New Survey Shows That White Evangelicals Prefer Teaching Children Obedience Over Curiosity, Creativity, and Tolerance
The Pew Research Center has released a study examining how political polarization affects the values we want children to learn. For example, “consistently conservative” people believe teaching children to have religious faith is important — no surprise there:
Just to be clear, that says 59% of “consistently conservative” people find religious faith to be the most important thing you can teach a child, while 81% of them find it important, period.
But I want to draw your attention to another part of the survey: What happens when you break people down by religious beliefs? How do their priorities shift?
The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, answers the question: What should atheist parents do if their child becomes religious?:
Dan Arel has written a wonderful book about raising children as an atheist parent. It goes well beyond how to deal with baptisms, extended family members, etc. Dan also discusses equality, homosexuality, race, and other ways religion manifests in our society.
The book is called Parenting Without God:
In the exclusive excerpt below, Dan explains why you shouldn’t teach children that Hell is real: