Before anyone yells, understand, I'm thinking out loudnot suggesting a course of action.
I think to a large degree, in this country, we take the opinion that you are free to teach your children as you see fit. I think there are some very valid reasons for doing so, but hear me out as I play the Devil's Advocatewhich isn't necessarily a bad role if you consider that the Christian God put forth by many religions is a mean, spiteful sonofabitch who sends his "children" to Hell for simply being what he (allegedly) made them. Under those circumstances, the Devil sounds like a pretty good boss to me.
For a moment, however, I have to consider that perhaps the idea that you are free to teach your children whatever twisted ideas you may have should be scrutinized. At the very least, if you're a parent, you should certainly consider it. If you've read older entries of mine, you know that I consider Catholocism in most of its forms to be little more than emotional child abuse. Catechism is organized child abuse. Teaching a child that he's going to burn for eternal damnation in the firey bowels of Hell for talking back to his parentsor for doing anything for that matteris horribly cruel and quite frankly disgusting. Children should never be taught such ridiculous and mean-spirited things, under any circumstances. You'd have to be suffering from Anti-Social Personality Disorder to get off on torturing a child with such nonsense (makes one wonder if such a disorder isn't a prerequisite for the priesthood, right?).
My anti-Catholic feelings aside, why should parents or women dressed like penguins be permitted to teach children such horrid things? Certainly (today at least), we know better than to spank children. If you hit someone smaller than you like that, you're going to find your sorry ass spending the night in jail and perhaps have your children taken away from you permanently. Thankfully, gone are the days of seeing the woman in hair curlers beat her child in the aisles of the market, at least not without having a security guard and 2 cops rushing over to rescue the child. We recognize that this sort of abuse is unacceptable in modern society.
So why do we tolerate what can only be described as emotional abuse of an innocent mind?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating the dismantling of the Catholic or similarly-minded religions (although, personally, the mere thought of that almost brings me to orgasm). But I am suggesting that telling these religions that what they're teaching children is not okaynot on our land, and not in this country. If Italy wants to put up with the Pope's bullshit, they can knock themselves out.
I don't personally care what rock you crawled out from under. I'm uncomfortable with the notion that someone could teach his/her child to hate people of other races, sexual orientations, or anyone else different than he might be just because someone happened to figure out how to stick a dick in a vagina. You can't own other sentient beings, including children. Considering that society is going to end up footing the bill for the jail cell your future KKK member is going to spend the rest of his life in, I think gives us the right to question what you're teaching your child.
I'm just not sure how such rules can be implemented without trampling upon rights, and there's the rub. There's probably little that can be done except hope that people will continue to learn and evolve to join the rest of us here in the 21st century. I guess it goes back to the old adage that you need a license to fish, but any idiot can have a child. I'm uncomfortable with knowing that people like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are breeding future hate mongers the world is going to have to deal with.
Meh. I guess this is why I spent much of catechism sitting outside the classroom with other