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