Can baptism make a child a real member of the Christian Church?
No. If it could then a child that was baptised and circumcised at the same time would be both a Christian and a Jew - mutually contradictory religions!
Should a Humanist allow his or her child to be baptised?
Only in cases of absolute necessity such as to avoid persecution. The children of Humanists must be raised as no religion until they are free to decide. Advise your parents and friends as to why you can’t let the children be baptised.
If a Christian partner wants their baby baptised and the atheist or non-religious partner does not then whose wish should come first?
The non-religious one. A baby has no right to baptism for there is no need for it. Therefore parents do not have the right or need to have the child baptised. It is the believer who is the strange and superstitious one.

What is the purpose of infant circumcision and infant baptism?
It’s religion taking advantage of the child’s vulnerability for the child would belong to another religion and follow that if he or she were initiated into it instead. These rites are given by the clergy to acquire the right to indoctrinate the children – a right they can never have.

Does entering your baby in a religion oppose the rights of Humanists?
Yes. A baby follows its own instincts and so it is naturally born a humanist! Initiation implies that the baby is being dedicated to being taken away from its true self. The baby initiation is promoting the alleged rights of religion which means the rights of Humanists are being opposed.
Should religion have schools with which to indoctrinate children?
It is against the right of children to liberty and healthy self-development and religion teaches guesses not facts. School is for teaching facts. They should be taught about religion in such a way that they can make up their own minds and certainly about right and wrong

What are the Humanist aims towards education?
Humanism will campaign for secular schools and will set up schools of its own. The law must see to it that sound basic logic which will cover the truths of right and wrong is taught in schools for such is the source of order.
Are we very prone to being conditioned?
Yes especially when we are children. A child's mind is designed to accept whatever an authority figure such as their parents tells them.
Is the teaching of religion or any religious or superstitious beliefs to children a form of child abuse?
Yes. To tell children to worship beings that do not exist or to fear offending them or to fear their punishments is abuse. Religion despite being a superstition has some forms that admit that teaching superstition to children is wrong. For example, Christianity condemns superstition.
Is abuse too strong of a word?
What does telling your child that the supernatural and miracles happen do to the child?
It puts the child at dangerous risk of believing in magic - eg, a child could believe that God will protect him if he jumps off a cliff.

How do you answer the claim that religion and religious parents and teachers of religion only encourage and help the children to believe of their own volition?
This would not be indoctrination but influence. The religious ban on wilful doubt shows that indoctrination is called for. Indoctrination, even atheist, is child abuse. Religion commands that parents indoctrinate their children in its faith and it happens a lot.
Should atheists influence children to accept atheism or should they indoctrinate?
No - they should influence. Indoctrination s always abuse. It leaves the person thinking they believe when they have really been forced to deceive themselves that they believe.
How can you tell the difference?
Influence means you only tell them why you believe and what the alternatives are. Indoctrination means you tell them why you believe and you keep them away from alternatives. Strong forms of indoctrination will tell children that they will go to Hell forever or have a bad reincarnation or die if they don't believe. A more subtle and therefore more dangerous form is telling them that God is so good and has done so much for them that to offend him is terrible. When the abuse reaches that level, the state should get involved. The children should be encouraged to keep a diary. The prosecution of parents and/or teachers may be needed.
What do genuine believers in religious freedom do?
They influence children. Indoctrination is against religious freedom and is unnecessary and therefore child abuse.

What if religious people are friendly and good but logic shows their religious faith has sinister implications?
Their faith must be regarded as a cult. By supporting that religion, they are responsible for the evil that some believers believe their religion commands them to do.
Who are you to tell parents they are abusing their children by indoctrinating them or teaching them religion?
We should never tell anybody. Give them the information to decide themselves. We cannot know exactly what is happening in every household.
How do you respond to one who says that if you don't force religion on your children you are really forcing the religion of atheism or secularism on them?

There is no forcing going on. They are encouraged to think for themselves. If it leads them to religion let it. If it leads them to atheism let it.
Do not force religious initiation or doctrine on your child. Urge and help the child to learn about religion as you stress he or she must make up his or her own mind.

Religion must not be taught in a recruiting or indoctrinating fashion in schools funded by the state. Even if it is a religion's members who are paying taxes to run those schools, that does not prove that the taxes must be spent on promoting the religion. If we disagree, we have to ask ourselves do we expect the state to let itself by dictated to by a religion just because it is that religions followers who fund and pay taxes to the state? In any case, the members of the religion may not be aware of the sinister doctrines of the religion and so would not be making an informed choice if they wanted schools to indoctrinate. And most members would not want their child to become perfect believers in a religion that refuses to see the truth. They are more interested in the child belonging to a religious society than in the child letting the religion do the thinking for her or him. In other words, they want the benefits of the religion rather than the religion!

Religious indoctrination of children is child-abuse even when the indoctrination seems on the face of it to be pretty harmless. When a child is indoctrinated to accept as true a religion that says her or his parents will go to Hell if they die unrepentant for cohabiting then that is a clear proof that the child is being abused. Nobody has the right to do that to a child and criminal proceedings must be considered against the clergy whose teachings are responsible.

Initiate your child into no religion. Let them hear about different religions in a way that edifies their own lives and which is relevant to them is better. Children will be taught not by word but example about being good. All this ensures that they can make their own decision later in life about faith when they are mature and better able to find out what faith or none suits them the best. Everybody is so different – this respects their freedom. It treats them as people not as objects, promotes thinking for themselves and helps prevent sectarian bigotry from getting a grip on them.
Religion often encourages the vice of credulity. For example, if the apostles satisfied themselves that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead that does not amount to much for they were ordinary men and were not expert psychologists, theologians and scientists. We will not believe them for it is more likely a mistake has been made and/or a lie has been told. If we are going to believe them then we will have to believe all zany tall tales if we are to be fair and consistent. We have seen thousands of examples of people who were more educated and scientifically sophisticated than them who made mistakes. And the first to admit this is the Roman Catholic Church which rejects or ignores the vast majority of apparition claims which educated people smarter than the apostles report and believe in. 
There is a lot of harmful religion and harmful spirituality about. The philosophy with the least mysteries, eg how God could be one God in three persons, is the one that children are to be exposed to if any. The less mystery: the more credibility and security.
The view that children need to be entered into a religion instead of being left to do the hard work to find a religion or philosophy that suits them is invalid. It is learning to be good citizens that they need and that is simple. Children are to be encouraged to put people including themselves first and if they want a spirituality to keep it within those boundaries. Children are not being taught that. Any religion that doesn't teach that or stress that is unhealthy religion.

If religion should be at the heart of your life as the command of Christ suggested when he said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and all thy strength and all thy mind” then it is wrong to discourage searching no matter how hard the searching will be.
Give your child freedom in faith - this affirms the greatness of the child.  Let your child make her or his own faith decisions.

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