I ran across (because I follow) a blog post called, ‘The Horrors of Atheist Indoctrination‘, that thoroughly explores the emotional blackmail that usually come prepackaged with religion.
He starts off with:
Over the years I have talked to a number of atheists who have a serious problem with Christians who indoctrinate their kids.
I wrote here that indoctrination is not an issue, all parents, regardless of their beliefs, pass those beliefs on to their kids.
I disagree. I find a whole lot wrong with indoctrination.
I wonder if the author would be singing the same sort of tune if the indoctrination in question was Nazism or Islamism?
Why not teach them to think for themselves, question everything and allow them to make up their own minds?
What I never thought about, until today, is the deep regret former atheists can have when they realize the error of their ways.
He then goes on to recount a woeful story about a father who (supposedly) realizes that because he’d been an atheist when he was raising his children, they would now likely go to hell.
Enter the emotional blackmail.
Most parents love their kids and would do anything to prevent them being tortured for eternity – something this all-knowing God seems fine with. Next, all you have to do is convince them that their children are destined to such a fate, if they don’t indoctrinate their children with their own beliefs. If that doesn’t work, bullying may ensue, because the thought of their children burning for all time is something they can barely stand.
The emotional blackmail is complete. It could tear apart families and convince people of nonsense.
Thankfully, there is no need to believe such things. Even if you do believe in God; an all-knowing, all-loving God willing to torture people endlessly is a contradiction in terms.
If you are an atheist parent, like Wally was, are you similarly indoctrinating your kids into disbelief? If so, are you OK with that?
In fact, I encouraged my kids to read everything they could, including holy books of any kind. I didn’t tell them there was no God. If asked, I told them what some people believed and encouraged them to find out for themselves. Getting angry at them for believing (or not believing) the same things I do never entered my mind. My son is sort of a deist, although he leans towards belief in Jesus and my daughter doesn’t care about religion much at all.
Think the horror of Hell isn’t bad enough?
Imagine how your kids are going to feel when they find out it was the teaching of the people who were charged with caring for them, loving them, and looking out for them that got them there.
Further imagine how they will feel when they learn you won’t be with them to share in their suffering…
…that you’ve moved on without them.
If I’d moved on without them and knew they were being tortured eternally, it wouldn’t be heaven to me.
What if the tables were turned? What if they learned that you’d indoctrinated them with ancient, mythological nonsense that contradicts itself and goes against the reality we observe today? What if they feel duped and lied too?
Besides that, what exactly would an atheist indoctrinate their kids with? There is no atheist bible. It’s a lack of belief in god(s). That hardly makes for a set of rules or guidelines needed for indoctrination.