Vocal atheists try, these days, to convince people that religion is bad for children. Richard Dawkins go as far as calling it “child abuse.” Obviously, these anti-religious campaigners quote no studies. They back up their prejudiced views by emotionalism, sophisticated word choices, and whatever negative anecdotes they can find.
Studies like that conclude that religious participation, Biblical beliefs, and having parents who talk about God with their children, all contribute very positively towards a child’s emotional well-being. (To shorten this post, I put a few of those studies here.)
My questions and comments to people tempted to believe Richard Dawkins on this:
What would you call something that makes children:
a) feel safer at home?
(b) less prone to depression or suicide?
(c) believe their lives have meaning?
(d) more likely to have a happy marriage later in life?
(e) less prone to crime, drugs or alcohol?
(f) more likely to do well in school?
I am unsure what to call it, but the term “child abuse” seems highly unsuitable.
If you are a parent, please work hard on teaching your child Christian values. Read up on how to best teach it, to a generation who might even misunderstand basic words like “truth”, “judgment”, “God’s love” etc., due to their cultural conditioning.
Whoever you are, if you meet or read the sort of bigoted campaigner who try to tell you that teaching kids about God “corrupts their innocent minds,” or “is a form of child abuse” or whatever, tell them to their faces that they are being ridiculous. Inform the readers/listeners that hears such campaigners that the charges have no substance: These loud atheists are trying to “protect” children from a world view that apparently gives purpose, lessens anger and disappointment with life, improve their school marks, protects young people from drugs and keep them away from suicide.
(1) “Positive influence” is not just an opinion here. I statistically made my point about how positive religious training is, on average, for the child.
(2) This link is to an American article, but CEF and Good News Clubs are active worldwide.
(3) Intellectually: They will be likely to have better school marks, and concentrate better.
(4) Physically: They will be less likely to use drugs, and less likely to hurt others. The former protects themselves and others, the latter physically protects those around him. Religious people also live longer and are healthier, on average.