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Caivs's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by Caivs

I get your point, but I disagree a bit. It is much more common and "accepted" that in a family of republican parents one of his sons is a democrat, gay activist, for example. There are examples. My grandfather is a hardcore catholic and conservative. I could debate politics with him without any major problem. I could say that I have some socialist views... However, I can´t even start to imagine how disapointed he would be if I told him that I am not catholic and that in fact I am an atheist. In family relations, religious beliefs and dogmas are much, much stronger than political views.

Comment 8 by tomt :

Whilst I agree with much of the arguments presented in this piece, I fundamentally disagree with the notion that we don't proselytise to children on the issue of politics: 'Does society have a duty to protect the young from proselytisation? Think of a row of chubby little babies, each with a label around its neck, one label saying “Democrat”, the next “Communist”, the next “Republican” – would we not be outraged at the implication?'

This is simply not true. Every baby born in Cuba is born a Communist, every American baby a Republican Democrat, every British baby a Constitutional Monarchist. In fact should a baby grow up and decide that it wants to break with the traditions of its parents it would have a far tougher time of it than a child trying to break free of it's parents religious beliefs - what choice does a Venezuelan Capitalist teen have short of seeking asylum elsewhere?

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:17:15 UTC | #524439