Why Raise Your Children Without God?

Deborah Mitchell has two children and neither of them was raised with religion. In a CNN iReport article that’s generating all sorts of pageviews, she explains why she did it.

Here’s just one of the reasons:

God Teaches Narcissism

“God has a plan for you.” Telling kids there is a big guy in the sky who has a special path for them makes children narcissistic; it makes them think the world is at their disposal and that, no matter what happens, it doesn’t really matter because God is in control. That gives kids a sense of false security and creates selfishness. “No matter what I do, God loves me and forgives me. He knows my purpose. I am special.” The irony is that, while we tell this story to our kids, other children are abused and murdered, starved and neglected. All part of God’s plan, right?

When we raise kids without God, we tell them the truth — we are no more special than the next creature. We are just a very, very small part of a big, big machine–whether that machine is nature or society — the influence we have is minuscule. The realization of our insignificance gives us a true sense of humbleness.

The article was, at one point, flagged as inappropriate, but it appears to be back up without incident.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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