What frightens me is the response we seem to get from the religious community. "Age appropriate concepts" is rather mundane parenting 101 and is a bit of common sense that shouldn't be trumped by amoral doctrine and dogma. That's the gist of the whole post and applies to everyone. It would apply even to the extremes of any true worldview. And yet I didn't note even one religious person connect with it. Which might mean two things. 1. They are too busy being defensive about their own personal belief situation to consider being sensible about kids. And 2. It may very well mean they'll go off the deep end even further than before since clearly if atheists are advocating one thing, the opposite must be God's will. I can only hope that whoever didn't speak up was perhaps moved to reconsider or that the people who put up the front aren't as insane as they appear. And I hope that the more brights advocate such kind of accountability, the more this will happen. Does the Christian community really expect all of this to somehow simply not be an issue? Are they really just not even going to attempt to adapt to the modern world? That's worked out great for Islam. As long as our massive Christian populations manages to keep themselves senselessly afraid of literal atheist fascism, they're never going to get anywhere nearer to boasting a respectable religious/intellectual perspective into the next century. But this is no surprise. Religion doesn't have the evidential critical mass to accompany humanity forever and the natural insecurities of that are evident every step of the way. It is unfortunate that any religious person with even the mildest innate persuasion to the "giving loving warnings" about eternal hell fire (among other unfortunate spiritual extremes) will find no shortage of encouragement from the Bible and even the more sensible Christians out there who intuitively know what makes for healthy childhood psychology (and hence isn't even a theological issue for them) won't be able to get through to them. But you don't really even see them standing up against fundamentalism. On behalf of everyone who values the general good of humanity, someone has to, and it seems that neoatheism is it. *shrug*
@WAR_ON_ERROR - Interesting. I've noticed that a lot of people start going to church when they have kids. I guess unprovable, yet dire threats are a good way to get kids to behave? You're right though... it's sad that people teach unprovable things to kids. I think most people don't know the difference between a feeling of certainty and an objective fact.
On a personal note, a couple of years ago, I was growing increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of making my kids memorize the children's catechism (as was expected in our religious circles). It was that dilemma that eventually began to allow my mind to break away from the whole system, on a personal level as well. Your site is a nice resource for anonymous research. :)