Do you believe a child should have the right to decide whether to get baptist themselves?
At the west a child is baptist at birth. But in my opinion a person should have the right not to have religion practice for upon them against their will. So, I always say, if I have kids, I would not baptist them at birth, instead, after they turn 18, they can choose to get baptist if they want to. But I am not going to baptist them, as a baby and I will not force them to get baptist. And I am not going to force them to go to church or read a bible, if they don't want to. And when they have children, I expect my children to do the same as me, with their kids.
Children should NEVER have religion forced upon them. Such an egregious act is analogous to child abuse of the highest order. Children when they reach the age of reason or maturity should choose or not choose a religion. Children can be taught moral/ethical lessons bereft of religion. So many problems ensue because parents insist in religiously indoctrinating their children at their most vulnerable. This causes guilt, a sense of inferiority, and closed mindedness against everything outside of the particular/respective religion. Let children decide what religion they wish or wish not to be. They have THAT RIGHT.
So many people are imbued with a sense of guilt because they were incessantly indoctrinated with religion before they had the ability to understand such. They really do not know their religion but merely go through such religious motions. Some even hate their parents for forcing them into a religion. There are those who become Atheists and Agnostics in reaction to being forced into a religion from birth. They rebel against such religious strictures, becoming Atheists and Agnostics in the process. Many people who aren't Atheists nor Atheists HATE religion and what it represents because parents FORCED them into it. Others become hypocrites, mouthing off religious principles and going through the motions, NOT believing a word of it just to please their parents.
Thanks for the answer. What got me thinking about this question is a few years ago, an old friend's (well more like an old flame) child got baptists. And got me thinking about what if I have a child myself. Funny, that girl her name is Grace too.
from birth, no child could talk so parents decide for the baby to baptize or not. But when the child grows up, it will be too late for him to say he doesn't want to be baptize, it is already done, right?
I was born into a Catholic family, where it was traditional to baptize children soon after birth, to insure that if the child died, he or she would go to heaven. I also attended catechism every Saturday when I was in first, second, and third grades, to prepare me for receiving Holy Communion.
I had trouble in Saturday school. I read a lot, and asked a lot of questions the nuns couldn't answer, beyond rapping my hands with a ruler. My parents decided that once I'd received Communion, I should be allowed to decide for myself whether to continue with religious instruction, which led to Confirmation at 15. At 8 years old, I knew the Church wasn't for me, and opted out of the Confirmation route. I spent my Saturdays reading books other than the Bible.
I'm not sorry my parents made the choices they did about my Baptism and Communion instruction. I'm also glad that, when they felt I was old enough to understand what was being offered, they let me make my own choices.
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