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Stuckinthebush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-30-11 09:00 AM
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100. Well, this atheist doesn't rant and rave - most don't
However, let me answer your question, "Why should it bother them?"

My children are in public school in a town in Alabama. The default position is fundamental Christianity. So much so, that my children are bombarded daily by this dysfunctional belief system. They are told implicitly and explicitly that if they don't believe in the narrow Christianity of this region then they are forever damned. Also, if thy are non-believers then they have a target on their heads which is attractive to immature philosophers. My children live in a war zone.

A nation that truly worked to prevent implicit and explicit endorsement of belief would critically evaluate all the messages given to children. The adults in such a system would work toward tolerance for all. As it stands now, there are few adults in my childrens' lives who will protect them from the misguided religious fervor of their peers and their teachers.

Thankfully, my children are level headed and strong. They have learned how to avoid confrontation and not make a scene. They know how to laugh off pointed questions and pretend to bow their heads when prayers are recited at school functions. They know not to make waves. This, frankly, sucks. But it is survival.

Why do we "rant and rave"? Well, we don't, but we do critically analyze our social world. Those analyses make us pretty pissed off. But, we endure. As do our children.
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