Religion should be illegal to teach to children. Is this a violation of religious freedom?

I personally do not feel that barring adults from teaching religion to children is a violation of religious freedom, I do not think parents have the right to push their personal belief system on their children. Rather, parents have the responsibility to equip children with knowledge and skills to think and act critically. Parents do not have the right to enslave children, children are not the property of parents, and they are not their personal "spiritual minions" or servants.

I believe children are individuals but are vulnerable to intellectual manipulation, and religion is a very insidious and harmful form of manipulation. It harms children in their ability to reason and think clearly.

Therefore, religion, religious materials should be as pornography. I think its illegal to show pornography to children, and clearly its illegal to involve children in pornography, and I feel that religious teaching is at least equally as harmful.

That said, should the police be bursting into homes of families with children and confiscating any materials that could be deemed religious as they do with child pornography? Should parents who expose children to religion be treated the same as parents who expose their children to pornography, or worse, children who are coerced to become involved in teaching religion to others, is that the same as child pornography? Why or why not?

Thoughts?

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Black market religion. Might be more powerful than the religious right these days.
Making the teaching of religeon to children a crime seems a bit brash. I look on it the same as talking to them about Santa, the Easter bunny, or the tooth fairy. If it doesn't cause direct harm then what business is it of ours? I think banning it would violate the church/state seperation. Most children end up questioning their parent's belief system anyway. I do think that critical thinking should be taught in school though. Turn those brains full if mush into useful tools that can think for themselves. No need to go militant or invade homes to see if they are teaching from the bible.
Making the teaching of religeon to children a crime seems a bit brash. I look on it the same as talking to them about Santa, the Easter bunny, or the tooth fairy. If it doesn't cause direct harm then what business is it of ours? I think banning it would violate the church/state seperation. Most children end up questioning their parent's belief system anyway. I do think that critical thinking should be taught in school though. Turn those brains full if mush into useful tools that can think for themselves. No need to go militant or invade homes to see if they are teaching from the bible.
I look on it the same as talking to them about Santa, the Easter bunny, or the tooth fairy. If it doesn't cause direct harm then what business is it of ours?

I don't equate talking about Santa, etc. with religious indoctrination. At some point you tell your children that these characters are not real. Also Santa and the Easter bunny aren't going to condemn you to burn in hell if you don't worship them or "sin" in some other way. I think the OP feels religious teaching does a great deal of harm to children. If you concede that the harm is significant then making it illegal doesn't seem so extreme.

Most children end up questioning their parent's belief system anyway.

Are you sure it is most? I think a lot end up following in their parents footsteps.
Surely I'm not the only parent here and I think the idea of making teaching a parent's religious beliefs to their children illegal is absurd. It would be a violation of the Establishment Clause, for one. While I was raised Baptist in South Texas, I became an atheist late in life. My children have been to church a few times and I would take them any time they wanted to go. I want them to be exposed to many different types of beliefs/disbeliefs so that they are able to make up their own minds.

Ryan, I doubt you are a parent. When you become a parent, you will understand much better how parents feel about their children. Ownership or not, parents may determine how their children are reared and under what value system they choose. You have a better chance of targeting the KKK.
Maybe the idea of making religious teaching to children illegal is absurd. But the idea does make a person think about what being brought up in a religion can do to a child. However, the fact is that there is a wide variety of methods that parents use to teach their children about god. Some are pretty harmless, others are very damaging. So yeah, it doesn’t make sense to make the practice illegal when the issue is really about how different parents raise their children

My children have been to church a few times and I would take them any time they wanted to go. I want them to be exposed to many different types of beliefs/disbeliefs so that they are able to make up their own minds.

That’s great, and I raise my children the same way. But I think typical religious parents are only interested in teaching their children “the truth” and don’t want them to consider other world views. Again, I am not for the idea of making religious teaching illegal. I just want to point out that doing so would not be about stopping children from being exposed to religion, just about them not being force fed one religion.
But the idea does make a person think about what being brought up in a religion can do to a child. However, the fact is that there is a wide variety of methods that parents use to teach their children about god. Some are pretty harmless, others are very damaging. So yeah, it doesn’t make sense to make the practice illegal when the issue is really about how different parents raise their children

Agreed.

I just want to point out that doing so would not be about stopping children from being exposed to religion, just about them not being force fed one religion.

Agreed. I think most of us believe that the world would be a better place without religion. But it's not ours or the government's place to make that decision for others.
But it's not ours or the government's place to make that decision for others.

Very true.
Just another unimplementable, unenforceable, misguided attempt to speed up the natural decay of religion. There's much worse forms of actual child abuse throughout the world, including child pornography, than having them believe in the invisible sky daddy.
I seem to remember a few years back someone sucessfully sued a little league coach and baseball association for preaching to their children, correct me if I'm wrong.
When you put all your eggs in one 'faith' basket, that basket rots and becomes broken... the flow of 'life' changes... hey wait a minute... here:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8365780578032579777#
best part in the caption: El Virus de la Fe, de Richard Dawkins. apt-get Remove fe apt-get Install razón
"The Virus of Faith, by Richard Dawkins. remove faith, install reason"

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