Do we want our children to learn about world religions as part of their public school education? If so, how might we best accomplish this?
Saudi Arabia is launching a programme to “inoculate” children against Westernisation, atheism, liberalism and secularism. They were listed as threats to “ideological security”, ahead of the danger from extremist groups including Isis and al-Qaeda and sectarianism.
Setting up the Humanist Orphan Center was a response to irrationality, to empower abandoned children, and to educate the community about HIVAIDS.
As young-Earth creationism and its “humans and dinosaurs co-existed” discourse continues to be popular, anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at how to help kids understand evolution.
An article explaining why threats of violence and Hell are examples of Child Abuse as well as offering alternatives to gaining the same results without threats of violence.
Religious exemptions allow parents in 43 states to treat their kids with prayer instead of modern medicine.
Organized religion is a cornerstone of spiritual community and culture around the world. Religion, especially religious education, also attracts secular support because many believe that religion fosters morality. A majority of the United States believes that faith in a deity is necessary to being a moral person.
Linda Martin grew up in a religious sect called Followers of Christ. Members rely on faith healing alone. Members including children do not have access to even the most basic healthcare such as antibiotics.
“It’s not Stage 4 cancer (that’s killing children). It’s pneumonia you’re talking about an antibiotic… diabetes maybe a small shot of insulin or a pill… food poisoning… dehydration… fever,” Martin said.
Gone are the days of the unyielding God-fearing mother as the archetype of good parenting, suggests a recent article from the Los Angeles Times. According to multiple reports, research has shown that a secular upbringing may be healthier for children. According to a 2010 Duke University study, kids
Forcibly converted to Christianity, hung by the wrists from a ceiling fan, starved for days and beaten mercilessly — this is what a boy said he had to endure at an illegal shelter.