I read a great iReport at CNN today about raising children without God. It’s definitely worth your time to check out. Here’s an excerpt:
A child should make moral choices for the right reasons. Telling him that he must behave because God is watching means that his morality will be externally focused rather than internally structured. It’s like telling a child to behave or Santa won’t bring presents. When we take God out of the picture, we place responsibility of doing the right thing onto the shoulders of our children. No, they won’t go to heaven or rule their own planets when they die, but they can sleep better at night. They will make their family proud. They will feel better about who they are. They will be decent people.
And as it turns out, the author also blogs here at WordPress. Here’s her link, if you’d like to read more of her stuff.
In other news, NPR is doing a really fascinating series this week called “Losing Our Religion.” Each day they’re running a new segment, and you can find all the links here. The first part of the series is at the bottom of the page. The stories they’ve done so far are “Losing Our Religion: The Growth of the ‘Nones,'” “More Young People Are Moving Away from Religion, but Why?” and “After Tragedy, Nonbelievers Find Other Ways to Cope.” Seems like a great series so far — I definitely recommend checking it out.