This is meant to be both my research and a place of comparison for Atheists and Theists.
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Some silly Creationists find it a point of argument to say Atheists “indoctrinate” their kids too. This, on its face is very silly as there is no doctrine to impose on children. However I realize I very much want to tell my 4 year old son that these people in churches are gullible, stupid and crazy… but i don’t. I want to shield him from the entire idea of religion as long as i can, but I introduce it slowly… in simple ideas. I want to disallow him from ever believing in a God… its crossed my mind. I could think of scary atheist stories, like some brutish Nonbeliever grabbing children who are believing in Gods. HAHAHA.
So what HAVE I done? I have thus far taught him to be a skeptic. I teach him to question things that don’t make sense and ask people to ‘prove it’. Related to that he is aware of plenty of podcast and videos which i play on the God and Atheist topic. He hears the words and arguments, but doesnt understand the context… I think.
Tonight I find myself De-conditioning his “Oh My God” phrase which he gets from TV shows. Respectfully I don’t say God is a stupid word, but I do say “when people say THAT, they are talking to magic people” … ” are you talking to magic people?”. Ultimately my explanation is true… OH MY GOD is an exclamation to your Deity. YES yes its also a common phrase that everyone uses. Well I hear it and it made it into my house! GRRR! I obviously have given him a number of alternatives, which I will use around him.
My greatest tool to NOT Indoctrinate is to BE a loving father and husband and earn respect rather than tell him its owed to me. I also am proudly explaining diversity and equality to him in the sense that it is the only right way, being sure to question anyone who says we are wrong about it. He has such a diverse range of skin colors, cultures and languages around him now in Pre-K, that he will surely have any and all for friends. As examples, we will treat his friends and their parents with respect as we would expect of him.
My Grandfather was a racist and my mother broke free of it, along with her faith. My own best friend growing up was a dark skinned Brazilian boy and I didn’t think a damn thing about it until some teacher baselessly pointed out the difference one day. As far as my son goes, his daycare/teachers are mostly bilingual and Non-white (we are fare skinned) but we treat them with great respect as deserved. He wont know what racism is other than silly people saying silly, hurtful stuff, which is just wrong.
Explaining Gay and Lesbian will be so easy, because we have gay friends. That will be one of my secret weapons of non Indoctrination, explaining how religious people are told to treat gays as non-equals and as bad people… because invisible magic men left notes for us to do that. It makes me mad because its wrong… he will be mad too because he is being taught to love everyone. He will be my little equal rights warrior one day.
Something I DO NOT feel obligated to do is line up all the popular religions and for some warped Theistic reason tell him its ok to pick one… just “to be fair” to indoctrinators everywhere who think we are indoctrinating by NOT giving kids religion, as an equal choice to atheism! Its both as funny as it is sickening. Its so stupid it MAKES MY SKIN CRAWL! In fact I will teach my son that even if some prick comes to earth one day, saying he’s god… we CAN and SHOULD doubt that it is true until it is clearly proven to be true. He won’t have to worry about it though.
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>>> So please respond to my ongoing techniques and thinking and/or please explain your own. I would love to hear some honest atheists admitting they shape their kids to be more anti-theist or open to religion… all points are valid and of interest. Theists are welcome to weigh in, as I would be curious to hear how they raised their kids to be freethinkers, explaining God might just be feelings and not real at all. HAHAHA Or perhaps some theists might want to argue to change our minds… Both sides are welcome so have at it.