“Letting Kids Decide”

I love it when a mixed-religion couple, like a Catholic and a Lutheran, for example, decide to let their kids decide what religion they’ll be. It cracks me up that they think it’s possible to indoctrinate a child with two very limited and nonsensical perspectives, then think that the child will come to some inner-driven conclusion. Like they’re doing their child a service for not forcing them to choose.

Ahh- Atheist moms, you know what I’m taking about, I’m sure. I have too many thoughts in my head right now and I’m too tired to talk this one through.

Mainly, I just had to share a few goodies I came across on Facebook today.

1- Someone posed the question “Hey Atheists, have you been treated badly by Christians?” And one lady’s Awesome response was;

My kid brought home a fundraising catalog that included Bible verses for kids books, Jesus-in-manger wrapping paper, & other christian-only items. A friend’s lawyer told him to go to Mass if he wants to win custody of his son. Complete strangers “worry” about my child because I’m NOT brainwashing him into a religion. I don’t see my non-faith reflected in politics (remember the anti-Kay Hagen ad “accusing” her of being an atheist during the last elections?) My tax dollars go to churches which won’t help me with charity because I’m not a member; my money says “in god we trust” when I trust in no god. My son is taught to say a pledge in school which excludes people like me. Do you need more?

Also, I found a Facebook Fan Page called “The Bible: Truth or Fiction” and the discussion points are hilarious:

Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6, 2 Chronicles 25:4 “Fathers are not to die for the sins of their children, children are not to die for the sins of their fathers. Each shall die for their own sin only” Isaiah 14:21 “Kill this man’s children! Let them die because of their father’s sins! They must not rise and conquer the earth, filling the world with their cities.”


How can this be explained: God creates light and separates light from darkness, and day from night, on the first day. Yet he didn’t make the light producing objects (the sun and the stars) until the fourth day (1:14-19). 1:3-5

Anyway, I know I haven’t blogged in a while, I hope you’re all doing well.

6 thoughts on ““Letting Kids Decide”

  1. Fifi

    Hi Kathy

    Why are you so obsessed with Christians and their ‘wierd’ belief systems. If you are an atheist( who believes in no religion) then that’s fine … why not just move on ? You are wasting a lot of your energy on something you don’t even believe in!

    I’m a christian, but I have no interest in focussing on the faults of other religions(that would be draining!) …. everyone has their right of choice, let’s all try some respect here.

    Love Fifi

  2. Fifi

    Hi there …….

    With that said Kathy,(and I hope I didn’t come on too strong)….. I do believe that many christians cause the negative attitudes against the christian religion! And …… many atheists are wounded ex-christians.

    love Fifi

  3. Kathy Post author

    I wouldn’t call it an obsession- and the purpose of this blog is for me to relate & share with other atheist homeschool families. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. It’s not the “let’s discuss religion calmly” website, it’s about Atheist Homeschooling and some of us are righteously annoyed by the fact that so many people assume that religion & Christianity is an intelligent decision. I try respect in public, but here on my blog you get the raw response.

    I’m personally not a wounded Christian, though I’ve met many. I was raised with no religion (Church with grandma on Christmas) and never saw much use for it. The idea of worshiping our creator is absurd to me. The whole magical book thing is hilarious. The fact that so many people operate every single day under this imaginary paradigm really freaks me out, they have no business in politics or leadership.

    Again- I don’t need to be nice on this website.

  4. Traci

    I think it’s hilarious when Christians insist Atheists are just broken, bitter people who “hate God”. It’s also hilarious when they shove their faith down society’s throat…while simultaneously insisting that they’re being horrifically persecuted. Like many Atheists I’ve spoken to, I realized I wasn’t a believer when I actually took the time to read the bible…and discovered how incredibly ludicrous the belief system is.

    This is our first year of homeschooling, and it’s been quite an adventure to find a social group that doesn’t include all-Christianity, all-the-time. (Seriously; Christian baseball? Christian swim team? What the hey?) We’ve attended several get-togethers that opened with prayer, used up an hour whining about how they’re prohibited from mentioning their faith, then closes with a prayer. Nobody but us seems to catch the stunning non-self-awareness.

  5. Kathy Post author

    Yes, in our town we have Christian Chess Club, Christian Cooking Club and a Christian kids’ marathon thing. I hate the whole “warriors for the king” mentality. Do they realize they’re making this up? I don’t understand why they have to preface everything with Christianity. Do they really think this is what life is all about? if I had the energy, I’d make a Love-based chess club, a “cooking with love” club, a “run because it’s good for your heart” marathon and all sorts of other things focused on LOVE, not on Christianity, which teaches anything but love. And they don’t even see it.

  6. tam

    lol I had to laugh because I do say let my kids choose but instead of choosing between two religions they are choosing religion or NOT. They got to church functions. they go to Atheist summer camp. If they come to me one day and say Mom I have decided to be a Catholic I will respect that for it is truly up to them what they choose to believe. In introducing them to various forms of religion or nonreligion I am giving them the chance to make an educated choice. I grew up in Missouri Synod and man I thought it was worse than Catholicism! Where I live its “god oriented” or nothing. nearly everything in this stinking town is about God and I can hardley wait till the new dean of students tries to “gospelize our school” as rumored. I will have no less than NINE kids in their school, they cant afford to lost funding for that many kids! and besides it is so illegal! anyways thats a long winded way of saying yes I let my kids choose. believe or not believe. It isnt up to me.

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