reply to post by LazarusTsiyr
I respect the fact you find it adorable, I truly do ...
but you can't bring something on a forum designed for discussion, add to the fact one that's motto is to 'deny ignorance' ... with a lot of
people feeling it is ignorance, even though you do not, and tell them to just be silent and not be involved in the discussion.
I understand that if you are a person of faith, you find children exhibiting what you feel is faith to be inspiring.
To others, seeing very young children doing this, they feel it is similar to teaching a kindergartener the pledge ... they don't truly understand
the meaning of what they are saying or doing. It is more words and mimic than anything else. I believe children are very intelligent, but I think
besides rare cases, or true intellectual probing and discussion; very young children don't really grasp the core concepts of the religion of their
parents. They go with them to church, because it is an activity. They participate in the rituals of hymns, sunday school, youth groups, but don't
really focus on the content, but the activity and social aspect.
I find that as far as social circles go, letting your children play with other, usually sheltered children is pretty healthy for them. You can count
on a good portion of them being more passive ... better than the boys and girls clubs; if I take from my youthful memories in a normal american city
of about 50k. There is a sense of innocence and purity from the church youth, opposed to the more hardened youth that seemed to frequent the
non-religious youth communities.
I think though, at that young of an age, they don't have critical thinking; especially towards adults. They tend to take things more at face value;
you say something, especially as a parent or teacher, or someone your parents show respect to; they will just accept without much doubt, even if they
are inquisitive. Just like kids believe in easter bunnies and santa claus.
The best example I can give, that both religious and non-religious people are afraid of when kids are involved ... and an example of indoctrination
is this movie:
The poster above who linked a gruesome video of an extremist version of a different religion, was in poor taste and over the top imo.
If you haven't watched Jesus Camp, you should. It will help you understand where a lot of the people who are disagreeing with your assertion that
this is just a cute video are coming from.
From my position, if my daughter chooses to be Christian, Buddhist, whatever ... as long as she is happy, peaceful, and caring ... I'm fine with it
... but I will NOT let anyone try to manipulate, emotionally abuse, or anything close to what some of these religious extremists do to these children
... A lawsuit would be a given. As far as I'm concerned, what is in that movie is pure child abuse on an emotional level; it is sickening.
Would you find it adorable if she was saying the same prayer, but in a pirate's outfit and reciting it to the flying spaghetti monster? Because
honestly, it should ... if it is the message alone that is heartwarming, then it doesn't matter what deity it would be to.