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    Why Religion can be Harmful towards Children

    One of the biggest reasons why religion is still prevalent today is because of childhood indoctrination. It's not necessarily a bad thing that people believe in certain religions, but that people believe in these things not because they sincerely believe it to be true, but because they were taught as children never to question it, or else they will face eternal damnation.

    Children should be taught to think for themselves, and choose their own religious views. Parents never force their political views on their children, so why should religion be any different? I also live in Ontario, where Catholic Schools are publicly funded by the province, which only makes matters worse. Instead of encouraging thinking and reasoning skills, they are teaching them to have unquestionable faith in something that is too controversial to be considered true, and threatening them with things like hell if they don't.

    Most religions, especially Christianity, teach that things that are completely normal and healthy are evil and immoral, such as homosexuality. This can put a lot of stress on children, and makes them feel guilty for something that is outside of their control.

    Even worse is that religion also encourages immoral actions, such as homophobia and discrimination, which according to holy books such as the bible, are perfectly acceptable, and in some cases, encouraged. I'm not saying that everyone that is religious is immoral, but many are, and it is because of their faith.

    Instead of indoctrinating children with religion, we should teach them to think for themselves, after all, if one really believes their religion to be true, there is no reason why their children wouldn't come to the same conclusion based on the evidence that their given.

 

 

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