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Forced Into Faith: How Religion Abuses Children's Rights

Forced Into Faith How Religion Abuses Children s Rights In the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child proclaiming elementary rights for children worldwide Among other provisions the Convention safeguards c

  • Title: Forced Into Faith: How Religion Abuses Children's Rights
  • Author: Innaiah Narisetti
  • ISBN: 9781591026068
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, proclaiming elementary rights for children worldwide Among other provisions, the Convention safeguards children s religious freedom and their freedom of thought But because child rearing is recognized as the primary responsibility of parents, the question of what children areIn 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, proclaiming elementary rights for children worldwide Among other provisions, the Convention safeguards children s religious freedom and their freedom of thought But because child rearing is recognized as the primary responsibility of parents, the question of what children are raised to believe is left up to their mothers and fathers.In this controversial critique of the UN Convention, humanist Innaiah Narisetti forcefully argues that children s rights should include complete freedom from religious belief Narisetti proposes that the choice of religious belief or nonbelief should be deferred till adulthood Just as most societies recognize that marriage and civic responsibilities such as voting are adult prerogatives that children should not be allowed to exercise, so should the choice of a belief system wait till an individual is competent to exercise mature judgment.Narisetti cites numerous examples of the ways in which early religious indoctrination leads to later negative attitudes such as intolerance, suspicion, and outright hostility directed toward those who believe differently He also notes that religion provides a cloak for such obvious evils as sexual abuse, genital mutilation, and corporal punishment of children While most societies are quick to condemn such abuses, Narisetti suggests that they should be willing to take the next logical step and look to the role of religion in such problems.Including the complete text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this candid, unflinching critique of childhood religious education will provoke much thoughtful discussion.

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    1 thought on “Forced Into Faith: How Religion Abuses Children's Rights

    1. The author did not have any fresh/innovative thought process to add. An uninspiring read. Same old views/arguments/legal issues. The book failed to impress me.

    2. I'm a Christian. I had a real problem with this book. That much shouldn't be surprising--but hear me out.I'd like to respond specifically to what Mr. Narisetti says about my own religion. 1) He offers a list of Christian sects which are known to abuse children. The only ones I had ever heard of were Jehova's Witnesses and Christian Scientists, both of which are not exactly well-respected among more mainstream denominations. Many would even hesitate to call these kinds of groups "Christian". 2) H [...]

    3. I WANT OT READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS THING AOUT RELIGION. ONE OTHER REASON IS THE COVER LOOKS REALLY GOOD AND IT SEEMS LIKE SOMRTHING I WOULD WANT TO READ

    4. As much as I agree with the premise that children have no religion because they do not understand it this book has a lot to be desired. It is extremely repetitive and gives a lot of historical examples of child abuse. Well our ancestors also stoned each other so we cannot rely on their judgement. I liked the concept that children are not the property of their parents like we act as though they are. It is also disheartening to be with Somalia as the only countries not adopting the children's righ [...]

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