Rape or religion?

22. May 2012 General 0
Rape or religion?
Richard Dawkins at the 34th American Atheists ...
Richard Dawkins at the 34th American Atheists Conference in Minneapolis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following selection comes from Mitch Stokes’ post, Atheists Need Your Help:

In his article “Religion’s Real Child Abuse,” Dawkins approvingly quotes psychologist Nicholas Humphrey: 

Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas—no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given license to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. In short, children have a right not have their minds addled by nonsense. 

 Ominously, Humphrey adds: “And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it.” 
In fact, Dawkins thinks that a religious upbringing is worse than most forms of child abuse. Once asked about the Catholic priest sex-abuse scandal, Dawkins actually said that, “the damage [from molestation] was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place.” The only thing more lacking than his sensitivity is his sense of perspective. Rape or religion? Dawkins says it’s arguably worse to teach children that Christianity is true than it is to violate them sexually.

Buy Stokes’ new book A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists.

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