brought him up believing in smurfs and aliens. The story gives no indication to which extend these things were taught, but it is described as if he was living in a fantasy world. The boy has developed depression and has become increasingly self destructive over the years, which doctors attribute to his upbringing.
The government has been aware of this, and have been trying to intervene since 2008, but the mom refuses to change her ways, so now they have reported her to the police.
I read this article in a Danish tabloid, so unfortunately the information is limited and might even be blown out of proportions. But it does, never the less, raise some very interesting questions, especially if the mom gets arrested and prosecuted for her believes.
I am not interested in making this a debate about whether or not smurfs nor aliens exist. But if there should be laws against presenting speculations and theories as facts. Of cause, actually prosecuting every single lie told, would be logistically impossible. But should people have the opportunity to challenge a lie or a liar in a court of law, if one should see this necessary?
I am personally very divided. What do you think? Should we be able to teach our children anything, even if it is harmful to them? Who should be the judge of this, if not? Could the scientific method be used as a standard for what is permitted to be presented as fact? What would be the consequences?edit on 26/06/87 by Mads1987 because: (no reason given)edit on 26/06/87 by Mads1987 because: (no reason given)