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Comment 6 by irate_atheist :

Comment 5 by aquilacane -

I don't. Richard has called religious indoctrination child abuse. How can you believe in the freedom of child abuse?

A valid point and well made.

Just as a practical matter, how would it be possible to ban parents from teaching their children about religion? Not only does religion often intertwine with "culture" and "heritage", but such a ban would be very difficult to enforce and would create a firestorm of controversy.

Can you imagine the tearful testimony of a Jewish mother, wailing that under such a law she would face criminal sanctions if she celebrated the Sabbath with her children? Rhetoric about such a law finishing the job that the Nazis started is too easy to imagine.

Childhood religious indoctrination is a troubling practice, but for a host of legal, political and cultural reasons, any attempt to ban it is sure to fail, at least in the US.

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 15:09:09 UTC | #928632