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← Can Religion Justify Bullying Children? by Sean Faircloth

Stafford Gordon's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by Stafford Gordon

This rhetorical question is guaranteed to elicit a response from me.

I consider the very act of laying religious tripe on children to be one of bullying and intimidation.

For my own part, I still harbour unpleasant memories of instances when I bullied our daughters when they were young, by for instance, shouting at them for being late for school.

I'd spend the rest of the day agonizing over it, and as soon as they got back home I'd hug them and apologize profusely; sometimes I could tell that they'd already forgotten about it, but that didn't make me feel any better; then, and as soon as my wife stepped through the door I'd tell her what I'd done.

I know they can't remember because I've asked them, but I'll never forget what I did, and it was fifteen years ago. Indeed, as I write this I'm becoming a little bit lachrymose.

Adults are perefectly at liberty to believe what ever they like, but they shouldn't visit their neuroses on children.

Hey! I think I might have just stumbled across the bed-rock of religion - neurosis.

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:51:11 UTC | #929817