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Subject: Re: Faith and Children Date: 1/10/2013 4:32 PM
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Thinking back, I don't believe I ever told 1poorkid that she was "bad". She got in trouble a few times, but the focus was whatever she had done that she shouldn't have. I can't say that was a well-thought out plan on my part. It just happened that way. I'm not so sure about 1poorlady. Coming from a different culture (conservative, "old-fashioned") there have been some dust-ups over attitude as well as behavior, but I can't think of a time when she ever said "you're a bad girl" or something similar. I also haven't been present at every dust-up.

Regarding faith and children, that is a tricky one (IMO). I fully support the right for people to believe whatever fairy tales they choose. It's right there in the 1st Amendment. Anything else would be getting dangerously close to "thought police". But little kids don't have the cognitive ability to analyze what they are told. They just absorb everything approximately equally (i.e. whether or not it makes sense, they take it in).

Realistically you could never stop it. Not without the Orwellian two-way TV set that lets "them" monitor you. But I do think we should do all we can to shield kids from things that are not demonstrably correct until such time as their cognitive abilities start to kick-in. That would mean making churches NC-13 (or equivalent) so they simply aren't allowed in before age 9 or 10 (13 may be a bit too long to justify). But, again, you couldn't stop it in the house.

I find little difference between feeding little kids propaganda about how blacks are lazy, Jews are greedy, or whatever, versus teaching them that they are descended from a family that survived on a boat with 2 of every species, and that some gray-beard in the sky is watching their every move and will condemn them to eternal suffering if they are "bad". Any of that will warp, or otherwise "mess up", the child, IMO.
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