My son is in Kindergarten. Every day he is coming home with religious stories and I brush it off and tell him when you are old enough to decide for yourself what to believe, you can believe whatever you like. I told him the important thing is that no matter what you believe, you do your best to be a good person and to love others and respect your differences. Now he's getting more upset by these conversations with this kid. Hell, angels, demons etc. seriously? What parent has their Kindergartner doing such things? I feel sorry for that kid, but tired of him bullying others with it.
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Thank you. I do feel sorry for these children who grow up like this. I'm not sure the teachers realize how over the top it is. I don't want to create problems for anyone, but I think if it continues it's time to talk to teacher for sure. Thank you
I had a chuckle at this, but somehow with Kindergarteners it doesn't seem appropriate to fight fire with fire ;)
Absolutely right! I cannot fathom how anyone thinks teaching a small child to fear going to hell is acceptable. I'm all for tolerance, but not when beliefs of others cause harm to my children!
THANK YOU, Getitrite, religious indoctrination is toxic to all concerned, especially to children. I find this to be the most insidious form of child abuse.
any sensible and logical person will concur with your conclusions as well.
I wouldn't care if it was just his belief in God or Jesus. This kid at 5 or 6 is telling people they will go to an actual hell etc. and I think that's wrong.
I completely agree. Things like this are precisely why there is separation of church and state and that is as it should be. I believe it is time to bring it to the teachers attention. I also agree about boundaries and offensiveness.
You two really do not have to do that. In the blink of an eye some teacher will tell everyone that there is no proof of God so God does not exist. It is just part of the curriculum.
God is NOT part of the curriculum Eric. No one teaches kids to believe or not believe in religion. Schools do teach science aren't you glad? Otherwise you wouldn't have medicine, technology, and other modern wonders.
Well what does your child thinks happens when super heroes blow up evil demonic villains who are trying to take over the world?
he gets that's fiction Eric, but this kid says but NO God is real and you go to hell if you don't believe. Should my son be subjected to that? really? I know it's not an easy answer, it's a fine line with freedom of choice, but wow...
Then tell him you don't believe in hell and that he has nothing to worry about...and hope you are right...
It is valid for one child to espouse their understanding. If that really bothers your child there are mightier issues at play. If he is that weak then he should change venues. But let us be real. It truly is a reflection of both their parents.
A five year old being sensitive doesn't make him "weak" Eric. He's 5. Five year olds scare easily at times, particularly when others insist monsters are real. My son is a bright boy who will grow up without delusions and he's parented just fine.
Just think ChristinS within five years the two boys teacher will tell the other boy he is wrong and that there is no evidence of hell and that God did not create the world. How cool will that be?
Eric so untrue. Scientific theory has evidence to support it's claims and teachers don't talk about heaven and hell to 10 year olds either. Put your kids in religious schools if you want them to believe such nonsense. Separation of church and state!
Completely agree with your comment about this not being bullying.
I taught Kinders for awhile and half the thing they say come from their imagination mixed in with a sprinkle of truth. You are playing telephone with 5 yr olds.
where's the harm in 5 year olds telling other 5 year olds they'll go to hell if they don't believe in God? Are you serious? Yes, it is bullying to scare other kids with nonsense.
Biblical Christianity teaches that without the saving grace of Jesus we are all sinners and will spend eternity separated from God...it also teaches that sharing the saving message of salvation is showing love, as it allows people to accept His gift.
some gift - teaching kindergarteners they are going to hell. SO glad I left religion behind. good grief.
That child is bullying Christin's son. That child should keep his religious opinions to himself or some other child will tell him in NO UNCERTAIN terms.The teacher should be alerted re: that child's haranguing.That behavior is totally intolerable!
I don't care that this boy believes in God or whatever he chooses to believe. I have a hard time believing parents teach their children it's acceptable to tell people they will go to hell if they don't believe in God.
If you knew, or believed, that you had information that would be eternally beneficial to someone...that you believed would determine their eternity...that would guarantee them a place in heaven...IF you truly believed that would you keep it to yourse
Yes Mitch, If I still believed in the bogeyman I'd keep it to myself and in my home and church where it belongs, not in school. We have separation of church and state primarily due to people like you who have no boundaries or respect for others.
Wow, really? If you had information that you believed had eternal consequences, you'd keep it to yourself and not share it in the hope of helping others? And that is the lesson you want to teach your child?
Yes I teach my child to think logically and not believe in the need to fearmonger others and allow them to live and believe whatever they choose. It's not your place to tell others what to think if they don't ask.
If I tell you to take a pill or you will die & I completely believe it to be true & you think you're not even sick, is that fear mongering? Or is it concern for you? Again, IF you thought you had life saving info, you would keep it all to you
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