Religion and Me

2013-05-24 14:00

Religious indoctrination usually starts at a very young age, most people are brought up with the concept of God as fact, and the level of religiosity of parents, close family and schools then go on to determine just how prevalent the notion of God and religion will be during the important developmental stages of a child’s life. To elaborate on the above, aspects such as bed time bible reading, prayer and worship sessions at kinder garden, church going, prayer at the dinner table, etc. all add weight to the idea of God, especially if performed or encouraged by authority figures.

At the age of 12 I moved back to the East Rand and finished my final two years of primary school at an Afrikaans school that was less subtly promoting Christianity. At the start of our grade 7 year, anyone who was interested in becoming a CSV leader (basically someone who leads Christian praise and worship sessions) had to write a little motivation letter detailing why they should be chosen. I never wrote a letter but when the 20odd CSV leaders were announced, I was chosen anyway. The job was simple enough, certain mornings before school everyone gathered in the school hall, the 20odd of us on stage, we were divided into groups of 4 or 5 kids and each morning a specific group was expected to read a bit from the bible and pray, this was then followed by singing accompanied by some dancing and we were responsible for showing the children what moves to perform.

Apart from that, most believers would agree that you cannot choose which religion you are going to get brought up in and by the time you are old enough to choose, you’ve usually been robbed of your objectivity – I would simply like to contribute toward giving people back the objectivity that religious indoctrination once stole from them and in doing so, provide them with the ability to make an objective decision about their beliefs or lack thereof. 

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