Before I start to dive into the questions that really matter I would like everyone (admins, mods, BC members, and guests) to please take this post as an informative and educational reference towards the ethics of religion in today's society and the morals that follow it.
- This in no way bashes/criminalizes/defames/hates on any particular religion.
- All religions (atheism, agnostic, christian, catholic, islamic, hinduism, etc...) will be discussed and used as an example especially when I state ALL RELIGIONS.
- Please keep distasteful and ignorant comments to yourself.
- Be friendly and open minded while reading and posting your own feedback.
NOW TO BEGIN>.....
Religion as we know in most of the world is an important corner piece for many people. For as long as history has been written, religion has played an important role in how we congregated, evolved, and lived our lives. As a devout Agnostic I neither believe in God(s), Devil(s), or an afterlife but if evidence to support those claims of existence were presented and verified then I will accept all knowledge toward those findings. But for several of my colleagues their understanding of their specific religion (won't jump into the specific ones) are the only way of existence. Many have also imposed those beliefs on children not yet able to make informed decisions on their own (babies and children). While I believe it is important to believe in something, I believe it would be more beneficial for a person to come to their own conclusion instead of being told what is and what isn't. As our societal pressure dwindled and many more people are coming to the acceptance of others despised what certain texts or understandings demand from us I want to bring the question of:
Is it morally wrong to impose your own ideals on a child or infant whom has no understanding of the world yet?
Would you impose those ideals on your own child?
Would you consider forced religious teachings to be the same as brainwashing?
Do you feel if you weren't brought up in a certain religious background your thoughts would either be more or less valid due to self understanding instead of biased behavior/expectations from authority figures and respected peers?
Personally I wouldn't impose anything on my child and allow him/her to come to their own conclusion of the age old question... Is there an afterlife and what happens next? I believe being able to let them come to their own understanding would allow them to pass into an understanding of who they are as individuals and how they identify themselves in a world where originality is slowly becoming something everyone else is.
I would like to hear what the community has to offer on this topic. Please again be courteous towards others and no bashing.