blessingoftheskinnedkneeChildren and God is certainly a subject a lot of us have an opinion about. A mother who writes a blog about raising her children without religion, just submitted an article to CNN iReport that talks about her experience:

I do not want religion to go away. I only want religion to be kept at home or in church where it belongs. It’s a personal effect, like a toothbrush or a pair of shoes. It’s not something to be used or worn by strangers. I want my children to be free not to believe and to know that our schools and our government will make decisions based on what is logical, just and fair—not on what they believe an imaginary God wants.

She spends much of the essay showing how illogical religion is, so, not surprisingly, this was the second most read iReport ever. However, I was most struck by her perspective on the communal aspects of it, which she found to be intrusive. I just finished reading The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. The book is written in some ways for people (like myself) who are unsure of their religious feelings or don’t have a clear idea on how to pass them on to their children. Mogel makes a very powerful argument for the positive aspects of community and how religion can help create it, which resonated very strongly with me.

The writer for CNN certainly offers the flip side of the argument. She would probably have a different perspective of course if she didn’t reside in Texas. If she lived in New York or San Francisco she would probably be looking for broader connections, just like the rest of us.

 

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