For Families in Hiding

science picSometimes, atheists email me from parts of the world where apostasy is a serious crime. It’s hard to imagine how frightening it must be to live in a society where, if you don’t believe in god or religion, you or your family could be put to death. When I hear these stories, it makes me realize how lucky so many of us are to live in countries where we can choose to believe or not believe. While things are not perfect, our battles are small in comparison.

This short post is for those families who must hide. I, as I’m sure many do, admire your bravery. You are not alone. There are many parents like you, both near you and far away.

So you ask: How can you raise your child or children as logical, free thinkers without bringing harm to them?
Be sure to read to them – a lot – about all sorts of topics, from all different points of view. Include them in discussions about politics, history, about how things work. Teach them about types of logical fallacies.  Teach them how to question  in their reasoning. Teach them to play chess. Teach them your morality. They will follow your example. They will learn what is important from you and what is not. Stay the course. You’re doing the right thing, the best thing for your children.
Friends and readers — if you have ideas for parents who are raising their kids to be humanists in countries where they could be put to death, please share your suggestions. We’re all in this together, no matter where we live.
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3 responses to “For Families in Hiding

  1. Have been a long-time subscriber to this site and applaud others who are atheist, agnostic or still searching.

  2. Rachel Blackmon

    Hello, I’m wondering if you have any book suggestions for a 5th grader who is not religious, does not believe in God, but seeks comfort and understanding for existential questions such as what happens after we die, and why are we here? Also, what about summer camps that are not religious at all – not atheist either, just a summer camp! Thank you for your time.

    Rachel

    On Jul 28, 2016 11:27 AM, “Kids Without Religion” wrote:

    DM posted: “Sometimes, atheists email me from parts of the world where apostasy is a serious crime. It’s hard to imagine how frightening it must be to live in a society where, if you don’t believe in god or religion, you or your family could be put to death. When I h”

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