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Old 02-18-2019, 02:31 PM
 
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I am so angry.

I talked to my daughter last night and she relayed some instances to me that just highlights the horrible teachings of the Christian believers. We live in what I call the buckle of the bible belt, and one just can't avoid the magical and terror teachings of Christians.

Yes, terror teachings.

None of my family is religious, in fact, we are all atheists. I wear it on my sleeve, but my children are more diplomatic, as they have to work and interact with the religious. In fact, they are friends with some evangelicals. And that is the case with my 7 year old grandson; two of his best friends are from evangelical families.

Why crying himself to sleep? Because those friends, and it was not because they intended to be confrontational, keep telling him that he will go to hell because he, and his family, doesn't believe in God. He is terrified of what that means!

I am so very angry that the indoctrination of small children cause them to believe in hell, and even if out of innocence, they have caused my grandson to have nightmares and crying himself to sleep. I wish I could swear on here, I am that angry. What makes those religions, and parents, think they need to indoctrinate a child, a CHILD!, and that early age.

Now to be fair, my daughter contacted both of the parents. They were gracious, and both said they would talk to their children not to have religious discussions with my grandson. Good for them, and I appreciate that, and my anger is not at them directly, but at the infrastructure that religions are and that they promulgate this terror thinking.

Parents, if you are a believer, fine. Your frontal cortex is fully developed. But stop, I mean STOP, indoctrinating your children and terrorising by teaching them hell is a real thing. If you want to tell some bible stories, fine, but stop there. Stop in the deep dive. You are harming people you don't even know you are.

And I am still so very angry at this. My bright, innocent, loveable, sport minded, kind to all, grandson in terror of an imaginary place because of adults teaching their children it is real. I am just boiling.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:38 PM
 
Location: US
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Fight fire with fire (no pun intended)...
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The common prayer...…..
"Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take."

How the ***** could that not scare a young undeveloped mind'
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Here's a timely (though not new) article: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progre...ZjEkYe1eweX.01
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:00 PM
 
Location: minnesota
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If your grandson is being raised as an atheist your daughter needs to teach him why they don't believe in hell and his friends are wrong. Unfortunately, kids are very impressionably at that age, his friends no doubt think they are saving your grandson. I was raised a Catholic in the 50's and you can imagine the grief we got from the Protestant kids about honoring Mary the Mother of God. We knew are religion and stood up to them.
agreed. It sounds like this will be a teaching moment for him.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:26 PM
 
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As I always say...some Christian beliefs for a child is child abuse.
So sorry.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:29 PM
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To be fair, kids make other kids cry over a lot of different things.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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If your grandson is being raised as an atheist your daughter needs to teach him why they don't believe in hell and his friends are wrong. Unfortunately, kids are very impressionably at that age, his friends no doubt think they are saving your grandson. I was raised a Catholic in the 50's and you can imagine the grief we got from the Protestant kids about honoring Mary the Mother of God. We knew are religion and stood up to them.
She has had that conversation a number of times. This is an ongoing issue, in fact, I had a brief discussion with him before Christmas trying to explain that people have different believes, but that doesn't mean they are true. Try telling a 7 year old that and make sense. I don't think my discussion helped, and it was brief.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:42 PM
 
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To be fair, kids make other kids cry over a lot of different things.
These kids are not trying to make him cry, they really are his friends. The problem is that the kids are indoctrinated in a terror fear, and they are convinced that my grandson will be subject to that due to a lack of belief in magical thinking.

It is horrible that children are exposed to this by their parents and churches. It truly IS child abuse.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:16 PM
 
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To be fair, kids make other kids cry over a lot of different things.
Were you the kid crying or the one making kids cry about hell jimmies?
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