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“Spirituality, Not Religion, Makes Kids Happy, Say Psychologists” is the title of a new post by scientificblogging.com
Here’s an extract
To make children happier, we may need to encourage them to develop a strong sense of ‘personal worth’, according to Dr. Mark Holder, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Ben Coleman and graduate student Judi Wallace.
The relationship between spirituality and happiness remained strong, even when the authors took temperament into account. However, religious practices – including attending church, praying and meditating – had little effect on a child’s happiness.
How ‘bout that?
I wish they used more then 320 kids, and that it was international. but it’s still a sound study open for another trail to back up the finding.
Just another example that religion has a greater chance of doing harm to a child then good.
Recently I overheard a parent:
“Kids have great faith! Not like teenagers. When I said uncle Bob is in heaven looking down on us, my kids accepted it. Isn’t that great?!”
No! It’s not great- it’s vomit inducing!
Richard Dawkins presents the idea that teaching children to believe in one faith as they’re growing up is child abuse. I have to agree with him.
There’s a lot of things wrong with bringing your child up with faith. To start with children ARE NOT able to tell the difference between fantasy and reality until they’re roughly eight years old. So it’s not faith, they just believe you, they know no better.
Dawkins’s argument is that as a society it is wrong to believe that just because a child has Christian parents that it is a Christian child.
The way it should be is that a child is taught about all religions, and then at some age is asked to pick. Can’t be done in most religions. Not least because when a child is exposed to all religions, they will see through them, they will not be brain-washed. But also because religions have ways of settling a child into the religion; Christians have baptism, Jews have circumcision.
“But how will children accept death if there’s nothing higher to believe in?”
The same way adults do: they just accept it, it’s a fact of life. Most adults have a hard time accepting death and for children it must be worse. But that is still no excuse. No excuse for telling children lies and fairytales just so you can avoid the hard talk about death. People have told countless stories that, when they were children, they would spend sleepless nights contemplating if they were going to hell, if their friends or family were going to hell; to burn in the eternal flames.
Your telling me that isn’t child abuse?
Here’s a spin of the coin. We often say that we will miss a loved one but that they’re waiting for us… well, what about them missing us? Imagine your cat Bingo. Floating around for decades waiting to be re-united with it’s beloved owner.
It’s all fucked up!
Faith is wrong. Death is real. So we enjoy life. We love life.
Teaching children faith IS abused.
Teaching them to love and accept others IS the only true message.
Hitler was an Atheist! Stalin was an Atheist! Pol Pot was an Atheist!
Wrong! Wrong! and Wrong!
This turns up a lot; that atheists are nothing but immoral, child-eating, heretical, blah, blah, etc. etc.
This point of view is going to need some serious light to blast away the ignorance.
The truth is these men weren’t atheist. In the case of Stalin and Pol Pot they believed in an ideology that stated religion was an oppressive force towards the working classes and should be gotten rid off. Hitler on the other hand was a different story.
Where to start? First off, he was a bit of a mad man. And when I say mad, I mean delusional. He did express a dislike for the Judea-Christian doctrines because of the bit about caring for the weak and the poor. And also the Jew parts. But did believe.
Back to the delusional thing. The man had a Messiah complex; meaning that he thought he was on a divine mission from god. This mission of course, he believed, was to kill all Jews and restore the Roman Empire under the German Flag.
Now, stay with me on this one, I haven’t seen anyone make this argument so I may be a bit out in my analyses. Hitler did start a new religion; based on him as the new Messiah. That much is fact. He declared that all alters of the Reichskirche must have a copy of “Mein Kampf” and a sword. *Unfortunately I can’t find a reference, so it might have been under another name besides Reichskirche, but here the Wikipedia page on his beliefs*
Lets review: man thinks he’s the chosen one, sets up pagan religion which he’s the head of and person of worship. Sound familiar?
Does god king ring any bells? Yes, you’ve guessed it! Egypt and the Pharaoh Kings!
Unfortunately my knowledge of Pol Pot is not as good as it should be for a post like this. But I can state, in the case of Hitler and Stalin, that the “cult of personality” was very much used; setting up the image of these men, in the eyes of the public, as demi-gods (only a slight exaggeration), certainly greater then common members of the public.
So in conclusion, these men were nutters– not rational, scientific, open-minded Atheists.